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“Not a history/military buff and really enjoyed it” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Gettysburg National Military Park

Gettysburg National Military Park
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$115.00*
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Gettysburg Day Trip from Washington DC
Ranked #1 of 103 things to do in Gettysburg
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The Battle of Gettysburg was a turning point in the Civil War, the Union victory that ended General Robert E. Lee's second and most ambitious invasion of the North. Often referred to as the "High Water Mark of the Rebellion", Gettysburg was the Civil War's bloodiest battle and was also the inspiration for President Abraham Lincoln's immortal "Gettysburg Address".
Clinton, Tennessee
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“Not a history/military buff and really enjoyed it”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 10, 2012

I get dragged along to these things by my husband and am usually bored to tears but Gettysburg is an exception. If you take the tour or even explore on your own and follow the self-guided tour, it is amazingly interesting. People use the phrase "making history come alive" and whoever wrote the stories describing the battles actually does this. I could hear the gunfire and feel the emotion of the moment. It definitely takes a considerable amount of time if you want to do it right as it is a large battle field and there is a ton of information. We have been a few times and it is always crowded so I would recommend going during the shoulder seasons when the weather is more hospitable. The summer is definitely the most crowded but even during the spring and fall there can be a considerable number of school and youth groups touring. It is out of the way, but not a bad drive if you are in the DC area. For not being a history but, this is one my all time favorite spots.

Visited March 2012
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“Rich in History”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 10, 2012

I would recommend this to all Americans. There is a self guided Auto Tour that you can take at your own pace. There are over 1300 monuments on the battlefield. Park Rangers give guided tours and are very knowledgable and interesting. We took a picnic lunch and ate under the shade of a tree near the battlefield. I'm from Missouri and have always wanted to visit this crucial Civil War site, and after seeing it, I only wish I'd have gotten here sooner. It is free, the only cost involved is if you want to see the movies of the battle at the Visitor center. Don't let it fool you, the museum looks like you have to pay to go see it, but that is just because it's by the movie theatre area. If you plan to see the Cyclodrama, do it before your tour of the battlefield, so you'll be well prepared to understand the locations of the battle and how it unfolded.

Visited June 2012
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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“Outstanding”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 9, 2012 via mobile

I've seen many WW1 and WW2 battlefields in Europe, but Gettysburg has the finest combination of military museum, park and battlefield tours I've ever experienced. The town is also full of great restaurants.

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New York City, New York
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“Amazing site”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 9, 2012

Monuments show battle positions and name all regimentsfrom both sides. Walk, car, or bike as we did

Visited June 2012
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Omaha, NE
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“Pivotal Battle of the Civil War”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 9, 2012

We saw the film, cyclorama and toured the museum in the Visitors Center before completing an auto tour of the battlefield. The film contains so much valuable information about the three days of battle as well as the months preceding the event. The cyclorama is amazing. We spent at least two hours in the museum which further enhanced our knowledge of the Civil War, the actual days of battle, the background information on the town of Gettysburg and personal accounts of the citizens both prior and post battle. In addition, the museum covered the Gettysburg Address by Lincoln as well as the aftermath of the Civil War. As we took the auto tour of the different battle sites, we were definitely well -prepared to understand the battle that took place here.

Visited June 2012
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