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From the Horse-Drawn Buggy to Harleys

In a land of fertile fields, slender country roads and old-fashioned main streets, it's incredible that the bustle of cities such as York and Harrisburg are a short drive away. One of the most distinctive landmarks of the region is the Susquehanna River, named for the Indian word "sisquehanne" meaning "muddy river." This amazing body of water is so wide it's often mistaken by those who drive alongside it as a lake.

Photo of a Civil War re-enactment
Re-enactments at the Gettysburg National Military Park give visitors a closer look at the Civil War.

The historical importance of this region shines. York, the first capital of the United States, offers many attractions that tell the tale of early American history, such as an acclaimed series of downtown murals. It's also the home to many major industries, including Harley Davidson. Hershey is home to one of the word's greatest chocolate makers. Lancaster heralds the famous Fulton Opera House, one of the oldest continually functioning theaters in the country. And Adams County is filled destinations that memorialize the story of the Civil War, culminating at the Gettysburg National Military Park.

The region does not fail to entertain its visitors with unexpected treats and experiences. When Milton S. Hershey planned a community for his factory employees, he knew to include entertainment. As a result, fun-filled HersheyPark is a park for all ages, bordered by world-class resorts, golf courses and shopping venues. Dutch Wonderland is a classic, old-fashioned amusement park that celebrates good-natured fun. Visitors can learn much about the state government of today and earlier times in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania's capital and home to the amazing Capitol Building and Welcome Center.

If you have time to shop, treasure hunters will not be able to resist the merchandise of local antiques dealers. The Amish, with their alternative lifestyle, impeccable craftsmanship and bountiful produce, attract thousands of tourists every year to places such as the Amish House and Farm.

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