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Gettysburg Battlefield Self-Guided Driving Tour

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Gettysburg Battlefield Self-Guided Driving Tour

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4h
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  • GPS Map
  • Audios and Text
  • Online Support
  • Admission to Paid Attractions
  • Entry Tickets
  • Entry/Admission - Gettysburg Heritage Center

Know Before You Book

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • Please check state guidelines before heading out for the tour. Stay Safe.
  • 125 Taneytown Rd, Gettysburg, PA 17325, USA
  • Departure time: Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods. 4/10/2020 - 10/26/2022Monday - Sunday:06:00 AM - 11:30 PM

What you can expect

Itinerary
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Stop At: Gettysburg National Military Park, 1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg, PA 17325-7034

Let's start the Gettysburg Battlefield Self-Guided Driving Tour!

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Gettysburg Heritage Center, 297 Steinwehr Ave, Gettysburg, PA 17325-2815

A visit to the Gettysburg Battlefield is not complete without stopping at the Gettysburg Heritage Center Museum.

The tour begins at either the Heritage Center or the National Park Visitor Center. If you’re not at either location yet, head over now. From there, we’ll follow the official Auto Tour route.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Gettysburg Auto Tour Stop 1, 48 Reynolds Ave S, Gettysburg, PA 17325, USA

As we continue driving, dawn breaks on the first day of battle. At McPherson's Ridge, Union and Confederate armies clash and generals on both sides order their regiments into place. We'll be able to imagine the movements of the battle as we look out over the ridge.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: The Railroad Cut, 17325, Gettysburg, PA 17325, USA

Our drive takes us over the Railway Cut, where we'll explore the different battle strategies of the generals on both sides of the fight. This was the unlikely site of a major skirmish during the first day. We'll continue forward, diving into the backstories of some of the key battlefield players.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: The Eternal Light Peace Memorial, Oak Hill Off of Mummasburg Road, Gettysburg, Gettysburg, PA 17325

As we drive, we'll pass the first of many memorials at Gettysburg - the Eternal Light Peace Memorial. This memorial commemorates the reunification of the United States. Maine granite forms the base, while Alabama limestone forms the pillar – a symbolic unification of north and south.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Oak Ridge Observation Tower, Doubleday Ave, Gettysburg, PA 17325, USA

We'll continue driving along the Gettysburg Auto Road. Our next stop is at the Oak Ridge Observation Tower. Here we'll be able to jump back to that first day of battle – but by now, it's the afternoon. We'll “join” the fight as Union soldiers try to keep the Confederacy at bay. The top of this tower is a great place to get panoramic views of the historic fields that once saw so much violence and bloodshed.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Battlefield Sallie Memorial (11th PA Infantry Monument), 220 Doubleday Ave, Gettysburg, PA 17325, USA

We'll continue driving, following the progress of the first day of battle as we follow the Gettysburg Battlefield Auto Road. Though we'll pass several more memorials, one in particular stands out: the 11th Pennsylvania Infantry Monument. There’s a dog sculpted on the other side of the statue’s base. That’s Battlefield Sallie! She served as a mascot of the 11th Pennsylvania Infantry, and accompanied these Union soldiers for most of the Civil War. We'll drive past Sallie and learn a little about the importance of drummers and military music during the war.

Duration: 5 minutes

Pass By: Seminary Ridge Museum and Education Center, 111 Seminary Rdg, Gettysburg, PA 17325-1718

Our journey continues along the Gettysburg Auto Road as evening descends on the first day of battle. Union soldiers have paid heavily and lost ground. Is there any hope of success? We'll explore the various plans and strategies the generals come up with as they bunker down after the first day.

Stop At: North Carolina Memorial, W Confederate Ave, Gettysburg, PA 17325, USA

Our drive takes us past the North Carolina Memorial and Virginia Monument.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Gettysburg Auto Tour Stop 5, Gettysburg, PA 17325, USA

We'll continue driving along the Gettysburg Battlefield Auto Road. The infamous Pickett's Charge on Day 3 began at this stop, but we'll save that story for a little later on the tour. Instead, we'll now enter the second day of battle. Troops on both sides have begun to organize and mobilize. Whose strategy will finally succeed?

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Longstreet Observation Tower, SW Confederate Ave, Gettysburg, PA 17325, USA

Our drive takes us past the Longstreet Observation Tower, which offers a great vantage point over the second day's battlefield.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Eisenhower National Historic Site, 250 Eisenhower Farm Rd, Gettysburg, PA 17325-7108

Here we can take an optional detour off of the Gettysburg Auto Road to visit the Eisenhower National Historic Site, which overlooks the battlefield. President Eisenhower often stayed here.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Warfield Ridge, S Confederate Ave, Gettysburg, PA 17325, USA

We're back on the Gettysburg Road, following the activities of Day 2 of the battle. Confederate troops assemble here, ready to attack one of the strategic Union outposts. Specially trained Union marksmen are in a position to defend. The stage is set…

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Little Round Top, Gettysburg, PA

Our drive passes Little Round Top, a critical skirmish site on the second day. Here Union soldiers just barely hold off Confederate troops, maintaining their control of this strategic hill. As we drive around the hill, we'll cross the Valley of Death – an appropriate name for the site of such a bloody skirmish.

