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Gettysburg

by /bio/mattyb »

Hi,I am travelling from Australia and will be in Washington for 5 days mid November.I have tried to book a day trip to Gettysburg but it seems all the companies only do tours up to the 7th November.Does anybody know why this is and is there any other way i could do the trip.Any suggestions would be appreciated.Cheers Matt 

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RE: Gettysburg

by /bio/tobie »

By mid-November, the leaves will have fallen from the trees and the weather will be much cooler and more unpredictable at that time of year.  Plus, some areas of the park operate on limited hours between mid-November and March, so my take would be these are the major reasons companies don’t schedule group tours after early November. However, that doesn’t mean a trip to Gettysburg would be diminished and that you wouldn’t have an enjoyable time.  Autumn is a wonderful time of year in Pennsylvania and for me, there is nothing like a cool, crisp, sunny day with the amazing autumn smells in the air; especially the dried leaves.  Plus, the crowds will be greatly reduced.

You could rent a car as it is an easy 90 minute drive from DC.  While there is public transportation, there doesn’t seem to be a direct route – you would need to go to Harrisburg first and then transfer to a local means to get to Gettysburg.   Another option would be to check with your hotel for possibilities; perhaps a private tour or otherwise.  I do hope that you go – Gettysburg is well worth your time.  If you do, keep the weather in mind and if you haven’t done so already, explore the park site (included below) for detailed information such as hours, fees and other factors.  Another thought would be to contact the park – the reps may also be able to assist you with transportation options. Good luck and enjoy your visit!

http://www.nps.gov/gett/index.htm

 

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RE: Gettysburg

by /bio/mattyb »

Hi,Thanks very much for the information,I definitely want to make the trip to Gettysburg.Hiring a car might be the go,as long as I stick to the right side of the road,lol.Also I want to go and pay a visit to the Arlington cemetery .Cheers Matt

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RE: Gettysburg

by /bio/tobie »

Agree that resting a car is the best choice and I am confident that you will be able to navigate the roads from the right side! 

You will discover that a visit to Arlington National Cemetery is a very moving experience, especially the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Although you didn’t ask, I couldn’t resist offering a few more suggestions for DC.

Visit The W Hotel located at 515 15th Street NW. It is a historical building and has a rooftop lounge with stunning views of the White House. 

http://www.wwashingtondc.com/

The Kennedy Center is a spectacular venue that deserves a visit, even if you are not interested in or do not have time to take in a paid performance.  You can wander around on your own and explore to a certain degree or take a free guided tour.  They are offered daily; reservations not required.  Check the website for tour schedules.  There are free performances daily at 6:00 pm on the Millennium Stage. The November performances for the Millennium Stage are not available yet, paid performance schedule is available. 

http://www.kennedy-center.org/

DC is gorgeous by day and even more spectacular at night.  The national monuments and federal buildings are flooded in lights / illuminated and should not be missed.  It can be done on foot, by trolley, bus; select your mode of transportation - you will not regret it.    

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RE: Gettysburg

by /bio/mattyb »

Hi,Thanks very much for all the ideas,sounds great and something I will definitely do.Thanks once again.Cheers Matt

 

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RE: Gettysburg

by /bio/terriez »

Can anyone recommend a personal guide for Gettysburg?  We will be there Oct. 11 and 12.  Thanks!!!

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RE: Gettysburg

by /bio/peerlew »

Having been there, I'd say just go on a tour with the park rangers. They're terrific! No need to pay extra for a personal guide. (Though you could probably find one on Viator if you decided to do that).

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