After our stay in Washington D.C. we were headed on our way to Pittsburgh. After about an hour and half we had crossed the Pennsylvania border, and shortly after we stopped for a break at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center.
I had not read anything about the museum before we stopped here, I was really just looking for a place to stop for lunch. It ended up being one of the best museums I have ever been too. Growing up in Australia we were not taught anything about the Civil War or the Gettysburg address and so I learned so much by coming here.
I particularly found the maps and diagrams to be helpful for figuring out how each state was involved.
The museum is open 8-4 in summer and 9-5 in winter. Entry is $9 for adults and $7 for children for the museum only, which is a really great price for the quality of the exhibition. There are also tours and specific sites you can pay extra to see, and you can also hike the grounds.
After leaving the museum we carried on another 3 or so hours down the Pennsylvania Turnpike to get to Pittsburgh. We were driving up and down the mountains and a huge storm came through which was a bit nerve-wracking but we made it through okay.
We finally arrived in Pittsburgh by 6pm and went looking for some dinner. We ended up at the Cheesecake Factory, and it was soo busy it took over an hour to get a table. It turns out it actually was national cheesecake day! and everyone was taking advantage of the deals.
Once we finally got to eat it was time for bed, ready for a big day of exploring Pittsburgh the next day.