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Needing advice on a fall vacation to GETTYSBURG.
Vanity ^ | 07/16/2011 | me

Posted on 07/16/2011 11:33:51 AM PDT by Artemis Webb

My wife and I are thinking of an October trip that would include Gettysburg. We want to fly into the area and would probably take a bus or some type of shuttle, not a rental car, into Gettysburg for however many days we need to stay. So I need some advice from knowledgeable FReepers (Is there any other kind of FReeper?):

First of all what city should we fly into? Baltimore and Harrisburg look most likely. I know Gettysburg has an airport but it doesn't appear to have major carriers.

Does anybody know if bus or shuttle service is available from given city to Gettysburg?

Hotel recommendations? (We aren't made of money).

How long should we plan to stay? We're interested in Gettysburg and the Civil War but we have other destinations in mind (Cooperstown, NY) so we have to strike a balance for time.

Any other suggestions are welcome but I really need the nuts and bolts info first. Thanks in advance to all.


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1 posted on 07/16/2011 11:33:56 AM PDT by Artemis Webb
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To: Artemis Webb

Assuming all other things are equal/..I’d definitely suggest flying into Baltimore..if you haven’t been there before..the Harbor area is worth even a day...go for the crabs alone..


2 posted on 07/16/2011 11:37:15 AM PDT by ken5050 (Save the earth..it's the ONLY planet with CHOCOLATE!!!)
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To: Artemis Webb

Around that time of year, be sure to check out the Apple Harvest Festival:

http://www.gettysburg.travel/visitor/member_detail.asp?contact_id=722

Hotel rates should drop off after Labor Day, although you’d probably want to make sure you’re not overlapping with Gettysburg College’s Homecoming. Although you’re inclined against doing so, I’d really recommend getting a rental car. It will give you a lot more flexibility.

Have a great trip!


3 posted on 07/16/2011 11:41:22 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Artemis Webb
I would also recommend picking up a copy of the US Army War College Guide to the Battle by Dr. Jay Luvaas:


4 posted on 07/16/2011 11:45:42 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Artemis Webb

FWIW Mrs alfa6 and I visited Gettysburg a couple of years ago. We made the drive in two days basically from Kansas City, KS. First day we drove to Columbus, OH and then on to Thurmont, MD. There is a Super 8 in Thurmont which was fairly nice. That put us about 30 minutes from Gettysburg and only an hour or less to Harper’s Ferry and Antietam. We did both Harper’s Ferry and Antietam the same day.

As an alternate you could drive to Dayton, OH and spend some time at the USAF Museum, hint, it’s free:-) just to break up the drive.

If I can confuse any further just ask:-)

Good Luck and have a great trip regardless of how you go.

Regards

alfa6 ;>}


5 posted on 07/16/2011 11:47:38 AM PDT by alfa6
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To: Artemis Webb

Take loads of ammo..my Barksdale kin have always said there was some nasty Yankees thereabouts last time they “visited” thoseparts in 63


6 posted on 07/16/2011 11:48:15 AM PDT by wardaddy (Palin or Bachman..either with Marco....I'm often on a DroidX..in bed late...hence my spelling..sorry)
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To: Artemis Webb

Gettysburg is very large. The best way to get around all of it is by car. It is also out in the boondocks, so there isn’t much around it in the way of tourist accommodations.


7 posted on 07/16/2011 11:49:45 AM PDT by norwaypinesavage (Galileo: In science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of one individual)
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To: Artemis Webb

Get a rental car.

You’ll want to take a bus tour of the battlefield, but you’ll probably want to drive it yourself also, and stay longer in some areas than the bus tour will. Also, you may want to see some of the other local historic sites that aren’t necessarily covered by the tour.

I don’t know where to stay anymore. Been too long since I was there. We were there four days the first time and could have stayed a little longer. But if you don’t have a way to get around you won’t need to be there that long.


8 posted on 07/16/2011 11:50:30 AM PDT by KrisKrinkle (Blessed be those who know the depth and breadth of their ignorance. Cursed be those who don't.)
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To: Artemis Webb

http://www.gettysburg.travel/index.asp

Has answers to most of your questions and phone numbers if needed.

Was just up there last month.

About the only concern I can see is that some things appear to be seasonal. YMMV


9 posted on 07/16/2011 11:51:16 AM PDT by ponsdorf (different strokes for different folks)
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To: wardaddy

Lol.


