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Gettysburg National Battlefield

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A small town with a big history

Steeped in Civil War history, Gettysburg is a historical hub that’s become a brilliant, educational stop-off on our escorted and self-drive tours. Known for the Gettysburg National Battlefield, this small town is also home to a variety of museums, as well as plenty of culinary delights. Read more...

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Explore the Beauty of Gettysburg

One of America’s foremost historical sites, Gettysburg is stepped in a past that is both captivating and chilling, brimming with countless Civil War landmarks, historic buildings and fascinating museums. But what not everyone realises is that Gettysburg is in fact a real town. What’s more, it harbours an exciting downtown filled with beautifully preserved heritage buildings, a wealth of cultural attractions and a thriving culinary scene. It’s convenient location in Pennsylvania, easily accessible from the capital Washington DC, makes it the perfect stop-off point on any tour of the East coast.

The principal draw to the area is the expansive 6,000 acre Gettysburg National Battlefield. Over three days in July 1863 some 50,000 soldiers died at this crucial turning point in the American Civil War. Tour the plethora of stone memorials, giant obelisks, flags and statues paying tribute to their plight, then visit the cemetery site where Lincoln gave his powerful address – one of the best known speeches in US history. Guided tours and a visit to the impressive visitor centre help make sense of the sheer scale and chaos of the events that unfolded.

Beyond the battlefield, Gettysburg is awash with heritage bringing this remarkable period of US history to life in dramatic detail. Stop by Farnsworth House to learn about the realities of life for Civil War soldiers. Pay visit to the restored home of George Washington Shiver for a harrowing insight into the civilian experience of the infamous battle. When you’ve had your fill of history, there are many more worthwhile diversions to explore in the lively college town, including some excellent shops, theatres and restaurants.

The brutality of the battle – the longest and bloodiest ever fought on US soil – stands in stark contrast with the natural beauty and tranquillity of the area today. The National Military Park is surrounded by a bucolic landscape of rolling fields, woodlands and farms with the Blue Ridge Mountains looming on the horizon. Long before the Civil War, the region was an agricultural hub and this tradition lives on today with vibrant agritourism and foodie scenes beckoning visitors from far and wide.

Four reasons to visit Gettysburg

  • Tour the site of one of the most important battles in American history, either by car, bike, foot, horseback or Segway
  • Make sense of it all at the Gettysburg National Military museum and Visitor Center where guided tours, interactive exhibits, films and reconstructions inform and enthral
  • Just north of Gettysburg lies the “Fruit Belt” of Pennsylvania, a region awash with vineyards, orchards and farmers markets. Take a tour of a winery or a working farm, pick your own fruit, or dive into a range of recreational pursuits in the charming countryside
  • All this natural bounty has given rise to a resurgent culinary scene, with ethnic and period restaurants, speciality shops, dedicated food tours, beer, cider and wine events and food-themed festivals held throughout the year

Gettysburg Photo Gallery

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Gettysburg Weather

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