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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  • What a beautiful and serene park. We elected to do the Auto Tour with the limited time we had. We picked up a brochure at the Visitors Center and off we went. The brochure has information on each stop...  more »
  • We took a tour but just driving thru the Park is possible with stops throughout to read placards and walk around. Terrific history of this 3 day battle is worth learning about and being there provides...  more »
  • Having limited time in the area, we elected to do the auto tour. Pick up a brochure at the visitor center as a guide...there is a bit of history described for each stop.  more »
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  • A fantastic military park! This place is a must-visit for any person who’s interested in American history and absolutely breath-taking views. To start off, the visitor center is state-of-the-art: new museum, films, facilities, and more. What is undesirable is that most everything is for a fee (see pictures for costs of films and museum entrance). Besides that, the park is phenomenal. A drive (over 20 miles) provides views is over 1,000 monuments dedicated to those that served and gave their lives to the Battle of Gettysburg (see pictures for just a few of them). Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this park and only saw a small fraction of it. There is plenty to impress everyone!
  • Very nice place. Tour guide very helpful. He personally took us around pointing out places of interest and telling lively stories of historic events. Answered questions we had. Excellent gift shop. A nice variety of items for small and large prices. Saw a tour bus bring a large group of Amish people. It's was a nice visit and a way to get in touch with history.
  • This place is huge. It requires a full weekend to get the entire experience. The auto tour is informative and a good way to guide yourself through the town. There are many places that you can park and look closely at the monuments and battlefield and get a real feel for how the battle lines were drawn on separate days. The town is unfortunately a tourist trap, with many of the prices that go along with that title, but some places are reasonable if you take your time. If you are looking for confederate monuments, confederate street will be the only place you can find them. Union monuments, however, seem to outnumber the people. All in all, a great historical destination for all ages.
  • Wow. How solemn and sacred this place was. Though there are signs urging you to remain quiet, you couldn't speak because the words wouldn't come to you. It was beautifully tragic to see how many lives were lost. It was pretty awesome to see where Abraham Lincoln gave the Gettysburg Address. The park was immaculate and the layout was very nice.
  • The best historic park I have been to thus far. So much history spread over such an area. Could spend more then a full day just viewing the monuments and battle grounds. The museum is a great place to pick up a memento of your visit, and some historic literature. Traffic can be a little heavy in the immediate area of monuments, but thins out within a short distance. If history isn't your thing, the area still has much to offer. The beautiful landscape can capture anyone, sparking the imagination of what days gone by held.
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