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Gettysburg National Military Park
Gettysburg National Military Park

Gettysburg National Military Park

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1195 Baltimore Pike (Route 97), Gettysburg

The Basics

Entry to the Gettysburg National Military Park and Visitor Center is free, but an admission fee allows access to a short film, Gettysburg Museum exhibits, and the Visitor Center’s Battle of Gettysburg Cyclorama, an immersive 360-degree oil painting. The park features more than 26 miles of paved roads connecting key Gettysburg battlefield sites. Take a self-drive battlefield tour using an audio guide or a self-guided map, or opt for a walking tour with a licensed battlefield guide. Bus tours are available from the visitor center, and Gettysburg day trip group tours from Washington DC are another option.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Gettysburg

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Awesome time and our...
David_E, Aug 2022
2-Hour Gettysburg Battlefield Guided History Bus Tour with a National Park Guide
Awesome time and our guide Clinton was informative and fun. Great experience and would definitely do it again !!
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Excellent guide!
Linda_H, Aug 2022
2-Hour Gettysburg Battlefield Guided History Bus Tour with a National Park Guide
Our guide was telling us the story, not just going through a script. He really knew his stuff and answered every question asked. Well worth it!
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Everyone was very...
Elisabeth_P, Aug 2022
2-Hour Gettysburg Battlefield Guided History Bus Tour with a National Park Guide
Everyone was very personable and the tour guide was very knowledgeable and brought history back to life.
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Gettysburg on a hot dau
Harold_V, Aug 2022
2-Hour Gettysburg Battlefield Guided History Bus Tour with a National Park Guide
Guide very informative, bus was nicely air conditioned, and overall experience was good. The address on your brochure does not lead you to your depot using gps.
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Awesome tour.
Carol_C, Aug 2022
2-Hour Gettysburg Battlefield Guided History Bus Tour with a National Park Guide
Our tour guide was awesome. She was a wealth of information and made it very interesting. Our bus driver was super too.
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John was a fantastic tour...
Jon_C, Aug 2022
2-Hour Gettysburg Battlefield Guided History Bus Tour with a National Park Guide
John was a fantastic tour guide. The best way to see Gettysburg. Very moving experience. Easy to imagine the Battle of Gettysburg. Highly recommend
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Our guide was very...
Marilynn_L, Aug 2022
2-Hour Gettysburg Battlefield Guided History Bus Tour with a National Park Guide
Our guide was very knowledgeable. The enormous loss of life in 3 days and the areas where the battles took place was daunting. Very pleased with the tour.
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Walking on the hollow...
Ralph_P, Aug 2022
2-Hour Gettysburg Battlefield Guided History Bus Tour with a National Park Guide
Walking on the hollow ground and envisioning what those poor souls went thru. Our guide was very knowledgeable and answered all our questions
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Gettysburg Tour
Rel, Aug 2022
2-Hour Gettysburg Battlefield Guided History Bus Tour with a National Park Guide
AMAZING experience! Highly recommend this tour. The driver and the tour guide were very professional and friendly. The tour guide did an excellent job portraying the history. Very impressed with her knowledge. Learned so much about Gettysburg and the people who fought for this great nation.
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How one battle could change a war
Carl_a, Aug 2022
2-Hour Gettysburg Battlefield Guided History Bus Tour with a National Park Guide
The battles and how they unfolded as described by our tour guide were very informative and enlightening.
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Educational
N_M, Aug 2022
2-Hour Gettysburg Battlefield Guided History Bus Tour with a National Park Guide
The amount of information that was shared by the tour guide was amazing as well as sad. So many lives were taken. May God bless their souls and may they all Southeners and Northeners rest in peace.
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The guides knowledge was...
Percy_P, Aug 2022
2-Hour Gettysburg Battlefield Guided History Bus Tour with a National Park Guide
The guides knowledge was exceptional!! We come here every year and learned something new! I will definitely do it again!
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Climbing on any monuments or cannons on the Gettysburg battlefield is prohibited.

  • Be prepared for variable weather; summer heat and humidity can be intense and snow or ice may temporarily close some roads in winter.

  • Ranger-led hikes, walking tours, and talks are available in the summer. Get info at the visitor center.

  • Living history programs demonstrating Civil War tools and tactics take place on weekends from April to October.

  • Beware of ticks when walking through tall grass and brush in Gettysburg National Military Park.

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How to Get to Gettysburg

Gettysburg National Military Park is located about 80 miles (135 km) north of Washington DC, near the town of Gettysburg, Penn. From DC, the best way to reach Gettysburg is by car or bus tour. It’s also possible to take a train to Harrisburg, Penn., before catching a bus to the town of Gettysburg, where public transit runs regularly between the town, the park, and other nearby Civil War sites such as the David Wills House, the Majestic Theater, and the Historic Gettysburg Train Station.

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When to Get There

While Gettysburg is open year-round, spring and fall are ideal times to visit due to mild weather. The National Military Park is open longest in spring, summer, and fall, and more activities take place as well. The park is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. from April 1 to October 31 and has slightly shorter hours from November 1 to March 31. The Museum and Visitor Center are open daily. Every July 1–3, epic battle reenactments—with hundreds of participants dressed in period garb—recreate fateful battle days and hold lectures, kids’ activities, and educational workshops for visitors. Come fall, spooky after-hours Gettysburg ghost tours are held by candlelight.

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Gettysburg Sights to See

Highlights within Gettysburg National Military Park include the Soldiers' National Cemetery, Cemetery Ridge, and Seminary Ridge. Adjacent to the park is the Eisenhower National Historic Site, accessible by free shuttle from the Gettysburg Visitor Center. In the town of Gettysburg, you'll find the Shriver House Museum and the David Wills House, where President Abraham Lincoln finished writing the Gettysburg Address. Explore the sites around town on a segway tour or horseback tour.

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