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

Gettysburg Day Trip from Washington DC

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 January 2016

The trip was very interesting. Our specialist guide at Gettysburg was very knowledgeable.

Out lady driver was excellent and she had a great personality.

Graham P M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

We enjoyed the tour immensely. As Australians visiting the site of the battle of Gettysburg was a very moving experience and one I would highly recommend to anyone thinking of taking this tour.

Qin F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

My wife and I loved this tour. It was exciting and sad at the same time to be in the Gettysburg battlefield where thousands of people of the same country killed when fighting for their principles. It was a turning point in the American History and from this day it shaped the core values of our country.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

We highly recommend this tour.....well organized, excellent, entertaining, informative driver as well as speaker guides. The information given and all the areas covered really brings history alive.

Laura N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Myself and my family really enjoyed it. I didn't know much about the Civil War, but felt I learnt quite a bit from the tour. My personal favourite was our visits to the Shriver house, so interesting!

margaret d

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Outstanding! Most memorable and so informative

Karren K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Very complete. Knowledgeable guides. Liked mix of town and site visits. Also, the bus took us to a shopping center food court so everyone could choose what they wanted and in their price range.

Roger S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

We thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Gettysburg. Our driver was friendly and well, informed, the museum was awesome, and we had quite a bit of time to just look around the battlefield.

Thane H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Very much enjoyed it. The guides were very helpful and knowledgeable.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

We had a fabulous trip to Gettysburg! The adults and students agreed that it was one of the best tours of their Washington DC experience. The guides were very knowledgeable and passionate about the history and era. Although the trip back had an unexpected detour, we were able to travel through parts of DC we never would have experienced. What a blessing!

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