Distance from Baltimore: 70 miles, about a 2-hour drive Why it's worth the gas: The Amish have lived in the Lancaster area since the early 1700s, when Anabaptists -- Christians believing in adult baptism, such as the Amish and their less strict cousins, the Mennonites -- fled religious persecution in Europe and landed in William Penn's new colony, which promised tolerance. Today, there are 14 towns & villages in Lancaster County and many opportunities to explore Amish country. Visitors can get a glimpse of the Amish lifestyle by going on a tour of an Amish home, schoolhouse, and barn. You can also go on Ale, Dairy, Market, and Winery trails or eat at some of the restaurants in downtown Lancaster. Don't miss:: Amish Country Homestead at Plain & Fancy Farm- The only Amish home available for touring in Lancaster County. Tour guides will explain the lifestyle of an Amish family by discussing their clothing, living without electricity, and learning in a schoolhouse. Visitors can also do a more intimate tour in which they can talk to Amish families in their home. Tickets range from $34.95 to $49.95 Information: Visit www.padutchcountry.com or call 1-800-723-8824.
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