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8 Best Day Trips Near Lancaster, PA


One of the best things about Lancaster, Pennsylvania, is that it's in a great location to visit many other nearby exciting places in PA and beyond. Here are eight of the best day trips from Lancaster, PA — stay at the Warehouse Hotel to try them all! 

Penn's Cave

Experience adventure and history in one trip at Penn's Cave in Centre Hall, PA. Visitors take a boat tour through a network of limestone tunnels with awe-inspiring stalactites and stalagmites. Penn's Cave also features outdoor activities, like a wildlife park, maze, and jeep tours through the local mountains. 


The City of Brotherly Love is only a short trip from Lancaster, especially if you take a train from the local Amtrak station. Leave your car at the station and board a train to one of the many Philadelphia stops for a day spent exploring museums, historical sights, restaurants, and more. 


There's something for everyone at the illustrious Hersheypark in Hershey, PA. Hersheypark features rollercoasters, carnival games, kid's rides and so much more. Start your day at Chocolate World to learn how Hershey makes their world-famous candy, and stay into the evening for a hockey game at the Giant Center or a concert at Hersheypark Stadium. 

Pocono Mountains

The Poconos cover four counties and feature some of Pennsylvania's best kayaking, fishing, hiking, and skiing spots. If you love spending time outdoors, the Pocono Mountains are the spot for you. We recommend visiting the town of Jim Thorpe to start your Pocono trip. 

Montage Mountain

Lackawanna County's Montage Mountain has something fun to do any time of year. The Montage Mountain Resort has a sprawling water park for summertime fun and a wintertime ski facility with slopes ranging from beginner level to double black diamond. 


Baltimore, Maryland, is a smooth 90-minutes from Lancaster down I-83. The entire family will enjoy paddling on the Inner Harbor, exploring the National Aquarium, or attending an Oriole's game at Camden Yards. The Baltimore Museum of Art is another favorite among tourists of all ages. 

Washington, DC

Lancaster is a mere two hours from Washington, D.C., and there are plenty of affordable things to do. Head to the nation's capital for free entry to the Smithsonian's museums and zoo, or spend time exploring the city to see the Capitol, the Washington Monument, and the Lincoln Memorial. 


The historic city of Gettysburg is a straight shot to the west via US-30. Visitors can learn about the Civil War's northernmost battle at the Gettysburg National Military Park or enjoy the city's rich restaurant culture. 

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