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Planning Your First Trip to Gettysburg PA

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My first visit to Gettysburg is when my mother took me there as a child. I had just seen the movie Gettysburg for the first time, and now it was time to bring history to life. My first memory was visiting the old visitor’s center and seeing the electric map. While the re-emergence of the electric map is a whole other story itself, it was my first interaction with the town and battlefield. Much has changed in Gettysburg over the past 25 years since my first visit, but of course very much is still the same… and that’s great!

I make it a point to travel to Gettysburg at least once each year and though I’ve been there many, many times… I still always find something new to try… something new to continue my Gettysburg experience.

Over the past few years, I’ve found that I really enjoy helping friends plan their trips to Gettysburg, especially for first timers. In this podcast, I’ll provide an in depth look at planning a trip to Gettysburg and how to go about it. Below is the the outline of this podcast.

  • My Gettysburg story
  • When to go
  • What to do
  • Where to stay
  • What to eat

Have you been to Gettysburg, or have any comments about anything I discussed in this podcast? Please share your comments and questions below!

Resources for Planning Your Trip to Gettysburg

Online Calendars

Here are several helpful calendars that I use to see what will be going on in Gettysburg during my visits. While the websites generally all have the same information, it is a good idea to check them all because sometimes I find that some calendars may list a few things other calendars do not.


Things To Do

  • Visitor Center – Film, Cyclorama, Museum, Bus Tours
  • Jennie Wade House
  • Hauser Estate Winery
  • Adams County Winery
  • Gettysburg Heritage Center
  • Gettysburg Diorama
  • Lincoln Train Museum
  • Golf – Links at Gettysburg
  • Ghost Tours – Farnsworth House Inn
  • National Riding Stables
  • Sachs Bridge
  • Eisenhower National Historic Site

Suggested B&B’s

  • Dobbin House – have stayed
  • Brick House Inn – have stayed
  • Tillie Pierce House – have stayed
  • Baladerry Inn – planning to stay
  • Farnsworth House Inn – planning to stay

Places to Eat

  • Dobbin House – Tavern or Restaurant
  • Farnsworth House – Tavern or Restaurant
  • Garry Owen Irish Pub
  • The Pub and Restaurant
  • O’Rorke’s Family Eatery
  • Blue and Gray – Bar and Grill
  • Tommy’s Pizza
  • Appalachian Brewing Co.
  • Gettysburg Eddie’s
  • The Lincoln Diner
  • Kilwin’s
  • Treat Yo’ Self

My Winter in Gettysburg Video

In early 2011, I visited Gettysburg during the winter months in order to experiment with some new video gear I had just purchased. I ended up getting snowed in for a few days and it was probably one of the best memories I have.

Trailer to the Movie, Gettysburg

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