This 19.5-mile, lobed and circuitous drive follows the auto tour route through the national military park, retracing the chronology of the battlefield and tagging each of the 16 interpretive stops, but it omits the side tour to Barlow Knoll. The route twice backtracks on itself where spurs lead to the mini loops at Oak Ridge and East Cemetery Hill. The purchase of battlefield audio tapes or the hiring of a licensed battlefield guide can bring you a greater understanding of the battle and the people involved.
You will find similar open and tilled fields, orchards, stone walls, pocket woods, farmhouses, and undeveloped ridges. In town, several stone and frame homes and gnarled, old trees bear the scars of battle. Special attractions: Monuments and statues; historical places and landmarks; original cannons; the National Cemetery; the Visitor Center and Gettysburg Museum of the Civil War; Electric Map; the Cyclorama; battlefield tower overlooks; hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, picnicking, shopping, historic walking tours.
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