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Trip report 18th - 20th April

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Trip report 18th - 20th April

Having hired a car at Reagan National Airport in Washington we visited Mount Vernon before heading off to Gettysburg.

We finally arrived in Gettysburg in the early evening but our satnav couldn't find the address of the Wyndham so we stopped at the Holiday Inn in the town centre to ask for directions. We found it in the end (report posted) but called it a day at that as it had been a scorchingly hot day and the extra concentration needed to both drive an automatic and on the "wrong" side of the road meant we were feeling quite tired.

After breakfast the next day we drove to the National Park Visitor Centre/Museum. It was 0945 and we managed to book a Battefield Guide for 1300 so in the interim watched the film, went to the cyclorama, bookshop/gift shop, saw part of the museum and grabbed a bite to eat. Guide arrived promptly at 1300 and we went off on a two and a half hour tour of the battlefield sites (report to be posted). On our return revisited the museum until closing time before returning to the hotel - if the hotel had been walking distance from the town centre we would probably have gone out in the evening.

After breakfast the next day (now pouring with rain) drove back to the National Park Visitor Centre/Museum and went out on the bus to Eisenhowers's Farm. We really enjoyed this (report to be posted) and would have stayed longer but for the weather. Back to the car park and off to the Lancaster area to visit the Amish.

Having returned to the UK would we have done anything different? Probably yes - a hotel in the town centre might have been a better bet, we should have got to the visitor centre earlier and perhaps should have even allowed another day to look round the town itself. Never mind - a thoroughly enjoyable stay.

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I'm glad you enjoyed your stay. We were there last year & going again this weekend. My husband went to Gettysb. College there & it is his reunion.

Last yr & also this coming visit, we used the Quality Inn Gettysburg, which is on Steinwehr just a bit SW of center of town, certainly an easy walk into the center square. They include a simple breakfast, not the best in the world but adequate--the thing we liked best was the large rooms & overall cleanliness & friendliness of both staff & guests. It is an old 60s motor court type motel which has grown over the years, so actually has several buildings. All well kept up. The breakfasts are served in an old Victorian era house on the site. It has a pool, too. Also it is inexpensive.

This motel is almost on top of the entry to the cemetery, so very convenient for visits to that area.

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