A drive-through Gettysburg Battlefield is the best way to see the historic battlefield. We have had Gettysburg on our bucket list since we left to travel full-time three years ago. It is Pennsylvania’s most visited destination.
We enjoyed our scenic self-guided driving tour through the 6000-acre battlefield. Being from the south we expected to see fortifications but instead, we saw open land with thousands and thousands of monuments. We learned more than we bargained for about the men that fought here. Every state that had men who fought at Gettysburg has built monuments dedicated to their men to tell their story.
Gettysburg National Park Musuem
Our tour started at the Gettysburg National military Park Museum. We learned about the most decisive battle and Civil War history. They also offer a movie, Bus tour, a paid guided tour and Junior Ranger programs. We chose the driving tour because you can do it at your own pace, stop and get out to walk around and enjoy the scenery. There are also apps and audio tours that can be download to accompany you on the driving tour.
Town of Gettysburg
After learning a little history about the Civil War we visited the town surrounding the battlefield. Mr. G’s ice cream store and gift shop are a must-see in the town of Gettysburg. Not only do you learn about the “Witness Tree” you will eat some amazing ice cream. Don’t forget to visit the gift shops, antique stores, clothing, and Sunrise Soaps. Around town, we found historic markers that talked about the Gettysburg address and the history of Gettysburg.