Gettysburg Travel Guide

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Gettysburg Highlights

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    VeronicaG says…

     A wealth of history; a touching reminder 

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    HoneyJen says…

     If you don't like history, you'll be bored 

  • In a nutshell
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    AlbuqRay says…

     Definitely worth a visit but must deal with crowds of tourists 

Gettysburg Things to Do

  • Devil's Den

    Known also as the Valley of Death and the Slaughter Pen, this strange large set of boulders and rocks at the base of Little Round Top was the scene of heavy fighting, when Union artillery batteries and infantry units were located here to protect the main lines. On July 2nd, the Confederates mounted a large attack on the Federal troops, forcing the...

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  • Battlefield

    The Battle of Gettysburg (Pennsylvania). Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee concentrated his full strength against Union Gen. George G. Meade's Army of the Potomac at the crossroads county seat of Gettysburg. BTW, General Meade had been given command of the Army of the Potomac only three days before this fateful battle began. On July 1, Confederate...

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  • Little Round Top

    The peak of Little Round Top is 650 feet above sea level. It rises 150 feet above nearby Plum Run to the west and is covered with large boulders. During the battle, the western slope was generally free from vegetation, while the summit, eastern and southern slopes were lightly wooded. On 2 Jul 1863, it was the key point in the Union Army's...

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  • Pennsylvania Memorial

    Dedicated to both the 11th PA Infantry as well as their mascot "Sallie." To be honest the reason I wanted to find this monument was because of the stories I had heard about Sallie. For the full story about Sallie. For those looking for this monument it is easy to over look it. The "back" of the monument is facing the road so if you did not know...

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  • Cemetery Hill

    The cemetery is location Cemetery Hill in Gettysburg. Cemetery Hill was actually named before the battle because of a small city cemetery called Evergreen Cemetery that was established in 1854. Cemetery Hill also played a role in the Battle of Gettysburg. On the first day of battle, 1 July 1863, Union lead elements under the command of General...

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  • Hall of Presidents

    The Hall of Presidents is a collection of wax figures that represent Presidents of the United States. Each is complete with a backdrop that represents their time period they served as President. Their is even a collection of wax figures of The Hall of First Ladies. We didn't get the chance to visit it, but wanted to include it because neat places...

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Gettysburg Hotels

Gettysburg Restaurants

  • Enjoy The Vast Menu!

    My wife and I happened upon this restaurant and pub while walking the square of Gettysburg in October of 2006. They have outside seating as well as the pub and restaurant area. Upstairs is a banquet area. I travel to the Gettysburg area at least a couple of times a year and while I am there I wouldn’t consider eating anywhere else. I will always...

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  • Casual with good food!

    Sports Bar Pub with kegs on our table and a very reasonable bar menu. Enjoyed the appetizers tremendously, the pulled pork spring rolls and Tune bites were fabulous. The Crab Bisque was fabulous. Owner Keith was friendly. Food was quick, reasonable and good. Burgers & wings looked fabulous. Appetizers

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  • Historic from 1776

    Enjoyed the ambiance, we felt like we stepped back in time at this National Historic Site. The waitstaff were dressed in the period, the rooms were charming, we sat behind a canopy. We made reservations well in advance & still had to wait. Explored the underground railroad and artifacts upstairs as well as the Country Curiosity Store. The rolls...

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Gettysburg Nightlife

  • A Drink to Beat the Summer Heat

    The Pub is a bar.restaurant located right on the corner of busy Lincoln Square. My wife and I stopped in here for an afternoon drink afetr visiting the Train Station. It was unbearably hot that day with temps in the high 90's; so a drink was definitely needed.The place was jam packed both outside on their streetside dining area and inside. We...

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  • Sounds in the Night

    Gettysburg has always meant tradition, history and a peacefully quiet destination. However, if you are looking for this type of getaway, do NOT visit on the weekend after the annual re-enactment of the Battle of Gettysburg, because something else invades this little town. It's called Biker weekend, and oh boy, it's noisy!We didn't know this was an...

