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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I can't say how enjoyable this would be without a tour guide... We, however, were on a multiday Road Scholar tour that was AMAZING. I told our tour guide, Rich Kohr, that he was a Civil War Idiot Sava... more »
This is a very neat place to visit and learn some history. Definitely something worth seeing and doing! Take your older kids. Let's not forget our history! more »
Came to Gettysburg for the weekend and started at the National Museum. The film and diorama were outstanding. Very interesting and informative. more »
A must see if only for the historical significance. We started at the Visitor’s Center and then did the driving tour. The Visitor’s Center wasn’t busy when we arrived before 10 am. However, after that, it quickly became crowded with large groups and individuals. As you might expect, more people at the popular spots along the driving tour. It took us over 5 hours to complete the loop. Of course, depending on how many stops you take it can take less or more time. We didn’t get to the Eisenhower home or watch the movie at the Visitor’s Center. There are 16 stops along the way in addition to the many additional markers and monuments. There are not any restaurants along the way so bring snacks/food and water. The bathroom facilities are few and far between. Be prepared for port-a potties. Consider hiring a guide who is well versed in the history and can help bring the magnitude to life.
One of the best run parks in the country. As someone who has always been fascinated with the civil war, I can say that you really don’t get a true appreciation of what the brave men did on both sides until you are actually there. It’s sacred ground. The tour guides are awesome and really help you gain appreciation for what happened there so many many years ago. The park exceeded all of my expectations, and they were high to begin with.
Beautiful park to drive around. Going around especially during sunset puts your mind at ease, especially when there are less crowds and it is quiet. There are various monuments scattered around the whole park, including those dedicated to states that participated in the war. The museum is a place to check out if you want suggestions or want to know the history. There is a trail or path that takes you around most of the park, so I would recommend that. Be sure to take your time and enjoy the scenery. It amazes me that a big war had taken place in an area like this.
Travelers, this is a special piece of American history. The scenery is beautiful and that makes it eerie considering everything that happened there. It is almost Frozen in time. The houses that are standing on the battlefield really give you a sense of what it felt like in 1865. The bonus is Eisenhower's farm on the edge of the battlefield. It really makes you think. A moving and somber visit. We recommend you go and spend the day.
Wow. I’ve never considered being intrigued and enthralled by the Civil War and this part of American history. I got schooled on the auto tour, and the ghosts of these brave soldiers definitely stick with you. I look forward to learning more about their stories. This is a beautiful place that will rock your core - Little Round Top in particular (pun fully intended). Incredible history preserved. Thank you National Parks for making this possible.
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