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Lancaster is one of the oldest (inland) cities in the United States. It's located in Lancaster County in south-central Pennsylvania and has a population of approximately 60,000. The city of Lancaster is home to many museums, including the Lancaster Museum of Art and the Lancaster County Quilts and Textile Museum, which features hand-sewn quilts produced by the region's Amish and Mennonite community. Other museums in the city include the Demuth Museum, located in the former home of painter Charles Demuth, the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society Museum and the Heritage Center Museum. The latter also houses the Hands-on House, also called the Children's Museum of Lancaster. This isn't all of the museums in Lancaster - there are several others and one could spend several days exploring all of them. One of very historical importance is the Stevens and Smith Historic Site, a museum that includes the preserved home of Thaddeus Stevens. In addition to its regular exhibits, there is a recently discovered Underground Railroad feature: a converted water cistern used in the 19th century to hide runaway slaves escaping to freedom. Lancaster is also well known for its' shopping opportunities. The largest enclosed shopping center in south-central Pennsylvania is located within the city, as well as a wide variety of downtown shops and boutiques. Lancaster's Central Market, built in 1889, is the oldest continuously operating farmer's market in the U.S. and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Many visitors come to purchase the unique handmade Amish goods.

Surrounding areas: Intercourse, Pennsylvania (10.6 mi), Pa Dutch Region, Pennsylvania (12.6 mi), Hershey, Pennsylvania (25.0 mi), Reading, Pennsylvania (28.7 mi), Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (34.6 mi), Pottstown, Pennsylvania (37.5 mi), Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania (39.5 mi)

Lancaster Vacation Rentals

Lancaster Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Best Western Eden Resort Inn & Conf Center222 Eden RdLancaster, PA (717) 569-6444
Canadiana Motel2390 Lincoln Hwy ELancaster, PA (717) 397-6531
Comfort Inn Sherwood Knoll500 Centerville RdLancaster, PA (717) 898-2431
Continental Inn2285 Lincoln Hwy ELancaster, PA (717) 299-0421
Courtyard By Marriott1931 Hospitality DrLancaster, PA (717) 393-3600
Days Inn - Lancaster30 Keller AveLancaster, PA (717) 299-5700
Econo Lodge North2165 US Hwy 30 ELancaster, PA (717) 299-6900
Econo Lodge South2140 US Hwy 30 EastLancaster, PA (717) 397-1900
Fairfield Inn Lancaster150 Granite Run DrLancaster, PA (717) 581-1800
Fulton Steamboat InnRt 30 E & Rt 896Lancaster, PA (717) 299-9999
Hampton Inn545 Greenfield RdLancaster, PA (717) 299-1200
Hawthorn Inn & Suites2045 Lincoln Hwy EastLancaster, PA (717) 290-7100
Hilton Garden Inn101 Granite Run DrLancaster, PA (717) 560-0880
Holiday Inn Express Lancaster Rockvale Outlets24 S Willowdale DrLancaster, PA (717) 293-9500
Hotel Brunswick151 N Queen StLancaster, PA (717) 397-4800
Howard Johnson2100 Lincoln Hwy ELancaster, PA (717) 397-7781
Lancaster Host Resort2300 Lincoln Hwy ELancaster, PA (717) 299-5500
Olde Hickory Inn600 Olde Hickory RdLancaster, PA (717) 569-0477
Quality Inn & Suites2363 Oregon PikeLancaster, PA (717) 569-0477
Quality Inn2250 Lincoln Hwy ELancaster, PA (717) 393-5499
Red Roof Inn2307 Lincoln Hwy ELancaster, PA (717) 299-9700
Rodeway Inn2331 Lincoln Hwy EastLancaster, PA (717) 397-4973
Super 8 Motel2129 Lincoln Hwy ELancaster, PA (717) 393-8888
Travelodge Lancaster2101 Columbia AveLancaster, PA (717) 397-4201
Travelodge1492 Lititz PikeLancaster, PA (717) 393-0771
Westfield Motor Inn2929 Hempland RdLancaster, PA (717) 397-9300
Your Place Country Inn2133 Lincoln Hwy ELancaster, PA (717) 393-3413
Best Western Inn At Millersvil101 Shenks LnMillersville, PA3.9 mi.(717) 872-4600
Smoketown Motor Lodge190 Eastbrook RdSmoketown, PA5.6 mi.(717) 397-6944
Mainstay Suites Of Lancaster314 Primrose LnMountville, PA6.3 mi.(717) 285-2500
Sleep Inn & Suites310 Primrose LnMountville, PA6.3 mi.(717) 285-0444
Bird-in-hand Family Inn2740 Old Philadelphia PikeBird-in-hand, PA6.8 mi.(800) 537-2535
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites101 Crosswinds DrLititz, PA7.0 mi.(717) 625-2366
Hershey Farm Motor Inn240 Hartman BRG RdRonks, PA7.3 mi.(717) 687-8635
Olde Amish Inn33 E BRK RdRonks, PA7.3 mi.(717) 393-3100
Cherry Lane Motor Inn84 N Ronks RdRonks, PA7.4 mi.(717) 687-7646
Historic Strasburg Inn1 Historic DrStrasburg, PA7.5 mi.(717) 687-7691
Comfort Inn3903 Abel DrColumbia, PA7.6 mi.(717) 285-9100
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson Manheim1475 Lancaster RdManheim, PA7.6 mi.(877) 720-1202
Sleep Inn & Suites2869 Lincoln Hwy ERonks, PA8.0 mi.(717) 687-5226
Bed & Breakfast
The Gerhart House B & B287 Duke StEphrata, PA12.2 mi.( ) -
Blue Ball Bed & Breakfast1075 Main StBlue Ball, PA14.2 mi.(717) 355-9994
Pinehurst Inn Bed & Breakfast50 NE DrHershey, PA25.0 mi.(717) 533-2603
Berry Patch Bed & Breakfast115 Moore RdLebanon, PA26.7 mi.(717) 865-7219

