It takes about 2 ½ hours to drive from Newark to Lancaster, PA, a major Amish settlement and the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country. Lancaster is the oldest inland city in the U.S. and much history is preserved. Lancaster Central Market, the oldest continuously operated U.S. farmers market, offers handmade Amish items. Lancaster also boasts two outlet shopping centers and Central Market, which features locally grown and organic foods.
Travelers can use money saved on the discount airline ticket to stay in comfortable Lancaster area accommodations. These include hotels, motels, and bed and breakfast inns like King's Cottage and Silverstone Inn & Suites. Tourists should also sample Pennsylvania Dutch restaurants including Dienner's Country Restaurant in Ronks and Bird-in-Hand Family Restaurant & Smorgasbord in Bird-in-Hand.
The second leg of the trip involves another 2 ½-hour drive from Lancaster to Washington, DC. Once in the U.S. capital, travelers can explore many historical attractions including the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, National Archives, and Library of Congress. They can even sit in on a Supreme Court session and witness the changing of the guard at Arlington National Cemetery.
When their journey concludes, travelers will be at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington, Virginia, where they will use cheap airline tickets to get back home. This reasonably priced vacation package makes a perfect educational trip during spring break. Click here to price the airfare and rental car included in this journey.