- Apr 17, 2021
The battlefield guides I have for both Gettysburg and Antietam total around 50 stops and we could easily do 10 or more per day taking our time and still have some to spare for South Mountain and the Visitors Centers.It depends on how much time you want to spend in the visitor's center, seeing the museums, the film, and all that.
I think 3 days is enough to get a good dose of each. The Antietam driving tour took me 3 hours. Then I grabbed lunch in Sharpsburg. 3 days might even bee too much for it, unless you absolutely love Antietam and want to walk a lot or stand there taking everything in. You might find some time for South Mountain or Harper's Ferry. Monocacy might be nearby too.
Gettysburg can easily take 3 days. If you do the driving tour, you can probably see everything within one day, that is, dawn til dusk. But add in the visitor's center if you want it, plus walking, plus checking out the Civil War-themed shops in town, and it will be more. It's also very to get caught up in the sites at Gettysburg. There's so many monuments and I always spend a lot of time at the angle taking everything in. You might want to spend one day just doing the driving tour, then spend the other two days walking your favorite spots.
Also check out Evergreen Cemetery if you want. Jennie Wade and John Burns are both buried there.