My husband and I and two older teenage sons will be visiting Gettysburg on our way from Philadelphia to Washington D.C. Washington D.C. is the ultimate goal and where we will spend the longest time. But my husband is a serious amateur Civil War historian - his interest and knowledge are far deeper than casual. He has not been to Gettysburg for years and my sons and I have never been. Both sons have interest in history and so do I. My husband and I could be happy for days in a good museum, our sons' interest wanes faster.
My husband would have no tolerance for a packaged tourist tour, particularly not with stereotypical tourists in Bermuda shorts and business socks. He'd probably be inclined to go it alone, but I am interested in at least knowing why a licensed guide has been recommended on this forum many times.
We will have rented a car in Philadelphia to be returned in Washington D.C. We are flexible with the length of vacation, so could spend anywhere between one and three days in Gettsyburg. I'd like recommendations about an itinerary, including hotels and dining. We are not particular fans of B & Bs when traveling with kids, and have no interest in "haunted" sites. Suggestions for places to stop between Philadelphia and Gettysburg and between Gettysburg and Washington would be welcomed. The more opportunity for immersion in the history of the area, the better. Thanks for any suggestions!