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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  • August 14, 2017
    My husband and I brought our three adult children to visit Gettysburg while it was a very amazing Museum and we really enjoyed it that in itself is worth the trip however to have a trolley system take...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    Every time I go I learn something new and the park rangers are very knowledgeable, highly suggest one of the many free ranger tours/programs.  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    We took a tour on a bus from the visitor center led by an excellent guide who added a lot of important information. First see the Visitor Center to get tickets for the bus tour and see the Cyclarama (...  more »
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  • July 4, 2017
    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.
  • July 2, 2017
    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.
  • June 25, 2017
    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.
  • July 4, 2017
    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.
  • June 14, 2017
    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.

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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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