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American history mixes with motorcycles at the Gettysburg Bike Week.

Added July 10, 2018

Many motorcycle riders find visiting America’s historical sites an interesting way to explore and learn about our nation. That’s why the little town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, is such a draw. From the civil war battle that marked the high-water mark of the Confederacy and the turning point of the war, to the poignant address Abraham Lincoln delivered there, history surrounds Gettysburg.

Chrome meets history

One week each summer, riders are drawn to Gettysburg Bike Week motorcycle rally. It offers the opportunity to soak up history while touring the battlefield, as well as plenty of riding adventures. The rally offers a full slate of motorcycle rally fun. Here’s a look at some of what’s offered:

  • Gettysburg Bike Week kick-off party
  • Ride-in bike show 
  • The Wall of Death
  • Swap meet
  • Tattoo contest
  • Mini-bike racing
  • Bike rodeo games
  • Bikini bike wash
  • Poker runs
  • Parade of Chrome
  • Gettysburg motorcycle tours
  • Cornhole tournament
  • Fireworks
  • Vendor village
  • Daily entertainment and live bands
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    - Lita Ford
    - Jackyl

Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center

No visit to this historic area would be complete without visiting the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. It offers interactive learning experiences, historic artifacts, and the famous Gettysburg Cyclorama.

The Gettysburg Cyclorama is a circular painting 377-feet long and 42-feet high, animated with sound and lights for a breathtaking experience. French artist Paul Philippoteaux painted the Cyclorama during the late 1880s, based on extensive visits to the battlefield with veterans who were there and period photographs. It brings to life the story of Pickett’s Charge, which changed the course of the civil war. You can find out more about this unique museum at their website.

Gettysburg Bike Week

July 12–15, 2018
Gettysburg Allstar Expo Complex
2638 Emmitsburg Road
Gettysburg, PA 17325

Gettysburg Bike Week
P.O. Box 3333
Gettysburg, PA 17325

The town of Gettysburg has welcomed motorcyclists for a long time. Attend the rally just once, and you’ll want to return.

Till next time, ride safe!

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