Monday, May 5, 2014

The 2013 Travelers' Choice Destination is Located in Adams County, Pennsylvania

Driving through town
Adams County, Pennsylvania is a highly rated tourist area.  However, Adams County probably does not sound at all familiar to you.  But I bet you have heard of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.  Gettysburg is listed as “Travelers’ Choice 2013 Winner – Destinations on the Rise” by Tripadvisor.  

Ghettysburg is a historic town, steeped in civil war history.  Military and architecture buffs love touring the area.  I have driven through historic Gettysburg more times than I can count.  I always think that I really should stop and enjoy the sights someday. Or perhaps, make arrangements to spend a night.  Somehow, I never do.

Perhaps, I have only a lukewarm interest in the Civil War era.  That could be the reason why I only drive through Gettysburg year after year on the way to the National AppleHarvest Festival, which is also located in Adams County.  Or maybe I feel like I’ve already seen Gettysburg as I drive through. I’m not sure why I don’t feel the need to stop. Today, however, I read a Squidoo lens by leahjsongs that gives me even more reason to stop and enjoy Adams County.  Leahjsongs tells us about the award winning wines at Adams County Winery.  If you enjoy wines, I hope you take a peek at her Adams County Winery review.

Are you surprised that there are award winning wineries in the mid-Atlantic states? Before moving to this area, I had never imagined that wineries existed here. Not only do they exist, but they produce wines that I like very much. Boordy Winery is a good example.  Boordy Winery is not located in Adams County, PA. It is located in Maryland. But since we were on the topic of good mid-Atlantic wines, I had to mention it.

Returning to the topic of Adams County attractions, you can learn more about Gettysburg at
Destination Gettysburg  which is the official Gettysburg website and see more of the National Apple Harvest Festival in my pictorial.  

If you are familiar with any more Adams County gems (or mid-Atlantic wineries) please let me know!

Monuments seen from the highway

  
Image Credit: Images are mine and were taken during drives through Gettysburg, Pa.  ©Dawn Rae – All Rights Reserved (Click on photo for larger view)

13 comments:

  1. Since my brother-in-law is a real Civil War buff, I have visited Gettysburg with him many times. Now I know so great additional places to visit when next we go! My favorite thing to do is to take the Ghost Tour in Gettysburg. Anyone interested in any kind of history will get a real treat on that tour. Along with some folklore of the ghosts!

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    1. I have seen the signs for ghost tours as I drive through. I'd like to go. I went on a walking ghost tour in Charleston, SC. It was a great way to learn about a town.

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  2. Years ago, my parents retired from New York State to Florida and used to return to NY every summer. Both coming & going (as Snow Birds) my mom had to stop at Gettysburg -- her favorite place of all time. Bet she went at least a dozen times! But until I read your article (having never been myself) , I had no idea Gettysburg was in Pennsylvania! Guess I thought it was in Maryland.... or even Virginia - LOL. Excellent post, and very interesting featured articles!

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    1. HA, Elf! There are all kinds of things like that...I think something is true for years, then realize I've been wrong for a long time.

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  3. It really is incredible how you can get in your Jeep and experience such history within a short drive. Though I'm not a war buff, I would definitely stop in Gettysburg.

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    1. Renaissance Woman... this area is amazing! We have driven past things like Harriet Tubman's cabin. I have so much work to do... there's not enough time to stop everywhere and share. But I'm sure going to give it a heck of a try!

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  4. I used to live in PA, but never visited Gettysburg. You make me want to take a trip back up north.

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    1. Mickie, I can understand that. It's such a great area to see.

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  5. I went to Gettysburg with my parents when I was younger and still remember that trip. We are thinking of taking a trip east within the next year. Thanks for some great ideas on places to stop.

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    1. Mary Beth, you will have a great time in this area. There is so much to see and do.

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  6. I have been to Gettysburg and several other Civil War battlefield sites. I have also attended reenactments. My own family has ancestors that fought on both sides of that horrific war. While all of the sites are beautiful today, I always feel a great sadness when I visit any of them. Both my husband and son are history enthusiasts, therefore I get to hear & see more than I really want to, if I am honest, about the Civil War.

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    1. I have just finished visiting the featured articles and I realized that there truly is so much more to Gettysburg than just the battlefield! Hopefully, next time I get to visit there, my focus can be on some of the other beautiful sites and surroundings.

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    2. I know Mouse, I can't even imagine. The Mister and I were just talking about a similar thing the other day, after watching documentaries on the military or history channel. I can't imagine what it'd be like to have been a soldier during those times.

      There is so much more to the area than just the battlefields.

      There's an outlet mall nearby, if you like shopping. :)

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