Gettysburg Travel Guide

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Best Things To Do in Gettysburg

If you're a history buff, chances are you'll enjoy visiting Gettysburg. In addition to featuring the awe-inspiring Gettysburg National Military Park – the site of a critical Civil War battle – the town boasts an array of early American buildings, including some that house can't-miss attractions like the Shriver House Museum and the Jennie Wade House. Visitors also recommend checking out other Civil War-focused sights, such as the Gettysburg Diorama & History Center and the Gettysburg Museum of History, as well as the Eisenhower National Historic Site. But if you don't want to spend your entire vacation soaking up the area's history, don't fret: You'll find a variety of boutiques, eateries and wineries in and just outside of town. Plus, winter sports enthusiasts can shred powder at the nearby Liberty Mountain Resort, and photographers can snap gorgeous shots of colorful fall foliage or Sachs Covered Bridge – one of the oldest covered bridges in Pennsylvania.

How we rank Things to Do
  • #1
    Gettysburg National Military Park
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    #1 in Gettysburg
    Monuments and Memorials, Parks and Gardens, Sightseeing, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Monuments and Memorials, Parks and Gardens, Sightseeing, Free
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    Bordering the southern end of downtown Gettysburg, the roughly 6,000-acre Gettysburg National Military Park is a must for history buffs, especially those with an interest in the Civil War. It was here that Confederate troops clashed with Union soldiers for three days in July 1863, resulting in a decisive victory for

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  • #2
    Eisenhower National Historic Site
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    #2 in Gettysburg
    Historic Homes/Mansions, Sightseeing
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Historic Homes/Mansions, Sightseeing
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    1 to 2 hours
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    As its name implies, the Eisenhower National Historic Site once belonged to America's 34th president. Former President Dwight D. Eisenhower purchased the farm in 1950, using it for weekend retreats from theWhite House. After his presidency, Eisenhower moved to the property full time, where he and his wife lived until

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  • #3
    Sachs Covered Bridge
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    #3 in Gettysburg
    Sightseeing, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Sightseeing, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Measuring 100 feet long, Sachs Covered Bridge (or Sauck's Bridge) is a popular place for a photo-op. Reportedly built by local architect David Stoner in 1852, this car-free bridge – which sits above Marsh Creek – is surrounded by lush trees and features a red exterior. It was frequently used by Union

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  • #4
    Shriver House Museum
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    #4 in Gettysburg
    Historic Homes/Mansions, Museums, Sightseeing
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    Less than 1 hour
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    Historic Homes/Mansions, Museums, Sightseeing
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    Less than 1 hour
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    Like theJennie Wade House, the Shriver House Museum aims to portray what life was like for Gettysburg residents during the Civil War. Inside this restored 19th-century home, which belonged to the Shriver family, you'll find 10 Civil War bullets, medical supplies, furnishings and more. Plus, you'll learn more about the

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  • #5
    Gettysburg Museum of History
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    Museums, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Museums, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    History buffs with an interest in everything from ancient civilizations to the Civil War to world leaders will likely love perusing the exhibits at the Gettysburg Museum of History. Inside this intimate museum in central Gettysburg, you'll find more than 4,000 artifacts from various historical periods. Noteworthy items include a

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  • #6
    Jennie Wade House
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    #6 in Gettysburg
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    Less than 1 hour
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    Historic Homes/Mansions, Museums, Sightseeing
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    Less than 1 hour
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    To better understand what life was like during the Civil War, visit the Jennie Wade House. This historic building is where Mary Virginia "Jennie" Wade (the only civilian casualty during the Battle of Gettysburg) died when struck by a Confederate bullet on July 3, 1863, the last day of the

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  • #7
    Gettysburg Diorama & History Center
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    Less than 1 hour
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    Museums
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    Less than 1 hour
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    For a bird's-eye view ofGettysburg National Military Park's battlefield, head to the Gettysburg Diorama & History Center. The star of this attraction is its large diorama, which is the largest military diorama in the U.S. It features more than 20,000 soldiers, buildings, horses and cannons. Travelers can also watch a

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  • Dobbin House Tavern
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    Historic Homes/Mansions, Sightseeing, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Historic Homes/Mansions, Sightseeing, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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  • Gettysburg Battlefield Bus Tours
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    1 to 2 hours
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  • Gettysburg Ghost Tours
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  • Seminary Ridge Museum, Gettysburg
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