Where are the "Crossroads of Pennsylvania"? Officially – who knows? But unofficially, how about York County? Interstate 83 – the major route between Harrisburg (state capital) and Baltimore – dissects York County from North to South. And in northern York County, the Pennsylvania Turnpike – the main route between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh – cuts across our fertile soil. Of course, Route 30 – the only direct link between Gettysburg and Lancaster – passes near downtown York, and Route 15 – the route from Washington and Frederick to Harrisburg – constitutes our western border.

So yes, Virginia, there is a Crossroads of PA: and it’s right here in York County!

But as the pending visitor, what does that mean to you? Well, it means that you can stay in York and unpack your bags only once! Allow us to plan your week. Spend two days in York, visiting our historic sights, touring our factories, playing in our state and county parks, indulging at our farmers markets…well, you get the drift. Then, from your base in York, spend a day 30 minutes to the west: Gettysburg. Tour the hallowed Civil War battlefield. Spend another day 30 minutes to the north: Harrisburg. Here you will find the National Civil War Museum, State Museum, Capitol Building, and much more. Of course, if you have your kids along, you’ll have to spend a day indulging them. Good thing Hershey is only 45 minutes away. Act like a kid yourself at Hersheypark, then cool off at Hershey’s Chocolate World. Spend another day 30 minutes to the east: Lancaster. Here in the heart of PA Dutch Country you’ll find everything from Amish to Outlets. (And the Antiques Capital of the World – Adamstown – and Outlet Capital of the World – Reading – are just up the road from Lancaster). Finally, spend a day at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor visiting such attractions as the National Aquarium, Port Discovery Museum, and Camden Yards.

Note the theme here: central location. Within an hour’s drive you’ll find Gettysburg, Carlisle, Harrisburg, Hershey, Reading, Adamstown, Lancaster, and Baltimore. Yes, you "could" move from hotel to hotel…but why would you want to? Especially when York has such varied lodging, no matter what your taste!

Do you like historic, Victorian hotels? There’s a room for you at the Yorktowne Hotel (one of only 150 designated "Historic Hotels of America). 

What’s that? You prefer full-service resorts with restaurants and a golf course? Looks like Heritage Hills Golf Resort is for you.

Of course, York County has the chain hotels, too: Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn, Motel 6, Quality Inn, Red Roof Inn, Super 8, Sheraton Four Points, Days Inn, Best Western, Budget Host, Comfort, Inn, Country Inn… Well, you get the picture! Surf over to the York County Convention and Visitors Bureau for a listing.


And, if a bed and breakfast is more to your liking, here’s a great Web site: The Inns of York County.  This site is a joint effort of a dozen local B&B’s located throughout the county. Colonial homes, Victorian Mansions, and yes, even a barn turned monastery turned B&B (Canna Country Inn) are represented here.

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