Gettysburg in Pennsylvania is one of the most historic destinations in the United States. Home to the greatest battle site of the Civil War, the city has seen significant change throughout the country’s lifetime, and this becomes evident upon beholding the sheer number of monuments, museums, and historical reenactments that color the city today. Not surprisingly, history buffs travel thousands of miles to explore the battlegrounds. However, those looking for a little old world charm and relaxation will also find a trip here to be worthwhile.
History lovers cannot go wrong when choosing an area of town as home base. Securing a spot near the famous Gettysburg National Military Park, hugging the southern edge of town, is ideal. Featuring over 1,000 monuments, lively battlefield reenactments, and containing access points to the Gettysburg National Cemetery, Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address Memorial, and the Gettysburg Diorama and History Center within its limits, an entire trip could be spent just exploring these grounds.
As an alternative, stay in Downtown Gettysburg to see Gettysburg history from a different perspective while also experiencing its old world charm. Tour Jennie Wade’s House, located in the war’s “no-man’s land”, Rupp House and the Shriver House Museum to uncover civilian lifestyles of the era. Photographers will particularly enjoy Ronn Palm’s Museum of Civil War Images or Gibson’s Photographic Gallery, and foodies can even dig into history on a food tour near Gettysburg College, which is just a short drive away.
Gettysburg offers visitors three 4 star hotels and 69 3 star hotels. The 4 star hotels in Gettysburg are unique. Choose from among mansion, farm-styled bed and breakfasts, or a chic resort. These properties are located outside the city limits of Gettysburg, providing a respite after long days of sightseeing.
No matter what suits your mood, rooms come fully equipped with televisions, toiletries, and free internet. Extra luxuries depending on the property include iPod docks, fireplaces, balconies, coffee makers, free minibar items, and robes. The resort features on-site restaurants, bars, and room service. The bed and breakfasts both offer a free full breakfast and libraries.
Gettysburg’s 3 star hotels are located throughout the city and surrounding communities with easy access to Downtown Gettysburg and the battlefield sites. Most offer free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking, along with other comfortable room features. Hotel extras depend on the property but expect indoor pools and spa tubs to be common.
Gettysburg does not have its own airport, but three airport hubs are found in the nearby area. Harrisburg International Airport and Capital City Airport are sister airports, located about 50 miles northeast of Gettysburg, in the town of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Harrisburg International Airport is your best bet for standard air travel, with lots of international and regional flights seen daily. Capital City Airport is a better option for private flights.
Hagerstown Regional Airport is another option located about 50 miles southwest of Gettysburg in the town of Hagerstown, Maryland. Daily domestic flights from airports in the East Coast are received here. Regardless of your airline preference, secure a night at hotels near Harrisburg International Airport, hotels near Capital City Airport, or hotels near Hagerstown Regional Airport for stress-free travel, especially for those early morning departures and late night arrivals.