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A Weekend in Gettysburg on a Budget

We don’t want you to stress about finances on your Gettysburg vacation. Check out this budget friendly itinerary!

Day 1

We don’t want you to stress about finances on your Gettysburg vacation. Check out this budget friendly itinerary!

When you arrive Friday evening, begin your visit where President Lincoln was greeted upon his arrival to Gettysburg – at the Gettysburg Lincoln Railroad Station. Learn about the effect the Civil War had on citizens of Gettysburg, and how they pulled together to build the town back up after the Battle of Gettysburg. This museum is free and great for all ages!

Getting hungry? You’ll find many affordable places to eat like Tommy’s Pizza or Gettysburg Eddie’s right in town. When you’re ready to call it a night, consider staying at one of our Gettysburg campgrounds, or check out our other affordable accommodations if camping isn’t for you. We have plenty of options within your budget!

Day 2

Start your morning at Gettysburg National Military Park to get some perspective on the events that unfolded in Gettysburg in July of 1863. Admission to the park is free. Either opt for a self-guided journey or purchase an affordable CD to guide you on an audio tour of the battlefield.

Next, head to one of our free museums. At the Gettysburg Museum of History you’ll find a collection of artifacts from the Civil War and other historical eras. Learn about the civilians who lived through the Battle of Gettysburg at The Rupp House.

Still can’t get enough of Gettysburg’s amazing history? Head to Soldiers’ National Cemetery where President Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address and to visit the gravesites of the valiant soldiers’ who lost their lives in the battle. There is no admission fee to enter the cemetery.

Or maybe you’re itching to stretch your legs and hit the local trails. Head to Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve in nearby Fairfield, Pa. Strawberry Hill is a 600-acre preserve with diverse habitats and many scenic spots visible from their six unique hiking trails. If you’re here with the kids, bring them by the free Nature Classroom to learn more about the plant and animal life found on the preserve, and to see a few animals up close!

Spend your evening around the campfire at your campsite roasting marshmallows and telling your favorite Gettysburg ghost stories.

Day 3

We don’t want you to stress about finances on your Gettysburg vacation. Check out this budget friendly itinerary!

You’ve already dove into Gettysburg’s history, now it’s time to explore the countryside in and around the historical town. Journey along the self-guided Scenic Valley Driving Tour and immerse yourself in the orchards, vineyards and rolling hillsides of Adams County.

As you’re traveling along the trail, make a few stops and detours – like a visit to Mr. Ed’s Elephant Museum & Candy Emporium in Orrtanna, Pa. This free museum features over 12,000 elephants, homemade fudge and roasted peanuts! Check out this oddity and grab a treat for the road.

Be sure to stop at the Historic Round Barn & Farm Market, also in Orrtanna. This round barn is one of only a few still standing today and inside you’ll find fresh local fruits and vegetables, jams and spreads, gift items and more. Pick up a few items and pack a picnic to enjoy as you complete some stops along the Adams County Pour Tour. Grab your free passport at any participating location and earn prizes as you collect stamps for trying the flavorful craft beverages along the trail.

 

 

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Visit the place where Abraham Lincoln first set foot in Gettysburg to deliver his Gettysburg Address in November 1863. Discover the many lives of Gettysburg’s historic railroad station.

717-338-1243

35 Carlisle Street,
Gettysburg, PA 17325

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We are proud to continue our family tradition, that began in 1973, of serving the finest pizza made with our own fresh dough & famous house sauce.

717-334-8966
717-334-4721

105 Steinwehr Avenue,
Gettysburg, PA 17325

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Take a break from your Civil War experience & visit our historical tribute to Gettysburg's baseball hall of famer, Edward Stewart Plank (1825-1926).

717-334-1100

217 Steinwehr Avenue,
Gettysburg, PA 17325

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Experience ranger programs & walks, campfire programs, living history & events that assist in preserving & interpreting the Gettysburg Battle.

717-334-1124 ext. 80

1195 Baltimore Pike, Suite 100,
Gettysburg, PA 17325

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Tour the Battlefield in your vehicle. Completely updated. Available on dual CD's with map included. Soldiers' National Cemetery included.

717-655-5068

See Below,
Gettysburg, PA 17325

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A computer CD-ROM, driving tour CD and 56 page guidebook with detailed maps, photos & trivia. Available online and at the National Park Book Store.

888-458-6475
603-471-0127

1195 Baltimore Pike,
Gettysburg, PA 17325

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See one of the most extensive private collections of artifacts from the American Civil War, World War I, World War II, Presidencies and Pop Culture.

717-337-2035

219 Baltimore Street,
Gettysburg, PA 17325

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Immerse yourself in 19th-century culture, learn about the civilians & soldiers who struggled here, and discover the critical preservation work being done in Gettysburg.

717-338-1243

451 Baltimore Street,
Gettysburg, PA 17325

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10 miles of trails featuring woodlands, mountain streams, ponds, & a restored mineral quarry. Trails open daily; trail maps & birding lists at kiosks.

717-642-5840

1537 Mount Hope Road,
Fairfield, PA 17320

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The self-guided tour takes you through Adams County's historic interests, natural beauty & rolling orchards covering over 36 miles around Gettysburg.

717-334-6274
1-800-337-5015

571 West Middle Street,
Gettysburg, PA 17325

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See over 10,000 elephants. Home to one of the most unique gift shops with plush room, Pez & magnet room, & the largest candy display in the territory!

717-352-3792
717-873-5145

6019 Chambersburg Road,
Orrtanna, PA 17353

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The Historic Round Barn and Round Barn Farm Market is owned and operated by Knouse Fruitlands, Inc. The barn is just 8 miles west of Gettysburg.

717-334-1984 (BARN)
717-677-8842 (OFFICE

298 Cashtown Road,
Biglerville, PA 17307

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Discover the unique tastes of Adams County, Pennsylvania's craft beverages with a self-guided journey along the Adams County Pour Tour.

717-334-6274

Around Adams County,
Gettysburg, PA 17325

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