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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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Too notch
Kevin_W, Nov 2021
2-Hour Gettysburg Battlefield Guided History Bus Tour with a National Park Guide
The excellent narration by the park ranger. The bus was comfortable and driven safely. The bus is also very clean the bus driver was courteous.
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Highly recommend Gettysburg Battlefield tour.
Linda_F, Oct 2021
2-Hour Gettysburg Battlefield Guided History Bus Tour with a National Park Guide
Excellent tour guide providing a wealth of information and details. Everything leading up to tour with regard to booking was very informative and organized. Great communication from all parties involved. Bus was comfortable and clean. Planned to do the self guided driving tour, but this was more practical for benefit of person who would have been driving the car and all details provided by tour guide.
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Must Do Tour
Lewis_W, Aug 2021
2-Hour Gettysburg Battlefield Guided History Bus Tour with a National Park Guide
The bus was clean and well taken care of, the driver professional. Our guide was very informative, and engaging . I would suggest this tour for anyone visiting Gettysburg.
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Great time
Theodoshia_H, Jul 2021
2-Hour Gettysburg Battlefield Guided History Bus Tour with a National Park Guide
The narrator was wonderful.The bus was clean and very comfortable.My granddaughter and i had a great time
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Outstanding
David_S, Jul 2021
2-Hour Gettysburg Battlefield Guided History Bus Tour with a National Park Guide
Guide was EXTREMELY knowledgeable on subject matter!!! We could hear him both in the bud as well as outside the bus! Bud was comfortable and clean!!!
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Gettysburg with Teens
Michelle_T, Jun 2021
2-Hour Gettysburg Battlefield Guided History Bus Tour with a National Park Guide
Bus was clean and comfortable. Guide was insightful. There wasn’t a lot of time at each stop, there was a bathroom coffee shop stop in the middle that I wish was eliminated in favor of more time at Little Round Top or the site of Pickett’s Charge.
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Awesome!
Mike_W, Nov 2021
2-Hour Gettysburg Battlefield Guided History Bus Tour with a National Park Guide
Awesome tour. Highly recommend as our tour guide was very knowledgeable and passionate about the park.
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Fantastic tour guide
Kate_B, Nov 2021
2-Hour Gettysburg Battlefield Guided History Bus Tour with a National Park Guide
The tour guide was very knowledgeable and he brought the history to life. Our driver was also great!
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Gettysburg Battlefield tour
Bill_P, Nov 2021
2-Hour Gettysburg Battlefield Guided History Bus Tour with a National Park Guide
The tour guide who rede with us did an excellent job. He was very knowledgeable and quite articulate. Very engaging and you can tell he is passionate about the subject matter
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History comes to life
Bonnie_B, Nov 2021
2-Hour Gettysburg Battlefield Guided History Bus Tour with a National Park Guide
Extremely knowledgeable- learned allot about the war. Would recommend to anyone who is interested in learning about Gettysburg and history.
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Excellent
Anthony_V, Nov 2021
2-Hour Gettysburg Battlefield Guided History Bus Tour with a National Park Guide
Excellent tour. Makes 3 stops. Guides provide in-depth discussion on battlefield events and significance.
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Wonderful day w my wife
Charles_C, Nov 2021
2-Hour Gettysburg Battlefield Guided History Bus Tour with a National Park Guide
Very knowledgeable guide n friendly driver. Waiting area w gift shop was very nice. Just right amount of time.

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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