Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

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Take your family back to July 1863 when Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s army met the greater forces of the Northern army in historic battle and turning point of the Civil War. The Gettysburg National Military Park, encompassing some 1,000 monuments and cannons, commemorates this important national event. Add a bonus to your visit by timing it to coincide with one of Gettysburg’s popular festivals, such as the apple festival in May or the bluegrass music festival in May and August. A special time to visit is during the Gettysburg Civil War Heritage Days, the end of June through July 4th, when battle reenactments and special events will add excitement to your visit. Besides visiting the battlefield, take time to enjoy driving the rolling countryside, dotted with apple orchards, and exploring the town’s historic district, which has been undergoing significant restoration to its mid-eighteenth-century appearance.
Great Family Vacations: Northeast

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Great Family Vacations: Northeast

by Candyce H. Stapen (The Globe Pequot Press)

Take your family back to July 1863 when Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s army met the greater forces of the Northern army in historic battle and turning point of the Civil War. The Gettysburg National Military Park, encompassing some 1,000 monuments and cannons, commemorates this important national event. Add a bonus to your visit by timing it to coincide with one of Gettysburg’s popular festivals, such as the apple festival in May or the bluegrass music festival in May and August.

A special time to visit is during the Gettysburg Civil War Heritage Days, the end of June through July 4th, when battle reenactments and special events will add excitement to your visit. Besides visiting the battlefield, take time to enjoy driving the rolling countryside, dotted with apple orchards, and exploring the town’s historic district, which has been undergoing significant restoration to its mid-eighteenth-century appearance.

©  Candyce H. Stapen/The Globe Pequot Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Gettysburg
Duration: Up to a week's worth of fun.
Local Contacts: All contact information for attractions, dining, and lodging are provided in the eTrail.
Driving Directions: Directions to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Recent Trail Reviews

9/23/2012
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The good news first - this is the absolute best way to see Gettysburg Military Park. Now the bad news - it seems like this park hates hikers. When I asked the park ranger to help me find the trails, he told me my map was ancient. In fact, the trail had the visitor center as the starting point. The visitor center has moved and the park ranger couldn't adjust. Then, some trails are blocked or closed. One trail had a sign that said "trail closed- no one allowed beyond this point." I ignored it and the trail was just fine. However, you really get the feel of the battles from ground level and therefore my 2 star rating.



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