As most Americans know, Gettysburg, PA was the site of the pivotal battle of the Civil War. 150,000 combatants were shoehorned in the rolling hills of south-central Pennsylvania for three days and waged war against one another. The battlefield and the town are favorites of mine, and the restoration work and the monuments in every nook and cranny of the battlefield just knock me out. The new visitors center is a must-see also, with the cyclorama restored to its original beauty and the best Civil War bookstore in the country. You can take guided tours, bus tours, car tours, bike tours, but the best way to see the battlefield is to walk around. It doesn't take much imagination to hear the cries and shouts of the soldiers and the cannon fire. You can feel the incredible sacrifice that many soldiers made. It truly is hallowed ground, like walking into a vast cathedral of history. I'd recommend this trip for anyone, even kids, because there is plenty of room for them to get out and stretch their legs. And don't forget the National Cemetery where many of the dead are buried and where Lincoln gave his Gettysburg Address; it is a place for reverence. I've been coming to Gettysburg for over 50 years and it never fail to impress and inspire me. I've been trying to talk my wife into retiring here; maybe I'll see you tromping around sometime.
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