First you should see these 50 HDR photos of New York, to continue with these images increasing the contrast between mega-city and rural area (perhaps the most pronounced on the planet just three hours away). Yes New York it is the maximum expression of cosmopolitanism, the disproportion in the form of skyscrapers, the activity (cultural, economic, tourist) at a certain point unfathomable, just three hours by car the panorama could not be more different.
We could also approach New York from its curious corners, to continue through the surprising attractions close to the big city. Without a doubt, visiting the Amish community of Lancaster, in Pennsylvania will be one of them. The Amish are a religious community that could broadly be characterized by their simple and traditional life away from any of the modern comforts.
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There are 22 Amish communities in the United States, with the second largest being in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania (which is about three hours from New York). The Amish (descendants of Germans and Swiss) live in communities far from the big metropolises, and are recognizable for using clothes, or forms of transport characteristic of the 17th to 18th centuries, following a strict series of rules and traditions.
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They not only practice technological abstinence from vehicles, but also from modern forms of communication such as televisions, telephones, or power supply through electricity (although the set of rules is not the same in all communities). As for their way of making a living, the Amish are very efficient in the exploitation of the land (agriculture and livestock), self-sufficient in food whenever possible.
To visit the area known as “Pennsylvania Dutch Country”, you have to travel about three hours from New York. They can be visited from museum cities of Amish origin, take Amish wagon rides, or taste typical dishes of this ethnic group.
You can deepen the information to visit Amish communities in other recommended blogs:
Knowing the Amish community of Lancaster (The traveling anchovy)
How to visit Amish County (Travel Guides)
Touring Amish territory in Lancaster County (El Rincón de Sele)