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Old 09-15-2014, 06:00 PM   #1
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Visiting Gettysburg via toad

We will be visiting Gettysburg soon . This will be our first visit." We are looking for must see ". We are planning to take the bus tour. We are taking the toad and staying in a motel. We have booked for three days. It feels strange not taking the MH! We love seeing and learning the history of our country!
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I took the self guided cd tour and it was very good, but at one site I listened to the guided tour and was really impressed with the "color" that was added to the scene.
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I took the self guided cd tour and it was very good, but at one site I listened to the guided tour and was really impressed with the "color" that was added to the scene.

We did the same thing in 2012. Really enjoyed it and very informative.


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Hi. We were just there this past weekend. Stayed at the Drummer Boy campground and toured the area in our TOAD. We started out with a 2 hr tour ( there are bus, car, horse, bike, segue and walking tours to choose from) on a double decker bus. It was a good starting point because it gives you a good overview of the area and battles. Then we used our TOAD to visit the areas we were interested in. Don't miss the Visitor center. It has lot of good info and you can shuttle over to the Eisenhower farm from the center. We had a great trip and really learned a lot about the battle and it's impact on the Civil War. Have a good time.
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We went to the visitors center and they furnished us a guide. The guide drove our car and we did a 3 hr tour. Absolutely awesome.

The guide will take you on a neat tour. They will ask if you want to see a certain part of the battlefield. If not he will do his regular tour. I think they have a 4 & 5 hour tour also.

The guide will explain the total battle. Takes you up on the hills and you walk right out into the rocks they would of stood behind.

Don't remember the exact cost but really wasn't bad. We had four in the car + the guide. And as I said he drove.

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I have been there many times. My two favorite ways to tour the battlefield (and town) is segue way and the one where the guide drives your car.
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We did the bus tour and then later, did the CD self-guided tour. I wish I had read up on the battle before I went as it would have given me more background on the events and significance of some of the sites.
If you are into motorcycles, the Harley York plant is close by and they have a pretty good tour of the manufacturing line.
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I second the idea of getting a guide to drive your car and give the tour. One little thing that impressed me was that our guide came sure he knew what state we were from and then made sure he talked about our state's role in the battle.
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Exactly Bill. Our guide did the same. asked what state we were from & asked if there was anything in particular we wanted him to talk about

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I took the self guided cd tour and it was very good, but at one site I listened to the guided tour and was really impressed with the "color" that was added to the scene.
Was "Cassette Tape" when I took it . But I too was impressed.

ONE big advantage of the CD/Tape tour is this... You can spend at long or as little time at any one spot on the tour as you like.. Several times we parked the car, got out and walked around.

With a BUS tour,,, if you do not get back on the bus in time, You have a LONG walk ahead. But with the self-tour.. No such problem.

It was 1988 when I was there (Easy to remember the year, I have something I need to do very xxx8 (IE 2018) and the office where I can just fill out the form and hand it in is in Gettysburg. (Well now days I just click, click and the job is done from anywhere but back in '88 I still had to hand in a paper form with a signature on it,, and I handed it in in Gettysburg)
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Hi stearn,
Three days is going to be three very full days. I've been there many times. I do the battlefield in chronological order of events. You are going to get many suggestions. These are two that I will make assuming your party is mobile enough to do these items.
1. Find the North Carolina monument (it's large) on the road the Confederates lined up for Picket's charge. Park the car and walk from this monument to the Union lines (you'll see the Union lines when you begin). When you finish the walk you'll know how the Confederates were able to march across the battlefield without getting killed (until the last 50 yards).
2. Go to Devil's Den. Look up at Little Round Top. Find the path and climb the hill up to the Union lines at the top of the hill. Remember the Confederates not only had to climb the hill, but had Union soldiers shooting at them.

If a member of the party can not make the walk, they can drive to the finish point and wait. These two things you will remember, guaranteed.
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I suggest you do one of the tours first to get an overall view. Then check at the NPS desk at the visitor's center for the Ranger talk schedule. These last 30-60 minutes at a specific area of the battlefield and sometimes requires some walking, distance varies.

Do not try to absorb too much in your three days, its impossible to learn everything. If you have a relative who fought there, know his state and unit if possible for the tour guide.

Have fun and enjoy your trip.
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Near Gettysburg

And if you have time, visit downtown Gettysburg. Very unique area. Enjoy.
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We are members of Harvest Hosts; we took the rig and the toad (trailer). We stayed at Adams County Winery which is just a few miles from Gettysburg. We did the self guided tour and toured the visitors center. Visiting downtown Gettysburg is a must too.

The owners at Adams County Winery have a concrete RV pad for the Harvest Host members and they don't mind if you stay and extra night, in fact, they asked me.

If you go the Harvest Host route, mention our name. ;o)
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