At 7 AM we checked out of our motel in Salisbury, Maryland and began our drive to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Our plan was to spend the morning making the drive to Gettysburg and then spend the afternoon visiting the Gettysburg National Military Park.

We made excellent time on our drive up the eastern shore of Maryland. We stopped for breakfast at a Denny’s in Easton, Maryland and then resumed our drive toward the Chesapeake Bay Bridge to cross over to the western shore near Annapolis, Maryland.

After we crossed the bridge we drove northwest of Baltimore toward the Maryland-Pennsylvania border. We reached the border while driving on Maryland State Route 97, north of Silver Run, Maryland and south of Littlestown, Pennsylvania. We pulled over at the border to take pictures. This was my first visit to Pennsylvania. Soon we were back in our van to drive the few remaining miles to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

It was between 10:30 AM and 11:00 AM when we arrived at the Gettysburg National Military Park. That gave us 5 hours to spend in Gettysburg before heading to Hagerstown, Maryland for an evening ballgame.

Inside the new and excellent visitor center in Gettysburg, we watched a brief film about the 3 days of battles at Gettysburg in 1863. After the film, we were ushered to see a special video and artwork display of the critical aspects of the battle. This museum and visitor center makes excellent use of video, in collaboration with the History Channel.

After spending a little more than 1 hour in the museum and visitor center, we prepared to take the auto tour of the battlefield. Mark bought the audio CD for the auto tour so we had expert narration during our drive. Compared to the other national battlefield parks that we visited on this vacation, Gettysburg is enormous. There seems to be no end to the monuments and historical markers. That’s not a complaint.

It was almost 4 PM when we finished that extensive auto tour of the battlefield. We spent 5 excellent hours visiting Gettysburg and it was time for us to leave. We had a ballgame waiting for us across the state line in Maryland.