Autumn in Gettysburg offers history buffs one of the best vacation experiences available. Historic Gettysburg offers so many things to do in the fall, not only centered around Civil War history, but also focused on fall foliage, amazing scenic vistas, apple fests, ghost tours, and more.
Celebrate history and harvests this fall!
Our Gettysburg bus tours feature our beloved Licensed Battlefield Guides. Visitors can board our double-deck buses to get an unobstructed view of the battlefields and be transported back in time to the War Between the States. The bus tour will make a definite imprint on your memory long after your getaway to Gettysburg.
Experience the serene beauty created when day’s end nears with our Sunset Tours, offered every Saturday starting Sept 5 and running through the end of October. You can watch the captivating colors of autumn in the landscape magically transfer to the sky. Sunset guided bus tours are 2 hours long and cover the famous 3-day battle.
Because Gettysburg is surrounded by beautiful orchards and farms, it’s an especially popular destination for fall getaways. Red barns, golden fields, and orange pumpkin fields join abundant trees varieties popular to this Appalachian area.
Showy trees of Gettysburg include the popular:
- White Oak: Brown and wine-red to red-orange in the fall
- White Ash: Yellow to deep purple and maroon
- Northern Red Oak: Russet-red to bright red
Ode to Apples
Did you know Pennsylvania is the fourth largest apple producer in the U.S.? Adams County has an impressive schedule of events that celebrate the apple and the fall’s tasty apple harvest.
We suggest you start with dessert! The apple county “Pie Trail,” your trip to Gettysburg is sure to leave memories of this special season.
While this year’s National Apple Harvest Festival is canceled, you can visit the nearby National Apple Museum to learn about the history of the apple and fruit industry, including historic photographs, a recreated 1880s farm kitchen, and general store, and old farming implements. The National Apple Museum is open through October on weekends, and other times by appointment.
Adams County has more than 20,000 acres of apple orchards, which grow 35 varieties. Local farm markets sell numerous varieties of apples that are favorites among Pennsylvanians, and we encourage out-of-towners to join us in celebrating this healthy fruit.
In the mood for apple wine? You can find apple wine and apple crisp cider at local wineries, including the nearby Reid’s Winery Tasting Room and Cider House and Adams County Winery Gettysburg Wine Shop.
Halloween and History
Gettysburg is one of the best places to visit for a “haunted” vacation. We offer nightly walking tours and ghost hunts that start at the Haunted Orphanage, where innocent children suffered under the watch of an evil house matron.
The Jennie Wade Tour takes visitors to one of America’s most haunted spots. The Jennie Wade House, home of the only civilian killed during the Battle of Gettysburg, is a popular tourist attraction that offers a glimpse of the terrifying Civil War era as well as the patriotic dedication of Jennie and her mother to the Union soldiers fighting for the nation.
Learn about our Specialty Ghost Tours, including “Georgia, Your Sister is Dead” and “Scary Ghost Stories & Tales of Glories.”
Virtual WWII Event
Each year, the Eisenhower National Historic Site serves as the site for September’s living history encampment and USO Dance as part of the annual World War II Weekend, the pandemic has forced the event to be virtual this year. But you can still join the hundreds of WWII history buffs as it transitions to a digital platform (and, hey, you won’t have to worry about social distancing!)
Park Rangers and volunteers will present profiles of World War II soldiers buried in Gettysburg National Cemetery and other historically relevant activities. Get more details on the Eisenhower National Historic Site webpage.
More Ideas for Your Gettysburg Stay
If you’ve had your fill of all things apple and historical discoveries, your getaway to Gettysburg can switch to equally fun activities. From ax-wielding challenges and horse riding adventures to general family entertainment, learn about traveling to Gettysburg during the pandemic.
Where to Stay in Gettysburg
Now that you have a full schedule of activities, plan for your lodging and get ready for one of the best fall trips you and your family could take.
Gettysburg offers many options for overnight accommodations, from camping and motels to bed-and-breakfast inns and vacation rentals.
Get more information about places to stay in Gettysburg.