Detroit to Gettysburg Road Trip Guide


As the largest city in Michigan, Detroit is known for being the center of the United States automobile manufacturing industry as well as the birthplace of Motown music. Located along the shores of the Detroit River, the city is also the hub of many different cultures and is famous for its contributions to architecture, art, and nightlife.

No matter what time of year you are heading out, there is always something fun to do in Detroit, from outdoor activities on the lakes in the summer to hitting the trails or slopes after the first good snowfall. As you set out on your RV adventure with the family, make some time to stop by the local hot spots like Motown Museum or the Adventure Bay Family Waterpark.

A road trip from Detroit to Gettysburg could be a quick one-day ride if you wanted it to be. But where is the fun in that? You didn’t get an RV so you could just drive from one point to another. You got it so you could travel the world and see all the beauty and fun you have been missing being cooped up in the house or office.

No matter what you are going to Gettysburg for, it should not just be about getting there, it should be about what you can see and do on the way. Spread the trip out over several days and visit some of the big cities, landmarks, and parks along your route. Pack the family into the rig and get ready for an adventure.

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Road trip length: 2-3 days
Recommend rig: motorhome
audience: family

Point of Interest

Raccoon Creek State Park

You and the family may be ready for a relaxing stay in the woods after all that Lego building and driving almost 170 miles from Columbus. Luckily, this part of Pennsylvania has some pretty fantastic natural areas including Raccoon Creek State Park in Beaver County, Pennsylvania. As one of the largest and most visited parks in the state, the 7,752-acre natural wonderland has biking, horseback riding, and even a 100-acre lake.

If you like hiking, you’re in luck because this park has 42 miles of them to choose from. After your hike, spend a day at the beach where you can cool off in Raccoon Lake. You can even toss a line in and see if you can catch some bass or catfish for dinner. Speaking of dinner, the park has plenty of BBQ grills and picnic tables for anyone to enjoy.

Don’t bother parking the rig in the lot. Go ahead and reserve a campsite before leaving for your road trip so you know you’ll have a place to spend the night. Raccoon Creek has 172 campsites that can fit RVs and trailers up to 78 feet long. They also have cabins, a lodge, and a rustic campground if you feel like getting out of the RV for the night. It’s so peaceful, you won’t even realize you’re only 24 miles from Pittsburgh.

Legoland Discovery Center

Remember when you used to build huge skyscrapers with your Legos and knock them down? Does it make you want to go back to your youth and play with some Legos of your own again? Well, now they have new Legos that you can turn into working vehicles, machines, and more. Why didn’t they have that kind of thing when you were a kid?

You don’t have to be a kid to play with Legos though. Have you seen the Lego Masters competition where groups of adults build elaborate projects with Legos to win the “Golden Brick?” Take a side trip to Legoland Discovery Center in Columbus, Ohio, 111 miles to the south, where you can play with as many Legos as you want to. You don’t even have to bring the kids with you. However, they can probably show you a thing or two.

There is a plethora of activities at Legoland Discovery Center. Watch amazing movies on the Lego 4D cinema, build Lego Racers, and then the kids can take a creative workshop to learn how to build one of the specially chosen Lego projects such as pirate ships, rockets, or critters that can actually move. They even have a café so you can eat before heading to your next stop.

Cedar Point

Get out of the busy city of Detroit and head to Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio. Whether you have a group of kids, one kid, or no kids at all, Cedar Point Theme Park has something fun for everyone. The park boasts 72 carnival rides including 17 thrilling coasters, dozens of food kiosks, games, and even live entertainment.

Just 117 miles from Detroit, you can reach the park in just over two hours without traffic or bathroom breaks. It’s all interstate driving, so you won’t need to worry about doing any fancy maneuvering in your rig. The only time you will be getting off the highway is when you get to Cedar Point, which practically has its own island. It’s really a peninsula, but it sure seems like an island.

This park is not just an average theme park. Little adventurists have four sections of the park just for them! But that’s not all, the park even has a separate water park with extreme water slides, a wave pool, and special areas for pint-sized water lovers. If that is not enough, there’s also a huge sandy beach to enjoy. Instead of worrying about parking, reserve one of the 200 campsites at Cedar Point that can accommodate rigs up to 70 feet. After all, how often do you get to spend the night in an amusement park?


You’ll probably be sad to leave the peacefulness and beauty of Raccoon Creek State Park, but you’re only 185 miles from Gettysburg, so you should be excited. You’re almost to your destination. Just a few hours down I-76, the family can enjoy the scenery and take some photos to share as you head to your final destination.

As the historic spot where the Battle of Gettysburg was fought and where President Lincoln gave the Gettysburg Address, you and the family will be able to learn a lot about what happened there in 1863. Whether you are in town to visit relatives or friends or just came to explore the town, make time to stop at the Gettysburg National Military Park and the Gettysburg Museum while you are there.

With quite a few private campgrounds in the area, you can find one perfect for you and your family while you are in town. Whether you want a comfortable spot with full utilities and showers or a primitive site in the woods, you’ll have over a dozen to choose from. Some state parks nearby also offer camping as well as recreation. Check out Codorus State Park or Caledonia State Park, which have over 200 RV campsites between them. The Gettysburg/Battlefield KOA is only 11 miles away too, which has 80 campsites with utilities, a pool, mini-golf, and much more. Enjoy your stay in Gettysburg before heading to your next adventure.

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