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Visiting Gettysburg? What Not to Miss

Gettysburg Sunset
Gettysburg Sunset
Pat Henson

Planning a trip to Gettysburg? For visitors determined to hit all of the essentials, even with only a short time to stay, the following options are available for dining and touring in the Gettysburg, PA area.

Dining

Hunt’s Battlefield Fries & Café

For visitors looking for something more casual or those in a hurry between seeing the sites, Hunt’s Battlefield Fries & Café is an appetizing option. Well-known for cheese steaks, fries and $.99 ice cream scoops, there’s something available for the whole family.

Dobbin House Tavern

For the true Gettysburg experience, Dobbin House Tavern is a must. Designed to provide an authentic colonial dining environment, the restaurant is situated in Reverend Andrew Dobbin’s Civil War era home which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Historic tours are available throughout the year for free and the food is among the top-ranked in Gettysburg.

Gettysburg Cupcake Café

In the mood for a delightful dessert? Don’t miss Gettysburg Cupcake Café. Known for their cupcakes – hence the name – the café also provides a limited lunch menu and coffee shop offerings. With an earlier closing time of 6 o’clock most evenings – 9 on Fridays and Saturdays – Gettysburg Cupcake Café makes for a refreshing stop between battlefield tours or mid-day snacking.

Touring

Gettysburg National Military Park

Maintained by the National Park Service, the battlefield on which the Battle of Gettysburg – the turning point of the Civil War – was fought is open for tours. The park is easy to access by walking or driving and offers miles of hiking trails. Self-guided tour CDs are available along with bus and horseback trails – best booked in advance. Stop at the Visitor Center prior to setting off and plan to use a full day to get the whole experience.

Gettysburg Museum of History

The Gettysburg Museum of History offers one of the most extensive collections of Civil War artifacts in the country, coupled with World War I and II artifacts, Presidential memorabilia and pop-culture collections. The museum has been featured on The Haunted Collector, Pickers and Pawn Stars and is well-known by history buffs across the country.

Gibson’s Photographic Gallery

Interested in being immersed in the Civil War era? Gibson’s Photographic Gallery is an excellent starting point. Photographer Rob Gibson is known throughout the world as a master of the process used by photographers during the Civil War. Gibson invites guests to be photographed using the same process with cameras and lenses from the 1860’s.

This list is in no way extensive, but the options listed above provide a weekend full of activities to truly experience the Gettysburg of both the past and the present.