A Taste of Pennsylvania
Total mileage/Average drive time
139 miles, 3 hours
The most well-known regional fare in the state is the cuisine of the Pennsylvania Dutch. From hearty rich dishes, to simple country fare, the descendants of Germany and Switzerland, along with the Amish and Mennonite, have integrated their cooking styles into the state's history.
1. Lancaster - Starting Point
Lancaster and Lancaster County offer a number of surprises for the food lover.
Just look for the roadside signs that advertise homemade Amish root beer. Crafted by the oldest Amish settlement in America, this is real root beer made with roots and herbs; add ice cream and you have a true root beer float.
Enjoy your food a little twisted? Lancaster County has what you're craving. Visit Hammonds Pretzels, the oldest continuously family operated hand-made pretzel baker in the U.S. Tour the first commercial pretzel bakery at Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery and twist your own. Watch as Amish and Mennonite women hand twist over 1,200 pretzels a day at Martin's Pretzel Bakery, and take a factory tour at the Intercourse Pretzel Factory.
Whoopie Pie originated in Lancaster County, created by local Amish and Pennsylvania German residents, one bite and you'll see why Whoopie Pie is a Pennsylvania Dutch tradition,
The name says it all; Dutch Haven Shoo Fly Pie Bakery, that's where the shoo fly pie became famous, wet or dry bottomed. All baking is done on premises, and free samples are available.
2. Lebanon - 26 miles, 53 minutes
Stop here for best meat in the world. Lebanon bologna originated with the Pennsylvania Dutch and has a distinct tangy flavor with the appearance and texture of salami. It's so popular, the Lebanon Bologna Festival and Winter Carnival is held in its honor each January. Your perception of this famous lunch meat will never be the same.
3. Hershey - 13 miles, 26 minutes
Welcome to "The Sweetest Place on Earth," Hershey, Pennsylvania, home to Hershey's Chocolate World. Take the free Chocolate Tour ride, help solve the great chocolate factory mystery (in 4D), create your very own ultimate candy bar, or chocolate dessert. Enjoy a guided trolley tour of Chocolate Town, U.S.A., visit the Museum on Chocolate Avenue and learn more about Hershey founder Milton S. Hershey. You're bound to have a sweet time in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
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