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Experience Europe Without Leaving North America

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

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Amish Country: Lancaster, Pennsylvania

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)

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