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Philly & Amish Country Day Trip from NYC

1. Philly & Amish Country Day Trip from NYC

Enjoy a unique day in historic Philadelphia and Lancaster County, home to Pennsylvania’s Amish community. You’ll travel from New York through New Jersey on your way to Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love. On your guided tour of Philadelphia you’ll see Elfert Alley, which is the oldest inhabited street in America. You’ll visit the Liberty Bell and Constitution Hall, and have the opportunity to run up the famous Rocky Steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Following your sightseeing in Philadelphia, the tour heads to Lancaster County, home to Pennsylvania’s Amish community. Explore the Amish market and enjoy some country cooking at lunch. After lunch at the Amish market you’ll go on an authentic Amish buggy ride through farm country and learn how the Amish live without the benefit of modern technology. Imagine no electricity, no running water, no telephones, and no appliances!

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Lancaster County: Amish Farmlands, Museum Tour, Farm Visit

2. Lancaster County: Amish Farmlands, Museum Tour, Farm Visit

Sit back, relax, and leave the driving to professionals on your 14-passenger guided bus tour through Amish Country in Lancaster, PA. During this 90-minute guided tour, your knowledgeable guide will show you Amish farms, homes, and one-room schoolhouses. Interact with the Amish community, while making stops at a quaint Amish road-side stand. Experience true local flavor as you sample delicious home-made baked goods, fresh ice-cream, or cold home-made root beer.  Take your experience one step further as your guide takes you on a room-by-room tour of an original, centuries-old Amish farmhouse. The guided house tour will teach you about Amish history, religion, and clothing. For overseas visitors, a written translation of the guided house tour is available in 17 different languages, so you will not miss anything on the tour. Finish your day with a self-guided, farm visit of our 15-acre farm complete with animals, local artisans, and an Amish one-room school. During your farm visit, you'll have the opportunity to eat Amish-made food from the Amish BBQ Barn. David King and his family grill delicious chicken dinners, along with PA Dutch foods like whoopie pies. While visiting an Amish one-room school, sit in Amish desks and page through real Amish school books. This farm is home to the only "Scooter Run," where you can take a spin on real Amish scooters- just like Amish kids! Meet animals, like baby goats, chickens, Alpaca and Max, the Scottish Highland steer. Feel free to explore at your own pace and enjoy some lunch. Most visitors typically spend an hour on this part of the tour.

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Lancaster: Downtown & Amish Country Authentic Lancaster Tour

3. Lancaster: Downtown & Amish Country Authentic Lancaster Tour

This is the most comprehensive tour of Lancaster County, incorporating the charm and spirit of downtown Lancaster with its beautiful and scenic countryside. In the beginning of the tour you'll take a delightful stroll through the beautiful streets and byways of downtown Lancaster.  Discover the modern city of today steeped in the history and traditions of over 250 years of America’s colorful and exciting past. Visit the oldest settlement in Lancaster County, followed by a trip to one of 29 remaining covered bridges.  Experience an Amish creamery where you’ll get to choose from more than a dozen homemade ice cream varieties. Next, stop at a scenic lookout point for pictures before wrapping up the tour with a visit to an Amish farm where you can see a variety of handmade goods and crafts.

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5-Day Tour of America from New York City

