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Gettysburg Introduction

Gettysburg’s pivotal role in the American Civil War has cemented its place in US history; visitors flock to this charming city to see the site of the famous battle and relive the moment when Abraham Lincoln delivered his iconic address. The capital of Pennsylvania’s scenic Adams County also provides a well-appointed base for stimulating short breaks or relaxing longer stays. Explore the graceful Beaux Arts landmarks of Lincoln Square, step back in time with the interactive displays at the Gettysburg Heritage Center, or retrace the Confederate route on horseback.

Hotels in Gettysburg

Thanks to the city’s long-established and thriving tourist trade, hotels in Gettysburg are plentiful, comfortable, and universally welcoming. Choose from tried-and-tested budget brands, convenient mid-range inns, or elegant suites in historic properties. Gettysburg hotels cater for every possible requirement, from pet-friendly B&Bs to child-friendly chains with plenty of on-site amenities to keep the little ones amused while the grown-ups brush up on their history. Book ahead for the most competitive Gettysburg hotel deals, or take your chances on a last-minute bargain; with so much choice at your fingertips, it’s easy to find the perfect Gettysburg address.

Where to stay

Many of the most interesting hotels in Gettysburg are housed in historic downtown landmarks. The refined Gettysburg Hotel is one of the most iconic buildings on Lincoln Square, while the 1863 Inn of Gettysburg on Baltimore Street combines quaint period furnishings with modern must-haves like an outdoor pool and fitness center. Base yourself downtown and be close to all the sights, with restaurants and bars on your doorstep. Alternatively, head out towards the battlefield and book into a cozy country B&B, or hang your hat in a suite near the tempting Outlet Shoppes of Gettysburg and enjoy refreshing strolls around Lake Heritage.

Things to see

The Battle of Gettysburg marked the turning point in the American Civil War, when the Unionist Army of the Potomac defeated the Confederate charge led by General Robert E. Lee. A few months after the catastrophic defeat, which involved many casualties on both sides, President Lincoln delivered his historic Gettysburg Address at the dedication ceremony for the Gettysburg National Cemetery. Nowadays, the Lincoln Address Memorial commemorates the spot, while many striking monuments pay tribute to the soldiers and generals who lost their lives in the battle. The best way to get the most from a visit to the vast Gettysburg National Military Park, which encompasses the main part of the battlefield site and the cemetery, is to book a guided tour. For a light-hearted take on this momentous moment in history, visit “Civil War Tails” at the Homestead Diorama Museum, which features quirky toy cat-soldiers re-enacting scenes from the Civil War.

How to get to Gettysburg

Gettysburg is a major hub on the national highway network, with easy road access from Washington D.C., Baltimore, Harrisburg, and Carlisle. The main east-west corridor is Route 30, which passes through Lincoln Square in the heart of downtown. Baltimore/Washington International Airport is approximately 70 miles south of Gettysburg, and you can pre-book a shuttle to the city from the airport or else hire a car to continue your journey independently. Travel in Gettysburg itself is provided by Freedom Transit, while the compact downtown neighborhood is a pleasure to explore on foot, and many private tour operators operate excursions to the famous battlefield site.