Pennsylvania Civil War Trails Package Now Available

Experience the first in a series of Pennsylvania Civil War Trails Getaway Packages

HARRISBURG, Pa., Nov. 8 /PRNewswire/ — Grab your kepi, pack your canteen and march to Pennsylvania on November 18-20 to take part in the first in an exciting series of Civil War-themed getaway packages: “Pennsylvania Civil War Trails: Prelude to Gettysburg” Susquehanna River Towns Discovery Weekend. Packages can be booked through

At towns along the Susquehanna River, including Wrightsville, Columbia and Marietta, visitors will take part in special events, museum exhibits, hikes, and guided tours that bring the history of the Civil War to life.

The Susquehanna River Towns Discovery Weekend package is $85 for two people and includes a choice of restaurants, and two free tickets to a variety of activities. Bed & Breakfast accommodations and rates vary (and already include the $85 cost for Discovery Weekend), allowing visitors to tailor their stay from a family farm to an elegant mansion.

The $85 weekend for two also includes:

— Welcome reception on Friday, November 18
— Reception on Saturday, November 19 including period music and
dancing, re-enactors, encampments, burning of the old bridge,
fireworks and more
— One $50 dining voucher for dinner at a restaurant of your choice
— Two tickets for one of the many River Towns Discovery Activities of
your choice
— River Towns Shop & Restaurant Hop card, a special discount/coupon
card good at participating retail locations and restaurants
— Two tickets for the River Winery Hop, including wine tasting tours

“The Susquehanna River Towns Discovery Weekend is a new opportunity for Civil War enthusiasts and history lovers of all levels to explore the rich history and haunting beauty of Pennsylvania’s countryside beyond the battle of Gettysburg,” said Mickey Rowley, deputy secretary of Tourism in the Department of Community and Economic Development. “This weekend will highlight the significant events that took place during the Confederate attack of Pennsylvania in 1863 before and around the battle fought at Gettysburg, including the burning of the Columbia-Wrightsville Bridge that kept the Confederate army at bay.”

Pennsylvania Civil War Trails: Prelude to Gettysburg, concentrated in the Dutch Country Roads region of the Commonwealth, will put into context the geography, broad strategy and bring to life the personalities of the Civil War as an experience making it accessible to every level of Civil War enthusiast. The stories highlighted throughout the trails present the journey of the soldiers, the women and children under siege, the lesser told tale of African American contributions in the defense of the Commonwealth and the endurance of people as they went about their daily lives.

The Susquehanna River Towns Discovery Weekend is the first in an exciting series of Civil War Trail road trips throughout Pennsylvania. Check for the latest packages surrounding Pennsylvania Civil War Trails: Prelude to Gettysburg.

The Pennsylvania Tourism Office, under the state Department of Community and Economic Development, is dedicated to fulfilling the needs and aspirations of travelers by presenting them with the information and resources they need to plan and enjoy the activities, attractions and destinations that are uniquely Pennsylvania. For more information about Pennsylvania’s tourism industry, go to, or call 800-VISIT PA.

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