10 posted on 07/16/2011 11:55:38 AM PDT by dhs12345
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To: Artemis Webb

Watch the 4 hour movie before you go.

Rent scooters to cover the most ground without having to crawl through car traffic and find parking spots.

Watch the 4 hour movie after you go. You will find yourself talking to Lee out loud. Dude, do NOT walk those men across that open field.


11 posted on 07/16/2011 11:58:13 AM PDT by lurk
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To: wardaddy

“...there was some nasty Yankees thereabouts last time they “visited” thoseparts in 63...”

Didn’t the nasty Yankees go South in 64?


12 posted on 07/16/2011 11:58:33 AM PDT by KrisKrinkle (Blessed be those who know the depth and breadth of their ignorance. Cursed be those who don't.)
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To: Artemis Webb

Watch the 4 hour movie before you go.

Read the bio of Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain.

Rent scooters to cover the most ground without having to crawl through car traffic and find parking spots.

Watch the 4 hour movie after you go. You will find yourself talking to Lee out loud. Dude, do NOT walk those men across that open field.


13 posted on 07/16/2011 11:59:50 AM PDT by lurk
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To: Artemis Webb

What a great idea for a vaycay!
My husband was a student at the Army War College for 18 months but we lived south of Carlisle for two years, near Mt Holly Springs, on the road to Gettysburg. We spent alot of time in Gettysburg because those Army dudes (we’re Navy) LOVE their battle field analysis!
If you can fly into Harrisburg fairly easily, do it then take a bus down Rte 15 to Gettysburg. The major airport closest is Dulles (take Rte 15 North) - I would not recommend Baltimore Internat (too far).
I’m not familiar with any bus service from either Harrisburg or Dulles but tours are so popular, I’m sure you could find something that would work.
I do recommend you take a guided tour of the battle field with a knowledgable guide - worth the money and you get to see things not on the battle field tour itself like a cannon ball embedded in one of the buildings downtown.
There are nice hotels to stay in downtown as well as B&Bs near the park visitor center (we stayed at one when our kid went to Gettysburg College lacrosse camp).
If you can swing it (and I can’t believe I’m promoting visiting an ARMY facility), try to go to the Army War College in Carlisle as the museum is chock full of great civil war stuff (and is where Ken Burns got most of the stuff seen in his doco) as well as being an historic school for Indians (Jim Thorpe) way back when (it’s HAUNTED too).
Hope this helps - if you need any more info, please send me a private msg here...
Cheers!


14 posted on 07/16/2011 12:04:01 PM PDT by matginzac
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To: Artemis Webb
Needing advice on a fall vacation to GETTYSBURG.

be sure you get the right Address.

15 posted on 07/16/2011 12:06:18 PM PDT by digger48
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To: Artemis Webb

When I visited the area in 2005, I stayed in Frederick, Md. at one of the budget motels off the freeway.

On the way to Gettysburg, I visited Westminster, Md., hoping to see the farmhouse owned by Whittaker Chambers, the noted writer, editor, Soviet spy, and critic of Communism. The “Pumpkin Papers” which led to the conviction of Soviet spy Alger Hiss were hidden on this farm. However, although I drove through the area, which is heavily wooded, I was unable to locate the farm. Nonetheless, I found my detour through Westminster to be worthwhile. Westminster is a historic town which saw fighting in its streets during the Civil War.

At Gettysburg, I made certain to visit President Eisehhower’s ranch. The only access to t ranch was by bus from th visitors’ center, as part of a guided tour. The ranch house is filled with original furniture, and visitors can also tour the barns and outbuildings.

The Sharpsburg battlefield is not far from Gettysburg, and is not as strewn with monuments—in fact, it probably looks a lot like it did in 1862. Here, one can visit the Cornfield, where thousands died on September 17, 1862, said to be the bloodiest day in American history. Corn is still grown on the site. One can also stroll across Burnside’s Bridge over Antietam Creek, another site of heavy fighting.

There are plenty of eateries in Gettysburg. Although a few places to eat can be found in Sharpsburg, nearby Hagerstown is a better bet if you’re looking for food.


16 posted on 07/16/2011 12:10:25 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: digger48

I know you’re making some kind of point but I’m at a loss as to what it might be.


