9 days in Washington DC & Gettysburg Itinerary

9 days in Washington DC & Gettysburg Itinerary

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9 days in Washington DC & Gettysburg Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
1
Washington DC
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Gettysburg
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
End: Washington DC

5
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.
Popular historic sites such as Old Rag Mountain Hike and National Gallery of Art are in your itinerary. Take a break from the city and head to Stony Man Mountain Hike and Prince William Forest Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Aquia Episcopal Church (in Stafford), Chancellorsville Battlefield Visitor Center (in Spotsylvania) and Fredericksburg (The Rising Sun Tavern & Chatham Manor). There's much more to do: examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Alexandria Presbyterian Church, identify plant and animal life at Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, and appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Washington DC trip planner.

Expect a daytime high around 89°F in July, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Washington DC

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Alexandria, St. Michaels, Fredericksburg, Aquia Episcopal Church, Stony Man Mountain Overlook
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National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ©
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

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 National Military Park. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Jennie Wade House, see the interesting displays at Gettysburg Museum of History, then take an in-depth tour of Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center, then walk around Gettysburg National Military Park, and finally admire the architecture and history at Lincoln Statue at Wills House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore and take pictures at Antietam National Battlefield.

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You can drive from Washington DC to Gettysburg in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train, flight, and taxi. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Washington DC in July: high temperatures in Gettysburg hover around 84°F and lows are around 66°F. On the 26th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Gettysburg

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Antietam National Battlefield
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