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About Gettysburg

It may be synonymous with one of the Civil War’s bloodiest battles, but modern-day Gettysburg is a pretty, tranquil town with a rich history to uncover.

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About Gettysburg

The three-day battle which took place just north of Gettysburg from July 1st-3rd 1863 saw over 8,000 people killed. This was the largest land battle ever fought in North America, when Union and Confederate Troops clashes outside the town, and today the main tourist attraction in Gettysburg remains the battlefield and museums.

There’s more to Gettysburg than its history, though, with plenty of outdoor activities, wineries, nature preserves and family attractions to explore. It’s also only a 1.5-hour drive to Washington DC and day trips to Hershey and Lancaster are possible, too.

While you’re here, don’t miss out on the chance to dine on traditional fare like Crab Imperial Casserole, fried chicken and game pie in the surroundings of a historic tavern or barn. There are plenty of family-friendly options for dining, too, from all-you-can-eat buffets to fast food.

What to do

Any trip to Gettysburg starts with a visit to the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. This is the ideal place to uncover the town’s rich history, The Museum has 11 galleries packed with artifacts from the Battle of Gettysburg, there’s a short film to watch and you can take a self-guided or guided tour of the Battlefield on foot or even on horseback!

Tours of the George Spangler Field Hospital Site and Eisenhower National Historic Site are also available. Stop off at the Gettysburg Heritage Centre and visit the waxworks at the Hall of Residents and First Ladies.

Take the kids on a ghost tour at Farnsworth House, visit miniature horses at the Land of Little Horses Farm Park and shop for souvenirs in the historic town center. Golfers can tee off at The Links at Gettysburg.

Top Gettysburg travel tips

You can get around Gettysburg almost any way you can think of – rent a bike, explore the battlefield on horseback, rent a Segway, take a bus tour, walk or rent a car!

It’s 62 miles to Baltimore-Washington International Airport and around 40 miles to Hagerstown Regional Airport. 

If you don’t like crowds, avoid coming to Gettysburg on the battle anniversary dates (1st-3rd July) – summer weekends in general can be pretty busy.

There’s far more to this corner of Pennsylvania than the Battle of Gettysburg, although history lovers are going to enjoy a memorable vacation.

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