Gettysburg’s historic town and majestic countryside boasts beautiful fall foliage, an array of autumn events and is one of America’s top haunted destinations, making the fall season a great time to visit the region.
“While many visitors think of Gettysburg as a summer destination, some of our most popular months are in autumn when the weather is cooler and couples and families are looking for short getaways before the holidays,” says Norris Flowers, President of Destination Gettysburg.
Not only are visitors seeking out Gettysburg’s rich history, but they also are enjoying experiences beyond the Civil War museums, including the area’s wineries, outdoor recreation activities, great restaurants and food tours, shopping and an emerging hard cider scene.
The countryside features two self-guided driving tours that immerses visitors in nature, history, apple orchards and amazing fall colors. Typically peaking in mid-October, the colorful fall foliage brings to life a majestic countryside, making a great backdrop for visitors picking apples, shopping at farm markets or touring the battlefield by horseback, bicycle or a variety of other means.
Adams County, Pa., is the heart of Pennsylvania’s Fruit Belt with more than 20,000 acres of fruit trees, a Gettysburg Wine & Fruit Trail, five wineries and cideries, and more than 25 farm markets loaded with recently harvested fruits and vegetables, and fresh-baked pies, breads and desserts. Foodies can hop aboard a variety of tours, including the Wine, Dine and Cider Tour.
Gettysburg’s haunted scene, is known throughout the world. Known as the “Most Haunted Town in America” or “One of the World’s Spookiest Destination,” Gettysburg attracts thousands of visitors each fall looking for a glimpse of the past through the many candlelight ghost tours across town and haunted investigations that are offered, including many in or near historic farms and other buildings.
Visitors looking to engage with Gettysburg’s rich history will find a variety of museums, battlefield tours and living history encampments and programs that bring history to life.
The region features a variety of fall events, including the Gettysburg Wine & Music Festival, Sept. 10–11; World War II Weekend, Sept. 17–18; Adams County Heritage Festival, Sept. 25; Gettysburg Fall Outdoor Antique Show, Sept. 24; and the area’s largest event, the National Apple Harvest Festival, Oct. 1–2 and 8–9, drawing nearly 100,000 people over two weekends.
For a complete list of autumn events in the Gettysburg area, visit destinationgettysburg.com or check out the My Gettysburg App on iPhone and Android devices.