Nine square miles of history are preserved at Gettysburg National Military Park and Visitor Center.
Before you hit the battlefield, brush up on your knowledge at the Gettysburg Museum of the Civil War, which showcases relics and stories from the frontlines. It’s also home to a cyclorama (a 360-degree painting) depicting Pickett’s Charge. This museum charges an admission fee.
Later, explore the famous sites like Little Round Top, Devil’s Den, and Culp’s Hill. The park boasts approximately 1,328 monuments, including the impressive Pennsylvania State Memorial (be sure to climb to the top to get stellar panoramic views). Give your day trip an outdoorsy flair by tackling the hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails. The Visitor Center also offers free maps for self-guided auto tours.
Want to hear the roar of cannon fire and visit the soldiers’ camp? The living history weekends are a must-see, running every weekend from April to October. Other popular events include guided hikes and evening campfire programs.