If you have never been to Gettysburg, you will be surprised at the number of things that there are to do. The National Park Visitor Center requires 2-3 hours or more. There are 30 miles of roads and 6000 acres of parkland in the National Military Park. You will want to see the Soldier's National Cemetery where Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address. Guided tours are the best way to get the most out or your visit. An overview with a private guide takes two hours. That overview will get you oriented so you can choose what you want to explore in depth. There are many private museums that focus on the Civil War, and more that cover other aspects of history.
There are a myriad of ways that you can explore different aspects of the Civil War and the Civil War era. There are tours that focus on the military experience, the civilian experience, and the black experience.
Don't forget that Gettysburg was also President Eisenhower's home. Take time to visit his home. As the World War II reenacting has become more popular, more shops in Gettysburg are expanding from the Civil War to include World War II topics and paraphernalia.
Once you are hooked on Gettysburg, you will find that there is so much to explore and learn that you will return over and over again.
Apr 26 – 28, 2013 Greyhounds in Gettysburg
May 4 – 5, 2013 Apple Blossom Weekend
May 6, 2013 Mount Saint Mary’s Commencement
May 17-19, 2013 Gettysburg College Commencement Weekend & Bluegrass Festival
May 25-27, 2013 Memorial Day Weekend
June 30-July 7 150th Gettysburg Re-enactment - Booked
Nov 16-19, 2013 2013 Remembrance weekend - Booked
There are so many fun ways to see the battlefield that we have a special web page just for battlefield tours. Learn about carriage tours, horseback tours, bicycle tours, segway tours, town tours, and driving tours. Try them all!
Gettysburg and Battlefield Tours