Visit Gettysburg

June 27, 2014

Just an hour and a half from the Historic Smithton Inn, Gettysburg awaits with its rich history and wealth of attractions and activities for people of all ages.

Most known for its connection to the Civil War’s Battle of Gettysburg (its 150th Anniversary was last year), Gettysburg offers a smorgasbord of attractions for lovers of history.

Battle of Gettysburg 150th Anniversary

There are LOTS of ways to see Gettysburg’s attractions.


  • By double decker bus with a tour guide
  • Using CDs you can buy to play in your car as you follow turn-by-turn directions while listening to fascinating facts about various landmarks along the way
  • Segway and scooter tours
  • Walking tours
  • Tours on horseback

All are great ways to explore Gettysburg, so choose whichever appeals most to you. No matter how you decide to see the sights, realize that points of interest are spread out, and you’ll be doing some walking. I recommend that you wear comfortable shoes, and bring sun block and a good hat.

Eat in Gettysburg style.

When you want to re-energize with lunch or dinner during your day of sightseeing, I suggest you consider dining at Dobbin House. Not only is the food fabulous, but Dobbin House also offers an enriching Gettysburg experience. The staff members wear colonial clothes and the building has a fine historical ambiance. After you finish your meal, be sure to tour the building. The building was part of the Underground Railroad, and they have some fascinating exhibits featuring cut-outs in the walls and floors so visitors can see the conduits through which the slaves escaped.

Ghosts galore!

And if you're into ghosts and all thing mystical, you’ll adore the paranormal persona of Gettysburg. Ghost tours are available or you can venture out on your own to visit some of the renowned haunted spots in the area.

Wrap up the day with some retail therapy.

Toward the end of your day trip, you’ll probably think about taking some Gettysburg memorabilia home with you. You’ll find lots of shops in town that offer an endless supply of souvenirs ranging from inexpensive trinkets to legitimate battlefield relics.

Make the day your own.

Of course, there are countless other things to do so check out the Destination Gettysburg website for a full calendar of events and attractions. And if you’re staying here at the Inn, tell me about your interests. I’ll be happy to share more suggestions about things to do when you make your getaway to Gettysburg.

By Rebecca Gallagher

[Image:  150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg 2013 Facebook page]