Gettysburg was a serene hamlet in southern Pennsylvania until two armies clashed in and around the town in July 1863. When visiting this historic location, consider these top 10 family friendly attractions.
Battlefield Licensed Guided Bus Tour
A two-hour excursion that takes passengers back in time. The scenic vista includes wisteria and towering oak trees. You will visit well-known locations, such as Little Round Top and Devil’s Den. Your knowledgeable guide provides insights into this epic battle and the legendary figures who led the opposing forces.
For three pivotal days in July 1863, Confederate troops under Robert E. Lee clashed with Union forces led by George G. Meade in and near the town of Gettysburg. When this iconic Civil War battle was over, more than 55,000 men were dead, injured or missing. The struggle left its indelible mark on the soul and imagination of the nation. The Peach Orchard, the Wheatfield, Devil’s Den and Little Round Top are some of the places where the Army of Northern Virginia waged its last major Eastern Theater offensive. These revered locations and valiant leaders, such as Buford, Chamberlain, Longstreet and Pickett, will take center stage during the 2-hour Gettysburg Battlefield Licensed Guided Bus Tour.
As you plan your trip to historic Gettysburg, be sure to book a tour on the Gettysburg Dramatized Audio Bus Tour. Departing at 10:00 AM, this two hour tour draws you into the history of Gettysburg, with highlights including views of Little Round Top, Gettysburg National Cemetery, Picketts Charge, Wheatfield, Peach Orchard and other views of the battlefield. The Battle at Gettysburg was a pinnacle in the Civil War, lasting only three days. While the battle was not long, the casualties have been noted as the worst on North American soil, numbering between 46,000 and 51,000 lost between both sides. As cannons blast and rifles crack, you will get to experience the sights and sounds of July 1863 with this open air tour.
The Battle of Gettysburg, was without a doubt the most famous and deadly battle fought in the Civil War with over 51,000 casualties. Although the Civil War continued for two long years after Gettysburg, it was a turning point in the war and the South was never able to recover from its losses. Every year millions of people visit this 6,000 acre shrine where so many men lost their lives and Lincoln gave his most famous speech, the Gettysburg Address.
Veterans Day, honoring those who have served in our armed forces, is celebrated annually on November 11. The United States has celebrated Veterans Day since 1919 and falls on the anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I. Other countries celebrate a day similar to Veterans Day on November 11 (also known as Remembrance Day and Armistice Day). Veterans Day is a perfect chance to visit places that are important to the country’s history and military tradition and to say “Thank You” to those fought for our freedom. Here are our top Veterans Day destinations in the United States: