Gettysburg Practicalities

Touring Four Civil War Battle Sites
By Christina Breda

Gettysburg National Military Park Visitor Center

Location: 97 Taneytown Rd., Gettysburg, PA
Hours: Visitors' center is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in winter, and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. in summer, except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. The park is open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. The Gettysburg National Cemetery is open at dawn and closes at sunset.
Fee: Free to enter the park. Fees for electronic map are $3 for adults (17 years and older); $2 for children (ages six to 16 years); $2.50 for senior citizens (62 years and older); children under six years old admitted for free.

Cyclorama Center
Location: Adjacent to the Visitors' Center
Hours: Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fee: $3 for adults (17 years and older); $2 for children (ages 6-16 years); $2.50 for senior citizens (62 years and older); children under 6 years old admitted for free.

Side Trips

Eisenhower National Historic Site
General Dwight D. Eisenhower, the 34th president of the United States, and his wife, Mamie, kept their only home in Gettysburg. Guided tours of the farm, grounds, and house are available. Shuttle buses leave from the National Park Service Visitor Center, (717) 338-9114.

Free Scenic Tours: The Gettysburg Convention and Visitors Bureau has printed free tour maps and brochures for three area tours: the Scenic Valley Tour, the Downtown Walking Tour, and the Conewago Tour.

Hikes: The High Water Mark Trail is one mile long and begins at the Cyclorama. For directions to the Billy Yank Trail (nine miles) and the Johnny Reb Trail (3.5 miles), inquire at the visitors' center.

Online Resources
Gettysburg National Military Park

Special Events

May 28: Memorial Day Parade and Ceremonies
June 2224 and 29July 8: Gettysburg Civil War Heritage Days
November 17 and 19: Remembrance Day is the 17th; the 19th is the anniversary of Lincoln's Gettysburg address
July 68, 2001: Gettysburg Battle re-enactment (not on battlefield)

Return to Washington, D.C.

Gettysburg to Washington, D.C.: Total distance: 83 miles. Estimated driving time: one hour, 40 minutes.

Turn right out of the visitors' center onto PA 134 (Taneytown Rd.)
Merge onto U.S. 15 South.
Merge onto I-270 South toward Washington, D.C.
Merge onto I-495 toward Silver Spring.
Take MD 185 (Connecticut Ave.) South toward Washington, D.C.

Published: 28 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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