4. 5-Day Tour of America from New York City

A full 5-day excursion to see Niagara Falls and the Thousand Islands. Continue to the historic city of brotherly love in Philadelphia and see the famous Liberty Bell and Independence Hall Square. You will also visit Washington DC, the US capital and visit the US Mint. Continue to Lancaster to learn about the Amish community. Day 1: Sunday New York – Finger Lakes – Niagara Falls In the morning, you'll depart from the Big Apple and head north. Pass the beautiful Delaware Gap to Watkins Glen State Park in the heart of the Finger Lakes region. Walk through Watkins Glen Canyon to visit the beautiful waterfalls and then continue to Niagara Falls passing Seneca Lake, arriving in the late afternoon. Tour the American Side of the Falls including the American Falls, Goat Island, and Luna Island. At night, tour Niagara Falls to appreciate the colorful lighting of the waters. Overnight: Niagara Falls – Wyndham Super 8. Day 2: Monday Niagara Falls – 1000 Islands Leaving the hotel, hear the thundering water of Niagara Falls. See the falls up close from the Horseshoe Falls. Afterwards, depart from Niagara Falls and travel through the northern part of New York State to explore the Finger Lakes region and Syracuse. Overnight at Alexandria Bay in the Thousand Islands area, on the American side. In April, dependent on weather, the tour may return to Niagara Falls overnight. Day 3: Tuesday 1000 Islands – New York Start the day with a cruise through the amazing Thousand Islands along the Saint Laurence River, see the houses of the rich and famous built atop private islands.  After lunch, head to New York. Enjoy a shopping excursion at one of the large outlet malls along the way and find some bargains in the brand name stores. Arrive at your hotel in New Jersey in the evening. Overnight New Jersey – La Quinta Inn and Suites, Fairfield. Day 4: Wednesday New Jersey – Philadelphia – Washington DC Depart New Jersey to the city of brotherly love, Philadelphia. Upon arriving, visit the historic area of Philadelphia, visit the famous Liberty Bell and both Constitution Square and Constitution Hall, some of the symbols of freedom in America. Then embark on a panoramic tour that includes Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Elfreth’s Alley (the oldest inhabited street in America), and more.  Departing Philadelphia, see the famous “Rocky Steps” and then continue north to Lancaster county home of the Amish people. Start your visit with a ride on an authentic Amish Buggy through the Amish farm country and learn how they live without the benefit of modern technology, no electricity, running water, telephone service, or appliances. After the ride, visit the Amish marketplace where you can shop for handmade arts and crafts. Overnight: Holiday Inn Express and Suites DC. Day 5: Thursday Washington DC – New York Start the day with a visit of Thomas Jefferson Memorial, by the Tidal Basin, surrounded with famous Japanese cherry blossom trees. Visit the Arlington National Cemetery, the changing of the guards and the Kennedy family gravesite.  Next stop is Capitol Hill. See the US Capitol and the White House to understand the core of the US government. Continue to the Air and Space Museum before visiting the Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Korea and Vietnam Memorials. In the late afternoon depart for an evening arrival in New York.

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4-Day Tour of America from New York City

5. 4-Day Tour of America from New York City

Visit the American and Canadian sides of Niagara Falls. Stop at an outlet mall for shopping, continue to the historic city of Brotherly love in Philadelphia and see the famous Liberty Bell and Independence Hall Square. You will also visit Washington DC, the US Capitol and visit the US Mint. Continue to Lancaster to learn about the Amish community. Day 1: New York - Finger Lakes - Niagara Falls Your morning departure from the Big Apple takes you north where you will pass the beautiful Delaware Gap to Watkins Glen State Park in the heart of the Finger Lakes region. Walk through Watkins Glen Canyon to visit the beautiful waterfalls and then continue to Niagara Falls passing Seneca Lake, arriving in the late afternoon (Winter itinerary goes to Montour Falls instead of Watkins Glen State Park). Tour the American and Canadian sides of the Falls including the American Falls, Horseshoe Falls, Goat Island, and Sister Island. At night tour Niagara Falls where you will marvel at the colorful lighting of the waters. Overnight: Niagara Falls - Wyndham Super 8 Day 2: Niagara Falls - New Jersey As you depart the hotel, hear the thundering water of Niagara Falls. See the falls up close from Horseshoe Falls and experience the power of the current aboard the Maid of the Mist (May-October). From November through April you will tour the Power Vista Hydro-electric Station, and the Cave of the Winds. At noon depart south to New York State. On the way to New York, enjoy a shopping excursion at one of the large outlet malls along the way, where you can hunt for bargains at their brand name stores. Overnight New Jersey - La Quinta Inns & Suites  Day 3: New Jersey - Philadelphia - Washington DC Depart New Jersey to Pennsylvania and to the city of brotherly love Philadelphia. Arriving in the Historic area of Philadelphia you will visit the famous Liberty Bell, and Constitution square and Constitution Hall, one of the symbols of freedom in America. Stroll Elfreth’s Alley (the oldest inhabited street in America) then continue on a panoramic tour of Philadelphia that includes the financial district, Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Historic Philadelphia and more. Departing Philadelphia, see the famous “Rocky Steps” and then continue north to Lancaster county home of the Amish people. Ride on an authentic Amish Buggy, visit an Amish market place of handmade arts and crafts and learn what it's like to live without the benefit of modern technology, electricity, running water or telephone service. Overnight at: Wyndham Garden, Washington DC. Day 4: Washington DC - New York  Start the day with a visit to Thomas Jefferson Memorial, by the Tidal Basin, surrounded with famous Japanese cherry blossom trees. Visit the Arlington National Cemetery, the changing of the guards and the Kennedy family gravesite.  Next stop is Capitol Hill. See the US Capitol and the White House to understand the core of the US government. Continue to the Air and Space Museum before visiting the Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Korea and Vietnam Memorials.  In the late afternoon, depart north for an evening arrival in New York.