17 posted on 07/16/2011 12:10:25 PM PDT by Artemis Webb (Perry 2012! A Conservative who can win!)
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To: Artemis Webb
I have been there 8 times, rent or barrow an RV, if you are going to rent a car rent far away.

The place is a money suck pump, the new visitors center bites, that which was free is now charged for. I stayed at the KOA in Harper's Ferry last time pricey buy well located.

18 posted on 07/16/2011 12:10:43 PM PDT by Little Bill (Sorry)
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To: Artemis Webb
We visited Gettysburg when our kids were young (10 and 12) three things stand out:

1) We hired a private guide for a half day tour cost was not much more then a tour bus, it was personal, well paced and centered around our interests.

2) We visited Devils den at 10:30 at night. It was eerie, scared the heck out of the kids and is still a strong memory.

3) We stayed at a B&B, the Brafferton Inn in downtown Gettysburg, reasonable rates and great hosts.

19 posted on 07/16/2011 12:12:02 PM PDT by Michael.SF. (When you hear hooves, think horses, not zebras.)
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To: Artemis Webb

Rent a car, spend the money for a personal tour guide, you only need one day.


20 posted on 07/16/2011 12:13:05 PM PDT by greatvikingone
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To: Artemis Webb

Gettysburg Address????

I know. It’s lame.


21 posted on 07/16/2011 12:14:29 PM PDT by digger48
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To: Artemis Webb

Make sure you do the car tour with the registered Park service guides, they are great.


22 posted on 07/16/2011 12:14:40 PM PDT by Kozak ("It's not an Election it's a Restraining Order" .....PJ O'Rourke)
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To: Artemis Webb

Yep, fly into Baltmore and rent a car
You can visit Antietam on the way up or back


23 posted on 07/16/2011 12:14:59 PM PDT by silverleaf (All that is necessary for evil to succeed, is that good men do nothing)
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To: Artemis Webb

My son went to Mercersburg Academy, so I know the drill. Fly into Baltimore. Get a rental car from Dollar Rental (the best price by far)
Stay in Frederick, Md. Hit Antitem one day - they just opened a new Visitors Center last year. Then hit Gettysburg on day 2. Get a guide - it’s the best advice you could get!!

Have fun!!


24 posted on 07/16/2011 12:21:27 PM PDT by CWW (Pray for God's Protection!)
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To: silverleaf

Ft McHenry in Baltimore is also worth a visit!


25 posted on 07/16/2011 12:21:54 PM PDT by silverleaf (All that is necessary for evil to succeed, is that good men do nothing)
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To: KrisKrinkle

Try the Farnsworth House BxB in Gettysburg, historic, haunted and they have a great story telling program. There is also a hotel there of note.


26 posted on 07/16/2011 12:25:57 PM PDT by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: Artemis Webb

If you want save some money don’t get a hotel in Gettysburg. There are plenty of hotels not too far away. It’s also pretty pricey to fly into Harrisburg compared to BWI.


27 posted on 07/16/2011 12:28:42 PM PDT by mainepatsfan
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To: Artemis Webb

Now HERE is a topic I know well :) Here is a BRIEF rundown as I post on my phone..if you want more details id be MORE than happy to help and would enjoy doing so..
Minimum stay in Gettysburg should be 3 days...I suggest 4 or 5. You’ll want 1 day per day of the Battle. You’ll also need a full day for the museum/visitor’s center alone in my opinion.
If you can and want to know about the Battle on a personal level and not just see the 3 or 4 main tourist traps (Little Round Top, Site of Pickett’s Charge, Devil’s Den,etc) I HIGHLY suggest hiring a licensed personal guiede for a half day or full day. Most will take you to little known and little traveled areas of the battlefields including the original burial pits, spangler’s spring, some of the original buildings, etc..it will be MORE than worth it.
As far as places to stay, there are plenty of ‘fast food’ hotels (holiday inn,etc) near or actually on (breaks my heart) the battlefield so you have your choice..MY suggestion is to look up a bed and breakfast and go that route..my personal favorite is the Lightner Farmhouse Bed & Breakfast only a couple of miles from the new visitor’s center. It served as a hospital during and after the battle and has a fascinating history that they will share with you when you get there..and the food is phenomenal..Miss Betty also does her own ghost tours which are entertaining to say the least!