Lancaster Weather & Climate

Southeast Pennsylvania lies within the humid continental climate zone, but the weather varies according to area and altitude. The state experiences four seasons, but each can vary in temperature depending on location. Summers, in general, tend to be long, hot and humid, particularly in the southeast. The mountainous areas are likely to be cooler and although humid, they are usually less so. Autumns are usually moderate and a pleasant time to travel throughout the state. Winters are cold with snow, especially in the mountains. July tends to be the warmest month, with average temperatures about 80 F. January is the coldest time of year, with temperatures dropping to about 23 F. Tornadoes and floods are possible in southeast Pennsylvania.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 37°F 20°F 3.41 in. -
February 40°F 22°F 2.50 in. -
March 50°F 30°F 3.49 in. -
April 61°F 40°F 3.28 in. -
May 72°F 50°F 4.30 in. -
June 80°F 59°F 3.99 in. -
July 84°F 64°F 4.35 in. -
August 83°F 62°F 3.38 in. -
September 75°F 54°F 4.45 in. -
October 64°F 42°F 3.69 in. -
November 52°F 33°F 3.38 in. -
December 42°F 25°F 3.25 in. -

Lancaster Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Harrisburg International airport (MDT) located about 26 miles northwest of Lancaster in Harrisburg ( Middletown ), Pennsylvania, the New Castle County airport (ILG) located approximately 44 miles southeast of Lancaster in Wilmington, Delaware, the Martin State airport (MTN) located roughly 49 miles south of Lancaster in Baltimore, Maryland, and finally the Philadelphia International airport (PHL) located around 57 miles east of Lancaster in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Lancaster Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Dutch WonderlandLancasterPA 
HersheyparkHersheyPA25.0 mi.
Williams Grove ParkMechanicsburgPA39.1 mi.
JeepersParkvilleMD46.3 mi.
Blue Diamond ParkNew CastleDE47.0 mi.
Dorney ParkAllentownPA58.3 mi.
KnoebelsElysburgPA58.6 mi.
Clementon Amusement ParkClementonNJ71.8 mi.
ExhilaramaVoorheesNJ72.3 mi.
Bushkill ParkEastonPA72.7 mi.
Sesame PlaceLanghornePA73.7 mi.
JeepersGreenbeltMD77.6 mi.
Six Flags Great AdventureJacksonNJ78.6 mi.
JeepersRockvilleMD79.9 mi.
Six Flags AmericaMitchellvilleMD80.4 mi.
Pocono Play ParkBartonsvillePA86.0 mi.
Six Flags AmericaUpper MarlboroMD87.7 mi.
Water Parks
Water WorldPhoenixvillePA42.3 mi.
Dorney Park & Whitewater KingdomAllentownPA58.3 mi.
Mountain CreekVernonNJ68.1 mi.
Sesame PlaceLanghornePA73.7 mi.
Killens Pond Water ParkFeltonDE81.0 mi.
Alpine Slide at CamelbackTannersvillePA86.9 mi.
Chesapeake Beach Water ParkChesapeake BeachMD94.2 mi.
Gillian's IslandOcean CityNJ106.0 mi.
Morey's Pier Raging WatersWildwoodNJ107.4 mi.
Thundering Surf Water SlideBeach HavenNJ114.3 mi.
Golf Courses
Olde Hickory Golf CourseLancasterPA 
Overlook Golf CourseLancasterPA 
Crossgates Golf CourseMillersvillePA4.1 mi.
Four Seasons Golf CourseLandisvillePA6.6 mi.
Evergreen Golf Course IncManheimPA9.6 mi.
Hickory Heights Golf ClubBridgevillePA10.7 mi.
Waynesboro Municipal Golf CourseWaynesboroPA11.4 mi.
Tanglewood Manor Golf ClubQuarryvillePA12.8 mi.
Foxchase Golf ClubStevensPA14.5 mi.
Tree Top Golf CourseManheimPA15.7 mi.
Hawk Valley Golf ClubDenverPA16.2 mi.
Iron Valley Golf ClubCornwallPA16.8 mi.
Par Line Golf CourseElizabethtownPA17.4 mi.
