My 14-year-old son and I (teacher single mom) have the week of July 14-21 free. We have long dreamed about visiting Gttysburg, and this may be the year before Driver's Ed, and his having a job make it impossible!
1. Would there be an advantage in coming midweek or over a weekend, in terms of crowds, available activities, etc.?
2. Given that we are a 9-hour drive, we will probably have to spend about a day and a half at Gettysburg. We have been to D.C. in the past. I'd like to get as much in as possible, but don't want to spend ALL of our time driving. So within a 4-6 day trip, what would others recommend we do....Antietam? Philadelphia? Hershey?
3. To keep costs down, I would consider camping (tenting) a night or two. Any campground recommendations?
4. I hate driving in crowds and unfamiliar places. I know it's part of the deal, but it helps to know in advance: Is the area relatively easy to navigate and well-marked? Will parking be an issue?
Thanks, everyone, I really appreciate any help.