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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  • We were close too close to Gettysburg not to stop. We got there late Sunday afternoon and yet what little we saw took our breath away. We had our 2 and 6 yr old with us. They did some exploring as well. We were able to see the camps that were set up and my son loved seeing the re-enactment actors. He had so many questions and was sad to hear that so many people lost their lives. The monuments were beautiful. We will have to spend more time here and make it our only destination. Definitely worth seeing.
  • Wonderful place, well maintained and so many friendly helpful volunteers there. We went in the tremendous heat and got to give them credit for still getting into character and costume and giving such enthusiastic performances and so much information. The video, the cyclorama was amazing with great detail and brilliant sound. The museum has so much information and a couple of the volunteers have such expert knowledge on things. I highly recommend this as an all day trip or a day and a half. The local cafe is good as well, good variety and well priced. Lastly is the battlefield tour, we did the self guided audio tour, there are two options to purchase, I went with the one with Stephan Lang narrating because I loved him in the movie Gettysburg, but that is a great option as well, otherwise you can take a bus tour or have a guide drive you around in your car. Remember that this is hallowed ground.
  • Gettysburg is a beautiful place with tremendous significance. The people who are tasked with preserving Gettysburg and educating visitors have done a simply magnificent job at allowing us to immerse ourselves in the history of the place. Parking areas and support facilities are placed to minimize the impact on those viewing the landscape. The museum and memorials make no political statements. There is no obvious bias for one side or the other, which allows you appreciate the battle for what it is, a tragic loss of American lives. The massive scale of horror that took place here is made real when you stand on Little Round Top and visualize the assault, or stand at the center of Cemetery Hill and imagine Pickett's charge. Those actions seem completely at odds with the haunting beauty of the place. One is left with a sadness for the loss of life and abiding respect for the heroism of so many. There is an inescapable feeling that you are on hallowed ground. We drove our car while listening to an audio accompaniment we purchased at the museum. You can get a CD or download it to your phone. I highly recommend this, or hiring one of the many people acting as skilled guides. you get crucial details that explain each spot. By driving to various locations, we managed to see and explore all the major areas in a single day. The staff was friendly and knowledgeable. The audio is very reasonably priced. This is an experience you should not miss. Nothing you've read or seen about Gettysburg comes close to actually being there. NOTE: I only give 5-star reviews. If it doesn't rate 5 stars, I just don't review it. There's more than enough negative criticism around, this is my way of being adding something positive.
  • We did the driving tour today, with the accompanying CD. The sites were amazing and the CD provided a level of detail that made the exhibits make sense. The park made me realize the scope, size and tragedy that occurred in July 1863. What a wonderful day for us as a visitor. They have guides, and bus tours, but we didn't use them. For us, the CD was great, but I am not sure we would have enjoyed it without additional info.
  • This should be a required visit for every American. It's so important to know our country's history, learn about our different paths, and understand why things are the way they are. Gettysburg is an ideal place to take in all that you can surrounding this pivotal time in the US. You can't go wrong with any of the tour options, it's a beautifully restored area, and a well-marked experience in terms of all the monuments. If I could recommend an order to your activities, I'd do the video, then the tour or the park, and finish up with the museum to fill in all the details.

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