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Exploring Gettysburg: A Historical Adventure

Exploring Gettysburg: A Historical Adventure

My husband and I are a little bit of history buffs (especially him with his military background). With saying that, Gettysburg had to be one of our favorite trips thus far. Gettysburg makes a great weekend trip, although there is so much to do–you could stretch it over a whole week.

1. Stay in the Federal Pointe Inn

Exploring Gettysburg: A Historical Adventure

Originally a school built in 1896–the current owners of the Federal Pointe Inn have managed to preserve its traditional design. It’s a beautifully unique hotel to stay in right in the middle of downtown Gettysburg.

2. Explore the Battlefield

The battlefield is one massive field scattered with various monuments and sculptures dedicated to those who fought. You can also find various sculptures and signs marking significant events in the war.

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Exploring Gettysburg: A Historical Adventure

The Pennsylvania Monument–the largest (and most intricate) memorial of all of the states

3. Visit the National Military Park

Essentially a continuation of the battlefield–it is filed with more nature, hiking and views. If you climb to the top of the tower in the building shown below, you get a beautiful view of the battlefield (also shown below).Exploring Gettysburg: A Historical Adventure

4. Visit the Cemetery and Site of the Gettysburg Address

A very peaceful and respected site, see hundreds of gravestones to pay respects to those who served. You also get to see the famous site where Lincoln gave the Gettysburg Address.

 

Exploring Gettysburg: A Historical Adventure

Site of the Gettysburg Address

Exploring Gettysburg: A Historical Adventure

5. Explore the Gettysburg Museum of History

Contrary to the name, this museum holds much more than artifacts from Gettysburg history. Find an array of artifacts from JFK, WWI, WWII, and even Hitler. It was truly a neat little hidden treasure!

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6. Explore Downtown Gettysburg

There will be tons of history embedded throughout the town. Be sure to eat at a local shop and stop to smell the roses! You will be surprised  at all of the amazing charm you will find in this town.

 

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With all of these amazing sites, you should be pretty busy. There is SO much to do in Gettysburg, on your visit you are bound to discover many more great hidden treasures! Happy exploring!