Visiting Gettysburg, PA – A Few Tips
We love visiting Gettysburg, the drive from Maryland to Pennsylvania is beautiful (and there isn’t as much traffic as heading south).
Visiting Gettysburg one of our favorite day trips. Each time we visit I learn something new! Here are a few tips from our trips to Gettysburg.
Must Haves When Visiting Gettysburg:
The Gettysburg Story: Battlefield Auto Tour – We always choose to do a self-guided tour so we can go at our own pace: instead of going on the bus with a group from the visitor center. If your planning to take a self-guided tour through Gettysburg, the auto tour helps you get more out of your trip.
Water and Snacks: while driving around the battlefields, it is nice to have drinks and snacks in the car. If your planning to get out and do some hiking/walking around during the summer months you will really want a cooler of cold drinks.
Camera: Gettysburg is beautiful, each time we visit I’m amazed. There are a large number of monuments that you can take pictures of as well as some amazing landscapes.
Comfortable Shoes: though much of the time can be spent driving, there are some amazing views you won’t want to miss. Some of the best views require getting out of the car and even climbing stairs.
Must Visit Places at Gettysburg:
Soldiers’ National Cemetery Gettysburg– I would recommend taking a ranger’s tour, it’s free, if you have the time. We have had really good tour guides and others that aren’t so great, so taking a tour can be really interesting, depending on the guide. Hope you get a great guide!
One of our really great guides told us about this tree. It is called a witness tree. This tree was alive during the war and President Lincolns Gettysburg Address. The witness tree is straight ahead as you enter the cemetery from Taneytown road.
The guide also told us about the fence dividing the cemetery. It used to be in Washington DC and was moved to Gettysburg. He told us that the story of the fence involved an affair and a murder. It is definitely an interesting story to learn about.
Pennsylvania Monument– climbing the circular staircase to the top of the Pennsylvania Monument gives you a great view of the battlefields. On top, there are arrows that can help
you get a better idea of what happened around the area.
Little Round Top– to see the monuments on little round top it’s best to get out of the car. The view of the valley is also beautiful.
Culp’s Hill Observation Tower – There are a lot of stairs to make it to the top but the view is worth it.
What is your favorite thing to do in Gettysburg? Let me know in the Comments!