Picture-perfect vistas, spots that look like they’ve been plucked from the pages of history, art exhibits you simply can’t find anywhere else, and hands-on experiences that put you in the center of the action – these are just a few of the share-worthy experiences you can discover when you visit York County, PA. From an outdoor, public space where artists can create masterpieces on the canvas of an abandoned furniture factory site, to stunning sunsets at popular wineries and even a shoe-shaped Airbnb you can make your home base as you “loaf-er” around town, grab your phone and your favorite travel crew and get ready to add some one-of-a-kind captures to your Instagram feed.
Art-Inspired Sites to Photograph
York County, PA’s art scene is one-of-a-kind. From open air art spaces that allow the public to create freely to locally-created installations at downtown hotels and restaurants, you’ll discover shareable inspiration around every corner.
Ruins Hall, an old furniture factory turned popular event venue, is unlike anything you’ve seen before. The previously abandoned concrete structure is now a fiercely protected spot for a range of experiences from live concerts and car shows to artist exhibitions and festivals. While the events are all amazing, a visit to check out and photograph the remarkable street art (which makes the perfect backdrop) is worth the trip.
While you’re out and about exploring York County, PA’s art scene, be sure to stop by Archetype Pizza to build your own pie and pair it with great brews from GearHouse Brewing Co. Whether you go the traditional pepperoni route or try their team favorite “Jersey Turnpike,” the crispy, thin and lightly charred pizzas are one-of-a-kind and will have your Instagram followers craving a slice.
Built in the early 20th century and located in the heart of York City, the newly renovated Yorktowne Hotel is recognized for its grandeur, rich history and artwork. Whether visiting for an evening or planning an extended stay, you can browse and capture photographs of the remarkable artwork displayed throughout the 14-story building. Created by 12, locally-commissioned artists, each piece is unique and made using a variety of materials including glass, fiber and acrylic to name a few.
Just as beautiful as the artwork is the stunning view of York City, which can be seen from the Graham Rooftop Lounge. Grab a drink and bite to eat while snapping shots of the sun setting over the local landscape – who doesn’t love a good golden hour pic?
This Miami-inspired indoor-outdoor bar serves up creative cocktails and shareable plates alongside a full lineup of art and entertainment. Covered in hand-painted murals, the vibrant outside courtyard is fun to explore and offers many photo opportunities that will be sure to have your followers double tapping. Stop in for happy hour, grab lunch or dinner, hang out and enjoy the great vibe and see what shots you’re able to capture. We promise you won’t be disappointed by adding this must-experience stop to your travel plans.
Scenic Views to Snap
York County, PA has an exciting, bustling downtown scene, but there are also several spectacular views to be found on the outskirts of town. If you’re looking to fill your Instagram feed with nature-inspired photography, check out some popular spots and experiences sure to help you capture the best shot.
Climb aboard an authentic replica 1860s steam locomotive (which is picture-worthy itself) and travel back in time as you ride along the very route that carried noteworthy presidents and generals and helped shape our nation. Along the way, you’ll travel through wooded areas and pass overlooks which offer bright, scenic views in the spring and summer when vegetation is in full bloom as well as fall foliage and snow-covered trees later in the year. Plan a visit during your favorite season and capture views unlike anything you’ve seen before!
Enjoy an “experience made from scratch” at Wyndridge Farm in Dallastown, PA. The 100-year-old family estate features an onsite craft brewery, craft cidery, farm store, restaurant and unforgettable views. At Wyndridge Farms, the menu changes regularly to feature Instagram-worthy dishes made with fresh, locally-grown ingredients. From the food to the brewery equipment and the views from the Beer Garden, there are so many picture-perfect opportunities that await you.
Wonderful Wineries & Vineyard Views
York County, PA boasts wonderful wineries and vineyards that offer spectacular 360-degree view just about any time of day. Grab your significant other, friend or family member and enjoy a relaxing day sipping on the area’s finest wines while capturing Instagram-worthy photos of your experience! Be sure to add the following wineries to your travel plans.
Allegro Winery – Located in Stewartstown, PA, Allegro Winery offers locally-crafted wine, slushies and beer. On the weekends during peak season (May through September), live music and food trucks are available for entertainment and small bites.
