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Special Destinations

With so many things to do in Gettysburg, our town could keep you busy for as long as you are here. But if you are the wandering spirit type, we’ve put together a list of places to visit that are within a short drive of The Gaslight Inn. After a good night’s sleep and a delicious breakfast, check out some of the nearby places to spend your day!

Antietam Battlefield (Sharpsburg, MD)

Distance from Gettysburg: 46 miles
If history is what draws you to Gettysburg, then you won’t want to miss a short drive to the location of the bloodiest one day battle in American history. At the Battle of Antietam, 23,000 soldiers were killed, wounded or missing after only twelve hours of savage combat on September 17, 1862. The Battle of Antietam ended the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia's first invasion into the North and led to Abraham Lincoln's issuance of the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation.

Harrisburg, PA – Pennsylvania’s Capital City

Distance from Gettysburg: 38 miles
Along the shores of the Susquehanna River, Harrisburg has grown from a modest ferry outpost to a picturesque capital city. A burgeoning center for the region's arts and culture, the community offers all the pleasures of an urban metropolis while maintaining the warmth and caring associated with South Central Pennsylvania. Riverfront Park and City Island offer a host of family fun and activities along the beautiful banks of the river. You’ll discover a wide variety of things to do, but some of our favorites are the National Civil War museum, a riverboat ride on the Susquehanna, a round of miniature golf at Water Golf on City Island, and lunch at the famous Sammy’s Authentic Italian Restaurant.

Hershey, PA – Chocolate Town, USA

Distance from Gettysburg: 49 miles
This chocolate-coated candy kingdom has grown from Milton S. Hershey's company town to an internationally known community offering thrilling attractions, breathtaking gardens, sweet deals and mouth-watering treats. You’ll find plenty to do as you tour Hershey’s Chocolate World, ride the rollercoasters at Hersheypark, enjoy the beauty of the Hershey Gardens or indulge at the Chocolate Spa.

Lancaster, PA –Pennsylvania Dutch Country

Distance from Gettysburg: 55 miles
Part of Lancaster County's old-fashioned charm and homespun warmth stems from the Amish community. In many ways, Lancaster has become synonymous with Pennsylvania Amish Country. The families, farmers and craftsmen here follow a deeply religious, family-centered lifestyle that has maintained this tradition through a simple way of life that has not adopted the mainstream culture, yet has adapted in many necessary ways throughout the last 300 years. One favorite Lancaster County spot is Intercourse, a walkable Pennsylvania-Dutch village that has great local markets, a pretzel factory, and a quilt museum. Next on your tour, visit Intercourse’s sister-town, Bird-In-Hand, rich in tradition this village offers visitors the true flavor of the Pennsylvania-Dutch culture via its restaurants, bakeries, and old-fashioned farmers’ markets. You can further explore the history and lifestyle of the Amish people at the Americana Museum, the Amish Country Homestead, or by taking a buggy ride.

New Oxford, PA—Step Back in Time

Distance from Gettysburg: 10 miles
Nestled along the eastern edge of Adam’s County is the quaint town of New Oxford. Rural landscapes, brick sidewalks, tree-lined streets, and stately 18th and 19th century Victorian and Colonial homes adorning the town circle make for an attractive spot in the heart of one of the country’s more historic regions. The town is built around a beautiful square and surrounded by well cultivated countryside and rolling pasture lands. New Oxford is only a short drive from Gettysburg, and offers visitors a great afternoon of shopping, antiquing, and dining.

Washington DC—The Capital of the United States

Distance from Gettysburg: 86 miles
What needs to be said about the location of our nation’s capital? Sightseeing, history, cultural events abound in Washington. Some great things to do are to walk the National Mall and visit the free Smithsonian museums, see a play at Ford’s Theater, shop in Georgetown, or take in a baseball game at Nationals Park. If you are visiting in the Spring, be sure to find out when the Cherry Blossom’s are in bloom!