Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 2009 Fall Foliage Travel and Tourism Info

Thanks to Carl Whitehill ,of The Gettysburg Convention & Visitors Bureau for providing this most helpful information

Foliage.org: What are the projected dates for Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 2009 peak foliage season?

Peak season in the Gettysburg, Adams County, area is typically the third
week in October.

Foliage.org: Are there areas, vistas, scenic lookouts or other destinations within Gettysburg that are known for their uniquely beautiful autumn foliage displays?

The Gettysburg National Military Park (the battlefield) is a majestic
place to catch a glimpse of the fall foliage. Standing atop Little Round
Top – one of the most famous battlegrounds – visitors can overlook
several miles over the battlefield, farm land and to the Blue Ridge
Mountain Range. North of Gettysburg is Pennsylvania’s Fruit Belt. A
drive through our Apple Country and its rolling hills gives visitors
many unique views of the colorful fall foliage. The new Hauser Estate
Winery sits perched a top one of the highest points in the region and
gives a great view over the Adams County landscape.
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Foliage.org: What are the local and regional roads or highways that are favorite scenic routes for Fall tourists?

Route 234 is probably the richest for fall foliage. The road runs from
one side of the county to the other and run smack-dab through Apple
Country. Not only will visitors see beautiful fall colors, but can
experience roadside farmer’s markets, pick-your-own fruit and several
wineries along the route.

The hills along Route 30 (The Lincoln Highway) also provide unique looks
at the autumn leaves as visitors near the Blue Ridge Mountains to the
west.

Fall Photos gettysburg

Foliage.org: What festivals or other public events are taking place
During the 2009 Fall foliage season?

The biggest event in the Gettysburg, Adams County, area is the National
Apple Harvest Festival – which runs two consecutive weekends: Oct. 3-4
and 10-11. This event brings in close to 100,000 people and features
lots of food, entertainment, demonstrations, crafts and everything apple
– apple pies, apple sausage, apple butter, apple sauce, and apple
pancakes.

Foliage.org: Are there historic or cultural sites that are popular destinations for Fall foliage travelers? What are they?

The Gettysburg National Military Park is not only a historic and
hallowed ground, it’s one of the most scenic in the United States. Come
Autumn, the 6,000 acres of preserved battleground are surrounded by the
beautiful fall colors. Visitors can tour the battlefield in a variety of
ways, including automobile, bus, horseback, bicycle and Segway personal
transporter.
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Foliage.org: What are some other popular tourist attractions for autumn travelers to Gettysburg .What are some of the less well known, but much loved local attractions?

Few recognize that the countryside surrounding Gettysburg is so rich in
fruit and wine. Several orchards and wineries have joined to form the
Gettysburg Fruit & Wine Tour, a truly unique experience. There’s also
attractions in Adams County such as Mister Ed’s Elephant Museum or the
Land of Little Horses Farm Park that give Gettysburg’s 3 million
visitors a break from the history.

Foliage.org: Are there favorite destinations for history, literature,
architecture buffs, or antique collectors? What are they?

Nearby New Oxford, Pennsylvania, is one of the largest hubs of antique
shops in the country. This quaint little town is flooded with antique
malls and can keep any level of collector busy for days. Both Gettysburg
and New Oxford are filled with eclectic shopping, boutiques and charming
restaurants.

Foliage.org: What are some favorite destinations or activities of
Families traveling during the Fall travel season
?

Boyds Bear Country, which touts itself as one of the largest teddy bear
stores in the world, hosts its annual Fall Frolic, several weekends of
activities for children and families. Fall is also ghost season in
Gettysburg, when visitors can explore Gettysburg’s nightlife through
ghost tours and candlelight walks.

Foliage.org: What are some helpful resources for discovering local inns, bed and breakfasts, lodges, boutique hotels, and other local lodging and dining?

To find a comprehensive list of places to stay – whether it be historic
inns or large hotels with pools – visit www.gettysburg.travel.

Foliage.org: Is there anything else you would like to tell visitors thinking about traveling to Gettysburg for the fall foliage season?

Fall is a special time in the Gettysburg area. It’s a great chance to
see that Gettysburg is much more than a Civil War battle. For Adams
County, it means harvest time and between the cool weather and
less-crowded streets and sidewalks, it makes for an enjoyable visit.

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