Named for the German (Deutsch) immigrants who settled here in the 18th century, this picturesque farmland is home to the Plain People of the Amish, Mennonite and Brethren faiths. Known for their minimalist lifestyle and old-fashioned ways, the Plain People of Pennsylvania Dutch Country separate themselves from “The English” by wearing simple, modest clothing and shunning such modern conveniences as electricity and motor vehicles, preferring hard work and devotion to God, family and community.
You'll find a slower pace in Lancaster County, where horse-drawn buggies clop down country lanes past weathered barns and covered bridges. Historic sites and museums nod to the past—railroad trains, antique toys, old clocks—and working farms allow a glimpse into the austere life of past centuries. In small towns with charming names like Bird-in-Hand, Mount Joy and Paradise, you can browse through antique shops and farmers' markets (where the sweet corn comes straight from the field) and sample German comfort foods like shoofly pie and schnitzel. Local arts and crafts are highly prized, so look for hand-stitched quilts, hardwood furniture and redware pottery as reminders of your travels among the Pennsylvania Dutch.
Pennsylvania Dutch Country, PA
AAA’s in-person hotel evaluations are unscheduled to ensure the inspector has an experience similar to that of members. To pass inspection, all hotels must meet the same rigorous standards for cleanliness, comfort and hospitality. These hotels receive a AAA Diamond designation that tells members what type of experience to expect.
Save 5% or more when booking AAA/CAA rates plus earn bonus points with the AAA Preferred™ BWR ProgramBest Western Plus Revere Inn & Suites
3063 Lincoln Hwy E (Rt 30). Paradise, PA 17562
Members save up to 10% and earn Honors points when booking AAA/CAA rates!Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Ephrata-Mountain Springs
380 E Main St. Ephrata, PA 17522
Members save 5% or more and earn Marriott Bonvoy™ points when booking AAA/CAA rates!Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square
25 S Queen St. Lancaster, PA 17603
Save 5% or more when booking AAA/CAA rates plus earn bonus points with the AAA Preferred™ BWR ProgramSureStay Plus Hotel by Best Western Elizabethtown-Hershey
147 Merts Dr. Elizabethtown, PA 17022
As a AAA member, you'll save even more. Your AAA Travel Agent will check to see if AAA Vacations is combinable with other AAA member benefits, plus cruise and tour past passenger discounts and benefits.