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The town of Gettysburg will forever be synonymous with the battle that changed the course of the civil war, and throughout the area you’ll find significant sites and buildings that help you learn more about this important time in American history. Gettysburg also has plenty of small town charm, and taking a walking tour of the downtown area is the best way to appreciate this colorful and historic area.

Things to see

Most visitors who come to the area are here to learn about the historic battle, and visiting Gettysburg National Military Park is a good place to start. With thousands of civil war artifacts, including canons, firearms, and uniforms displayed in the visitors center, you can get a real sense of what it was like for those who fought in the war. The site is also home to the Gettysburg Battlefield Museum, a modern center with video displays and interactive exhibitions which both children and adults can learn from. Within the park there’s also the Gettysburg National Cemetery with the Soldier’s National Monument proudly displayed in the center and neat lines of graves for the Union Soldiers who fell at Gettysburg. Take a stroll around and you’ll also see graves from other wars including the Spanish-American War and World War I. Jennie Wade House is a monument to the woman who was the only civilian killed in the Battle of Gettysburg, and the charming red-bricked building has been restored internally to show what life would have been like for the average family in this era. Nearby Historic Farnsworth House is also full of civil war history, and still has some of the bullet holes from the battle peppering the walls. You can enjoy a meal here, or just visit to appreciate the historic, eclectic décor.

Hotels in Gettysburg

Gettysburg hotels range from historic houses to modern discount hotels, and many of the major chains are based in the area. You’ll find features such as indoor or outdoor pools, fitness facilities, laundry rooms, complimentary breakfasts, and free WiFi. Rooms will have plenty of extras to make your stay comfortable, which could include coffee makers, hair dryers, cable television, microwaves, refrigerators, and clock radios. If you want to stay somewhere historic, opt for a local inn or bed and breakfast, with individually decorated rooms and charming features such as libraries and garden areas.

Where to stay

Hanover was the site of a civil war battle in 1863, with fighting along the streets and to the farm fields in the south. This historic town has plenty of landmarks and interesting buildings to explore, including a place where Thomas Jefferson stayed before signing the Declaration of Independence. Chambersburg is full of colorful clapboard and terraced brick houses lining the streets, and the small town is an important site in American history. Its local citizens were drafted to fight for independence, and the town later became an important area in the civil war. It was also a stop on the Underground Railroad, and the John Brown House has been fully restored to tell the tale of a local abolitionist.

How to get to Gettysburg

Harrisburg International Airport is less than an hour from Gettysburg, with flights around the USA and Canada. There are several car rental desks at the airport, as well as shuttles, taxis, and limo services. There’s also the Rabbit Express service which runs between Harrisburg and Gettysburg, with the journey taking around an hour and 10 minutes.

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