A Day In Lancaster County, PA

When you have a day to waste and you are within driving distance of Lancaster County you might want to take a country drive and discover the many covered bridges the county has to offer.  Sometimes referred to as “kissing bridges” because of the many couples who have strolled across them over the years, Lancaster County offers more than two dozen of these architectural beauties – each with its own inviting story.

A good place to begin your daily trip is to do a little homework.  Maybe sit down with a map of Lancaster County or better yet, a computer with internet access and maybe even Delorme Maps.  Assuming you have internet access since you are here reading this, than you might want to check out this site offering different tours to find the bridges.

My trip began in Royalton heading south on SR441.  About 5 miles or so on the left I found my first bridge.  Now this one sits on private property and is no longer open to traffic.  It is however a very photogenic bridge.  See left.

Zigzagging across the county I ended with photographing maybe 22 bridges.  Because you are in the heart of PA Dutch country it is very easy to get sidetracked and begin chasing other sites.  Try to stay focused and you should be able to see at least 20 bridges.  This includes time out for eating and relaxing.

And speaking of eating and relaxing you may want to plan your route around the Shady Maple Restaurant.  Talk about a buffet.  You will not leave hungry.

Lancaster county and the PA Dutch Country has so much more to offer and requires many one day adventures or a good week or two vacation.  I am fortunate enough to live close enough to visit whenever I have the desire.

If you live within an hour’s drive than I strongly urge you to do your homework and visit Lancaster County.  Not once, not twice, but as often as it takes to fully enjoy all there is to offer.

Following are some links to a three part series regarding Lancaster County and her covered bridges.  These short videos were mady by Barbara Kauffman, founder of Kauffman Creative Services of Palmyra, PA.  Check the links out in order.  You will have to use your back arrow in your browser to come back to this page each time.  Part 1:  http://tinyurl.com/7x9txf6  Part 2:  http://tinyurl.com/84z2jrk  Part 3:  http://tinyurl.com/7dffht2  …  And of course you can check Barbara’s services out at http://www.kauffmancreative.com/


Published by Rick Backstrom



About Rick

A senior who has traveled a lot of this great country. Not as a trucker or traveling salesman, but as an adventurer born in the wrong century. I am blessed with a wife who has come to accept my carefree lifestyle and takes an active part in our travels.


  1. Bill Webster says:

    Wow, more covered bridges. You sure have got some nice pix of covered bridges. You should consider making them available for people who would like to purchase some…

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  2. Rene Coder says:

    I don’t live far from Lancaster and I find something knew there every time I go. Never thought about just touring the bridges

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  3. Bill Comrey says:

    I’m a lifelong resident of Pennsylvania, other than a three year enlistment in the U.S. Army … and I’ve had the pleasure to travel to many locations across the USA. But nothing compares to the charm and simplicity of the environment that can be found in Lancaster County. Whenever I have visitors to my home, in addition to seeing the area highlights of my hometown of Harrisburg, PA, a day trip to Lancaster County adds an excellent touch when I’m showing off Central Pennsylvania to my out of state friends. Best regards… Bill Comrey

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  4. I live near Lancaster County and I tell you honestly, I never get tired of Lancaster. I highly recommend the Shady Maple. http://www.shady-maple.com/ As you mention there are a lot of things to see and do in Lancaster County. The countryside drives of the covered bridges are glorious. But if you decide to allow yourself to be distracted by other sights, I would encourage day trippers to consider visiting on a Friday and including lunch at the Green Dragon Market in Ephrata! http://www.greendragonmarket.com/

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  5. Yes, the Shady Maple, http://www.shady-maple.com/ — How could I forget it? Talk about a Smorgasborg Buffet — Guaranteed to add a couple lbs and inches, lol… Be careful…

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