Smithsonian Magazine just named Gettysburg as the best small town to visit in America. This accolade, timed perfectly well with the Gettysburg’s 150th Anniversary celebration set for this year, means that millions of tourists are coming to my town – and I’m not prepared.
I live in the heart of Gettysburg, overlooking Lincoln Square. Tourists pose for photo ops outside my door, men dressed like union soldiers stand in line at the local 7-Eleven, and ghost tours have included my apartment as a haunted destination, pointing up to my window with faces full of fright.
I would recommend to anyone who wishes to visit Gettysburg without the swarms of people and battles over parking to come now. April through early May is ideal, especially on weekdays. The weather is beautiful, flowers are blooming and the battlefields are relatively unpopulated.