32 days in Grand Rapids & Gettysburg Itinerary

32 days in Grand Rapids & Gettysburg Itinerary

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32 days in Grand Rapids & Gettysburg Itinerary

Start: Kalamazoo
Drive:  1​h
1
Grand Rapids
— 16 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h 30​min
2
Gettysburg
— 14 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Kalamazoo

16
nights
Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids ©
The second largest city in Michigan and a hub of furniture manufacturing, Grand Rapids bears the nickname "Furniture City." However, the destination's original name came from the rapids of the Grand River that once ran through the downtown area.
Explore Grand Rapids' surroundings by going to Bell's Comstock Brewery (in Galesburg), Gilmore Car Museum (in Hickory Corners) and Kalamazoo (Green Door Distilling Company & Milham Park). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, take an in-depth tour of Grand Rapids Public Museum, and admire the landmark architecture of Meyer May House.

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Kalamazoo to Grand Rapids is an approximately 1-hour car ride. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in October, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Gettysburg.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Muskegon, Ludington, Holland, Midland, Saint Joseph
Highlights from your plan
Room Escape Games
Gerald R. Ford Museum ©
Gerald R. Ford Museum

14
nights
Gettysburg

Gettysburg ©
Located near the memorial park marking the site of one of the largest Civil War battles, the town of Gettysburg sits in a landscape of rolling green hills with views of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the distance.
Change things up with these side-trips from Gettysburg: Antietam National Battlefield (in Sharpsburg), Berkeley Springs State Park (in Berkeley Springs) and Harpers Ferry (White Hall Tavern, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, & more). There's much more to do: witness the site of a historic battle at Gettysburg National Military Park, explore the different monuments and memorials at Gettysburg National Cemetery, trot along with a tour on horseback, and examine the collection at Gettysburg Museum of History.

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You can do a combination of flight and bus from Grand Rapids to Gettysburg in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, train, and bus; or drive. In November, daytime highs in Gettysburg are 53°F, while nighttime lows are 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Gettysburg

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Harpers Ferry, Frederick, Winchester, Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races, Great Allegheny Passage
Highlights from your plan
Gettysburg National Military Park ©
Gettysburg National Military Park
Horseback Riding Tours

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