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Welcome to Gettysburg

Civil War battlefields, historic covered bridges, and outdoor excursions are just the start in this landmark central Pennsylvania town.

Top 3 attractions in Gettysburg

Gettysburg National Military Park

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More than 50,000 soldiers died in the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863, the bloodiest battle ever fought on American soil. Today, the Gettysburg National Military Park is a National Park Service–run memorial to the lives lost during those three fateful days of the American Civil War. The Gettysburg battlefield draws Civil War buffs and those who come to pay their respects and learn about this landmark event in American history.More

Gettysburg Heritage Center

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Travel back in time to the Battle of Gettysburg during a visit to the Gettysburg Heritage Center. Interactive exhibits, historic artifacts and technologically advanced displays bring history to life as much for adults as they do for children.Families will find engaging exhibits and 3-D productions that showcase stories and information about one of the nation’s most famous battles. Travelers will learn what Gettysburg was like before the battle, and how things changed once combat had ended. Tours include an informative movie that examines the three-day battle in-depth.It’s easy to explore the center solo and visitors who want to commemorate the trip can pick up an informative book, sweatshirt, mug or other Gettysburg-themed item at the lobby gift shop.More

Shriver House Museum

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In 1860, the Civil War came to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The stories of its townspeople are told at the Shriver House Museum, a restored home occupied by the Shriver family during the Battle of Gettysburg. The house was occupied throughout the battle, and today, it has been restored to its original condition and is open to the public as a museum.More
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Recent reviews from experiences in Gettysburg

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Good value in a self-guided tour
Carol_W, Sep 2022
Gettysburg Battlefield Self-Guided Driving Tour
This is an excellent value for those who wish to visit Gettysburg on their own and not be tied to a tour bus.
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John was a fantastic tour...
Jon_C, Aug 2022
2-Hour Gettysburg Battlefield Guided History Bus Tour with a National Park Guide
The best way to see Gettysburg.
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Good tour! I highly recommend!
Dawn_A, Oct 2022
2-Hour Gettysburg Battlefield Guided History Bus Tour with a National Park Guide
I recommend taking the bus tour you will really get to understand what took place here and then afterwards go in your car and get more up close with certain areas that you want to see more of.
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Rainy but a Fun Time!
Debra_D, Mar 2022
Civil War Ghosts of Gettysburg Tour
It was a rainy and cold night in March in Gettysburg but even with all of us wearing raincoats, winter coats, boots, gloves, raincoats, and using umbrellas, the tour guide made the stories and the experience fun.
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Wonderful
Tanya_R, Mar 2022
Ultimate Gettysburg Self-Guided Bundle Tour
Nice with kids and a great way to comfortably see Gettysburg.
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Great simple tour
Joshua_R, Aug 2021
Gettysburg Battlefield Self-Guided Driving Tour
Very easy app that allows you to visit Gettysburg at your leisure.
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Patriotism at its best!
Alicia_H, Jun 2022
2-Hour Gettysburg Battlefield Guided History Bus Tour with a National Park Guide
Definitely a place to visit.
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This is an excellent place to visit...
Philip R, Jul 2017
Skip the Line: Gettysburg Heritage Center and Museum Admission Ticket
This is an excellent place to visit and spend some time.
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Great experience
Vicki_S, Mar 2022
2-Hour Gettysburg Battlefield Guided History Bus Tour with a National Park Guide
This was definitely a great way to see and hear about Gettysburg.
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Great and convenient
Joergen_O, Jul 2021
Gettysburg Battlefield Self-Guided Driving Tour
You could stop whenever you wanted to and drive further if you didn’t want to see all the monuments.
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Great way to see Gettysburg for the price
Emily, Sep 2020
Gettysburg Battlefield Self-Guided Driving Tour
Great way to see Gettysburg.
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very informative
thomas_m, Aug 2019
2-Hour Gettysburg Battlefield Guided History Bus Tour with a National Park Guide
we had 1 day to visit Gettysburg.
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Loved it!!
MaryBeth_S, Oct 2020
Gettysburg Battlefield Self-Guided Driving Tour
Happily you get the tour app for a full 30 days so on day 2 we did it again because the first day we got out of the car several times to visit and read several markers and get photos.
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Our tour guide, Paul, painted a...
Cheryl Q, Apr 2017
2-Hour Gettysburg Battlefield Guided History Bus Tour with a National Park Guide
Our tour guide, Paul, painted a visual picture of the battle of Gettysburg and also kept us geographically informed so we were able to see where the various points of conflict occurred.
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Informative Guide Excellent Experience
Marissa_H, Jun 2020
2-Hour Gettysburg Battlefield Guided History Bus Tour with a National Park Guide
Excellent way to see all of the monuments of which there are SO MANY.
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My sister and I took the Gettysburg...
Filomena A, Aug 2017
2-Hour Gettysburg Battlefield Guided History Bus Tour with a National Park Guide
We choose the air conditioned bus tour as it was summer and it was our first time in Gettysburg so we didn't know our way around.
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All about Gettysburg

When to visit

Gettysburg gets busiest—and stickiest—in July and August. If you want to avoid the sweaty mid-Atlantic summer, then aim for spring or fall, when you’ll also have a bounty of fresh produce from local family-run farms, including crispy apples in autumn, to sample. Reenactment events are held year-round, with the mock Battle of Gettysburg taking place every July. The city and battlefields also have a special charm in the snow, if you can face the wintry chill.

Getting around

The city is flat and compact, with shop- and restaurant-lined streets spoking out from a historic square, making Gettysburg ideal for getting around on foot. But the battlefields and main monuments are spread out, meaning you’ll want to either drive (with the option to park and then walk) or join a bus or Segway tour. You can also follow a hiking or cycling trail for a more immersive experience, just bring plenty of water and sun protection in summer.

Traveler tips

Gettysburg is a tight-knit community with a cosmopolitan flair thanks to its ties to Gettysburg College. Spend time in town before rushing off to see the battlefields. Highlights include unique museums like Shriver House, a 19th-century family home visited with a costumed guide, and Farnsworth House Tavern, where you can get a taste of Civil War-era menu items like peanut soup. Antique-hunters should save suitcase space because specialized shops and street markets abound.

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Number of Tours

26

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