Duration: 5 minutes

Pass By: Devil's Den, Sickles Ave, Gettysburg, PA 17325, USA

Here, Confederate sharpshooters set up positions among the volcanic rocks. From the safety of the rocky cover at Devil's Den, they’re able to pick off soldier after soldier on the Union side.

Stop At: Gettysburg Auto Tour Stop 9, Sickles Ave, Gettysburg, PA 17325, USA

We continue driving along the Gettysburg Auto Road, passing the Wheat Fields. This area represented the second major skirmish site on Day 2. We'll find ourselves in the heat of battle, fighting alongside Union soldiers to defend against the Confederates. We'll also learn about the strange tale of Union soldier JJ Purman.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: The Peach Orchard, Wheatfield Rd, Gettysburg, PA 17325, USA

Our drives takes us past the Peach Orchard, where the battles of the second day continued. We'll start seeing which strategies were successful and which were not as we drive past.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: The Abraham Trostle Farm, United States Ave, Gettysburg, PA 17325, USA

We'll continue past the Trostle farm. When fighting broke out in Gettysburg, the Trostle family fled their home. They left so abruptly that dinner was still on the table!

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Gettysburg Auto Tour Stop 11, 232-370 United States Ave, Gettysburg, PA 17325, USA

Our journey along the Gettysburg Battlefield Auto Road now takes us to Plum Run, where we catch up with the soldiers who just escaped the skirmish at the Peach Orchard.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: The George Weikert Farm, United States Ave, Gettysburg, PA 17325, USA

We'll continue towards the George Weikert Farm. Like the Trostles, the Weikert's hastily evacuated when the battle erupted. But they returned to a grislier scene – their farm had been converted into a battlefield hospital. As we drive, we'll learn a little about military doctors and the effects of war.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: State of Pennsylvania Monument, Hancock Ave, Gettysburg, PA 17325

Our path brings us to the Pennsylvania Memorial. This monument commemorates the nearly 35,000 Pennsylvanian soldiers who fought in this battle. While the stakes were high for everyone, they were particularly intense for these men of Pennsylvania: they weren’t fighting for an abstract idea, they were fighting for their very state.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Spangler's Spring, Colgrove Ave, Gettysburg, PA 17325, USA

The Gettysburg Auto Road brings us deeper into the Gettysburg woods, where we'll come across Spangler's Spring. We'll dive into the significance of this small but mighty site and then continue forward to Culp's Hill Tower. Here, Union and Confederate soldiers clashed again, fighting for control of this strategic outpost. Luckily for the Union, they are able to defend the hill until evening finally descended.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: East Cemetery Hill, Gettysburg, PA 17325, USA

We continue the driving tour to East Cemetery Hill. Night has fallen across the battlefield, and ordinarily this would mean an end to the fighting. But the Confederate failure to fully capture Culp’s Hill bothers them, so they try a nighttime raid. This was the moment the Union came closest to losing. Through a mixture of perseverance, skill, and luck, the Union prevailed. Once we explore this historic site and understand what was at stake, we'll continue driving. Day 2 has come to a close; the third and final day of battle is ahead.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Gettysburg Auto Tour Stop 15, Hancock Ave, Gettysburg, PA 17325, USA

The third day dawns, and the Union and Confederate troops prepare for a final, epic battle. This is the infamous Pickett's Charge by the Confederates. We'll stand at the top of the hill, looking down at the empty expanse of the final battlefield. As we follow the progress of this last charge, we'll take a look at the “high water mark” – the spot that marks the farthest the Confederacy advanced up the hill, towards the Union defenses.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Gettysburg Auto Tour Stop 16, Soldiers’ National Cemetery, Gettysburg, PA 17325, USA

We'll follow the Gettysburg Battlefield Auto Road to the final stop: the National Cemetery. Here we visit and honor the graves of the fallen Union soldiers who defended their country and morals.

Duration: 5 minutes

Pass By: Lincoln's Gettysburg Address Memorial, 97 Taneytown Rd, Gettysburg, PA 17325, USA

This is also the site of President Abraham Lincoln's famed Gettysburg Address. Given the monumental nature of the battle, most people expected President Lincoln to deliver quite a lengthy speech. But Lincoln didn’t want to steal attention that he believed belonged to the Union soldiers who sacrificed their lives here. Our tour officially ends at this final, poignant stop.


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    • Gettysburg Heritage Center, 297 Steinwehr Ave, Gettysburg, PA 17325, USA
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