Lancaster + Harrisburg

Hey guys,
It is a long time I’m not writing anything, but I was superbusy with vacation, trips and parties.

In June I went with Carolina for a weekend getwawy in Lancaster and Harrisburg! It was just the two of us and we had an amazing time. I couldn’t asked for a better buddy. We were never in a rush and we saw everything we planned,

Lancaster was our first stop.

Lancaster is a city located in South Central Pennsylvania which serves as the seat of Pennsylvania’s Lancaster County and one of the oldest inland towns in the United States. Also Lancaster County is home to the second largest Amish settlement in the world.

SATURDAY DAY 1
Amish farm and house – 2395 Covered Bridge Dr, Lancaster, PA 17602
We picked the general admission ($9.25) so we had the Guided House Tour, Self-guided Tour of 15-acre farm, Amish schoolhouse. The guide was really good and we learnt many things.
Downtown Lancaster: We took a walk in the entire area. It was a couple of hours, but Lancaster is not big, so we enjoyed the architecture, the shops, the gardens etc.
Historic St. Mary’s Church: – 119 S Prince St, Lancaster, PA 17603
It was one of the highlights and it was actually very pretty.

SUNDAY DAY 2
We spent the day in Harrisburg.

Harrisburg is the capital city of the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. Why? Well, Harrisburg has been an important transportation center since the days of riverboat traffic. Its western boundary is formed by the Susquehanna River. This location played an important part in its selection as the capital of Pennsylvania in 1812. Because of its location, Harrisburg played a large part in the early development of the Pennsylvania canal system and the subsequent development of the railroads, highways and airlines. Today, Harrisburg is one of the most important commercial centers and distribution points in the East.

Pennsylvania State Capitol – 501 N 3rd St, Harrisburg, PA 17120
We took the tour at 1.00pm, which was free and definitely worth it. It is not long, but allowed us to see many interesting things.
Cathedral of Saint Patrick – 212 State St, Harrisburg, PA 17101
This was one of the highlights, but we actually enjoyed all the churches downtown. It was impressing to see how many churches there are!
Walking downtown: Surprisingly we discovered that nobody was downtown. I’ve never seen such an empty city. Almost depressing. Also all the shops were closed including the restaurants! I’ve been told that since it is not a city in which people live but only commute to go to work it gets deserted on weekends.
Fort Hunter Mansion and Park – 5300 N Front St, Harrisburg, PA 17110
We drove here in the afternoon, and I’m glad we did it. The tour guide was an old lady and she told us so many things and curiosities about this mansion. The tour wasn’t very long (if I remember correctly around one hour) and very pleasant. (5$)

WHERE TO SLEEP
We spent the night in Elizabethtown.
We picked that town because it was very cheap and half way between Lancaster and Harrisburg.
I’m very very happy with my decision because the house was amazing. The owner wasn’t at home, so we had the whole house for us. It was very clean, cozy and with a big backyard. The entire neighbourhood was nice and quiet. Here the link of the house.

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