November 10, 2016
By Carl Whitehill – The Gettysburg National Military Park is one of America’s greatest treasures. Since its inception in the late 19th century, tens of millions of visitors from around the world have explored these hallowed grounds in search of history, sacrifice and a reminder of one of the most challenging times in our nation’s history.
The Gettysburg battlefield is nearly 6,000 acres in size, features 26 miles of roads and more than 20 miles of walking trails. Each year, more than a million visitors tour the battlefield in their cars, buses, horseback, bicycle or by foot.
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November 3, 2016
By Nicole Absher – There are so many exciting ways to experience everything Gettysburg has to offer. One of my favorite ways to explore the destination is to take my dog, Payton, around town. Last week I decided to take Payton on another “paw-some” adventure in Gettysburg!
Tails on the Battlefield
The Gettysburg battlefield is an extraordinary experience for both visitors and residents alike, especially in the fall. Having been on several guided battlefield tours myself, I find that one of my favorite stops is the Pennsylvania State Memorial. Although Payton didn’t want to go to the very top of the monument, ... Read This Story
September 16, 2016
By Stacey Fox – One of the best times to visit Gettysburg is during the fall season. The days are cooler – perfect for spending hours outside, and nights are crisp and clear – perfect for snuggling close to that special someone on an evening ghost tour. If you’re looking to put the work week behind you and unwind, head to Gettysburg, Pa.
Arrive in town Friday evening to make the most of your weekend. Grab a bite to eat at one of our many restaurants – many offering freshly harvested fruits from our countryside – then head out for a ... Read This Story
August 25, 2016
Gettysburg has always been known as an affordable destination. With inexpensive lodging, dining and attractions, it’s a great destination for a variety of travelers, especially families.
And there’s no price more affordable than free.
The region boasts a variety of free activities, museums and tours that make the trip enjoyable and give visitors some extra money for a nice dinner or souvenir.
We’ve compiled our list of free experiences in and around Gettysburg. Whether you are on a low budget or not, these free experiences in and around Gettysburg are worth discovering.
Gettysburg National Military Park
Gettysburg National Military Park draws nearly more than ... Read This Story
August 5, 2016
By Jessica Clevenger – Gettysburg, rightfully so, is known for its rich history. More than one million people visit and revisit Gettysburg each year to hear the stories of the people, to take in the battlefield and to learn about what life was like for soldiers and civilians during and after that pivotal Civil War battle in July of 1863. History is and always will be a tremendous part of Gettysburg’s story, but there’s an often overlooked aspect of the battlefield that’s just as intriguing: its natural landscape.
When you visit Gettysburg’s battlefield, you are visiting 5,989 acres of preserved land. The ... Read This Story
June 3, 2016
By Brenda Staub – I was born in Gettysburg, Pa., in 1953, the daughter of hard-working dairy farmers on a farm located next to the battlefield, where on occasion, we would find Civil War relics when working the ground. My father’s love of the land was extraordinary. He lived to sow and harvest the crops together with the dairy operation. He, along with my mother, put their heart and soul into it. As a child, I knew living next to the Gettysburg battlefield was very special, but not quite how special. Growing up in Gettysburg, I did not really appreciate ... Read This Story
January 29, 2016
By Carl Whitehill – This year marks the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, a program that for a century has preserved and interpreted natural and cultural landscapes throughout the United States.
In Gettysburg, Pa., the National Park Service has protected much of the region’s most hallowed grounds – from the nationally renowned Gettysburg National Military Park and Soldiers’ National Cemetery to individual historic sites such as the Eisenhower National Historic Site, the David Wills House and the Gettysburg Lincoln Train Station.
Over the past 100 years, the National Park Service has created that ever-important sense of place for tens of ... Read This Story
October 13, 2015
By Lynneah Smith – In the depths of the shadowy streets of downtown, amid the treacherous grasslands of the bloodiest Civil War battle, a whisper in the dark or a remnant of an illuminating figure seizes the hearts of daring souls brave enough to search through the past of the haunted town of Gettysburg.
As the imminent dark nights hastily consume the sun-shining days of summer, fall eerily lurks around the corner and with it, Halloween. Ideal for this time of the year, Gettysburg offers ominous candlelight tours and paranormal investigations, in which visitors can experience the frightening mysteries and happenings ... Read This Story
February 26, 2015
By Carl Whitehill – One of the things I’ve always admired about Gettysburg is the number of ways to experience the history here. And while, I’ll admit, every tour isn’t for everybody – it’s great to have options and do something different once in a while … to see life through a different lens.
Up until last fall, I had taken about every tour imaginable – horseback, double-decker bus, automobile, Segway, horse-drawn carriage, iPad, scooter – with the exception of the bicycle tour. In the past, I had brought my own bike to the battlefield on occasion, but hadn’t joined an organized ... Read This Story
October 31, 2014
By Carl Whitehill – Years before I was promoting Gettysburg, I was actually covering Gettysburg with one of the local newspapers … well, sort of. I was rarely out and about seeing Gettysburg first-hand, but rather back at the office editing stories that reporters brought back after covering stories or events that took place in town. So, until I left, events like Dedication Day (the anniversary of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address) and Remembrance Day were simply events, observances or just another parade – one of Gettysburg’s many parades.
About 10 months into my new job with Destination Gettysburg back in 2008, I was ... Read This Story