The eastern coastal states of the United States can lay indisputable claims to the longest European history in the entire country and Lancaster is an example of this. As part of the Pennsylvania Dutch area, the city shares a long history in the US with the likes of Bethlehem and York. The city itself is less than 7 square miles. This shouldn’t fool you though. Within those 7 sq. miles, the city packs in more American history than most cities of similar size in the US. You can easily get lost amidst the mixture of old and new architecture as the city keeps on foot squarely planted in its heritage without being unable to define itself anew with each turning of the age.
One of the current primary draws of Lancaster, beyond its proximity to a number of vibrant cities, is its local cultural scene. The city takes pains to support the local arts and its shows through the galleries and plays that go on in the city. To some, the highlight of this is the local Pennsylvania College of Art and Design’s open gallery that showcases the talents of their students to the public. But there are plenty of professional art galleries throughout the city capable of satisfying you.
History is what draws most people to the city though. Lancaster and its siblings tend to share the distinction of being some of the earliest inland cities settled by Europeans in the United States. This long history has lead to the city to acquire a number of the eclectic traits that come with age. One of the most charming aspects is the Lancaster Central Market, one of the oldest farmer’s markets still in operation in the United States. The market has been operating since within the first few decades of the city’s existence and has yet to shown any signs of closing up shop. Downtown has its share of historical buildings as well. Tours are available regularly to walk you through both the city and its history so that you gain a greater appreciation for their heritage.
By the time you’re done exploring, you’re sure to have worked up an appetite. Lancaster is more than willing to help with that as well. Plenty of restaurants are situated around the city. They do tend to be focused more towards the historic sections of the city, and this is actually fairly appropriate. Some restaurants focus on preparing traditional Pennsylvania Dutch cuisine to ensure visitors get both the metaphorical and literal flavors of the region. If you’re not feeling adventurous, plenty of other kinds of restaurants exist as well that will be happy to fill your stomach. Odds are there will be plenty of locals as well willing to tell you about how much they enjoy their city.
The small size of Lancaster turns some people away from this location, but don’t allow it to drive you away. History, food, and the arts all flourish in this small city. You can even make day trips to other cities in the region to get a better sense of the overall history of both the area and, in some ways, the country as a whole.
OROGOLD Park City Center Store
Park City Center, the largest enclosed shopping mall in South Central Pennsylvania, is popular as an upscale mall that is home to a number of luxury brands catering to all sorts of requirements. The mall is anchored by The Bon-Ton, Sears, Kohl’s, JCPenney and Boscov’s, and is also home to brands such as American Eagle Outfitters, Apple, Banana Republic, bebe, Charlotte Russe, Crocs, Forever 21, Gap, Michael Kors, Spencer’s, Teavana, Victoria’s Secret and White House Black Market. The mall also boasts of a great food court which is particularly famous for its Chinese food. Other restaurants and cafes located here include Burger King, Haagen-Dazs, Olive Garden, Subway, Starbucks and LongHorn Steakhouse.
Address: Zone E, Upper Level, 142 Park City Center, Lancaster, PA 17601.
Contact No: 1-877-554-1777
Store Hours: 10:00 AM – 09:00 PM (Monday – Saturday)
11:00 AM – 06:00 PM (Sunday)