I will leave you with this (again please message me for more in depth questions/answers if need be):
1 absolute must while you are there: Go up to the Gouv G. Warren statue on Little Round Top..find a comfortable rock...be silent..take a deep breath..and watch the most beautiful sunset you will see in that part of the country. The land is hauntingly and stunningly beautiful in more ways than can be described...but a sunset on Little Round Top brings me more peace and comfort then one would imagine since there was so much carnage and hell on that very ground.

Enjoy your trip and really try to think about what mere boys did with and to each other for 3 hot days in July ‘63...Cheers.


28 posted on 07/16/2011 12:29:02 PM PDT by JoshuaLawrenceChamberlain
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To: Artemis Webb
Definitely rent a car.

Unless you're planning on seeing Baltimore, base your destination on ticket price. HBI is a decent airport, and there's no reason to fly into Baltimore if you don't want to spend time there, except $.

In the autumn you should be able to stay in downtown Gettysburg for a reasonable price -- there are several very nice old historic hotels I think you'd like. I lived in the area for years, so I've never booked a night room in them, but I did book meetings in several, and the people who needed to travel to stay there recommended them highly. Off season I think we're talking $100-$125. If that's too salty, check places on US Route 15 South into Maryland, you should not have to go further South than Thurmont Maryland. You can also check North on 15, but don't look any further than Camp Hill, PA.

If you have time, Thurmont is about halfway between Antietam (Sharpsburg to all you Rebels) and Gettysburg and is a beautiful drive of about thirty minutes in the other direction (southwest). Harper's Ferry is also convenient and well worth the trip. The area is beautiful, and if you stay on US15/34/40/340 you can avoid all the traffic nastiness of I70 and I81 (although I81 is actually not part of the Washington DC corridor and isn't too bad; stay away from I70/I270 if at all possible, especially after 4:00 PM or you'll be sorry.) Maryland State Troopers are a pain in the rear, especially on I70 and US15, so if you've got a heavy foot: a word to the wise.

The new visitors' center is fantastic. The only downside I can think of is that they got rid of the famous "Electric Map" in the process of improving the center which was a really great way to understand the battle chronology and geography... but a little too 1950's for modern sensibilities, I guess. Anyway, if you're in good shape you will very much enjoy walking around the battlefield. It's huge, and hilly, but you can drive/park and from various locations walk to anywhere you want.

29 posted on 07/16/2011 12:29:05 PM PDT by FredZarguna (Long distance electrodes shot into the pineal and pituitary gland of the recently dead.)
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To: Artemis Webb

And that’s the Gouveneur K. Warren statue..not G. Warren...had to self correct before I facepalm myslef :)


30 posted on 07/16/2011 12:32:35 PM PDT by JoshuaLawrenceChamberlain
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To: Artemis Webb

Here’s what I would do:

Fly into Harrisburg...rent a car...drive the 30 or so miles to Gettysburg. Motel rates are lower in October, a gorgeous month to drive through PA. Allow 3 days to see the battlefield and environs. Spring the extra cash for a guided tour, if it’s your first time there. This is the best way to see the battlefield. Stop at the National Museum there first to get a grasp of what you will see.

Don’t miss Ike and Mamie’s farmhouse and the tour. It’s wonderful (esp. if you are Republican and an Eisenhower fan.)

If you are Catholic, you won’t want to miss the Home and Museum of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton at Emmitsburg, MD., a few short miles from G-burg.

In October there are Ghost Tours of the Gettysburg’s haunted houses which are presided over by costumed guides and are great fun.

The Irish Pub on the main drag is a great spot for lunch or dinner.

Skip the rip-off tourist places like the Teddy Bear Farm outside of town (Boyd’s Bears—all made in China.) And the new shopping mall, which is pathetic.


31 posted on 07/16/2011 12:35:16 PM PDT by Palladin (Sarah Palin in 2012!)
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To: Artemis Webb

We flew in and out of DC, but were coming across the country from LA. Rented a car so we could poke around. We stayed at a B&B that I had read about that did Civil War ‘enactments’ at breakfast — our son ended up dressed like a young Union soldier. The host did a great job telling the story, getting guests involved. This is probably all i remember, but it was great. We also did Antietem that day, if I remember correctly. Things are not that far apart ‘back there.’ Valley Forge is close, too, is it not? We went to all the Americana sites.


32 posted on 07/16/2011 12:35:34 PM PDT by bboop (Stealth Tutor)
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To: digger48
Gettysburg Address????

