Make Holiday Memories in Gettysburg
The holidays are a very special time of year in Gettysburg—when the past comes alive in festive celebration! It’s the ideal way to experience the incomparable history, enduring charm, endless recreational fun, and mouth-watering foodie opportunities!
Gettysburg, PA, stands uniquely positioned as one of our nation’s premier historic travel destinations. Nestled in idyllic Adams County, it offers breathtakingly scenic landscapes, wide-ranging outdoor activities, adventurous dining and–perhaps most famously–an unparalleled, firsthand look back at this country’s dramatic and inspiring past. No trip to Gettysburg is complete without experiencing its rich legacy. Take a wintry tour of the hallowed battlefield and feel the full weight of its solemn significance. Among the monuments and memorials, the enormous impact of our past truly resonates. Pause for a moment of inspiration at the Soldiers’ National Cemetery, where President Abraham Lincoln delivered his stirring “Gettysburg Address” and where hundreds of holiday wreaths are placed on the headstones of the Civil War graves. Explore the story beyond the battlefield with a variety of venues that share the story of the local aftermath of the battle, enabling you to stand in the shoes of civilians whose lives were upturned by three fierce days of fighting in the place they called home.
For the outdoor lover, breathe in the crisp air of surrounding Adams County with a hike through beautiful state parks and a nature preserve just a short drive from town. The winding trails are dog-friendly and perfect for those traveling with a furry companion. Be sure to take a seasonal stroll through the historically preserved downtown and brightly decorated area encircling Lincoln Square. Gain insight into our nation’s gripping backstory at interactive museums and education centers. Test your wits at a period-authentic escape room. Find the perfect holiday gifts for loved ones at charming shops filled with one-of-a-kind antiques, handmade treasures, and Civil War artifacts. Visit nearby premium outlet shops, offering everything from the latest fashions to one-of-a-kind Christmas specialties. If the spirit is willing, snuggle close together when darkness falls for an eerie evening ghost tour of famous (and infamous) haunts. Discover local 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 amongst the hillsides of her country home.
And, of course, the entire region is brimming with foodie-pleasing dining establishments, offering local farm-to-table cuisine in a wide variety of styles. Enjoy unique, contemporary meals prepared by award-winning chefs, experience period-specific food prepared in a landmark setting, or grab a quick bite at a popular pizza joint. To help warm you up, craft beers, wines, ciders, mead, and spirits produced in Adams County can be found along the Adams County Pour Tour, a popular beverage trail.
Whatever your tastes in lodgings, Gettysburg has you covered and then some. Cozy bed-and-breakfasts, rustic cabins, luxurious inns, your go-to hotel with all the amenities, or that special family guest house, complete with a stone fireplace perfect for roasting chestnuts–you’ll find the perfect accommodation for your holiday visit, whether you want to stay in walking distance to everything or escape to a quiet retreat.
Make your own holiday history––in Gettysburg!
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