The Battle of Gettysburg was one of the most significant turning points in the Civil War, and no visit to Gettysburg would be complete without a stop at the battlefields of Gettysburg National Military Park. Walk among the graves of the Gettysburg National Cemetery and stand in the very spot where President Abraham Lincoln delivered his famous address.
Adams County sits in the heart of the Pennsylvania Fruit Belt, so spend a day driving through the scenic orchards – more than 20,000 acres of them. In late spring, apple blossoms paint the rolling hills in white and pink, and in October, join in the apple-centric activity at the National Apple Harvest Festival. You'll find 35 varieties of apples to sample.
Many historical places are notoriously haunted, and Gettysburg is no exception. After the sun goes down, learn about the paranormal history on a candlelight ghost walk, with a stop at the Farnsworth House, one of the most haunted addresses in the United States.
History textbooks can be dry and boring at best, but you and the family will be anything but bored when you're watching US history come to life right in front of your eyes. At the annual Gettysburg reenactment, visitors can walk through recreated Confederate and Union camps before watching the pyrotechnic-filled spectacle of the battle.
Pennsylvania is famous for its beautiful covered bridges, and you'll find four of them in Adams County. Go on a covered bridge scavenger hunt for all four: the Sachs, Anderson Farm, G. McLaughlin Memorial and Heike's. Even if you don't find them all, you'll surely enjoy the lovely scenery of Pennsylvania Dutch Country.
One of the best ways to see Gettysburg and the surrounding countryside is as the generals once did: on the back of a horse. Several outfitters offer horseback tours of Gettysburg National Military Park, and some offer additional insight into the important role horses played in the war.
Adams County is home to several wineries and distilleries, many of which offer daily tastings and tours. Adams County Winery, the area's oldest, pours free samples each day in their 130-year-old barn. For something with a little more kick, head over to Old Republic Distillery for a sample of their famous Apple Pie Moonshine.
Gettysburg is rich in Presidential history. At the David Wills House, you can see the bedroom where Abraham Lincoln polished up his Gettysburg address, as well as the train station where he arrived. After Dwight Eisenhower's presidential term ended, he retired in Gettysburg, where you can visit his home, complete with its own putting green.
There's always something going on in Gettysburg, including the Gettysburg 19th Century Base Ball Festival in July, Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival in August, the National Apple Harvest Festival in October and Remembrance Day in November. Check the calender – there's something for everyone.
Finally, visiting Gettysburg is an education experience, even if your school days are long over. If you're interested in learning more about this historic town, set aside some time to visit the Gettysburg Museum and Visitors Center, home to 12 museum galleries highlighting the historical importance of the city.