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Antietam National Battlefield

Maryland Highway 65, Sharpsburg, MD
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Ranked #1 of 12 attractions in Sharpsburg
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Battlefields, Historic Sites, Historic Walking Areas
Activities: Biking
Description: Site of one of the bloodiest one-day battles of the Civil War.
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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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67 reviews 67 reviews
33 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

It's a little tough to find. My GPS got me lost. I should have just driven into Sharpsburg and watched for signs. Stop at the visitor center first. The video is pretty good. Then follow the numbered signed through the battlefield. I got a really good sense of the movement of the soldiers from one end of the park to... More

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Johnstown, Pennsylvania
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

It is hard to believe that viewing the tranquil beauty of this National Park today that it was once the scene of the bloodiest day of the American Civil War. We opted to use the map obtained at the Visitor Center and take the tour in our car at our own pace. Each stop possessed great historical information as well... More

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Santa Ana, California
20 reviews 20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

On a trip to the Baltimore/ DC area, we decided to go slightly out of the way to experience this site. It was my 1st time seeing an old battlefield, so that in itself was pretty cool to me personally. Definitely pick up a map at the visitor's center and get out at every stop on the map for photos... More

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Newark, Delaware, United States
15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

After the arrival on our bus we started with a tour of the interesting museum and then had a nice bag lunch. We then boarded the bus and went to 4 stops on the battlefield. The tour guide was excellent and he described the battle and all of the gore associated with it. He was funny and sad and very... More

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Bowling Green, Kentucky
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49 reviews 49 reviews
27 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

One of the most powerful places you will ever visit. Make sure you spend time in the Visitor Center. The driving tour and waysides will help you explore this place. There are Ranger led activities.

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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

upon walking the fields. the land is quiet and the presence of the battle fought is everywhere. the overall energy of the battlefield is very strong and it cannot be denied that this place was where history was made. The visitors center was small and set up very nicely. There is a fee to go in (covered if you hold... More

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Nashville, Tennessee
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81 reviews 81 reviews
36 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014 via mobile

As museums go, this one is fairly small, but packed with information and artifacts, which makes it very interesting. There is also a short video which is excellent at giving an overview of the battle. Park rangers also give talks from the observation deck. Other than that, it is a driving/walking tour of the battlefield - which if you have... More

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Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
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143 reviews 143 reviews
60 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014 via mobile

Well set up visitor centre, helpful enthusiastic staff. We arrived towards the end of tge day, which gave us the benefit of a near deserted drive around the park. Burnside bridge is a greatstop; you can so easily visualise the struggle to cross, defended by a relatively few confederates high up on the opposite bank; note at present the overlook... More

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94 reviews 94 reviews
16 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

so much is written and precious to so many about our nations history and wars, if you make the journey to Gettysburg or Harpers Ferry, you must include Antietam BAttlefield. You'll get all the history once there. There's not really alot to see, there's alot to read on plaques and in descriptive guides. Like Gettysburg which I abhorred with an... More

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Mechanicsville, Virginia
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Park service employee was very knowledgeable about history of Antietam Battlefield! We had our 17 yr old son with us and we wanted him to learn as much as possible about where his great-grandfather fought during the Civil War. Would recommend this battlefield to everyone.

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