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A Weekend in Gettysburg on a Budget

We don't want you to stress about finances on your Gettysburg vacation. Check out this budget friendly itinerary!

Day 1

We don't want you to stress about finances on your Gettysburg vacation. Check out this budget friendly itinerary!

When you arrive Friday evening, begin your visit where President Lincoln was greeted upon his arrival to Gettysburg – at the Gettysburg Lincoln Railroad Station. Learn about the effect the Civil War had on citizens of Gettysburg, and how they pulled together to build the town back up after the Battle of Gettysburg. This museum is free and great for all ages!

Getting hungry? You’ll find many affordable places to eat like Tommy’s Pizza or Gettysburg Eddie’s right in town. When you’re ready to call it a night, consider staying at one of our Gettysburg campgrounds, or check out our other affordable accommodations if camping isn’t for you. We have plenty of options within your budget!

Day 2

Start your morning at Gettysburg National Military Park to get some perspective on the events that unfolded in Gettysburg in July of 1863. Admission to the park is free. Either opt for a self-guided journey or purchase an affordable CD to guide you on an audio tour of the battlefield.

Next, head to one of our free museums. At the Gettysburg Museum of History you’ll find a collection of artifacts from the Civil War and other historical eras. Learn about the civilians who lived through the Battle of Gettysburg at The Rupp House.

Still can’t get enough of Gettysburg’s amazing history? Head to Soldiers’ National Cemetery where President Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address and to visit the gravesites of the valiant soldiers’ who lost their lives in the battle. There is no admission fee to enter the cemetery.

Or maybe you’re itching to stretch your legs and hit the local trails. Head to Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve in nearby Fairfield, Pa. Strawberry Hill is a 600-acre preserve with diverse habitats and many scenic spots visible from their six unique hiking trails. If you’re here with the kids, bring them by the free Nature Classroom to learn more about the plant and animal life found on the preserve, and to see a few animals up close!

Spend your evening around the campfire at your campsite roasting marshmallows and telling your favorite Gettysburg ghost stories.

Day 3

We don't want you to stress about finances on your Gettysburg vacation. Check out this budget friendly itinerary!

You’ve already dove into Gettysburg’s history, now it’s time to explore the countryside in and around the historical town. Immerse yourself in the orchards, vineyards and rolling hillsides of Adams County.

As you’re traveling along the trail, make a few stops and detours – like a visit to Mr. Ed’s Elephant Museum & Candy Emporium in Orrtanna, Pa. This free museum features over 12,000 elephants, homemade fudge and roasted peanuts! Check out this oddity and grab a treat for the road.

Be sure to stop at the Historic Round Barn & Farm Market, also in Orrtanna. This round barn is one of only a few still standing today and inside you’ll find fresh local fruits and vegetables, jams and spreads, gift items and more. Pick up a few items and pack a picnic to enjoy as you complete some stops along the Adams County Pour Tour. Grab your free passport at any participating location and earn prizes as you collect stamps for trying the flavorful craft beverages along the trail.



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Walk in Lincoln’s footsteps in this free-to-visit museum featuring a self-guided tour, exhibits and artifacts relating to Lincoln and the railroad’s role in the history of Gettysburg. Stand where Lincoln arrived in Gettysburg on Nov. 18, 1863, the evening before delivering the Gettysburg Address.


35 Carlisle Street,
Gettysburg, PA 17325

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We are proud to continue our family tradition, that began in 1973, of serving the finest pizza made with our own fresh dough and famous house sauce.


105 Steinwehr Avenue,
Gettysburg, PA 17325

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Take a break from your Civil War experience & visit our historical tribute to Gettysburg's baseball hall of famer, Edward Stewart Plank (1825-1926).


217 Steinwehr Avenue,
Gettysburg, PA 17325

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Experience ranger programs & walks, campfire programs, living history & events that assist in preserving & interpreting the Gettysburg Battle.

717-334-1124 ext. 80

1195 Baltimore Pike, Suite 100,
Gettysburg, PA 17325

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Tour the Battlefield in your vehicle. Completely updated. Available on dual CD's with map included. Soldiers' National Cemetery included.


See Below,
Gettysburg, PA 17325

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See one of the most extensive private collections of artifacts from the American Civil War, World War I, World War II, Presidencies and Pop Culture.


219 Baltimore Street,
Gettysburg, PA 17325

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The Interactive Adventure for Young Historians. OPENING SEPTEMBER 4, 2021. Journey back to Gettysburg 1863 with your family. The former Rupp House History Center becomes home to a new, interactive experience for your family.


451 Baltimore Street,
Gettysburg, PA 17325

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Experience your love of nature at Strawberry Hill! Explore miles of hiking trails that connect to Michaux State Forest, engage with our naturalists by booking an educational program, play in cold mountain creeks or enjoy a picnic by our pond.


1537 Mount Hope Road,
Fairfield, PA 17320

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The area's sweetest family tradition! Discover more than 12,000 elephant figurines in every size on display. Then check out our huge selection of candy, homemade fudge, fresh roasted peanuts and unique gifts, and stroll our acres of whimsical gardens. You'll never forget Mister Ed's!


6019 Chambersburg Road,
Orrtanna, PA 17353

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The Historic Round Barn and Round Barn Farm Market is owned and operated by Knouse Fruitlands, Inc. The barn is just 8 miles west of Gettysburg.

717-334-1984 (BARN)

298 Cashtown Road,
Biglerville, PA 17307

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Discover the unique tastes of Adams County, Pennsylvania's craft beverages with a self-guided journey along the Adams County Pour Tour.


Around Adams County,
Gettysburg, PA 17325

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We don’t want you to stress about finances on your Gettysburg vacation. Check out this budget friendly itinerary!


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