Looking to plan a trip to Gettysburg and experience all the civil war history that abounds in our area, but don’t know where to begin? With so much to do in Gettysburg, it can be difficult to choose which activities to explore during your trip. So, we created this helpful Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, four-day itinerary to help you start planning a trip of a lifetime! Below, you can find ideas and links on what to do and where to eat during your trip to Gettysburg. Our quiet location at the Keystone Inn is a perfect homebase for your Gettysburg Adventure. We have included a full day to explore the historic battlefields and a second day to drive around the countryside.
Four-Day Itinerary for an Ultimate Gettysburg, Pa Getaway
Check-In at the Keystone Inn Bed and Breakfast
Our innkeeper will welcome you with homemade cookies and give you a tour of the inn and grounds. After you are settled in, grab some refreshments and relax on our side porch, where you can rock life away at a much slower pace.
Enjoy a delicious meal at the Dobbin House
We love to recommend the Dobbin House for one of your meals during your stay. Not only is the food delicious and special, but you are also dining in the oldest building in Gettysburg. You can check out other dining options here that highlight 7 other eateries.
Experience an old fashion movie
Afterward, enjoy a classic movie on the Big Screen in the beautifully restored, historic Majestic theater! You can check out the schedule and purchase advance tickets here. And if ice cream is your thing, enjoy an old fashion hot fudge sundae at Mr. G’s.
Enjoy and savor our Farm Direct Breakfasts served “Your Way” at the inn. Let us know in advance if you have any special dietary needs that we can easily accommodate. We are known for our special breakfasts that always include plenty of fresh fruit and rotate between savory and sweet each day, giving you plenty of variety for your Gettysburg breakfast experience. In addition, we are known for our bacon which we source from our local butcher, The Farmstead Butcher, with a little secret ingredient added.
Learn about Gettysburg’s history
Begin your day with a visit to the Gettysburg Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. This is a great place to begin your tour with an orientation film- A New Birth of Freedom, narrated by award-winning actor Morgan Freeman, and the Cyclorama painting depicting Pickett’s Charge. Afterward, tour the museum, which will give your a history of the war and the Battle of Gettysburg. There are many different options for seeing the battlefield up close. Some of the tours can be seen from your car, and others include ranger programs and tour guides as highlighted below:
1. Follow the NPS Auto Tour Route and get out at each stop
2. Purchase a touring CD from the bookstore at the museum
3. Use the free Civil War Trust’s Gettysburg Battle App on your phone
4. Hire a private licensed Battlefield Guide to accompany you.
5. Attend one of the many Ranger Programs during the day. Check out the schedule here.
6. If it’s a hot day and you want to relax while seeing the sites consider a bus tour with Gettysburg Battlefield Bus Tours. If you want to feel the wind blowing through your hair, be sure to book a spot on the double-decker bus!
After your busy day of exploring the Battlefields, come back to the inn for some afternoon refreshments. Your innkeeper is always available to chat about your dinner plans. If you enjoy craft beer, might we suggest the Appalachian Brewing Company? A more casual pub meal with hand-craft beer and spirits and an awesome Mile High Meatloaf!
Breakfast at the Inn
If you are an early riser, check out the sunrises on the Battlefield. They are quite spectacular! If you like sleeping in, by all means, sleep in and enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the inn.
Enjoy the Country Side
After breakfast, head out to Adams County to explore the beautiful countryside. Tour the scenic roads throughout Adams County and discover history, wineries, factory tours, farms, arts, and family fun. You can always check out the current events here. Shown below are some of our favorites:
1. Join in on the Adams County Pour Tour
2. Visit the historic Round Barn
3. Pick your own fruit at the Boyer Nurseries and Orchards- A 5th-generation family-owned business. U-pick cherries, blueberries, and apples are available seasonally. Wine & hard cider tasting room. Live evergreen hedge maze. Full-service garden center and nursery.
4. Visit the historic Sachs Covered Bridge
For your last dinner, check out the amazing food and cider brewery at Jacks’s Cider House and Mela’s Kitchen. Farm to table and caring folks with a casual atmosphere.
Breakfast at the Inn
Enjoy your last breakfast at the inn. Then, as your remarkable Gettysburg getaway comes to a close, return to your room to sadly pack up your belongings. We are always available to print any boarding passes or help with any map directions.
And as you leave the best inn in Gettysburg, we always love to say- “Until Next Time.”