As the rolling hills surrounding Adams County, Pa., turn from verdant green into a kaleidoscope of blazing red, yellow, and orange, Gettysburg invites visitors to embrace the spectacular change of seasons.
Fall is a truly special time of year to visit, as the beauty of Gettysburg National Military Park and the adjacent countryside goes through a breath-taking seasonal change. As the sun shines down on the region’s magnificent orchards, vineyards, and farms, guests from across the country return again and again to experience its incomparable history, enduring charm, endless recreational fun, and tantalizing agricultural, foodie, and beverage attractions. Breathe in the crisp air with a hike through beautiful state parks and a bucolic nature preserve just a short drive from town.
As an added bonus, the winding trails are dog-friendly and perfect for those traveling with a furry companion. Autumn also brings a wide variety of popular events and celebrations to town —including the National Apple Harvest Festival, Gettysburg Address Dedication Day, and the Remembrance Day Parade. No trip to Gettysburg is complete without experiencing a firsthand appreciation of its rich back story. Witness the hallowed battlefield and feel the full weight of its solemn significance. Among the powerful memorials, the enormous impact of our shared past truly resonates.
See it as the soldiers did, with a horseback tour led by a Licensed Battlefield Guide or jump in a scoot coupe and hear the tale of the famous battle with the wind in your hair. Pause for a moment of inspiration in the Soldiers’ National Cemetery, where President Abraham Lincoln delivered his stirring “Gettysburg Address.” Explore the story beyond the battlefield with a variety of venues that explain the story of the local aftermath of the battle, enabling you to stand in the shoes of everyday civilians whose simple lives were upturned by three fierce days of fighting in the place they called home.
Be sure to take a leisurely stroll through the historically preserved downtown area encircling Lincoln Square. Gain insight into our nation’s gripping legacy at interactive museums and state-of-the-art education centers. Test your wits in a period-authentic escape room. Find the perfect gift at quaint shops filled with one-of-a-kind antiques, handmade treasures, and authentic Civil War artifacts. Visit nearby premium outlet shops, offering everything from the latest fashions to enchanting Christmas specialties. If the spirit is willing, celebrate “spooky season” by snuggling close together when darkness falls for an eerie evening ghost tour of famous haunts.
Discover artists who draw inspiration from local history, agriculture, and nature. Meet a potter who also operates a family farm market stand supporting sustainable farming. Get to know a painter with a public art studio tucked among the hillsides of her country home. Craft beers, wines, ciders, mead, and spirits produced in Adams County can be found along the popular Pour Tour beverage trail ― or visit working farms and orchards on the Adams County Crop Hop, the region’s new farm and market trail. Cozy bed and breakfasts, rustic cabins, luxurious inns, your go-to hotel with all the amenities, or that special guest house for the entire family ― you’ll find accommodations of every type in Gettysburg, whether you want to stay in walking distance to everything or simply escape to a quiet, secluded retreat.
Whatever your tastes in recreational travel are, Gettysburg has you covered and then some.