Welcome to Gettysburg


Today Gettysburg is exceedingly quiet (except for the occasional loud school field trip). But in that quiet, you may briefly feel yourself transported to the days when these hills were soaked with gunpowder and blood.


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$150 Cultural & Theme Tours

Gettysburg Day Trip from Washington DC

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.

$35 Cultural & Theme Tours

Gettysburg Battlefield Bus Tour

Travel back in time to July 1863 and explore the Gettysburg Battlefield on an enclosed coach for a bus tour of the historical site that was a defining event of the American Civil War. Your expert guide will take you through the three bloody days in which thousands of Union and Confederate soldiers lost their lives.    Learn how the opposing troops headed toward each other along the same road. See battle landmarks including East Cemetery Hill, McPherson Ridge, the Railroad Cut, and the Eternal Light Peace Memorial, dedicated on the battle's 75th anniversary. Hear how Confederate troops attacked Culp's Hill and Little Round Top but were held off by Union soldiers. See Devil's Den, a boulder-strewn ridge where some of the worst fighting occurred. Get a look at Bloody Run, the creek between Little Round Top and Devil's Den that briefly ran red with the blood of fallen soldiers, and the Wheatfield, which was said to be completely covered with the bodies of the dead. Finally, pass the site of Pickett's Charge, the Confederacy's climactic assault on Union positions on Cemetery Ridge on the last day of the battle. See the farthest point reached in this attack, referred to as ‘The High-Water Mark of the Confederacy,’ and learn how the Confederate troops were ultimately forced to retreat. There is a restroom and snack break (at your own expense) halfway through the tour. Your two-hour coach tour of major historical sites of the Battle of Gettysburg ends where it began in central Gettysburg.

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Gettysburg Heritage Center and Museum Admission

Utilizing artifacts, historical documents, interactive displays, and 3-D productions, visitors will gain a better understanding of the events that took place in the town before, during and after the battle. Find out how the people reacted to the invasion of the town – freeze, flee or fight? Hear accounts of ordinary people doing extraordinary things in a time when their home was in turmoil. Located in the lobby of the Heritage Center is one of Gettysburg’s finest gift shops, offering an extensive selection of quality gifts:Books - Collectibles - Apparel - Souvenirs - Educational Materials - Replica Weapons - Art - Home Decor - Toys & Games

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