Gettysburg National Military Park, Gettysburg

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Located on the site of one of the bloodiest episodes in American history, Gettysburg National Military Park preserves the landscape of the historic 1863 battle between the Union and Confederate forces. Though the battle resulted in the largest number of casualties in the entire American Civil War, it became the turning point of the dramatic conflict when the Union army turned back the Confederate attempt to invade the North. The military park contains most of the original battlefield, as well as many support areas, including the supply and hospital locations. Start your exploration at the park's museum and visitor center, where you can see over 40,000 war artifacts and an enormous cyclorama painting of the battle by French artist Paul Philippoteaux. A visit to Gettysburg National Military Park represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Gettysburg online trip planner to plot your vacation.
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  • We have lived in Gettysburg for the past two years. We use to visit very often, but living here has not diminished the sense of historical importance in the area. The Park is well maintained and offer...  more »
  • We have visited the Gettysburg Battlefields many times and each time we something new and or learn some new details about the battle. I would suggest on your first visit, taking one of the offered tou...  more »
  • Every time I go I learn something new and FEEL the history of this battlefield. The state monuments are beautiful and I appreciate the monuments that some now question... They tell a story  more »
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  • Very pleased! We went to the self-driving trip by car. It was interesting. You drive at your own pace. There are monuments to which you can climb. Funny lovers of history, and like us, when I came to teach children some history.
  • Full day experience. There is so much to see here. Lots and lots of monuments. Overlook places. History museum. Car and bus tours. Did not expect to spend a full day but spent the day at the park and rushed the end of the day. Worth the visit for sure!
  • This place was cool! There's not a ton to do but a history buff would love to be here! The drive through museum was definitely my favorite part. No expensive tour bus needed. Just your car and some gas! I highly recommend checking this out!
  • What can I say that can convince you to visit? Extremely well maintained and I like that the park is making tremendous strides to bring the battlefields back to the '63 look. I also like and admire that the park took a strong stance on Confederate markers and monuments. If you want to visit, plan on at least two days. Many skip the town or think its just gift shops. A lot of history there and and the best way to see the progression of the battle from day 1 to 2.
  • If you like history and especially Civil War history, this is an amazing place to visit. To be on the sites of this battle and walk the same ground where tens of thousands of soldiers fought and died is a somber experience. Strongly recommend the guides that are available to be hired. Did the CD guided tour as well. The CD guide was very well done and is good if you want to do your own thing at you own pace, but having done both, I found the guide form the park to be truly outstanding. He knew so much and was always willing to answer questions. This park is definitely worth the visit

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Where to stay in Gettysburg

Though Gettysburg offers plenty of lodging options to suit every visitor's budget, remember that you must reserve your room at least a few months ahead of time if you plan to attend the popular battle reenactments. Many inns in the heart of town offer both a sense of history and many modern amenities, including exercise facilities and both indoor and outdoor pools. You can also choose to stay at a comfortable hotel just northwest of the area's historical battlefield complex, located only minutes from downtown.
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