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Sep 9, 2019 15:04:08   #
JimBart
 
My wife and I will be leaving Michigan on Sept 22 and heading to the Sight and Sounds theater in Lancaster. We will be travelling through Ohio and Pennsylvania before arriving in Lancaster. Can anyone provide me info on photo opportunities or things to see/do either in route or while in Lancaster County We will be on the road for approximately 10 days.
Thanks a bunch

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Sep 9, 2019 15:13:17   #
Hamltnblue (a regular here)
 
Strasburg Railroad and Pennsylvania Railroad Museum is very close.
The area is also heavy with Amish lifestyle that may interest you.
You'll also be about an hour and a half from Philadelphia, which has plenty to see.

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Sep 9, 2019 15:36:45   #
kenievans (a regular here)
 
I will be in Lancaster County this weekend. My wife is from there. My favorite place to go is Green Dragon Farmers Market in Ephrata PA. It is only open on Fridays starting at 9:00 am. Some typical flea market stalls but there are also many Amish vendors selling fresh produce, meat, baked goods, and hand made items. You have to try the fresh sticky buns made right there as you watch. Lots of neat photo ops. Here is a link to their website. http://www.greendragonmarket.com/

There is also the Amish Farm tour. I enjoyed visiting it. You get a chance to see how the Amish live and what the inside of their houses look like. Since the Amish are very private and do not like having their photos taken, this is one of the few opportunities to take photos.
https://www.amishfarmandhouse.com/

The whole area is just beautiful and in a few weeks fall will be coloring the trees. Have a great trip!

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Sep 9, 2019 16:33:21   #
Mac (a regular here)
 
JimBart wrote:
My wife and I will be leaving Michigan on Sept 22 and heading to the Sight and Sounds theater in Lancaster. We will be travelling through Ohio and Pennsylvania before arriving in Lancaster. Can anyone provide me info on photo opportunities or things to see/do either in route or while in Lancaster County We will be on the road for approximately 10 days.
Thanks a bunch


Pittsburgh has a lot to offer including The Point where the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers meet to form the Ohio River and Mount Washington which offers a beautifully scenic view of the city---ride the incline up and back.
The Pennsylvania Grand Canyon near Wellsboro.
The Strasburg railroad and Philadelphia as already mentioned.
In Lancaster, be sure to eat at the Shady Maple. It's an all you can eat smorgasbord run by the Amish.

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Sep 9, 2019 17:05:15   #
rmorrison1116 (a regular here)
 
Hamltnblue wrote:
Strasburg Railroad and Pennsylvania Railroad Museum is very close.
The area is also heavy with Amish lifestyle that may interest you.
You'll also be about an hour and a half from Philadelphia, which has plenty to see.


It's the Railroad museum of Pennsylvania; the Pennsylvania Railroad museum is in Altoona

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Sep 9, 2019 17:07:59   #
quixdraw (a regular here)
 
Penn's Landing and the Seaport Museum - very photogenic.

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Sep 9, 2019 17:16:23   #
Mac (a regular here)
 
quixdraw wrote:
Penn's Landing and the Seaport Museum - very photogenic.



From Penn's Landing you can see the battleship USS New Jersey across the Delaware River at the Camden waterfront.

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Sep 9, 2019 17:20:32   #
rmorrison1116 (a regular here)
 
Mac wrote:
Pittsburgh has a lot to offer including The Point where the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers meet to form the Ohio River and Mount Washington which offers a beautifully scenic view of the city---ride the incline up and back.
The Pennsylvania Grand Canyon near Wellsboro.
The Strasburg railroad and Philadelphia as already mentioned.
In Lancaster, be sure to eat at the Shady Maple. It's an all you can eat smorgasbord run by the Amish.


Shady Maple is NOT run by the Amish. The owners family may be Mennonite but they are definitely not plain people and definitely not any type of Amish. Also, if you want a better meal, go to Yoder's buffet about a mile west of Shady Maple. They are not as large as Shady Maple but their food is better.

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Sep 9, 2019 17:39:49   #
rmorrison1116 (a regular here)
 
Mac wrote:

From Penn's Landing you can see the battleship USS New Jersey across the Delaware River at the Camden waterfront.


You can tour Commodore Dewey's flagship the cruiser USS Olympia and if you're not claustrophobic, the WWII submarine USS Becuna is a floating museum berthed right next to the Olympia. Although not a tourist attraction on display, the fastest ship to make the north Atlantic crossing from the USA to Europe and back, the SS United States, is berthed just south of Penns Landing. This majestic ship is rusting away in the Delaware river waiting for someone to rescue her and return her to her former glory.

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Sep 9, 2019 17:49:06   #
quixdraw (a regular here)
 
One more - got a lot of good photos and excellent food & beer at Reading Terminal Market. There is also a Chinatown nearby - didn't get into it, but saw it - looks interesting as well.

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Sep 9, 2019 17:56:06   #
Mac (a regular here)
 
rmorrison1116 wrote:
It's the Railroad museum of Pennsylvania; the Pennsylvania Railroad museum is in Altoona


Isn't the museum in Altoona actually named the Railroader's Memorial Museum?



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Sep 9, 2019 18:52:02   #
Bobspez
 
New Hope and surroundings can occupy a day or two en route to Lancaster.

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Sep 9, 2019 18:52:02   #
Bobspez
 
New Hope and surroundings can occupy a day or two en route to Lancaster.

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Sep 9, 2019 20:44:27   #
rmorrison1116 (a regular here)
 
Bobspez wrote:
New Hope and surroundings can occupy a day or two en route to Lancaster.


New Hope is in Bucks County in East Pennsylvania, about as east as you can go in Pennsylvania. Since the folks in question are traveling from the West, New Hope would not be en route to Lancaster. Traveling from NJ is a different story.

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Sep 9, 2019 20:54:48   #
rmorrison1116 (a regular here)
 
Mac wrote:
Isn't the museum in Altoona actually named the Railroader's Memorial Museum?


Yes, the official name is the Railroaders Memorial Museum. The basic difference between the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania and the Railroaders Memorial Museum is, one puts more emphasis on the Pennsylvania Railroad (Altoona) and one does not.

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