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Experience the Many Facets of Pennsylvania’s Dutch Country Roads Region

Published: Mar 1, 2010

Variety of Offerings Linked Together by Quality, Culture, and History

Harrisburg, PA – The south central area of Pennsylvania known as Dutch Country Roads is a region woven together by many strands, from its hearty cuisine to its artistic culture to its rich history.

Yet this deep-rooted tapestry encompasses a refreshing mix of old and new, where the traditional ways of the Amish and heady scent of fresh-mown hay meet the thrilling sensation of a roller coaster and rhythmic sounds of symphonies and factory tours. 

Delighting in this combination of the comfortable and the contemporary, it’s no wonder that travelers have made Dutch Country Roads the leading tourist region in the state, one that they enjoy returning to again and again.

Bounded by Chambersburg in the west and Reading in the east, visitors discover the essence of this land and the diversity of its offerings along roads that lead to towns and cities like Hershey, Carlisle, Gettysburg, Lancaster, York, and Harrisburg – a region that has played a vibrant role in America’s story, and continues to do so today.

Guests can find out a lot about who we are and what we do – and have a good time doing it – at many of our annual and periodic festivals and events, such as the Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg, which is the largest indoor agricultural exposition in the U.S.  The same can be said for the Kutztown Folk Festival celebrating Pennsylvania Dutch and early American folk life, as well as Chambersburg’s IceFest every January.  And in 2010, Lancaster County is marking the 300th anniversary of its first settlement with a year-long slate of activities and events.

We bring folks side-by-side with the past at numerous history and heritage attractions as well, from the sacred ground of Gettysburg National Military Park to a captivating ride through the Lebanon Union Canal Tunnel.  Visitors can learn about U.S. involvement in various wars through the life-sized exhibits along the Army Heritage Trail in Carlisle, or explore our nation’s early Revolutionary period in York’s Colonial Complex.

All this activity is sure to build up an appetite.  Fortunately, Dutch Country Roads is home to a delicious culinary tradition, full of signature dishes, as well as flavorful experiences like the Gettysburg Fruit & Wine Trail and the farmers markets that are dotted throughout Lebanon County and the rest of the region.  Adding to this shared bounty is an inherent creativity that’s bursting with top-notch shows, eye-catching artistry, and pitch-perfect music in places like the Allenberry Playhouse in Boiling Springs and the city galleries and Amish craftsmanship of Lancaster County.

If it’s family fun you want, just head in any direction and you’re sure to be rewarded in Dutch Country Roads, from the exciting rides and dazzling entertainment of Hersheypark to the Harley-Davidson plant and other fascinating factory tours in York County.  Or head for our varied activities in the great outdoors, like the exhilarating speed of the Maple Grove Raceway in Mohnton and the year-round recreation offered at Whitetail Ski Resort in Mercersburg. 

The nine counties comprising the Dutch Country Roads region – Adams, Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry, and York – offer visitors an inviting mix of urban chic and rural beauty, as well as a convenient central location for your Pennsylvania getaway. For more information, visit www.dutchcountryroads.com.

Summary Profile of the Dutch Country Roads Region

Noteworthy Corporate Headquarters:

Armstrong (floorings, ceilings, cabinets)
Auntie Anne’s Soft Pretzels
BAE Systems (defense, security, aerospace)
Boscov’s Department Stores
Carpenter Technology (specialty alloys)
Charter Homes
Elite Sportswear
Giant Food Stores
HARSCO (industrial services)
The Hershey Company
Penske (transportation services)
Rite-Aid
Snyder’s of Hanover Pretzels
Turkey Hill Dairy & Teas
Tyco Electronics

Our Hospitality Community:

Total number of  Hotel Rooms – 29,540

Total number of  Hotel and B&B properties – 335 and 222

Total number of  Stadiums / Sporting Venues  – 131

Total number of  Wineries – 31

Total number of  Farmers Markets  – 41

Total number of  Amusement and Theme Parks – 4

Total number of  Experiential Trails (Wineries, Antiques, etc.) – 28

Total number of  Golf Courses – 60

Total number of  State Parks  – 17

Total number of  Antique Outlets – 54

Total number of  Galleries – 105

Total number of  Museums – 117

Total number of  Restaurants  – 687

Total number of  Hiking / Biking Trails – 236

Total number of  Theaters / Performing Arts Venues – 44

Author: Rick Dunlap

Public Relations Director
Hershey Harrisburg Regional Visitors Bureau
3211 North Front Street, Suite 301 A, Harrisburg, PA 17110
Rick@HersheyHarrisburg.org
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Cell: 717.884.3328

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