11 days in Gettysburg & Washington DC Itinerary

11 days in Gettysburg & Washington DC Itinerary

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11 days in Gettysburg & Washington DC Itinerary

Start: Indianapolis
Drive:  9​h 15​min
1
Gettysburg
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Washington DC
— 7 nights
Drive:  10​h
End: Indianapolis

3
nights
Gettysburg

Gettysburg ©
Located near the memorial park marking the site of one of the largest Civil War battles, the town of Gettysburg sits in a landscape of rolling green hills with views of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the distance.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Gettysburg Seminary Ridge Museum, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park and Association of Licensed Battlefield Guides. Keep things going the next day: learn about all things military at Gettysburg Museum of History, examine the collection at Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, then witness the site of a historic battle at Association of Licensed Battlefield Guides, and finally explore the world behind art at Gibson's Photographic Gallery.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Gettysburg trip builder.

Indianapolis to Gettysburg is an approximately 9-hour combination of bus, flight, and train. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in June, and nighttime lows around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Washington DC.

Things to do in Gettysburg

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
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Gettysburg Museum of History ©
Gettysburg Museum of History
Seminary Ridge Museum, Gettysburg ©
Seminary Ridge Museum, Gettysburg

7
nights
Washington DC

Washington DC ©
The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
Your list of things to see and do now includes International Spy Museum, U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial, Arlington House - The Robert E. Lee Memorial, and other attractions. Get some historical perspective at Ford's Theatre and Old Town. National Gallery of Art and Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History will appeal to museum buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Washington DC side-trips: Fredericksburg (Mary Washington House & Trolley Tours of Fredericksburg). There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Tomb of the Unknowns, pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial, contemplate the waterfront views at Tidal Basin, and get a sense of history and politics at The White House.

To see where to stay and tourist information, go to the Washington DC trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Gettysburg to Washington DC takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Washington DC when traveling from Gettysburg in June, with lows around 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Arlington, Fredericksburg, Old Town
Find places to stay Jun 12 — 19:
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The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ©
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
Old Town ©
Old Town

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