Journey Through Hallowed Ground Byway – PA


  • DesignationNational Scenic Byway (2009)
  • Intrinsic QualitiesHistoric
  • LocationMD, PA, VA
  • Length14 of 180 total miles
Byway Visitor Information
The Journey Through Hallowed Ground
Statewide Byway Partners
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
Journey Through Hallowed Ground Byway – PA
Gettysburg National Military Park Photo


The Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Scenic Byway encompasses 400 years of history in its 180 miles that traverse the JTHG National Heritage Area from Gettysburg, PA to Charlottesville, VA. Renowned for the large number of Civil War sites, JTHG NHA includes historic sites related to Native American, African American, Revolutionary War, and 20th Century history. Visit one or all 13 National Parks and many state parks, 9 Presidential homes, thriving wineries and breweries and other hospitable places, and miles of beautiful scenery that make up the Journey Through Hallowed Ground.Travel from Gettysburg to Monticello. This route is over 180 miles and travels all the way from Pennsylvania to Virginia. The Pennsylvania portion is fairly small, but there are still plenty of opportunities along the way to see beautiful scenery and learn about the area’s rich history.

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Story of the Byway

The Journey Through Hallowed Ground Byway makes its journey from Gettysburg all the way to Monticello and has plenty of different ways to experience both the history and the scenery of the area. This Byway is only 14 miles in Pennsylvania, however, there are so many places that you can stop by to visit. In Gettysburg alone, you can stop by a myriad of historically significant locations. The battlefield is by far the most popular location that visitors stop by, and for good reason. To witness such a historical site in American history is always wonderful and taking in that information is amazing. There are also visitor centers and museums located here to get an even better understanding of how important this battle and area was. With plenty more to experience as well, the Pennsylvania portion of this Byway is a wonderful trip for any family who wants to take in American History.

Driving Directions

The Pennsylvania portion of this National Byway starts in Gettysburg and then runs south along Route 15. This Byway runs through Pennsylvania for about 15 miles, but is a total of 180 miles through Maryland and Virginia.

Points of Interest

  • Soldier's National Museum

    This wonderful museum has so much history located within its walls. It is a true showcase of the Civil War and has memorabilia and artifacts galore for visitors to view and enjoy.

  • Hunterstown Battlefield

    This historic town and battlefield is one of the oldest in the entire nation. There is so much history to be found within this town dating all the way back to the Revolutionary War.

  • Eisenhower National Historical Park

    Right next to Gettysburg Battlefield, the former home and farm of President Dwight D. Eisenhower can be found within this park.


  • Experience Gettysburg

    Starting in Gettysburg, you are going to experience just about everything that Pennsylvania has to offer along this Byway here. The Journey Through Hallowed Ground Byway runs from Gettysburg to Monticello, but only about 14 miles are in the state of Pennsylvania.

    You can get your trip started by stopping by the historic Gettysburg Battlefield, which is one of the most historic locations in the entire nation. There are so many different activities to participate in here, no matter what time of day. During the day you can take a tour of the battlefield and at night, if you are ready to get scared, you can take a haunted ghost tour along the battlefield as well.

    After experiencing the battlefield, not too far away is the Gettysburg National Military Park Visitors Center and Museum. There you can get more information on the area and some extra sites to visit along the way. Next, you can stop by the Eisenhower National Historic Site to round out your visit of the Battlefield in Gettysburg. From there, you can get a great view of South Mountain right along the Maryland border to end your trip in the Pennsylvania section of this Byway, but there is still much more road to explore!

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