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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)