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Pennsylvania Visitors Guide - PA Dutch Country

Central Pennsylvania - Hershey, Harrisburg, Gettysburg, and PA Dutch Country


Central Pennsylvania is home to some of the most popular attractions within Pennsylvania. Farmer's markets, roadside stands and quaint shops beckon as you explore Pennsylvania Dutch and Amish country on the back roads of Lancaster County. Among the hills and farmlands, a scenic drive may turn up more than 20 covered bridges and numerous encounters with Amish horses and buggies. Make sure that you make time to experience hearty Pennsylvania Dutch-style cooking topped off with a slice of homemade shoo-fly pie, and be sure to bring your appetite!

For more sweet experiences, Hershey, Pennsylvania, is the ultimate chocolate lovers paradise and a great year-round family destination. Hershey Park and Zoo America offer great summer fun with eight roller coasters and rides for the entire family. Leave time to visit Hershey's Chocolate World visitors center, become immersed in chocolate at The Spa at the Hotel Hershey, or enjoy 72 holes of golf.

If you're interested in history or are a Civil War buff, then you must make a stop at the Gettysburg National Military Park, where you can tour the battlefield and the town of Gettysburg in a variety of ways. Bicycle tours are available for a physical and educational tour. Bus and car tours, conducted by a licensed guide, can provide a one-on-one historical perspective. Another unique way to tour is by horseback, which enables you to see portions of the park that are rarely seen. Walking the battlefield is also a popular activity, and made even more interesting by bringing a headset and renting a self-guided CD or audiotape.

To get a comprehensive view of the Civil War, consider a visit to the newly built National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg. It is the only museum to portray the great American tragedy from start to finish, and on a national scale. Also in the state capital, you can enjoy City Island. Situated in the middle of the Susquehanna River, City Island is a central location for much of Harrisburg's cultural and social events. The Harrisburg Senators, a minor league baseball team, call the island their home.

York, Pennsylvania - the "Factory Capital of the World" - is sometimes known best for its "hogs," Harley-Davidson breed. Fourteen companies in York offer year-round factory tours, providing a look at how some of America's finest consumer products are made. More than 20 authentic factory outlets are also located in the area.

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