Brimming with history, Gettysburg, PA is a must-visit destination for everyone, especially Civil War buffs. This great city also has many beautiful parks, museums, memorials and monuments, which can be accessed on foot, by car and via a scenic railway tour. Start planning your vacation to Gettysburg and book with Choice Hotels for a great room near all the must-see landmarks and attractions in Pennsylvania, including:
At the Gettysburg National Military Park, lay your eyes on the historic battleground where the infamous Battle of Gettysburg took place. A major turning point in the Civil War, this battle was by far the bloodiest with more than 50,000 casualties. This is also the site of the Gettysburg Address, delivered by Abraham Lincoln and one of the most famous presidential speeches in history.
The Eisenhower National Historic Site was the home, farm and weekend retreat of President Dwight D. Eisenhower and is now open for tours all year round. Have the kids participate in the Junior Secret Service Program, where they will be deemed “new agents” with a badge and certificate upon completion!
Winter sports enthusiasts will find many challenging activities at Liberty Mountain, including downhill skiing, night skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing. A variety of ski trails are available for all skill levels, but beginners can get a good start at the ski school. Private lessons and equipment rentals are also available.
Touted as the “World's Most Humongous Teddy Bear Store,” Boyds Bear Country is a favorite destination for teddy bear lovers of all ages. Create your own Boyds Bear, shop at the on-site store and tour the Boyds History Hall museum. Before you leave you must enjoy a hearty home-cooked meal, served hot and fresh at the Boyds Bear Country restaurant located on the premises.
Shopaholics unite! The Gettysburg Village shopping center is home to more than 100 specialty shops, factory outlet stores, restaurants and movie theaters. Gettysburg Village also hosts numerous events throughout the year, including car and motorcycle shows, fashion shows, animal adoption events and children’s fun days. Every visit is worth your while regardless of whether or not you take something home!
Enjoy a great day of golf at The Links at Gettysburg, an 18-hole, championship course that is second to none in its uniqueness and beauty. Throughout the course you will encounter 35-foot rock cliffs, red-rock canyons, 14 sparkling lakes and streams, stone-lined tee boxes, waterfalls and various forms of wildlife. The scenery alone is sure to make a round here one of the most memorable you will ever play.
Voices from history blend with scenery and props to recreate the past at the American Civil War Museum. Five unique halls bring the past back to life with life-sized dioramas of the Civil War. From there, enter the Battleroom Auditorium for a re-enactment of the Battle of Gettysburg and conclude with an animated Abraham Lincoln delivering his immortal Gettysburg Address.
Being such an iconic locale in history, Gettysburg, PA is an essential destination for every traveler’s bucket list, American or not. History aside, plenty of fun activities from skiing to shopping are sure to make your visit worthwhile. Let Choice Hotels provide the relaxing accommodations and hospitality necessary to make your trip to Gettysburg memorable.
Gettysburg, PA, US, 17325
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