9 days in Williamsburg, Gettysburg & Helen Itinerary

9 days in Williamsburg, Gettysburg & Helen Itinerary

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9 days in Williamsburg, Gettysburg & Helen Itinerary

Start: Lakeland
+4
bus + foot + Fly + taxi + bus:  7​h
1
Williamsburg
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Gettysburg
— 2 nights
Drive:  11​h 15​min
3
Helen
— 3 nights
+3
Drive + Fly + taxi + train:  9​h
End: Lakeland

2
nights
Williamsburg

Williamsburg ©
Founded in 1632 as a fortified settlement on the high ground between two rivers, Williamsburg served as a colonial capital of Virginia for over 80 years.
On the 12th (Fri), witness the site of a historic battle at Yorktown Battlefield, cruise along Colonial Parkway, then steep yourself in history at Jamestown Settlement, and finally look for gifts at Yankee Candle Company.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Williamsburg tour planner .

Lakeland to Williamsburg is an approximately 7-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. In July in Williamsburg, expect temperatures between 91°F during the day and 73°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Gettysburg.

Things to do in Williamsburg

Historic Sites Scenic Drive Outdoors

Side Trip

Yorktown
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Jamestown Settlement ©
Jamestown Settlement
Yorktown Battlefield ©
Yorktown Battlefield
Colonial Parkway ©
Colonial Parkway

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Jennie Wade House, examine the collection at Gettysburg Museum of History, take an in-depth tour of Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center, then witness the site of a historic battle at Gettysburg National Military Park, and finally take in the history at Abraham Lincoln Statue. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sun): witness the site of a historic battle at Antietam National Battlefield.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Gettysburg itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Williamsburg to Gettysburg in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train, flight, and taxi. Traveling from Williamsburg in July, expect Gettysburg to be little chillier, temps between 84°F and 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Helen.

Things to do in Gettysburg

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Mister Ed's Elephant Museum, Antietam National Battlefield
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3
nights
Helen

Helen ©
A taste of Bavaria right in the heart of Georgia's "Historic High Country," Helen houses just 400 residents but hosts over 200 shops that sell everything from handmade sweaters to Christmas ornaments.
Escape the urban bustle at Cades Cove and Fishing Charters & Tours. Venture out of the city with trips to Sea Creek Falls (in Suches), River Rafting & Tubing (in Bryson City) and King Creek Falls (in Mountain Rest). There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Anna Ruby Falls, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Black & White Market, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Fields of the Wood.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Helen visit planner .

You can drive from Gettysburg to Helen in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. In July in Helen, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 66°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Helen

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Murphy, Fishing Charters & Tours, Cades Cove, Sea Creek Falls, King Creek Falls
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Cades Cove ©
Cades Cove
River Rafting & Tubing
Anna Ruby Falls ©
Anna Ruby Falls

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