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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. Put Gettysburg National Military Park into our Gettysburg travel itinerary planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Gettysburg.
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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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  • Wonderful experience, travelled around the monuments on our bike tour of Gettysburg. With our national park guide it was a great experience hearing about the battles and various soldiers of the civil ...  more »
  • If you are traveling to or within close proximity to Gettysburg, stopping in to at least take the self guided auto tour is a must.  more »
  • Feels like travelling back in time. Awesome park !!! We did the car drive. This one is for free. Nice option to experience the park in our own schedule on our to New York.  more »
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  • Went there for the first time last week. Amazing and moving at the same time. They do a good job of immersing you in the issues at the time. You're not locked into any tour, you can actually just walk for free at the cemetery. But you can also choose different types of tours. Parking is free. They also have a pretty decent cafe and not too expensive. A great learning experience.
  • Wow! This is one of the most amazing places I've been to. Everything is absolutely amazing... Well kept and superbly maintained! I would love to go back and take my time (2 days at least) exploring every inch.
  • Beautiful visitors center. Lots of free activities. We did a battle walk, presentations by the rangers, and the auto tour. All the rangers and staff were knowledgeable and helpful. Monuments and grounds well maintained. Well worth a visit for anyone interested in history.
  • The park offers a great variety of historical monuments, exhibits, and interpretive programs. The visitors' center includes a great museum, short film, and historic 1884 cyclorama painting, which can be a day's viewing alone. (Tickets are required.) Guided tours, presentations, and hands-on activities with rangers are offered daily. The battlefield itself is expansive and can be explored in a self-guided driving tour of 16 stops.
  • First time visiting Gettysburg and it truly took my breath away. Standing on either side of the battlefields and looking across is quite an awe inspiring event as one wonders what both sides were thinking at the time. My kids were a bit young for this last visit, but I do intend to take them back when they are older and we can focus more on the history instead of just looking at all of the monuments.