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  • Ghost tours

    I guess I could put this under tourist trap but what the heck . I saw a documentary on Gettysburg telling of the hauntings that supposedly happen here and I have to admit it got my interest . Anyway there are several tours to choose from from around $9.50 for a couple of hours.

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Gettysburg Transportation

  • Trolley Rides

    These are relatively new, but I suppose they make sense. Gettysburg is not a big town but given the number of people who travel here every year, it gets horribly congested. This gives the tourist a break from dealing with the many traffic lights, the small roads, the hassle of finding parking spots at every location. I'm all about mass...

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  • By car. It's an hour and a...

    By car. It's an hour and a half from BWI and Dulles, and Harrisburg International.My preference would be to bike around Gettysburg, however, there are no accommodations for bikers, so you have to be very cautious. (FYI: It's illegal to ride on sidewalks.)**UPDATE** Since 1999 there are two new bike rental shops. One is Gettysburg Bike Shop on York...

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  • The best way to get to...

    The best way to get to Gettysburg is by ones own car. Though Greyline Buses do make a stop here.By car or on foot. If driving, there is an audio tour available to listen while driving through the park.

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Gettysburg Shopping

  • Antiques Glore~

    I have not been to an antique shop for a very long time. I use to frequent them with my best friend Marilyn because she loved them. Since her passing, I stopped going. So my sister thought we should venture into the shops especially this one. Wow, what a huge shop. They have two floors filled with all sorts of items from so many different times...

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  • Unique~

    This wonderful historical building houses a unique shop that caught my sister's eye right away. They had lots of wonderful quilted items for sale here. I think quilting is a dying art and the skill has been passed down through my family. My great grandmothers quilted, my mom and my sister, my nieice and even I have quilted. So a store like this is...

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  • Gettysburg Largest Gift Shop~

    This is a really neat shop if your looking for unique or not so unique gifts. Lots of Boyds Bears Plush, Colonial & Old Virginia Soy Candles, Pewter & Picture Frames, Jewelry, Large Selection Civil War Books, Buxton Billfolds, Anheuser-Busch Dealer, Plaques and Awards, Engraving Service, Hallmark Cards, T-shirts and Sweatshirts, Pa Dutch Hex Signs,...

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Gettysburg Local Customs

  • Don't take ghost tours ...

    Do not take a ghost tour if you find being yelled at by teenagers offensive. It is literally a past time of local high school kids to yell boo and stupid things. Take this from a past high school student.

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  • Finding the battlefield/other tips

    Ok as a resident of Gettysburg for over 30 years here's a couple things. 1. Please don't ask "where's the park?" or "which way to the park entrance?". This is a 6,000 acre park! There is no entrance, it's everywhere. Instead ask how to get to either the visitors center or information center. This way you won't get any snickering from the person....

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  • Historic Buildings

    A good number of historic buildings in town and scattered around the battle field are private residential homes. Just because there is a plaque or marker near or on the home does not give visitors permission to go take a look around. Treat these homes just as you would your neighbors house.

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Gettysburg Warnings and Dangers

  • drinking/driving

    Watch for PA state police searching for out of state licesense drivers for DUI. I am NOT advocating drunk driving at all. However, they will stop you for "erratic driving" and you are FORCED for a blood test (automatic 1 year suspension if you do not comply)If you have no priors or criminal record, you then enroll in their "rehab program"..costing...

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  • Your being watched

    Granted it is not a big surprise but, sometimes you just might not be thinking about it while your on vacation. Most of the shops in town have cameras set up. This is especially true of the shops that were once homes. You might be alone on the second floor looking at stuff but you really are not. Now I am not saying this to worn shoplifters but,...

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  • Ticks suck

    On my last trip here I found two ticks on me. In all the years that I have been coming to Gettysburg I have never had that happen. I am not sure where I picked them up but, one was on my neck and the other on my arm. Needless to say I thought it was odd not having gone off any main site seeing roads or even grassy areas at that point in the day....

