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Pennsylvania Dutch Country

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*[[Harrisburg area|Harrisburg metropolitan area]]
*[[Lancaster countyCounty]]*[[Cumberland County (Pennsylvania)|Lancaster countyCumberland County]]
*[[Carlisle (Pennsylvania)|Carlisle]]
*[[Lancaster (Pennsylvania)|Lancaster]]
*[[Lebanon (Pennsylvania)|Lebanon]]
*[[Mount Gretna]]
*[[Reading (Pennsylvania)|Reading]]
*[[York (Pennsylvania)|York]]
*[[Lebanon (Pennsylvania)|Lebanon]]
*[[Carlisle (Pennsylvania)|Carlisle]]
==Other destinations==
*[[Hershey (Pennsylvania)|Hershey]]
While Pennsylvania Dutch Country consists of a lot of rural areas, towns and a handful of small cities and is noted for its high Amish population, it is home to over 1.5 million people and maintains one of the highest rates of population growth in the Northeast United States due to lower cost of living but close proximity to major metropolitan areas. It is truly a diverse region with rolling hills, orchards and farms but also growing, bustling and vibrant yet historic cities.
Much of the "Plain" population (consisting of groups like the Amish and Old Order Mennonites) is bi-lingual, speaking both English and a dialect of German called "Pennsylvania Dutch." A much smaller portion of the non-Plain population of Pennsylvania Dutch descent is also bilingual. Among the Plain, some smaller children speak only this dialect until starting school. The name "Pennsylvania Dutch" is actually a mispronunciation of "Deitsch," or German in the regional dialect. Church services are held in "high German," as opposed to the dialect.
==Get in==
===By plane===
There are several regional airports in south central Pennsylvania but the largest and most used is Harrisburg International Airport [] (MDT) located in Middletown, just minutes from Harrisburg and PA Route 283. Harrisburg International Airport has over a dozen non-stop flights to cities in the U.S. and Toronto in Canada.
==Get around==
===By car===
The easiest way to get around the region is by car. There is an extensive network of roads and the area is criss-crossed by several major interstates (81, 76, 83) and U.S. routes (11, 15, 22, 30).
===By train===
Amtrak's high-speed Keystone line [] travels through Lancaster and Dauphin county with stops in Lancaster, Mount Joy, Elizabethtown, Middletown and [[Harrisburg]] is useful if traveling between Lancaster and Harrisburg but does not link up the rest of the region.
*Ski Roundtop []
*Ski Liberty []
*Whitetail Resort []
*<eat name="Miller's Smorgasbord" alt="" address="2811 Lincoln Highway East Ronks, PA 17572" directions="On the left side of Rt 30. About a mile past rt 896 when travelling East." phone="1-800-669-3568 " url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Very authentic Dutch food for a fair price. Restaurant is often crowded, so reservations are highly recommended. There are many shops on the premises which are well worth checking out.</eat>
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==Links=={{isPartOf|Pennsylvania}}*Hershey Harrisburg Official Visitors Center []{{regionguide}}*Lancaster County Pennsylvania Dutch Country Official Visitors Center []{{outline}}
[[WikiPedia:South Central Pennsylvania]]

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