Balla Cloiche Vineyards – Looking for a peaceful, rustic setting where you can sit back, relax and sip on wine? Balla Cloiche Vineyards, located in Stewartstown, PA, is a family-owned vineyard with a tasting room nestled at the bottom of a hill. Come experience the many cozy areas that can be found around every corner of this vineyard.
Maple Lawn Winery – Escape to the countryside with a visit to Maple Lawn Winery and Cider House located in New Park, PA. Breath in the fresh air and sip on fruit-flavored wines crafted onsite. While there, be sure to explore the stunning farm, orchards and tasting room.
Thunder Ridge Vineyards – Thunder Ridge Vineyards, located in Spring Grove, PA, offers a small, boutique-style experience on a quaint property. Enjoy outside seating with serene views of the vineyard. Be sure to try one of their tasty, brick oven pizzas that pair well with any wine!
Action Shots to Seek
Are you an adventure seeker who loves to capture candid photos and unique experiences? Stop your followers in their scrolling tracks with action shots taken at these fan-favorite establishments in York County, PA.
Get your hands clean as you dig in and make your own body care products at Sunrise Soap Company. The Creation Station in downtown York, PA teaches visitors how to whip up their own soaps, bath bombs, lotions, lip balms and so much more. A variety of molds, essential oils and scents as well as glitters and other decorative items are available so you can make a creation that is perfect for you! Explore your creative side, make a body care item to take home and snap several action shots while you’re at it.
See talented performers in action at The Appell Center for the Performing Arts. From live shows and musical events to movie showings and interactive workshops, entertainment can be discovered in downtown York, PA. For the upcoming event schedule, click here.
Hamir’s Indian Fusion
Catch Chef Hamir in action as he combines ingredients from around the world to create Instagram-worthy dishes. From samosa to paneer and thali, the unique flavors of the Indian cuisine are worth the visit. Plus, custard, chai and other dessert items are served all day long!
The Howard Tunnel on the Heritage Rail Trail
Walk, run, bike or saddle up your horse to explore the nearly 30-mile Heritage Rail Trail. Stretching across York County and running through some of the most charming towns, the Heritage Rail Trail is home to a number of historic sites, including the Howard Tunnel. The 185-year-old, 370-foot landmark is the oldest continuously operational railroad tunnel in the world. That’s not something you get to photograph and post about on social media every day!
Historic Landmarks to Capture
The birthplace of the Articles of Confederation, the nation’s first Capital, the location of the first-ever built coal burning locomotive – York County, PA has a whole lot of iconic history discover. Take your followers on a journey back in time as you explore centuries of history that span the birth and coming-of-age of our nation.
You’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time when you visit this meticulously preserved four-building complex in the heart of York. Discover York’s critical role in Revolutionary War history and get a glimpse at what everyday life was like during the 18th century. From the home of upper class American General Horatio Gates to the Colonial Courthouse that preserves the period when the Second Continental Congress worked in York and adopted the Articles of Confederation, you can explore a range of exhibits, see reenactors in period demonstrations and participate in hands-on activities, including getting your photo taken in the wooden stocks outside the courthouse.
Central Market House
Experience fresh, local flavor at a historic landmark in York City. Central Market House is more than 125 years old and serves as a gathering place for the community. Visit on a “Market Day” to discover over 25+ food vendors, local artisans, live music, cooking demonstrations and so much more. Be sure to bring your basket and take fresh vegetables and sweet treats home with you.
Sharing a photo of your Airbnb that is shaped like a work boot would surely be a “shoe-in” to get some likes! Built in 1949, the 48-foot-long, 25-foot-high and 17-foot-wide Haines Shoe House is a staple in York County, PA. Recently renovated into an Airbnb, the guest house features 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, a living room, kitchen, recreation room, hot tub and outdoor fireplace.
If you’re ready to up your Instagram game while gaining new and unique experiences, start planning a trip to York County, PA. From art and history to nature and everything in between, there is SO MUCH to discover. You really can have it made here. If you haven’t already downloaded the YoCo Arts & Culture Pass, hop over and check it out! It’s free and you’ll find some exclusive deals and discounts you can take advantage of during your Instagram-worthy adventures.
If you’d like some help charting your course or additional tips and tricks for capturing the best photographs in the area, the amazing team at Explore York are the ones to call. We can’t wait to see you on your discovery journey!