Lancaster Tourism

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Tucked in the midst of rolling hills in Pennsylvania is the Amish town of Lancaster. This is the town which is home of Pennsylvania’s oldest Amish settlement. It is surrounded by the lush green farmland that forms the basis of this community’s lifestyle. Lancaster is named after its European counterpart also because of the red rose that is this town’s symbol. This town has produced some very distinctive figures in American history like the fifteenth President of the United States James Buchanan and others like Thaddeus Stevens. Today, it is one of the main tourist attractions in the state of Pennsylvania. One of the reasons visitors flock to this town is the Amish settlement. It is the biggest tourist attraction here. The Amish community lives without too much interference of modernity in an age where everything is attached to technology. This community still has its roots very much at heart and lives off the harvest produced in the farms of Lancaster. Their industries are basically manufacturing products from the fruits and vegetables produced by the farmers. There is a strong sense of community and bonding in this town thanks to the Amish presence. Not just the Amish, people belonging to many other ethnicities and communities have also contributed greatly to this town’s tourism and development. Once you explore the town, you will realise that the other settlers here have contributed greatly to the town’s development and modern presence. There are amusement parks, camp stays, museums, farmhouses and many other things that a visitor can do when in Lancaster. Life here is not fast paced like the nearby cities of Washington DC, Baltimore, and Philadelphia, but it is a quick retreat that is not too far off from the major cities on the east coast. Spend some time here to relax and know the traditional way of life that hasn’t changed much for centuries. Have a go on all the rides in the amusement parks to create memories for your children. Float across the county in a hot air balloon with your loved one. For Lancaster is a place where there is something for everyone, no matter why they are there.

Lancaster Travel Tips

Essential travel information and Lancaster tips for your visit

  • Time zone: UTC -05.00
  • Currency: US Dollar
  • Language: English, Spanish,
  • Electricity: 120V, 60Hz
  • Internet: Free Wi-Fi is available in some public places in town.
  • Security: Emergency number- 911
  • Pennsylvania State Police Department: 717 783 5599
  • Tipping: 10-15% in restaurants.
  • Tips are expected by everyone in the service industry. Tip anywhere between 5-10 USD.
  • Keep a map of town with you when visiting.

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Facts and Stats for Lancaster*

  • Pollution Statistics in Lancaster

    Know the pollution level of Lancaster before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 44.44 (Moderate)
    • Water Pollution 16.67 (Very Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 66.67 (High)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 33.33 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 16.67 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 8.33 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 20.83 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 33.33 (Low)
  • Lancaster: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Lancaster for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Lancaster.

    • Burglary and Theft 41.67 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 38.89 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 44.44 (Moderate)
    • Corruption and Bribery 27.78 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 27.78 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 36.11 (Low)
    • Attacks 41.67 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 69.44 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 69.44 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 44.44 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 27.78 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 22.22 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 50 (Moderate)
  • Living in Lancaster - Quality of Life

    • Safety Index 57.47 (Moderate)
    • Pollution Index 38.7 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 33.33 (Low)
    • Health Care Index 84.26 (Very High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 5.02 (Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Lancaster

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Lancaster

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.1 USD
    • International Movie per seat 11 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 30 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 73.83 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 47.5 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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