Would I be able to drive to Gettysburg and visit the sites and return by 6:00 p.m.
It's roughly a two-hour drive each way, so it's certainly doable. How much you'll get to see will depend on how early you leave - if it's the history of the battle you're interested in, you may want to schedule a guided tour with a park ranger to maximize your time (about a 2-hour tour). I'd suggest 2 or 3 days to get a good look at the town & all it has to offer, but you should be able to see quite a bit with just a day - it's not a big town, very easily navigated, and most of the attractions are within close proximity to each other.
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