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Gettysburg National Military Park, Gettysburg

Categories: Battlefields, Nature & Parks, Tourist Spots
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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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  • amazing place and very well maintained. so much to see. trip is about 2 hours thru the park but worth every minute 
  • This was a fascinating location. We took a bus tour from the Visitor's Center, then drove around on our own afterward. I would highly recommend doing the same. 
  • We spent a day and half touring the Gettysburg National battlefield. The visitors center is an exceptional starting place for all visits. The cyclorama is something you will never forget. It brings th...  read more »
  • Get a guided tour where the person comes in your car with you! It is totally worth it. They'll spend 2 to 2 and a half hours in the car with you going to all the major sites. All the guides had to take a test to become a guide, and know every single major person, place, the troup movements of individual companies, dates, statistics, etc. Also, they are more than willing to stop and let you take photos from outside the car (and are great photographers themselves). 10/10 would do again.
  • Have visited several times; the most recent in June 2016. It never fails to inspire. My favorite spot it the top of Little Round Top looking toward Devil's Den. Just sit, take in the view, and ponder what took place here; the carnage and loss of so many young lives. The park is well preserved and worth touring. The Soldiers' National Cemetery is another spot to wander about and contemplate the historical significance of the battle. Stop for lunch or dinner at Dobbin House. Be sure to tour inside.
  • I adore Gettysburg not only because of all the history of the site, but because of how beautiful it has been preserved. The grounds are spectacular and it's breathtaking to look at all the different monuments covering the grounds. As for tours and the guides, they are all very friendly and always ready to help. If it's your first time around the park I would definitely recommend the car tour in which a ranger rakes you around in your car to multiple stops throughout the battlefield and the town. These are very informative and a much more intimate way to learn about the battle than just taking a tour bus. One of the best military parks that I have been to that showcases both the history that happened as well as the land that it's on.
  • The Gettysburg National Military Park is a must stop for any history or Civil War buff. The park itself is well maintained and well marked for visitors. Over the past decade significant effort has been made to return the battlefield it's 1863 appearance. A new visitor center, which opened up a few years ago, houses the Cylcorama, a new interactive museum, gift shop, and restrooms. The visitor center also provides the opportunity for you to secure a guided tour of the battlefield. Some must stops on the battlefield include the Peace Light Memorial, the Pennsylvania Memorial, Little Round Top, Devil's Den, and the Virginia Monument. I would highly recommend visiting Gettysburg National Military Park on a weekday to avoid large crowds both in the visitor center and on the battlefield.
  • One of the best days I spent at any historic site. Took the personalized tour and I thought it was well worth it. Tour guide rides in your vehicle and describes the battle step by step. You make many stops along the way and get first person vistas of the battle fields. The battle is one of the most intriguing in our national history and after a day there, I came away with a greater appreciation and interest in it.
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