Discover York — Where in the World is York County?

York County is situated in the heart of Pennsylvania's most popular tourist region. Our extensive transportation network, coupled with the quality and quantity of lodging options, make York County the perfect destination for a central Pennsylvania vacation. Spend a few days touring the factories and museums, exploring the county and state parks, or shopping in the antique stores and specialty gift shops; then enjoy the attractions our neighboring counties have to offer.

Only 30 miles to the west of York City lies the Gettysburg Battlefield, where in 1863 over 172,000 Union and Confederate Soldiers fought the deadliest battle on North American Soil. Today, much of the 5,700-acre battlefield has been preserved, home to forty miles of battlefield roads and 1,000 monuments.

Harrisburg — Pennsylvania's State Capitol — is located only 25 miles to the north. Here you can explore the State Museum of Pennsylvania, tour the Governor's Mansion, or visit the new Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts, complete with IMAX theater.

Nearby you’ll find "The Sweetest Place on Earth" — Hershey. Your kids are sure to delight in the rides and activities awaiting your family at the 110-acre Hersheypark, ZooAmerica, and Hershey's Chocolate World Visitors Center.

To the east of the Susquehanna River is Lancaster County, another area with a rich Pennsylvania Dutch tradition. Lancaster is best known as home to the Old Order Amish — the deeply religious "plain" people who reject many of the modern conveniences most of us take for granted. There is much more to Lancaster County than the Amish, including an amusement park, farmers' markets, and a growing number of outlets.

Of course, York is only about an hour's drive from the "Outlet Capital of the World," Reading, PA. Rated as the "number one shopping destination in North America" by the American Bus Association, Reading has over 300 original factory stores. In addition, nearby Adamstown's "Antiques Mile" is known as America's Antiques Capital.

York County’s southern border is the Mason-Dixon Line, with the city of Baltimore only an hour’s drive from downtown York. Baltimore is best known for its Inner Harbor, the National Aquarium, and the Orioles and Ravens sports teams, but also contains a diverse number of shopping, educational, and cultural attractions as well as a popular zoo.

And - if all this isn't enough, York is only two hours from Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.

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