I would doubt any bus trips, there's no place for them to house the visitors. I just looked online and there seemed to be rooms in Mechanicsburg, PA as well as Harrisburg, PA. It's an easy drive south on Rt 15 from those locations. Check out the online travel sites for availability and then call the hotel directly to confirm. (kayak.com, travelocity.com, expedia.com)
Most people, such as ourselves re-booked our rooms in Gettysburg for next year, this past July 4th week, as most motels/hotels give the people staying there first chance to book for the following year (which is only fair to protect their loyal guests who return year after year), due to that reason most motels/rooms were probably booked in an instant, thus leaving very few rooms locally for the general public to handle the larger than normal demand for rooms next year. At this point, I would book the nearest room available that is clean and acceptable (ie...York, Harrisburg,etc..) as they will probably be full before the winters end,if not sooner, this way you will not miss out on the 150th. Good Luck & See You There..
Gettysburg is booked solid..try bed and breakfasts...
The Wyndham has rooms, depending on your dates. $349 and up per night plus taxes. You won't get just a weekend, but wed-mon was coming up online.
Not had any luck booking Gettysburg, so looking at Harrisburg instead. Can anyone give advice as to which hotel. Being English we like hotels where you can walk to restaurants, also it would be good to know which hotels are on the right side of town for our drive to Gettysburg. Also not sure where in the area would be best for 4th July celebrations, maybe Harrisburg, Frederick or Baltimore? Many thanks for replies so far.
Hariisburg is the PA State Capitol. Really only 1 hotel in the city to recommend, the Harrisburg Hilton, which is located on the same street as most of the restaurants. It's not a great city, lots of issues lately, but it is on a river and you can walk along that area during the day, a baseball park on the island in the river you can also walk to.
If you look at Mechanicsburg hotels, you will be on the west side of the river, which is a much easier drive, although nothing walkable, it's suburbia.
Most are located on the Route 15 corridor, which is the highway leading to Gettysburg. There are plenty of dining options close by, as well as a nice indoor mall for shopping. Google Hotels Mechanicsburg PA for a listing.
Harrisburg has a street fair and fireworks over the 4th, Frederick is a cool town with shops and restaurants and Baltimore has a busy harbor area that is well worth a visit. Gettysburg will also have a fireworks display for the 4th.
Tried to edit the above, but too late. There are plenty of other Harrisburg area hotels, but they are mostly located near highways and not really walkable to anything worthwile. You'd be better off on the Mechanisburg side as far as a direct travel route.
Small quaint towns and hotels that you can walk to, really aren't located between Gettysburg and Harrisburg. Carlisle is another option, the county seat does have some shops and restaurants/pubs. There is a Comfort Suites located downtown. It's about 45 minutes to Gettysburg on a rural, scenic road.
PA official info http://www.visitpa.com/
Harrisburg travel info http://www.visithhc.com/
Cumberland county area info www.visitcumberlandvalley.com/
Carlisle info www.carlislepa.org/index.asp…
Posted on the official Gettysburg Visitors Bureau site:
If you are looking for lodging during the 150th Commemoration in July or November, please call our office at 800-337-5015 Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 5:0pm EST for current availability.
If you give me your exact dates, I'd be happy to see what they have.
Thanks for your reply, spoke to Visitors Bureau who e-mailed their updated list, so tried a few with no luck. Don't know if I can wait till next year when some will start taking bookings! Looking for 5th July to 8th July. What do you think of Hagerstown for location? Any help greatly appreciated. Just booked our tickets for the event, can't wait!!!