"YOU NEED MORE THAN 1 DAY TO RE-LIVE IT ALL..." Gettysburg Things to Do Tip by 1smartblonde
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The GETTYSBURG BATTLEFIELD tour takes more than 1 day. The auto tour is just a good start though. Before going read tips from travelers (on the net) who return to this battlefield every year and find some new fact, story or marker every single time they visit. There are many memorials, position markers, NPS battle information boards you can't possibly take it all in the 2 hrs the 18 mile auto tour takes you. Oh, if you get out at every stop and observation tower (take pictures, 360 videos, reflect) you can easily double that est. tour time.
The BEST PLACE to start is the National Parks Visitor Center between BUS RT 15 and Rt 134. Be warned that I may have been too hasty saying that it was the BEST PLACE to start. This place can be mass mayhem and has obviously outgrown its usefulness. The parking lot is too small and inside the building to put it bluntly REEKS and is like stepping back into 1960 in terms of when it was last renovated. The bookstore smells like a locker room that needed some disinfectant years ago. In their defense this area is wall to wall people and if you're wheelchair bound you are going to have problems maneuvering this much congested area. Unfortunately, the odor doesn't just stay in the bookstore. As you make your way around the civil war collection and to the Electric Map it changes to more of a "dirty diaper". You can't avoid it though... you can save time by buying the auto tour tape elsewhere but you need to at least get the battlefield map here and maybe hold your breath for the ELECTRIC MAP presentation to get a sense of what happen those 3 days!
The greatest way to benefit from your visit here is to do some reading or see the Gettysburg movie just before you go. I personally had problems keeping straight all the Generals and commanding officers and with which army. Secondly, consider spending a FEW days in the area to realize the carnage suffered here by both sides in such a strikingly picturesque site.
Address: Between US Bus Rt 15 and Rt 134
Directions: From town square, south on Baltimore St (Rt 15) bear right onto Steinwehr from here you EITHER bear left onto RT 134 or go straight where Steinwehr (Rt 15) changes into Emmitsburg Rd (Rt 15). You can enter the visitor's center parking from either road.
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