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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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Woodstock, Virginia
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32 reviews 32 reviews
7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

As a Civil War buff, I really enjoyed my visit to Antietam. Upon arriving they were doing a canon/rifle demonstration. One of the coolest things I ever saw. Once it was over we were able to get close to the canon and rifles to take picture. Plus we were able to intact with the gentlemen that volunteered there. They were... More

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Leiden, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
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95 reviews 95 reviews
36 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Visited the battlesite by bicycle and really enjoyed the information that was provided around the site. The ticket was valid for three days so that it was possible to come back the next day to finish teh visit off.

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Gilbert, AZ
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62 reviews 62 reviews
24 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

If you know you are going here, make you you hire a "step-on guide". What I know about the Civil War could fit in a thimble. I wanted to give my children a look at a battlefield in this terrible war. I wasn't sure what to say or do to show them how senseless most war is, and how brave... More

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Grants Pass, Oregon
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Antietam was my favorite of the 6 Civil War battlefields I visited on this trip. Antietam is more intimate than the larger battlefields like Gettysburg, which can be overwhelming due to it's size and scope. The visitor's center offers a very good movie that gives you an overview of the battle and there are park rangers who give a detailed... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

I hope NPS can acquire private inholdings and a great big buffer around this hallowed ground but otherwise, this couldn't be much better. The visitor center, the movie, the tour...all fabulous. The price is way too low! Raise it and buy more land around it for protection!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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362 reviews 362 reviews
193 attraction reviews
804 helpful votes 804 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

It is hard to imagine that this lush sweeping scenery was once the site of one of America's bloodiest battles. We happened to be close by so we decided to spend the second half of our day to tour the site. Absolute must to listen the Park Ranger's briefing and watch the video before the self guided auto tour. Since... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Take the self-guided 8 1/2 mile auto tour through the battlefield. The tour has 11 stops on it and is very informative,take time and go into the buildings and the tower to get a better look at the battle field.Well worth the $6.00 and a lot to see and read at all of the stops.

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Westminster, Maryland
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31 reviews 31 reviews
8 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

It's $6 per carload, which does help the battlefield. I'm sure some just bypass the fee, but at only 6 bucks, be ashamed! Nice little movie narrated by James Earl Jones in the Visitor Center. Upstairs is the scenic view, where they told a the story of Clara Barton, who went on to found the American Red Cross. In the... More

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Lutherville, Maryland
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

This was my first visit. Everyone knows of Gettysburg but not sure anyone remembers the importance of the battle fought here. A very large area to cover so plan accordingly. Select the points that you want to see most. Or plan more than one day. We were most interested in seeing the new trail @The Bloody Lane but were surprised... More

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seattle, wa
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

My husband and I are interested in military history and have seen many WWII sites, as well as a few Civil War and Revolution sites. So, we were naturally looking forward to visiting Antietam. The movie and visitor center were well done and set the tone nicely. However, when we drove around the battlefield, it was difficult to get a... More

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