The center of your family vacation to explore Civil War history should start in Gettysburg, PA. The Confederate States of America, led by Generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson, were actually winning the War Between the States. Until they accidentally met up with the Union Army of the Potomac. Commanded by General George Meade in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, it was the largest and bloodiest battle the first week of July, 1863.
Gettysburg Campground is a great location to camp on the same hallowed ground where many of these American heroes from the North and the South, fought for their ideals to keep America strong, great and united.
Your tour should start at the Gettysburg National Military Park and Visitors Center. The National Park offers a full complement of summer ranger programs (mid-June through mid-August). battlefield walks, ranger-led battle walks, evening campfire programs, and special events on weekends with living history groups and band concerts. Your family can take advantage of many of the other tours of the area. Drive through the National Park on your own with a CD that you can purchase at the Campground office. Or any of the great bus tours offered by the Gettysburg Battlefield Tours, especially the ultimate Gettysburg Battlefield Bus Tour Experience. The Tour puts you on the famous Double Decker Bus with a professional Licensed Battlefield Guide. Your family will be able to relive the Battle of Gettysburg, as told by the most knowledgeable historic storytellers in the area.
Make your camping reservations at Gettysburg Campground early for the 154th Anniversary Gettysburg Civil War Battle Reenactment July 1, 2, & 3, 2017. Every summer, thousands of enactors gather here just to take part in the annual Gettysburg Civil War Reenactment. If you miss out on this experience, you will still be able to visit with period actors every weekend during the summer on the streets of this historic town. The Civil War comes alive before your very eyes. Something you can’t get by reading a book or viewing on a tablet or smart phone. Some of the enactors camp right alongside YOU at Gettysburg Campground!
Make Gettysburg Campground your best location to visit the Nation’s Capitol only 80 miles by car, or you can sit back and relax with DC Tours. See the Arlington National Cemetery; Smithsonian Institution; White House; Capitol; Ford’s Theatre; Supreme Court; Library of Congress; and Washington National Cathedral. As well as Iwo Jima, Jefferson, Lincoln, Vietnam and Korean War Memorials; Washington Monument; FDR Memorial; and World War II Memorial.
Spring through fall, your family is invited to walk through soldiers camps at local museums and on the National Park, to interact and watch demonstrations. You will also find the history of Presidents Lincoln and Eisenhower. Mother Elizabeth Seton, the only U.S. born Saint, motor racing and so much more. Create your own historical vacation plan… but have it start at Gettysburg Campground.
Whatever you choose to do, your family vacation will be filled up with a lot of history and fun.