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Pennsylvania Dutch Country Visitors Center       501 Greenfield Road, Lancaster, PA 17601       717-299-8901

Itinerary Ideas

Covered Bridges of Northern Amish Countryside

Day 1

Ephrata Cloister
Explore one of the country's earliest communal societies. Here, discover the history and heritage of a group best known for its art, music and medieval German architecture.

Ten Thousand Villages Store, Restaurant and Oriental Rugs
Ten Thousand Villages is a non-profit marketplace for exquisite home and garden decor, jewelry and personal accessories, textiles, baskets, musical instruments and gifts handcrafted by fairly paid artisans in more than 35 Third World Countries.

Green Dragon Farmers' Market & Auction
Enjoy this one stop shop, where you can find everything from jewelry to home furnishings!

Day 2

Bucher's Mill Covered Bridge
Built in 1881, Bucher's Mill is nestled among the trees hidden on Cocalico Creek Rd. Unfortunately, the original bridge was destroyed in 1881, but it was rebuilt the following year, and today is the second shortest covered bridge that is still open to traffic.

Weaver's Mill Covered Bridge
Once called White Hall Mill Bridge, Weaver's Mill was built in 1878 and is frequently used by the Amish and their horse and buggies.

Bitzer's Mill Covered Bridge Covered Bridge Lancaster PA
also known as Martin's Mill Bridge, Eberly's Cider Mill Bridge and Fiantz's Mill Bridge from previous mill owners, Bitzer's Mill was built in 1846, making this the county's oldest covered bridge still in use. In fact, because this bridge is so old, and because it rests over a shallow creek, steel "I" beams were installed under the floor to help support the foundation.

Shady Maple Smorgasbord
Come enjoy 200 feet of a variety of delicious food prepared Pennsylvania Dutch style. Also on site are Shady Maple's extensive gift shop and famers' market. The complex is along Rt. 23 on your left - you can't miss it!