Totally overwhelmed by the influx of tourists visiting its namesake battleground, the town of Gettysburg (pop. 7,620) has survived both onslaughts remarkably unscathed. Despite the presence of sundry tourist attractions—wax museums, various multimedia reenactments of the battle and President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, even a Lincoln Train Museum displaying over a thousand model trains, including a scale replica of the Lincoln’s funeral train—once the day-tripping crowds have dispersed, Gettysburg is actually a pleasant place, with rows of brick-fronted buildings lining Baltimore and York Streets at the center of town.
There are, not surprisingly, quite a few places to eat. The atmospheric Dobbin House Tavern (89 Steinwehr Ave., 717/334-2100), south of town, serves above-average pub food in Gettysburg’s oldest building. Delicious cheesesteaks and burgers are served up at Hunt’s Battlefield Fries & Café (61 Steinwehr Ave., 717/334-4787). The dozens of places to stay include all the usual national chains, plus the circa-1797 Gettysburg Hotel (717/337-2000, $119 and up), on Lincoln Square right at the center of town.