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Lancaster County: Tour and Meal with an Amish Family

6. Lancaster County: Tour and Meal with an Amish Family

Explore Lancaster County with a local guide. Discover the history and cultural traditions of the Amish community.  Share a meal with a local Amish family in their own home. Enjoy a truly memorable experience that will be the highlight of any trip to Lancaster County.

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New York City: Philadelphia and Amish Village Tour

7. New York City: Philadelphia and Amish Village Tour

When one thinks of Philadelphia the first thing that comes to mind is the liberty bell. Originally housed in the independence hall, it now has its own building: the Liberty Bell Center. The center is filled with plenty of history about the Liberty Bell, and there is also of course the bell itself. Learn about Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution was debated and signed. Betsy Ross house is a small house with a big history, with Betsy Ross being credited with stitching the first American flag. City Hall will be next, which is the beautiful centerpiece of the city. Anchoring the long expanse of Broad Street, it offers an almost castle-like atmosphere with its intricate arches and stairways. You will then be able to run the "Rocky Steps", with the perfect photo and video opportunity waiting for you at the top of these iconic stairs. Philadelphia loves Rocky, and this is a truly iconic place with countless tourists lining up to grab a photo and doing their best Balboa impressions running up the steps. After visiting the most iconic places in Philadelphia you will head out to Lancaster County and the Amish community. There you will be taken back in time by their way of life, which includes no modern technology, electricity, or cell phones. You can experience an original Amish buggy ride to visit the local Amish farms, and will also enter an Amish home. Leaving the Amish in the afternoon, you will head back to New York City.

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Lancaster: Downtown History and Craft Beer Walk

8. Lancaster: Downtown History and Craft Beer Walk

Explore historic and charming downtown Lancaster on your visit to Lancaster County. The tour kicks off at the hub of Lancaster — the colonial square — and highlights the concentration of historical sites spanning 3 centuries, all within just a couple of blocks.  The nation’s oldest, continuously operating farmers market and theater, the birthplace of the Conestoga wagon, homes of some of Lancaster’s most famous citizens, colonial churches, and much more will be brought to life through stories, characters, art, and architecture. Learn the outsize role this small city played in the birth and growth of America as you stroll through charming streets and alleys and begin to understand the building blocks that lead to the present day. After the old city history walk, whet your whistle at some of Lancaster’s finest craft beer establishments with a couple of beer tastings. Learn how much of the city's colorful past is tied to beer. From 19th-century German influence to amazing tales of prohibition ingenuity, the delicious beer flowing through the taps comes from the present day but reaches back across the last 200 years.

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based on 255 reviews

Very well worth the cost of the tour! Our guide, Tim, was friendly, knowledgeable, and had a great sense of humor. He answered all of our questions and offered up a great deal of history. We will specifically seek Tim out on our next adventure!

Cool way to see antique and collectable toy trains! They have 10+ setup in ideal layouts that you can run -- so awesome to watch live! Also right next to caboose restaurant and hotel rooms that you can rent.

Love this tour was very historical and the Amish part was also very interesting and beautiful. Thank you

Great experience.. very informative. Driver and house guides are very friendly and knowledgeable.

Amazing trip. We had lots of fun. Highly recommend it!!!