Started in Europe during the 16th century, the Amish faced persecution by Roman Catholic and other Protestant denominations, causing them to flee to America where they settled in and around the Susquehanna River Valley. Then during the American Revolution a large number of Dutch immigrants settled in the same area and now the entire region is interchangeably known as both Pennsylvania Dutch Country and Amish Country.
Once owned by Thomas Jefferson, the Natural Bridge is a National Historic Landmark of spectacular proportions. The Bridge rises 20 stories in the air and then descends 34 stories below the earth offering access to some of the deepest caverns on the East Coast. The site also includes Virginia’s largest indoor butterfly garden, Monacan Village, and trails leading to Lace Falls.
One of the most critical battles of the Civil War, this three day conflict caused over 51,000 casualties and was the basis for Abraham Lincoln’s famous “Gettysburg Address.” Now one of the top tourist attractions in the area, there are guided battlefield tours along with the outstanding Gettysburg Museum and Visitor’s Center.
Hershey Chocolate World
How can you not want to visit a place where the streetlights are shaped as Hershey Kisses?? Enjoy the Great American Chocolate Tour, take a trolley ride guided by a singing trolley conductor, create your own chocolate bar, explore the Hershey’s Desert Creation Studio, shop all things chocolate and of course eat chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate!
Guided Amish Tour
Experience a day in the life of an Amish family with a guided tour of a unique way of life. Enjoy a buggy ride, stroll through an authentic homestead, learn about a working farm that includes broom making, candle dipping, seasonal foods being dried, preserved, smoked, salted and canned, hand stitched Amish quilts and more. Many of the tours also include a traditional Amish family-style meal.
Longwood Gardens Tour
Longwood Gardens started life as a working farm back in the 1700s and has since evolved into a magnificent horticultural showplace. Take a tour through their 20 outdoor gardens, the restored Peirce-du-Pont residence, and the Conservatory. They also offer educational programs and several dining choices.
You’ll experience a plethora of breathtaking countryside along with a wide variety of outdoor activities, historical locations including Civil War sites, museums, antebellum plantations, local artisans offering amazing handcrafted wares, regional cuisine and great bakery treats.
Highlights shown above are just a few of this area's top attractions.
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