Category: Great Outdoors
January 25, 2018
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 ... Read This Story
January 4, 2018
By Paige Neidig – Growing up, my family and some of our friends would go snow tubing every winter. My mom would tightly bundle me up in snow gear, layer after layer, until I could barely move, but that didn’t stop me from sprinting to the tubing area to pick out what I deemed to be the fastest tube. I remember racing down the hill in competition with my friends over and over again, making for one of the best nights I’d have all winter.
Fast forward many years to this winter. My friend, Kody, and I get stir crazy easily. We’re ... Read This Story
November 2, 2017
Anyone who has been to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania will tell you that the sunsets here are sensational. They beautifully signify the end to a wonderful day of exploration and learning for visitors and locals alike. The biggest question then is, where to spend your evenings catching sight of this wonder while in our historic town? Not to worry – we have ten great spots for you to add to your list next time you are in Gettysburg.Oak Ridge
Whether it be from ground level or atop the observation tower, viewing sunsets across the first day’s battlefield won’t disappoint. As the northern most ... Read This Story
September 22, 2017
By Stacey Fox – The official start of fall is finally here and once the temps realize it, we’ll be kicking through leaves and digging out our favorite sweaters. Until then, I’ve created my “must do” checklist for Gettysburg this fall.Browse the Gettysburg Outdoor Antique Show
Gettysburg’s Outdoor Antique Show happens twice a year, and fall is the perfect time to check it out. I enjoy browsing through old treasures and the antique show gives me a chance to enjoy the crisp fall air while searching for that perfect find. After you browse the antiques that line the streets all along ... Read This Story
June 1, 2017
Festival season is upon us, and the Gettysburg area is delivering this summer with so many festivals to enjoy. We’ve rounded up a list of ones that can’t be missed – there’s something for everyone on this exciting list of summer festivals.Gettysburg Brass Band Festival
Brass bands from across the Mid-Atlantic come together in Gettysburg for three days of musical fun for Gettysburg’s Brass Band Festival. Throughout the weekend at various locations in town, the brass bands perform their best tunes for all to enjoy. Take in the music for an hour, a day or even the entire weekend. And don’t ... Read This Story
May 11, 2017
For many, vacations are all about relaxing, indulging in great food and pushing yourself only hard enough to finish that ice cream cone. But for others, a weekend getaway is only highlighted by race bibs, sweaty socks and carb-loading.
Over the past few years, the Gettysburg area – because of its historic backdrop and majestic countryside – has become a great destination for runners and races. The region features everything from 200-mile relay races to marathons and trail races, even a one-mile race that is literally an uphill battle the entire way.
Destination Gettysburg put together a list of eight of Gettysburg’s ... Read This Story
April 19, 2017
By Carl Whitehill – I don’t really care for the smell of cabbage, so I’m not sure why I agreed to plunge my nose into a stalk of “skunk” cabbage that Lizzy Ryan held in front of my face.
Lizzy is the Assistant Education Coordinator at Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve near Fairfield, Pa. – just 20 minutes down the road from Downtown Gettysburg. We asked Lizzy to take us on a hike through just a portion of the preserve’s 600 acres as a way to discover the incredible wildlife and nature at Strawberry Hill.
Indeed, hiking is great exercise, but what distinguishes hiking ... Read This Story
March 29, 2017
As spring draws near in Adams County, Pa., we see the quaint town of Gettysburg and the neighboring areas preparing for a time of fruitfulness and beauty. Among other experiences, it signifies the beginning of outdoor adventures, live music overlooking breathtaking orchards and the opening of farm markets to purchase fresh locally-grown produce.
We prepared a list of some of these signature spring things to get excited about in Gettysburg.
Living History Weekends on the Battlefield
You always know that spring is upon us when the Living History Weekends begin on the Gettysburg Battlefield at the beginning of April. Confederate and Union living ... Read This Story
March 23, 2017
There is something to love about every season in Adams County, Pa., but when it comes to stunning views, springtime holds a special place.
Adams County is the number one apple producing county in Pennsylvania, meaning we have a lot of trees here. Orchards cover tens of thousands of acres in the county, where not only apples are grown, but peaches, pears, cherries, plums and a variety of other fruits as well. When spring rolls around, all of those fruit trees produce vibrant blossoms, creating a spectacle of color among the rolling hills of the countryside. For photography enthusiasts, nature lovers ... Read This Story
October 25, 2016
By Carl Whitehill – Meet Dr. Lisa Chu, a sketch and watercolor artist who spent a month in Gettysburg earlier this fall documenting her visit through her drawings, paintings and daily journals. Lisa was visiting the Gettysburg area as part of her own “artist-in-residence” program, a way for her to celebrate the National Park system during this centennial anniversary.
For one month, Lisa toured the Gettysburg battlefield, the Adams County countryside and dove deep into the power of this place. She embraced the land, the people and the history that makes this region so special. Reigning from Half Moon Bay, California, ... Read This Story