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A Summer Visit to Gettysburg


Summer is definitely the busiest season in Gettysburg. The warm days, usually averaging in the mid to upper 80s, often make visitors wonder what it must have been like to fight in July 1863 while wearing wool! We recommend you bring your shorts, some comfy walking shoes and thin short sleeve or sleeveless shirts. You may still wish to wear long pants or at least some long socks if you plan to hike the open fields of the National Park as we are prone to ticks in southern Pennsylvania. The weather tends to remain warm in the evenings, so it’s unlikely you’ll need a jacket on your evening ghost tour.

Because summer is high travel season in Gettysburg, that means you will find the most happening. Outdoor dining is in full swing and our wineries are hosting outdoor concerts. Living History Encampments are set up each weekend on the battlefield and at several businesses and you are sure to see a few soldiers and civilians strolling the streets as though it is still the 1860s. It’s a great time for a horseback tour of the battlefield or pick-your-own at the farms followed by a dip in the pool and your friendly accommodation.

Summer is a great time for a full blown Gettysburg vacation for the entire family.

Welcome Back to Gettysburg

Welcome Back to Gettysburg

So many families visit when their kids are younger and then don’t make it back for years. If you haven’t been here in a few years, it’s time to reconnect with Gettysburg, and each other.

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A Bicycle Built for the Battlefield

A Bicycle Built for the Battlefield

By Carl Whitehill – One of the things I’ve always admired about Gettysburg is the number of ways to experience the history here. And while, I’ll admit, every tour isn’t for everybody – it’s great to have options and do something different once in a while … to see life through a different lens. Up until … Continue reading A Bicycle Built for the Battlefield

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Creating family memories around the campfire

Creating family memories around the campfire

By Carl Whitehill – Decades ago, the word “camping” had a much different meaning to me than it does today. As a 12-year-old Boy Scout, camping was a weekend of bottomless canvas tents, under-cooked food prepared over an open fire and cold, wet socks. It was fun, you could say, but not as satisfying as my nice … Continue reading Creating family memories around the campfire

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