The Civil War's bloodiest battle with 51,000 casualties over three days in the summer of 1863 and the backdrop for ... More
Gettysburg National Military Park
The Civil War's bloodiest battle with 51,000 casualties over three days in the summer of 1863 and the backdrop for President Abraham Lincoln's famous Gettysburg Address, the Gettysburg National Military Park features the Eternal Light Peace Memorial, Gettysburg National Military Park Visitor Center, McMillan Woods Youth Campground, a self-guided auto tour, licensed guide tour, tape or CD tours, the Gettysburg Museum of the Civil War, and more.
My family of six spent the weekend in Gettysburg and paid for a tour guide to go with us in our vehicle. It was the most wonderful and informative experience. My children were thrilled with the information that our tour guide (Rick) shared with us. I would highley recommend to anyone thinking of visiting Gettysburg to pay the additional money for the guide. You will not be disappointed.
I found Gettysburg and the Military Park to be familiar and a constant reminder of my place in the United States. The park has been well maintained and monuments I have remembered such as the peace light. I see them in a glorious light for this nation to respect and cherish and to have a National Holiday in its honor.
I totally love Gettysburg. Have been going for many years with my family. We travel at least once a year all the way from Michigan just to learn more about this wonderful place. We have NEVER been charged to see the battlefield. Yes there are charges for bus tours or other activities such as the visitors center. I feel this is money well paid to keep this national treasure up and running. The new visitors center is a must see. Experiecing the battlefield without all the utility lines is a great thing in itself to see. Being able to view the battlefield as it was all those years ago is a history buffs dream. If you don't like walking ( so you dont have to pay for bus ride) or history does not excite you then perhaps Gettysburg is not the return place for you. However, every American should experience this magnificent battlefield at least once, just to reflect and remember those who died there.
A must see for every American (at least once). The $31 charge to do anything is untrue. The Eisenhower farm is smaller, and therefore only a limited amount of people can visit per day. Call ahead or check nps.gov for the availability/rules.
The battlefield has many interpretive signs and monuments, and is not in the least bit boring (or boaring [sic]) as the post below notes.
Take 30 minutes to read about the battle the day before your visit and it will make your time that much more enjoyable.
We did the auto guide tour and enjoyed every single minute. Travled at our own pace, and visited nearly every monument they had around the park. I have three children and each one enjoyed soemthing at each stop. I would reccomend going through once and then going back to visit certain spots when you're finished. Gettysburg has done a wonderful job of preserving this national treasure!
Gettysburg is a wonderful place to visit. The battlefield is very organized and it is easy to follow the signs and not miss the important sites. When we first got there we watched the movie at the new vistor's center. The movie was good, but after the movie they take you upstairs and there is a huge surround restored painting of the battle and they tell the story of the battle with special effects that is amazing.
We took two tours of the battle field. One was with the audio driving tour that you can purchase at the visitor's center bookstore. The tour was fabulous and easy to follow. Plus it gives you several stories that you do not hear any other way on the battlefield. The second tour we took was the Segway tour of the battlefield. It was a 3 hour tour and was probably one of the best tours I have ever taken anywhere. We opted for the segway tour that was led by a park guide and we were each given headphones so we could hear what he was saying as we were moving. Definatly recommend both tours.
We traveled from California to see the sites at Gettysburg. We were not disappointed. It is beautiful, full of amazing stories and history. Recommend getting a guide to drive you around. We had "Dave" for 2 hours and he was a wealth of information. After his tour, we went back to explore things further on our own. We spent 8 hours in the park, and still could have seen more. So much to see and learn.
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