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Gettysburg, Pa., gears up for fall travel season

With fall foliage, festivals and haunted tours, Gettysburg is a top fall destination



Visitors from throughout the United States are discovering why autumn is one of the most popular times of year for visiting Gettysburg, Pa.

The historic town and majestic countryside boasts beautiful fall foliage, an array of autumn events and is one of America’s top haunted destinations, making the fall season a great time to travel to the region.

“While many visitors think of Gettysburg as a summer destination, some of our most popular months are in autumn when the weather is cooler and couples and families are looking for short getaways before the holidays,” said Norris Flowers, President of Destination Gettysburg.

Not only are visitors looking for Gettysburg’s rich history, but are enjoying experiences beyond the battlefield and Civil War museums including the area’s wineries, outdoor recreation, great restaurants and food tours, shopping and emerging hard cider scene.

The Gettysburg countryside features two self-guided driving tours that bring visitors up-close to nature, history, apple orchards and amazing fall colors. Typically peaking in mid-October, the colorful fall foliage brings to life a majestic countryside, making a great backdrop for visitors picking apples, shopping at farm markets or touring the battlefield by horseback, bicycle or variety of other tours.

Adams County, Pa., is the heart of Pennsylvania’s Fruit Belt with more than 20,000 acres of fruit trees, a Gettysburg Wine & Fruit Trail, five wineries and cideries, and more than 25 farm markets loaded with newly harvested fruits and vegetables in addition to fresh-baked pies, breads and desserts.

Foodies can hop aboard a variety of food tours, including the Wine, Dine and Cider Tour, or taste their way through the destination through a number of the area’s great restaurants, wineries and distilleries, many of which use fresh, local ingredients and feature unique farm-to-table menus.

Gettysburg’s haunted scene, is known throughout the world. Called everything from the “Most Haunted Town in America” to “One of the World’s Spookiest Destination,” Gettysburg attracts thousands of visitors each fall looking for a glimpse of the past through the many candlelight ghost tours throughout town and haunted investigations that occur throughout the area, including many in or near historic farms and other buildings.

Visitors looking to engage with Gettysburg’s rich history will find a variety of museums, battlefield tours, and living history encampments and programs that bring history to life.

The region boasts a variety of fall events including the Gettysburg Wine & Music Festival, Sept. 10-11; World War II Weekend, Sept. 17-18; Adams County Heritage Festival, Sept. 25; Gettysburg Fall Outdoor Antique Show, Sept. 24; and the area’s largest event, the National Apple Harvest Festival, Oct. 1-2 and 8-9, drawing nearly 100,000 people over two weekends.

For a complete list of autumn events in the Gettysburg area, visit or check out the My Gettysburg App on iPhone and Android devices.

Destination Gettysburg, the official destination marketing organization, markets Gettysburg – Adams County as a premier travel destination, producing a positive economic impact.


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