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  • Location:Washington D.C., District of Columbia
  • Duration:10 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Witness the site of the largest battle ever fought on US soil on this day trip from Washington DC to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Relax on a picturesque drive through the Maryland and Pennsylvania countryside. Learn all about the Battle of Gettysburg through a show featuring narration and a detailed miniature military diorama, and visit Cemetery Ridge — where President Lincoln delivered his historic Gettysburg Address. Get insights into the civilian experience of the bloody battle by visiting the restored home of George Washington Shriver.


  • Day trip to the Gettysburg battlefield from Washington DC
  • Learn all about the Battle of Gettysburg from your guide and informative exhibits
  • See Cemetery Ridge, where Abraham Lincoln gave his Gettysburg Address
  • Visit the home of George Washington Shriver to explore a civilian family's experience of the battle

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What You Can Expect

Gettysburg Day Trip from Washington DC

Historic battlefield of Gettysburg

Board your comfortable, air-conditioned coach at Washington DC's Union Station and travel 2.5 hours through the scenic Maryland and Pennsylvania countryside to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Listen to your guide provide historical background on the momentous Battle of Gettysburg during your drive. Fought in 1863, this three-day battle between Confederate and Union troops caused the highest number of casualties of any American Civil War battle — more than 46,000.

Your first stop in Gettysburg is Farnsworth House, where you'll watch a presentation about what life was like for Civil War soldiers and see where Confederate sharpshooters hid out during the battle. After this visit, enjoy a break for lunch (own expense).

Continue to the Gettysburg Battlefield and enjoy time to explore on your own. At the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, watch a film about the battle narrated by actor Morgan Freeman and see a variety of informational exhibits about the battle commonly considered a turning point in the American Civil War. Admire the Gettysburg Cyclorama, a stunning miniature military diorama that depicts the fierce battle with the help of narration and sound effects. Throughout your visit, expert guides are on hand to answer your questions about the Battle of Gettysburg and its aftermath.

To get a fuller picture of the battle's impact, you'll also visit the nearby Shriver House Museum. Tour the restored house of George Washington Shriver, located in the midst of the fighting during the Battle of Gettysburg. Learn about the harrowing experience of Shriver's family during the battle, visit the home's attic where two Confederate sharpshooters died, and see authentic Civil War bullets discovered in the house more than 100 years after the war.

Relax on your drive back to Washington DC, where your 10.5-hour tour concludes at Union Station.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Awesome trip. I would definitely recommend it!!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This was a fantastic tour. The guide was knowledgeable and the Shriver house was amazing. It truly brought this American part of history to life.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

It was an absolutely wonderful day. We had a great driver and very informative and wonderful tour guide. It was the best part of our vacation.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Great Trip

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

We loved exploring Gettysburg. Having someone else do the driving and navigating really took the pressure off and allowed us to just enjoy our experience. The Gettysburg Visitor Center was excellent - I would have liked to have had more time to explore there. The battlefield tour was incredibly humbling it was incredible to see the sites I'd read about in history class as a kid.

A couple of tips:
-If you're sick of eating cafeteria and gift shop food like everywhere else on your vacation, bring some snacks. It's a long day and you'll probably get munchy at some point and all you'll be able to find are M and Ms and peanuts.
-Plan for all sorts of weather. When it rains, it can really rain.
-Watch the 1993 Gettysburg film or read Michael Shaara's Killer Angels before you go. I was really glad I did because I had forgotten so much since my history class days. It isn't necessary to have a good time, but I enjoyed it even more than my family did because I was familiar with names and details that they weren't. It also allowed me to get even more out of our tour guide because I could ask him questions along the way instead of his usual and good! canned speech.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Long day but well worth it. Smooth travel, great information, enjoyable guide.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Again, another great tour experience. Our bus driver and Tour guide was great. The Shriver house was an unexpected surprise. Would have liked to seen a bit more the actual Battlefield.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

The whole day was a great experience.

From the driver, through the tour of the town house, the presentation and diorama in the Visitors Centre and finally the battleground tour with the guide brought the event to life.

One of our most interesting experiences of our US holiday.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

The was exceptional and fabulous. My family enjoyed every minute. We wished it could have lasted longer. We highly recommend it. We enjoyed watching the Gettysburg movie on the trip there and back.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Amazing day and tour! One of the highlights of my trip to Washington DC. Highly recommend it!!!

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