5 Lancaster County Day Trips You Need To Know About

September 28, 2018

straw hat on a fence - download our free vacation guide (8)Are you planning an extended visit to Lancaster, Pennsylvania? Do you want to explore the surrounding area and go on exciting day trips? If so, you’ve landed on the right page! In this blog, we’ll tell you about the five Lancaster County day trips you can choose from. No matter what you’re looking for, we have something for you in and around Lancaster. Read on to learn more and download our free Vacation Guide to start planning your trip! It has everything you need to have the best time ever in Pennsylvania, including recommendations for local restaurants, events, shops, outdoor adventures!  

Here Are 5 Wonderful Lancaster County Day Trips


Just an hour and a half from Lancaster, Gettysburg offers rich history and a wealth of activities for people of all ages. Most known for its connection to the Civil War, this town offers a variety of historical attractions that history buffs will love! Step on the battlefield and explore the Gettysburg Military Park Museum and Visitor Center to learn more about one of the most famous American battles. Or, visit the Museum of History and marvel at exclusive exhibits with more than 4,000 artifacts from several centuries. When it’s time for lunch, stop by the Dobbin House! Not only does this restaurant serve mouthwatering food, but it also gives visitors an opportunity to time travel; all of the staff members wear colonial clothes, and you can tour the historic building. It was part of the Underground Railroad and features some fascinating exhibits. Be on the lookout for the conduits through which the slaves escaped back in the day! Tip: You can explore Gettysburg in many different ways, like walking, driving, horseback riding, or on a scooter. Just keep in mind that the town’s sites are all spread out. You’ll be doing a lot of walking, so make sure you have comfortable shoes, sunscreen, and a good hat!  

Longwood Gardens

If you are looking for a gorgeous natural spot to escape to during your stay, Longwood Gardens should be your top destination. It’s considered one of Pennsylvania’s greatest outdoor experiences, and once you see it, you’ll understand why! Walk through this Jane Austen-esque world and marvel at the natural wonders around you. The gardens were built by Pierre S. du Pont, between 1870 and 1921, and today, they offer a wide variety of experiences for visitors. Take a tour with a knowledgeable guide that leads you through the garden’s highlights. You will learn all about history and horticulture along the way! Before heading back to Lancaster, grab a bite at the Longwood Gardens restaurant, 1906! This onsite establishment serves delicious, refined cuisine. For something more casual, consider The Cafe! It’s perfect for those looking for a quick sandwich, comforting bowl of soup, or a fresh salad. Tip: Make sure you check which flowers are in bloom before you visit! View the garden calendar and plan accordingly.  

Jim Thorpe

Jim Thorpe is one of the most romantic cities in Pennsylvania, and it’s less than two hours away from Lancaster. Head to this nationally ranked town and enjoy a laid-back day with the one you love. You can roam the Victorian streets and discover their secrets at your own pace. Travel back in time at the Asa Packer Mansion, the home of a 19th-century philanthropist, or marvel at the stained glass windows of St. Mark’s and St. John’s Episcopal Church. You can even hop on the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway, built in 1917, for an adventure through the surrounding nature. Be sure to indulge in some retail therapy and a fine dining experience! One thing is certain, you will have a lovely day in Jim Thorpe.  


A day trip to Hershey, PA, is a treat you can’t miss out on! History buffs and chocolate lovers will revel in all of Hershey’s wonderful attractions. Visit the factory and sign up for a tour, enjoy the 4D movie experience, or browse the many shops! Hershey’s Chocolate World offers a lot of variety and a ton of fun. For more information, make sure you visit their website. Do you want something a little more picturesque and peaceful? Take it slow and visit the Hershey Gardens. With a botanical and butterfly garden, this 23-acre property features delicate selections of roses and shrubs, rare trees, and other beautiful flowers!  


Most people leave the city and flock to the countryside, but you can change it up and experience an urban day trip while in Lancaster, PA! Visit one of the oldest cities in the country and learn about its history through a selection of fascinating museums. Check out the famous Liberty Bell or tour Independence Hall where the Declaration of Independence was ratified. Make sure you snap a picture of City Hall from Broad Street, the largest municipal building in the country, and explore the endless rows of delicious food at the Terminal Market! There’s one last thing you must do while in Philadelphia; taste an original Philly cheesesteak. Head to Geno’s Steaks for the best in town.

Make Yourself at Home in our Stunning Lancaster B&B

Chair in the garden Historic smithton InnThere’s nothing more exciting than a fun day trip to an unknown destination! Coming home to a cozy room is also exciting, and the Historic Smithton Inn provides just that. Discover our B&B and enjoy our historic atmosphere and elegant amenities. We’re right in the heart of Lancaster! Browse our guest rooms today and pick your favorite! They’re all uniquely furnished and offer the peace and serenity you’re looking for. Experience Pennsylvania in the best way possible from our Sage Room. Snuggle up with the one you love by the fireplace, drink a refreshing glass of wine, and take a hot bath in your private bathroom. You can rest assured that you will get a good night’s sleep in our queen bed with its beautiful, handcrafted headboard. Wake up refreshed the next day and follow the smell of coffee downstairs where a delicious, homemade breakfast awaits. We won’t let you leave for your next adventure with an empty stomach!  

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