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Take a Ride on Adams County’s Scenic Valley Tour

October 20, 2017

While Gettysburg National Military Park and the history of Gettysburg are some of the biggest draws to the area, there is so much more to discover in Adams County. Just outside of downtown Gettysburg, there are rolling hills, bountiful orchards and quaint farmlands that make up the idyllic countryside that south central Pennsylvania is known for. And it is made easy to discover with Destination Gettysburg’s Scenic Valley Tour. The Scenic Valley Tour is a carefully curated 36-mile driving route that winds through the countryside and gives visitors a chance to see some of Adams County’s historic areas outside of ... Read This Story

Celebrating a Centennial – Caring for the Gettysburg Battlefield

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.

The staff at Gettysburg National ... Read This Story

Dog-tripping in Gettysburg, Pa.

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

The Perfect Fall Getaway in Gettysburg, Pa.

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

Ten Ways to Experience Gettysburg for Free

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

Experience the Natural Side of Gettysburg’s Battlefield

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

A visit with the Eisenhowers … 50 years in the making

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

Celebrating a Centennial – The National Park Service in Gettysburg, Pa.

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

A Guide to Connect with Gettysburg’s “Night Life”

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

A Bicycle Built for the Battlefield

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