Lancaster Tourism

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.

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.

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Lancaster

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

    • Air Pollution 40.91 (Moderate)
    • Water Pollution 45 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 50 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 30 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 35 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 10 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 28.13 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 25 (Low)
  • 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 39.58 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 45.83 (Moderate)
    • Corruption and Bribery 31.25 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 31.25 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 37.5 (Low)
    • Attacks 41.67 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 68.75 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 70.83 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 47.92 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 31.25 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 25 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 50 (Moderate)
    • Safety Index 57.11 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 72.19 (High)
    • Pollution Index 42.59 (Moderate)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 28.75 (Low)
    • Health Care Index 89.35 (Very High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 0.96 (Very 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.

  • 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 12 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 29 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 74 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 38.17 USD

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

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