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Now that the hustle and bustle of the holiday season is over, it's time to turn your thoughts to time off in 2024. What better way to find something to look forward to than to participate in National Plan for Vacation Day? Celebrated the last Tuesday in January, this special day is the perfect time to think about visiting York County, Pennsylvania!

A hidden gem nestled in the heart of the Mid-Atlantic region, York County -- known for its rich history, stunning landscapes, and vibrant cultural scene -- is the perfect destination for travelers seeking a unique and authentic experience. From exploring the charming downtown areas of York and Hanover to hiking the rolling hills of the Mason-Dixon Trail, York County has something to offer everyone. Visitors can also indulge in creative cuisine, shopping, and entertainment, or simply relax and enjoy the peaceful beauty of the countryside. 

Planning a trip here is a snap when you use Explore York’s website -- where you will find a wealth of information all in one convenient location. There's lots to see and do here, so start with the time of year you are able to visit. Check out upcoming events that match your interests and browse a list of local attractions as well as Explore York's Tours & Trails page. 

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Winter in York County, Pennsylvania, is a magical time of year. While the colder temperatures and snow may make it tempting to stay indoors, there are plenty of opportunities to get out and enjoy all that the season has to offer. Embrace the winter weather with outdoor activities like skiing, snowboarding, sledding, and skating. For those who prefer to stay warm indoors, there are plenty of cozy cafes and restaurants to visit. No matter what your interests are, there are plenty of things to do in York County, Pennsylvania, during the winter months. So bundle up and get ready to make some winter memories!

Plan a Spring Trip

With budding trees and blooming flowers, spring is a lovely time of year to plan a trip. There are plenty of things to do in the area to make the most of the season. Take a hike through the rolling hills of Rocky Ridge County Park, or stroll along the scenic trails of Samuel S. Lewis State Park. The York County Heritage Rail Trail is also a great option for bike rides or leisurely walks. York County is also home to plenty of local museums and galleries, including The York County History Center and Agricultural and Industrial Museum. The York Art Association features rotating exhibits of local artists, as well as classes and workshops for those who want to try their hand at creating their own art.

Spring is also a great time to indulge in some local food and drink. York County is home to several craft breweries and wineries, as well as farm-to-table restaurants that source their ingredients from local farms. Take a tour of the breweries and wineries, or simply enjoy a meal at one of the many local eateries located throughout the county.

York County Heats Up in the Summer!

With a variety of events happening throughout the summer season, there's something for everyone to enjoy. From food festivals to music concerts, outdoor movies to historical tours, this county has it all. One popular event is the York County BBQ Festival, which takes place in June. This two-day festival features live music, kids' activities, and of course, lots of mouth-watering barbecue. Another summertime favorite is the York Fair, which boasts a 250-year history and is one of the oldest fairs in the United States. The fair includes rides, games, livestock exhibits, concerts, and a variety of food vendors. For a more immersive cultural experience, visitors can participate in the annual Yorkfest Arts Festival, which features a diverse range of art forms from local artists.

Fall Foliage & Crisp Air

With autumn's crisp air and vibrant foliage as the backdrop, visitors can explore the numerous art galleries, museums, and theaters that the county has to offer. Those interested in the performing arts can catch a show at the Appell Center for the Performing ArtsThe Eichelberger Performing Arts Center, or the Belmont Theatre. Whether it's admiring the works of local artists or learning about the county's history, a fall trip to York County is the perfect way to indulge in art and culture.

Plan Where to Stay

Whether you prefer camping or glamping, a budget-friendly stay or a glamorous getaway, there's plenty of surprisingly affordable accommodations to choose from on our lodging page. Have a few extra days to spend? York County is the PERFECT place to call home base during your extended stay. Complement your YoCo experience with a trip to Hershey, Harrisburg, Philadelphia, or Baltimore. We are close to it all... but far from ordinary. 

Tell Us Your Story!

No matter where you stay or what you decide to do, you are sure to have a great time here in York County, PA. Be sure to take plenty of photos and tag us at #ExploreYorkPA #PlanForVacation. We look forward to seeing you here!