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Gettysburg Tourist Traps

  • Beware Imitators..stick with your own...

    Okay, don't get me wrong...the ghost walks can be fun. Especially if you are able to tag along with Johlene "Spooky" Riley and her crew. They are entertaining and present a historic look at the ghost stories that are family-friendly. Be aware, though, there are a few other groups that have tried to ride the coattails of that group. Don't be...

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  • There is only ONE REAL ghost tour in...

    Believer or not, it is fact that Gettysburg is home to one of the bloodiest and most horrifying events to occur on American soil. So why wouldn't there be ghosts? My family and I took a week long vacation to the DC area just this past August and Gettysburg was one of our stops. Before leaving for our trip, I used this very website to plan...

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  • Pioneer Lines Ghost Train - What a RIP...

    On the evening of Saturday, July 26, 2008, my wife, my two daughters, and I went on the Pioneer Lines "Haunted Ghost Train". We had purchased the tickets in advance, on line, and picked them up at the train station. The price was $22.00 per person,($88.00 total) and for an additional $7.00 per person you can purchase the "Conductor's Lunch", which...

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Gettysburg What to Pack

  • I Wish I'd Known First Time 'Round!

    A backpack is a must for a day or evening in the military park - try walking too far from your car carrying your water bottle, camera, sunglasses, flashlight, cell phone,...I made that mistake only once! If you plan to do a lot of exploring off the beaten paths, good hiking boots are a must - lots of hilly, rocky terraine through the wooded areas...

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  • Consider bringing...

    If you are visiting Gettysburg in the spring/summer and you plan on visiting the battlefield (which is the reason most come here in the first place!) BRING INSECT REPELLENT AND MAKE SURE IT CONTAINS DEET!!! The ticks are EVERYWHERE here, and they are sneaky little b***ards!Other things to consider....if you're taking pictures, or using anything...

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Gettysburg Off The Beaten Path

  • Ayres Avenue - Another Way to See Little...

    Near The Wheatfield on Ayres Avenue's far southeast loop there is a view of Little Round Top from the valley. It is much quieter there than up on Little Round Top. One of the videos shows this "Valley of Death," as it was named after the battle, along with both Round Tops. There are several memorials, including ones for the 13th PA Reserves...

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  • Old Alms House Cemetery

    Page Under Construction.Trying to find out more information on this cemetery. If you know anything about this location I would like to know.It had a mix of civil war area graves and more recent ones (2010). It seemed that there a stander marker for both the old ones as well as the newer ones. The new markers were nothing more then a little name...

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  • Lincoln Highway Vintage Gas Pump

    Page Under Construction.Part of the Lincoln Highway which runs through 14 states cost to cost. Adams county has 10 road side art pieces worth looking at. Information can be found here. Two also resided in Gettysburg. One is a mural on the Gettysburg Shopping Center which I seemed to have missed. The other is the Vintage Gas pump. There are a total...

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Gettysburg Favorites

  • Civil War Traveler podcast

    Similar to the general audio tours that can be purchased from just about any shop in Gettysburg, with two main differences. First, being that these podcasts are FREE, and can be listened to on any device that can play the mp3 file format. Second, these podcasts are more specialized giving an in depth look at particular areas of interest. Right now...

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  • Parking

    Just like in any other city on street parking is a premium. If it is not hunting for a spot it is looking for change to feed the meters. To avoid this I would suggest finding a place to park and walk around town instead it will save you a little money and a lot of aggravation.There is a parking lot between the Gettysburg Battlefield Bus Tours and...

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  • Ways to Tour Gettysburg

    There are at least two ways to tour Gettysburg on your own. The intersection of Baltimore Street (Hwy-97) and Steinwehr Avenue (US-15) is not downtown but it is the center of a tourist area. If you stay in a hotel or B&B near this intersection you can walk to many attractions, including the Soldiers' National Cemetery and Annex, the Ginnie Wade...

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