Gettysburg Battlefield Auto Tour

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2011 Tour Options at Gettysburg National Park (adapted from the National Park Service Website at www.nps.gov/gett/ )

Licensed Battlefield Guide service.

A battlefield guide will personally guide you through the park in the comfort of your own vehicle. The cost in 2011 for this service is $55 for two hours for 6 people. Cost is greater for larger groups. The guide will drive *your* car as he or she explains the battlefield history.

Battlefield bus tour.

Board at at the National Park Service Visitor Center. March 25 to April 6: 11 & 1:30.
April 7 to June 8: 9:30, Noon, 2:30.
June 9 to August 26: 9:30, 11:00, 12:00, 1:30, 2:30, 4pm.
August 27 to October 16: 9:30, 12:00, and 2:30.
Bus Tour Fee is $28. Age 6-12 $17 5 and under are free.

The Self-guided Auto Tour is excellent and free. You drive your own car, stopping at your convenience at designated areas. I highly recommend this approach and the photos at Flickr linked to this picture were taken along that drive.

Pick up a free auto tour map at the park’s Museum and Visitor Center.

You may also want to add an “Audio Tour” to the auto tour for more detail along the way.
Available at the park book store in cassette or CD format. Battle of Gettysburg authorities narrate these tapes, although my recollection is that the storytelling approach is somewhat uninspired even as it is historically remarkable.

iHikes and Bikes

Hikers and bikers can use the designated trails and pathways near the Museum and Visitor Center and elsewhere in the park. See the park brochure for more detail.

Bicycle riding is welcome on park roads and avenues but you must stay on pavement only.
Off-road biking is not allowed on earthen trails or the paved walkways.

For Scout Groups: “Boy Scouts of America Gettysburg Heritage Trail Guide”, which gives scouts a challenging course through the park. Available at the park bookstore.


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