Rustic Meadows Camping & GolfElizabethtownPA17.4 mi.
Fairview Golf CourseQuentinPA18.6 mi.
Springside Par 3 Golf CourseReinholdsPA18.6 mi.
Mill Race Golf & Camping ResortBentonPA18.7 mi.
Moccasin Run Golf CourseAtglenPA19.0 mi.
Mound Grove Golf & RecreationWaterfordPA19.2 mi.
Blue Ridge Trail Golf ClubMountain TopPA19.3 mi.
Pilgrims Oak Golf CoursePeach BottomPA20.4 mi.
Honey Brook Golf ClubHoney BrookPA21.2 mi.
Honeybrook Golf ClubHoney BrookPA21.2 mi.
Loch Nairn Golf ClubAvondalePA21.2 mi.
Pine Meadows Golf ComplexLebanonPA21.6 mi.
Royal Oaks Golf ClubLebanonPA21.6 mi.
Pleasant Valley Golf CourseVintondalePA21.9 mi.
Manor Golf CourseSinking SpringPA22.1 mi.
Briarwood Golf ClubYorkPA22.6 mi.
Hawk Lake Golf ClubYorkPA22.6 mi.
Ski Areas
Hidden Valley SkiHidden ValleyPA49.3 mi.
Doe MountainMacungiePA51.5 mi.
Hidden ValleyVernonNJ68.1 mi.
Vernon Valley Great GorgeVernonNJ68.1 mi.
Whitetail Ski ResortMercersburgPA85.9 mi.
CamelbackTannersvillePA86.9 mi.
Alpine MountainAnalominkPA90.3 mi.
Shawnee MountainDelawarePA106.7 mi.
TanglewoodTaftonPA111.2 mi.
Blue KnobClaysburgPA114.6 mi.
Ski SawmillMorrisPA119.3 mi.
State Parks
Samuel S Lewis State ParkPA12.8 mi. 
Susquehannock State ParkPA15.8 mi. 
Nolde Forest State ParkPA24.7 mi. 
Susquehanna State ParkMD28.2 mi. 
Deer Creek State ParkMD28.7 mi. 
Palmer State ParkMD29.6 mi. 
French Creek State ParkPA29.7 mi. 
Gifford Pinchot State ParkPA30.5 mi. 
Marsh Creek State ParkPA30.5 mi. 
Memorial Lake State ParkPA30.6 mi. 
Swatara State ParkPA33.4 mi. 
Swatara State ParkPA35.6 mi. 
Walter S Carpenter State ParkDE36.3 mi. 
Codorus State ParkPA37.9 mi. 
Franklin and Marshall College's North MuseumLancasterPA(Science)
North Museum of Natural History and ScienceLancasterPA(Science)
Heritage Center Museum of Lancaster CountyLancasterPA(Art)
Watch and Clock Museum of the NAWCCColumbiaPA10.5 mi.(Miscellaneous)
National Watch & Clock MuseumColumbiaPA10.5 mi.(Technology)
York County Heritage TrustYorkPA23.0 mi.(History)
Museum of Bus TransportationHersheyPA25.0 mi.(Technology)
Hershey MuseumHersheyPA25.0 mi.(History)
Historical Society of Berks County PennsylvaniaReadingPA28.7 mi.(History)
Museum of Scientific DiscoveryHarrisburgPA34.7 mi.(Science)
The Condiment Packet GalleryWest ChesterPA37.4 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Brandywine River MuseumChadds FordPA39.5 mi.(History)
Valley Forge Historical Society MuseumValley ForgePA44.4 mi.(History)
Rockwood MuseumWilmingtonDE45.0 mi.(History)
Winterthur MeseumWilmingtonDE45.0 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Delaware History CenterWilmingtonDE45.0 mi.(History)
Hagley MuseumWilmingtonDE45.0 mi.(History)
Read House and GardensNew CastleDE47.0 mi.(History)
Jewish Historical Society of MarylandBaltimoreMD54.2 mi.(History)
Maryland Historical SocietyBaltimoreMD54.2 mi.(History)
Zoos and Aquariums
ZOOAMERICA North American Wildlife ParkHersheyPA25.0 mi.
Brandywine ZooWilmingtonDE45.0 mi.
The Baltimore ZooBaltimoreMD54.2 mi.
National Aquarium in BaltimoreBaltimoreMD54.2 mi.
Philadelphia Zoological GardenPhiladelphiaPA60.7 mi.
New Jersey State Aquarium at CamdenCamdenNJ63.3 mi.
Clyde Peeling's Reptiland Ltd.AllenwoodPA80.2 mi.
National Zoological ParkWashingtonDC88.1 mi.
Cape May County Park ZooCape MayNJ106.7 mi.
Staten Island ZooStaten IslandNY119.7 mi.

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