Ohhhhhhh...
You're forgiven. I've been guilty of worse atrocities. :)

33 posted on 07/16/2011 12:36:36 PM PDT by Artemis Webb (Perry 2012! A Conservative who can win!)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Well, I hope they have improved the Apple Harvest Festival since the last time I was there...50,000 visitors and no real bathrooms...just Jiffy Johns. It was an ordeal for anyone who takes HCT for blood pressure!


34 posted on 07/16/2011 12:43:17 PM PDT by Palladin (Sarah Palin in 2012!)
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To: Artemis Webb

Hotels in Hagerstown (just north of Sharpsburg) Chambersburg and Gettysburg or any ‘burg in the area.


35 posted on 07/16/2011 12:45:08 PM PDT by elder5
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To: Artemis Webb

Do NOT fly into Baltimore. All the routes from there to G-burg are fraught with danger. Huge tractor-trailers moving at 80 mph. Narrow lanes, maniac drivers, barely existent shoulders and just scary driving.

From Harrisburg, you can meander down RTE.15 (a secondary road) and get there safe and sound.


36 posted on 07/16/2011 12:46:11 PM PDT by Palladin (Sarah Palin in 2012!)
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To: digger48

Doh! Ack!

Corny as Kansas in August.


37 posted on 07/16/2011 12:49:08 PM PDT by Palladin (Sarah Palin in 2012!)
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To: silverleaf

Hmmm? Half hour from Harrisburg, hour and a half+ from Baltimore. If highway construction, or an accident is encountered it can be a nightmare into or out of Baltimore.

US 15 South from Harrisburg is fairly consistent traffic wise. Watch out for the speed traps in Dillsburg and you will be ok.


38 posted on 07/16/2011 12:52:07 PM PDT by Delta Dawn (The whole truth.)
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To: bboop

Valley Forge is over 100 miles away from G-Burg...near Philly. (100 miles over the ruts and cracks and potholes of the Pennsylvania Turnpike). But if they want to see the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, the Franklin Institute etc. it might be a nice side trip.


39 posted on 07/16/2011 12:52:56 PM PDT by Palladin (Sarah Palin in 2012!)
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To: Artemis Webb

Rent a car and try the honey-dipped fried hot-dogs in town.


40 posted on 07/16/2011 12:54:03 PM PDT by wtc911 ("How you gonna get down that hill?")
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To: Palladin

Totally agree! Don’t get the logic recommending BWI with DC in the way. Either Harrisburg or Dulles will work better...both lovely drives to G’burg.


41 posted on 07/16/2011 12:55:04 PM PDT by matginzac
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To: Delta Dawn

What I said.

Those Dillsburg cops need to make their quota!

I lived in Camp Hill for 30 years, and became an unpaid guide to and from Gettysburg for all my NY, NJ, and Connecticut relatives. What a difference from when I first toured the battlefield in 1963, and more recent years. You could still dig up an occasional artifact back in the 60’s.

The Cyclorama was the big attraction back then. And the Wax Museum. I have photos of my kids posing in all the montages with the wax figures! And sitting on cannons at the Battlefield.

Can’t do none of that nowadays.


42 posted on 07/16/2011 12:58:03 PM PDT by Palladin (Sarah Palin in 2012!)
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To: Delta Dawn

Check the difference in airfares, then decide
My family drives RT 70 frequently, Carroll County is farmland, congestion around the Frederick interchange is pretty limited

And again, Antietam makes an awesome side trip


43 posted on 07/16/2011 12:59:01 PM PDT by silverleaf (All that is necessary for evil to succeed, is that good men do nothing)
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To: Artemis Webb

http://www.hickoryhollowfarm.com/home.html


44 posted on 07/16/2011 1:03:34 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open ( <o> ---)
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To: silverleaf

Limited can vary. If driven on a weekday, the Maryland highways are packed with serious traffic. 70 out of DC goes from 7 lanes to the two lanes of US 15 in Fredrick. A natural choke point. So timing is important.


45 posted on 07/16/2011 1:23:32 PM PDT by Delta Dawn (The whole truth.)
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To: Artemis Webb

I agree with those that suggest you rent a car. While Gettysburg has tour buses, you will likely spend more on those than on renting a car - seriously. And you are stuck going on the tour route.

