Your first trip to Gettysburg can often be full of questions… Where do I start? How long should I stay? Where should I eat? Gettysburg has so much to offer, and it can often be difficult to plan your trip if you haven’t traveled here before, or you haven’t visited since that 7th grade field trip you took when you were in school.
Destination Gettysburg is here to help! We asked our veteran Gettysburg visitors for their best Gettysburg travel advice. Check out their travel tips and suggestions.
1. “Start at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. Explore the museum and Cyclorama. For a nice overview of the battlefield, do the bus tour. For more in-depth information, hire a Licensed Battlefield Guide. Be sure to plan for a good long weekend to take in everything. The town has lovely gift shops, eateries and museums. Find time to visit the wineries as well!” – Veronica A, Facebook
2. “We live there now every weekend from spring to fall, so we have done a lot. I’d say step off the beaten path. Go to the Gettysburg Heritage Center Museum, try a Segway or scoot coupe tour, come for the Memorial Day Parade or 4th of July Fireworks, find the Historic Round Barn and Farm Market and Hollabaugh Bros. Inc. Fruit Farm and Market, eat at Mason Dixon Distillery and Restaurant, and have ice cream at Mr. G’s.” – Krista H, Facebook
3. “There is so much to see and do in Gettysburg, plan accordingly. Take a Double Decker Bus Tour or go at your own pace with an audio tour!! I have been to Gettysburg hundreds of times, but still take a bus tour. Dine at the Dobbin House Tavern, the Farnsworth House Inn Restaurant and Appalachian Brewing Company. Just soak in the magnitude of the battlefield and reflect on everything that happened there. You will absolutely love it there!!!” – My Gettysburg app user
4. “Get up early and experience the battlefield at sunrise, when everything is quiet and there is much less activity. You can almost picture yourself as one of those boys looking out on the field on the mornings of July 1863.” – Stu N, Facebook
5. “When we first moved to Gettysburg we went to the Cyclorama which gives a wonderful perspective and overview of the Battle. Soldiers’ National Cemetery is an interesting stop too. There is also such beautiful orchard country around the Biglerville/Orrtanna area and South Mountain. After driving all over, don’t forget to take a break at Ernie’s Texas Lunch, The Parrot or Tommy’s Pizza! And Land of Little Horses is a break from the history too, if smaller kids are in the picture.” – Vicki G, Facebook
6. “Definitely pace yourself! The first time we were there it was fall and gorgeous! There’s so much to see, I would plan at least two weeks! We take our fifth wheel and go to Gettysburg KOA Kampground and Round Top Campground – both were great. It’s a very humbling experience. Take plenty of Kleenex! There are a couple art galleries that have gorgeous paintings depicting the rich history of the area. We love Gettysburg!” – @prestonphotography1, Instagram
7. “Start your visit at the Gettysburg History Center. They have an amazing diorama that gives you a full overview of the entire three-day battle. Also, if you have kids visit Devil’s Den. We go every time. My kids love to explore the area. Finally, one of the coolest ways to see the battlefield is on horseback. We took a very enjoyable fully guided tour out of Artillery Ridge Campground with National Riding Stables.” – Tracy B, Facebook
8. “I visit Gettysburg every year! I suggest pairing your trip with a beer or wine festival, or other fun, local event so you get the best of Gettysburg, past and present. One day, tour the battlefield and the next day, absorb and discuss what you learned over a beer sampling on Seminary Ridge. Works for me!” – @pamrak, Instagram
9. “This is my go to place! My husband and I go several times a year and always find something new to experience! We started out with the Jennie Wade House Museum and Gettysburg Museum of History! Both places are awesome and a good start! Gettysburg has so much to offer, so just take your time & explore the beauty of it! It’ll keep you coming back!!!” – Terry D, Facebook
10. “Prioritize prior to going. Make a list of must-see sites. It’s a lot of ground to cover and so much will be missed (I go several times a year and still find new things) so take in what you can. If you plan on going to the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, allow for a few hours if you really want a complete visit. Mostly, just enjoy this beautiful town, battlefield and its history. Must see for me each visit: Elizabeth Thorn memorial and Soldiers’ National Cemetery.” – Charlotte A, Facebook
Each visitor has their own unique traditions and must-see stops in Gettysburg. Plan a visit and make your own Gettysburg traditions. With the Destination Gettysburg My Gettysburg app, website and free travel planner, you have access to places to eat, things to do, places to stay, trip ideas, travel deals and more right at your fingertips! We are also available to answer your questions at 717-334-6724 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We would like to give a big thank you to everyone who submitted their recommendations. We love hearing each account of fond memories made in Gettysburg.