Outside The Classroom

A map highlighting the three counties of the Heritage Area in comparison to Gettysburg, DC, and BaltimoreThe Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area, between the Potomac River and the Mason-Dixon Line, is ideally situated to serve as a "base camp" for class trips to Washington DC, Gettysburg, Antietam, Harpers Ferry, Baltimore and other popular destinations. This transformative student travel experience is safe, affordable, and group-friendly.

By lodging overnight in the Heart of the Civil War, students can:

  • Encounter iconic American places
  • Explore nationally significant museums, battlefields and historic sites
  • Enjoy lively evening activities
  • Energize outdoor adventures along waterways and trails
  • Experience arts and entertainment venues with authentic charm
  • Expand their perspectives on history

The iconic Dunker Church, which withstood the Battle of Antietam

Tour operators and trip leaders are invited to browse the materials on this site—including a Student Tour Planner with sample itineraries, group-ready sites with curricular connections, dining, lodging, and more —as well as interact with experienced trip leaders on the discussion board and request a travel packet. We look forward to welcoming your student group to the Heart of the Civil War!


Pictured above: Students visiting the National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Emmitsburg, Maryland.  Just 15 minutes from Gettysburg National Military Park and Visitor Center, student programs may include inspirational stories of the Sisters as they served troops prior to the battle and helped the wounded after the battle.