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Lancaster (Pennsylvania)

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Introduction

Lancaster, Pennsylvania is primarily known for its large Amish community and Dutch heritage. Travellers come form near and far to tour Amish farms and experience the nostalgia of days gone by. But Lancaster offers attractions and events that extend well beyond the rolling hills of its farmland. Downtown Lancaster has become an artistic and culinary hub, full of first-class galleries, art schools, cafes, and independent restaurants. Lancaster is also home to a variety of theatres and concert venues.

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Getting Around

By Public Transport

Red Rose Transit

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Sleep

  • Lancaster Inn & Suites - Conveniently positioned close to popular attractions such as Root’s Country Market & Auction, the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, and Landis Valley Museum.
  • Lancaster Arts Hotel - Situated in the heart of downtown, Lancaster Arts Hotel features deluxe accommodations with unique surroundings. All of the rooms are filled with original works of art, especially that of local Pennsylvania artists.
  • The Red Caboose Motel - The Red Caboose Motel's prime location places you in the Heart of the Amish farming community and footsteps from the historic Strasburg Railroad, the Choo Choo Barn, and the Pennsylvania Railroad Museum.

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Keep Connected

Internet

There is a very small internet bar/cafe culture in the USA. Even then most of the internet bars/cafes tend be located in major urban centers. Accessible WiFi networks, however, are common. The most generally useful WiFi spots are in coffee shops, fast-food chains, and bookshops, but also restaurants and hotels more and more have a network to connect on. Some of them might require you to buy something and you might need a password too, especially in hotels.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

The general emergency phone number is 911. The USA has a great landline phone system that is easy to use. The country code for the U.S. is +1. The rest of the telephone number consists of 10 digits: a 3-digit area code, and a 7-digit number. Any small grocery store or pharmacy has pre paid domestic or international phone cards. These phone cards are very cheap and offer good rates. The once ubiquitous pay phone is now much harder to find. Likely locations include in or near stores and restaurants, and near bus stops. The cellphone network in the states is slowly getting better but is still not as good when compared to other western countries. Cell phones tend to operate using different frequencies (850 MHz and 1900 MHz) from those used elsewhere in the world (2100 MHz). This used to prevent most foreign phones from working in America. Phones must be tri- or quad-band to work in the U.S. Fortunately, technology has meant that most phones should now be able to pick up one of the U.S. networks. Prepaid phones and top-up cards can be purchased at mobile phone boutiques and at many discount, electronics, office supply and convenience stores. A very basic handset with some credit can be had for under $40.

Post

The US Postal Service is a very good and well priced mail system. There are post offices in every small and large town for sending packages internationally or domestically. Although some might keep longer hours, most are open at least between 9:00am and 5:00pm. If wanting to send a letter or postcard it is best just to leave it in a blue mail box with the proper postage. First-class international airmail postcards and letters (up 28.5 grams) cost $1.10. There are also private postal services like FedEx, UPS, TNT and DHL, which might be better value sometimes and are generally very quick and reliable too.

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