Gettysburg PA - things to do when time is limited

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Gettysburg PA - things to do when time is limited

AmethystSmoke AmethystSmoke
I'll soon be heading to Gettysburg, PA to attend an event which means my free time will be limited. I won't be able to take advantage of all the wonderful historical tours but I'm going to try my best to steal some time to do at least a little sightseeing.

Anyone have suggestions for a must-see site or tour that can be done in just a few stolen hours? A scenic drive? A drive doesn't have to lead to an attraction - just a scenic tour of the area (I've never been to PA).

Any recommendations for good local restaurants and bars would be greatly appreciated!
09/23/2012
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Gary Gary
If you are driving, there is a driving tour path set up. And at your own pace you could see quite a bit of the battlefield (stopping to get out and read all of the stone 'tablets' they have all over near each monument to explain the history of each area. Here is a resource for tourism that you might want to check out: link.

As far as dinning, one of the most historic places to consider might be the Dobbin House. Built in 1776, and was a part of the under ground railroad (Very Historic). Other than that, I think the Pub, and O'Rourkes are both ok. But they are not really anything too unique to the town. The Lincoln Diner (right off the square) is open 24 hours if you are in town late - pretty much everything else close early (and bars at 2am).

I was born in Gettysburg, but I moved away when I was 18, and so much has changed. A lot of my personal favorites have been close, sold, or torn down over the years.
09/24/2012
AmethystSmoke AmethystSmoke
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Originally posted by Gary
If you are driving, there is a driving tour path set up. And at your own pace you could see quite a bit of the battlefield (stopping to get out and read all of the stone 'tablets' they have all over near each monument to explain the history ...
Thanks, Gary! I just got back from dinner at the Dobbin House Tavern. It's small and it was packed but I was able to snag a spot at the bar to grab some dinner.

It looks like I might be able to sneak in some historical sightseeing after all - several good spots just 5 miles from where I'm staying/the event location.
09/25/2012
gsfanatic gsfanatic
I'm jealous, it's been a while since I've been there. The drive is always nice, and I like the museum for a good overall feel of the battle.
09/26/2012
AmethystSmoke AmethystSmoke
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Originally posted by gsfanatic
I'm jealous, it's been a while since I've been there. The drive is always nice, and I like the museum for a good overall feel of the battle.
I'm so disappointed that I didn't find some time to sneak away for some sightseeing. I've driven/ridden past the battlefield on the way to grab dinner a couple of times but no chance to even do a drive-thru tour.

I did speak with someone today that did a horseback tour yesterday afternoon that was absolutely wonderful so I hope to return one day for a vacation with my husband.
09/28/2012
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