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Lancaster Day Trips: Your Guide to Sustainable Travel in Lancaster County and Beyond


Lancaster Day Trips is a guide to sustainable travel in Lancaster County.  It is a close up look at what to expect at each location including background information, nearby food venues, local green/sustainable businesses, and fun activities and events.  It also contains background information on every destination as well as personal anecdotes, and easy tips on traveling sustainably.


Additional Information on Lancaster Day Trips
Why Travel Sustainably
How to Become a Sustainable Traveler


  • The Strasburg Railroad and Museum
  • The Amazing Maize Maze
  • The Fulton Theatre and Downtown Lancaster
  • Landis Valley Farm Museum
  • Wilbur Chocolate Factory and Historic Lititz
  • Nissley Winery
  • Central Park
  • Chickies Rock Park
  • Lancaster Science Factory
  • Hands-on House


What to Do When Your Plans Change
Frequently Asked Questions


Additional Information on Lancaster Day Trips

Lancaster Day Trips, as part of Project Green Lancaster, helps readers learn how to become sustainable travelers and give back to the environment and local communities.
I spent every summer in Lancaster with my grandmother and cousins growing up.  Now I live in Lancaster permanently and attend Millersville University.  Lancaster County has a special place in my heart. 

Millersville University is the starting point for my driving directions.  Additional directions are easy to find on Google Maps.


Why Travel Sustainably

Tourism takes away from the natural environment year after year through deforestation, pollution, and cultural alteration.  Traditional tourism often changes local cultures and traditions. For some communities, tourism creates a type of co-dependence.  If the flow of tourists ceases to exist so does the community.

The goal of sustainable travel is to give back to the places we visit.  It is about respecting local cultures, economies, and environments by only taking what we need and giving it back later.  The great thing about sustainable travel is that anyone can do it. 


How to Become a Sustainable Traveler

Traveling sustainably is a simple and easy way to give back to the environment and local communities. It means becoming a responsible traveler by making a positive impact on the places we visit through environmental conservation and cultural preservation.  
Easy Tips to Traveling Sustainably:

  • Before You Leave…

    • Sustainable travel starts at home.  Make sure all the lights in your house are off before you leave.
    • Unplug appliances like microwaves, video game consoles, televisions, power strips, computers, and cell phone chargers.
    • Plan ahead.  Map out the places you want to visit and determine a travel route before you head out.

      “As much as 10 percent of the electricity used in your home is wasted energy burned by adaptors, chargers, computers, and other appliances that we leave plugged in when we’re not using them.” -Thomas Kostigen, co-author of The Green Book (2007).

  • Getting Ready…

    • Pack lightly. 
    • Bring along a refillable water bottle.
    • Pack a meal to go.  Storing food or snacks in a reusable container helps reduce waste.
    • Bring a tote or recyclable shopping bag with you to keep your purchases in.   

      "The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation estimates that a child packing a reusable lunch box will prevent 67 pounds of lunch waste from entering the landfill each year..." -Amy Hemmert, author of The Laptop Lunch User's Guide: Fresh Ideas for Packing Wholesome, Earth-Friendly Lunches Your Kids Will Love.

  • Traveling Without a Car

    • Get familiar with car-less transportation options.  Finding a sustainable and less expensive way to get to and from your destination is easier than you think.  Websites like have web pages on green travel for eco-friendly tourists. 
    • More and more cities are offering free or cheap ways to get around like bike stations and public transportation systems.  Finding an alternative way to travel helps reduce carbon emissions and congestion from traffic.
    • Check out Google Transit.  It is a good tool for finding public transportation in various cities.
    • In general, alternative forms of transportation include:  public transportation, car sharing, walking, cycling, and electric, hybrid, or bio-diesel cars. 

      “According to the National Household Transportation Survey, more than 40 percent of trips in the urban areas in the United States are two miles or less and 89 percent of these trips are made by car.  [So] the next time you travel, take your bike with you or plan to rent one when you get there.” –Bill Wilkinson of the National Center for Bicycling and Walking.

    • Rent a hybrid car.
    • You can find more sustainable travel tips at

      “Public transportation produces 95 percent less carbon monoxide, 90 percent less in volatile organic compounds, and about half as much carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxide, per passenger mile, as private vehicles.” –The American Public Transportation Association.

  • Traveling With a Car

    • There are easy and inexpensive ways to maintain your car that makes traveling safer, more eco-friendly, and better for your gas tank.
    • Check your tires before heading out.  Removing debris from your tire treads adds more miles per gallon as you drive. 
    • Limit left turns.  It sounds strange, but limiting the amount of left turns you make helps the environment in a small way.  Why?  Because waiting to make a left turn burns fuel in your car and all the cars behind you. 
    • Drive less aggressively.  Aggressive driving means speeding, accelerating rapidly, and sudden or hard braking, each of which can negatively affect your gas mileage.  So slow down and enjoy the ride so you can enjoy the extra money in your pocket later. 
    • Remove extra weight from your car.  Take out any items you do not need.
    • Keep your engine in tip-top shape.  Anything ranging from bad spark plugs to incorrect timing can lower your gas mileage.
    • Use your air conditioner less.
    • Use a mileage calculator to help you determine the cost of gas on your trip.  Here are some great mileage calculators to help you determine the price of gas the next time you travel:
    • You can find more gas saving tips at and 

  • When You Reach Your Destination

    • Give back to the community by supporting local businesses.  Eat at a local diner and check out a few street shops.  You never know what treasures you may find.
    • Respect the local culture by better understanding the location, its customs, and its inhabitants.   
    • Visit during a festival.  One of the best times to visit a new place is during a festival.  Festivals bring out local vendors as well as community members.            



















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