Keystone Crossroads Itinerary at a Glance
You’ll experience these 9 great activities and more:
- Guided tour of the Pennsylvania State Capitol
- Experience a bygone era at Fort Hunter Mansion & Park
- Gettysburg Heritage Center
- Hershey’s Chocolate World factory tour
- Chocolatetownand Hersheypark
- Gettysburg National Military Park and Visitor Center
- WWII American Experienceguided tour
- Enjoy live theater in Pennsylvania Dutch Country
- Visit America’s oldest Amish community
Details and Tips
Region: Southeastern Pennsylvania
Category: History and Heritage
Length: 3 Nights
Best Time of Year: Spring through Fall
Suitable for: Adult groups that enjoy civil war history, historical museums and building plus great home-cooked food and live entertainment
Keystone Crossroads Day-To-Day Itinerary
Day One – Hershey Activities
Arrive at Hershey’s Chocolate World Attraction for a simulated factory tour ride of the Hershey’s Chocolate factory. Celebrating 50 years in 2023, visitors experience how America’s favorite confection is made from the cocoa bean to wrapped candy bar. Next, it’s Chocolatetown and Hersheypark, the latter a fun, family destination since 1906. The rides range from mild to wild. There’s something for everyone with 15 coasters for the enthusiast, the signature Hersheypark carousel and a spectacular Kisses Fountain. ZooAmerica features five themed regions of North America and many of the animals that inhabit them. Check in at one of the group-friendly, familiar brands from budget to amenities aplenty. There is an abundance of outstanding restaurants that welcome groups. Locally sourced handcrafted beer, wine and spirits creations showcase the area’s local flavors.
Day Two – Harrisburg Touring
Head to the building Teddy Roosevelt called, “the handsomest building I ever saw.” The Pennsylvania State Capitol offers FREE guided tours filled with fascinating facts about the most ornate Capitol in the United States.
Experience a bygone era at Fort Hunter Mansion & Park, a 40-acre park that is situated along the Susquehanna River. Professional tour guides lead you along the old Pennsylvania Canal trail where you can view 10 structures listed on the Register of Historic Places. Enjoy a catered picnic lunch on the grounds. Depart for Gettysburg.
Arrive at the Gettysburg Heritage Center, an interesting look at the Battle of Gettysburg. The two-part self-guided tour is both an interactive and visual experience from the town and the battlefield views. The award-winning orientation movie Gettysburg Animated Map is a must see before touring the battlefield.
Check in at one of Gettysburg’s group friendly hotels, many with your favorite corporate flag. Dinner tonight is either the Dobbin House Tavern, or Hickory Bridge Farm. Both are group favorites.
Day Three – Historic Gettysburg
Begin your day at the Gettysburg National Military Park and Visitor Center. Experience the film, A New Birth of Freedom and the museum featuring items from the largest collection of Civil War relics, interactive and multi-media presentations. Ranger led walks and talks are ideal for meeting the people and exploring the places that made history.
Arrive at the WWII American Experience for a guided tour. View a wide variety of WWII vehicles, uniforms and artifacts representing both the battlefield and home front. Enjoy a boxed lunch before departing for Lancaster.
Arrive at Kitchen Kettle Village, an outdoor shopping village with more than 40 shops. There’s a warm welcome and coupon books waiting for you. Don’t go home without some homemade Lancaster County food products. Encounter how the Amish travel in an early evening buggy ride. This authentic experience in the Amish countryside is available through AAA Buggy Rides, Aaron & Jessica’s Buggy Rides and Abe’s Buggy Rides.
After check-in, depart for an authentic Pennsylvania Dutch style smorgasbord at Shady Maple Smorgasbord, Hershey Farm, Dienner’s Country Restaurant or Miller’s.
Enjoy live theater this evening as stages come alive with musicals, dramas, magical, spiritual and comedy productions. What’s your choice – Sight & Sound, Fulton Theatre, Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre, American Music Theatre, or Magic & Wonder Theater?
Day Four – Pennsylvania Dutch Country Touring
Turn back the calendar in America’s oldest Amish community where the way of life has remained almost unchanged for more than 300-years. Immerse yourself in the “Plain” lifestyle and culture at one of the Amish interpretive experiences. Create wonderful memories at The Amish Village, The Amish Experience, or The Amish Fam & House.
Visit Downtown Lancaster, a shopping hot spot featuring unique gifts, antiques, clothes, Jewelry, home décor and more. While here checkout America’s oldest farmer’s market building Lancaster Central Market and grab lunch on your own at any of the local restaurants.
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