8 days in Gettysburg & Washington DC Itinerary

8 days in Gettysburg & Washington DC Itinerary

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8 days in Gettysburg & Washington DC Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Drive:  8​h 15​min
1
Gettysburg
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Washington DC
— 5 nights
Drive:  9​h
End: Detroit

2
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.
To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Gettysburg travel tool .

Detroit to Gettysburg is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in July, and nighttime lows around 66°F. On the 16th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Washington DC.

Things to do in Gettysburg

Historic Sites Parks Tours
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Devils Den ©
Devils Den
Confederate Trails of Gettysburg ©
Confederate Trails of Gettysburg
Gettysburg National Military Park ©
Gettysburg National Military Park

5
nights
Washington DC

Washington DC ©
The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
You've now added International Spy Museum to your itinerary. Kids will enjoy National Air and Space Museum and Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. There's much more to do: stroll through National Zoological Park, appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial, pause for some serene contemplation at Washington National Cathedral, and ponder the world of politics at White House.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Washington DC online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Gettysburg to Washington DC takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Washington DC when traveling from Gettysburg in July, with lows around 73°F. On the 21st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Arlington
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National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Zoological Park ©
National Zoological Park
Tidal Basin ©
Tidal Basin

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