No need to travel abroad to immerse your family in ethnic foods, languages and customs. These distinctive North American cities will make your next vacation a bon voyage.
By Diane Bair
Picturesque farms dot the countryside and horse and buggies clip-clop along back roads in Lancaster County, home of America's oldest Amish settlement.
Start here: Tour the Amish Farm and House and watch demonstrations of quilting and blacksmithing. The multimedia presentation at the Amish Experience explores the tough choices faced by Amish teenagers. Stop at a local shop to sample the baked goods.
Ethnic flavor: Pick from traditional Lancaster County recipes like ham loaf, brown butter noodles, fresh veggies and chow chow at the Bird-in-the-Hand Family Restaurant and Smorgasbord.
More to explore: The back roads are perfect for pedaling; rent bikes and ask for a map of suggested routes. Head to nearby Gifford Pinchot State Park to paddle the 340-acre lake or hike shoreline trails.
Stay here: Willow Valley Resort (800-444-1714; willowvalley.com) has two pools and suites, starting at $119. Or milk cows at Verdant View Farm B&B (888-321-8119; verdantview.com). Rooms from $73.
For more information Pennsylvania Dutch Convention and Visitors Bureau (800-PA-DUTCH; padutchcountry.com)