We are staying at the Gettysburg Campground about 3 miles from town. We have found this to be a convenient location. It’s somewhat overwhelming when you first get to the area since there’s so much to see and do. We followed everyone’s advice and started at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitors Center. We received a booklet of programs run by the National Park and a list of things going on this weekend. We plunked down the big bucks and bought a combo ticket for the movie, cyclorama, museum and bus tour – $36 a piece. We really enjoyed the movie and the cyclorama was amazing considering it was 120 years old.
You could spend hours in the museum (which we did). We found the whole center very well done and even enjoyed our lunch there. You don’t have to take the bus tour the same day, so we scheduled that for Monday. The campground is packed. We should know better than getting to a campground on a weekend. Our neighbors are literally only feet away. It’s pricey too. All the campgrounds in the area are about the same price.
Sunday we took the auto tour of Gettysburg. We started out at the Pennsylvania monument and saw a reenactment by the 1st PA Artillery Battery F of cannon firing. Then we followed the auto tour station by station. We found this fascinating and took hours doing it. We felt we got a lot better understanding of the battle and the lay of the land.
Monday we attended a presentation by a Ranger at the National Cemetery and really enjoyed learning about the burials and dedication by President Lincoln. After that we ate lunch at the Dobbin House in town. Yummy French Onion soup, salad, and Tom had a chicken sandwich. We had tickets for the 1:30 bus tour which more than exceeded our expectations. The guide was amazing, you could almost imagine Pickett’s charge from his description.
We drove to York about a half hour away on Wednesday. York is the ‘factory tour capital of the world’. Hmmm right. But we did enjoy touring the Harley-Davidson plant and Utz and Snyder’s of Hanover’s snack factories and free samples (unfortunately no free samples at Harley).