We usually visit one of the three museums in town. It feels less intrusive. You can click all kinds of cool pictures without bothering real people and once you are done you can head out for lunch. Authentic Pennsylvania Dutch cuisine is a little too bland for us. But we do love their apple cider and the green beans and always make it a point to buy a gallon of apple cider if we happen to chance upon an Amish Market, which happens quite regularly in Lancaster. And remember that thing about this place being a tourist trap, it has its positive sides...lots of chain food establishments which cater to every kind of cuisine.
benefit of others, we always make a stop here. Infact, we first visited Lancaster in 2008 with the in-laws.
From the humble hand made ones to the jaw dropping ones designed with the help of sophisticate computer programs, this museum has always been a hit with our visiting friends and family.
And in the evenings when everything shuts down, we indulge in some retail therapy at the scores of outlets that line Route 30, before heading back to D.C.