One of the best things about visiting Gettysburg is going at your own pace and discovering things there. I suggest no less than two days.

While the town itself is not very big, when you factor in the size of the driving area through the battlefield, it is very large and cannot be walked. Biked perhaps if you are in excellent shape :). The battlefields have many more monuments than you might expect. Many are stunningly beautiful. The suggestions to get yourself a guide is a good one. Unless you know a great deal about Gettysburg (my hubby is an expert) you will miss much that is very interesting and important at the battlefields. But you can do self guided tours - I think they have those recorded program/self guide thingys that you can rent super cheap, so if you are cost conscience those are a good alternative. If you are driving the battlefield that is.

There are a lot of quirky little things too - like wax museums, etc. Everything has a price except for the visitors center, which is large and quite nice. I can’t recall if the info center/museum we went to six years ago charged, nor do I know if it is still open. It had some great stuff in a crappy old building.

The locals are nice - they are used to tourists.

DO NOT stay at the Farnsworth House B&B! !!!! !!! We have stayed at many B&B’s and this was the second to worse we have experienced. Bad staff, cold water, terrible breakfast, room not cleaned and we were paying $185. per night. Plus they have no door on the bathrooms - just a fabric divider - bizarre.

For room accommodations I suggest you go to

http://www.tripadvisor.com

just search Gettysburg hotels and B&B’s and read the reviews. Beware though - in the past few years management/owners have put in fake reviews to bump their own ratings. So, if most of the “excellent” reviewers have only “1 contribution” - it means it is probably padded with fake reviews. It is still a useful tool to easily find all the accommodations in the area. Most websites are linked to the reviews also. If you are AAA or USAA members, some of the chains like Hilton offer good discounts - the chains are just outside of town a couple of miles. The Hilton Garden Inn is near a big grocery, and we had a room with fridge and microwave. Saved a ton of money going by to the store and “cooking in the room” on our last visit.

AND, I’ve also been to Cooperstown several times. Let me know if you’d like any info on it. There is way more to it than the Baseball Hall of Fame. It is a lovely little town.


46 posted on 07/16/2011 1:27:04 PM PDT by Ladysforest
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To: Artemis Webb

Get the Gettysburg Iphone/Ipad app from http://www.civilwar.org/battleapps/ . You can also download it from itunes. You could also buy the CD-roms(I know, so yesterday) from TravelBrain at the retail outlet in the National Park pavilion.

Both will give you video and maps showing the action/scrimishes. Then you can choose which battles interest you the most. Remember the battle took place over 3 days so there are a number of location to see. I have gone serveral times, just to concentrate on one battle and understand what these brave soldiers faced from each side.


47 posted on 07/16/2011 1:36:08 PM PDT by tomd2
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To: Joe 6-pack
Assuming good weather and no hurricanes Fall is a great time to visit Gettysburg ~ which is why there will be plenty of Boy Scouts camped out around there on the weekends.

The battlefield is readily accessed from the Washington DC area, Baltimore area, and various spots in Pennsylvania.

You will want to rent a car ~ start working on that now.

48 posted on 07/16/2011 1:36:40 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Ladysforest; Artemis Webb

Definitely need a car for Cooperstown. It’s WAY off the beaten path, which is part of the charm. And true, it is more than just the Baseball Hall of Fame.


49 posted on 07/16/2011 1:39:25 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: Artemis Webb

Don’t miss the Cyclorama, a huge oil painting located in the visitors center. You see a short movie first in one of 2 stadium style theaters, and then go up to the painting located on the upper level. You are standing in the middle of the room surrounded on all sides by this massive work. When you come off the escalator I suggest you go to the opposite side of the round area for the best view of the “show”. The lights are dimmed and the description of the battle begins. I have seen it three times and suggest you take Kleenex with you.It is a powerful presentation, loud and very real. Tickets are reasonably priced and will assign you a start time.The museum on the lower level is massive and extremely well done, and there is no additional cost to go through it. The gift shop is filled with books and other merchandise, most of which is of good quality.
I noticed that someone mentioned Boyds Bears. They are out of business now.
There is also a military museum just outside Carlisle which is an indoor/outdoor exhibit. Outdoors you will wander through trenches, see artillary, a helicopter and examples of warfare equipment through the years.
I would also suggest Harrisburg airport and Route 15.


50 posted on 07/16/2011 1:43:21 PM PDT by codder too
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