For three days in 1863, Union and Confederate forces met here on the fields, hills and ridges of Gettysburg in the turning-point battle of the American Civil War.
Today, the 6,000-acre battlefield includes more than 1,300 monuments, markers and memorials to tell the story of the battle and the men who fought here.
Through preservation efforts, the historic battlefield landscape looks very much like it did in 1863. It continues to serve as an everlasting symbol of courage, remembrance and reconciliation.
Why Take a Car Tour?
- So much to see. Monuments. Landmarks. Battlescape. You'll see them all and hear the stories as you follow your Licensed Battlefield Guide across the battlefield. (For your health and safety - as well as that of the guide - on the current car tour, you'll drive your own car and follow your Licensed Battlefield Guide's car to each of the tour's historic stops.) Plan on allowing 2-3 hours minimum for your experience. A 3-hour minimum tour is recommended while pandemic protocols are in place.
- So informative. You'll take an in-depth, personalized tour with your Licensed Battlefield Guide covering your specific areas of interest.
- So many questions. Where's my state's monument? Are these the original cannon from the battle? Did Abner Doubleday invent baseball? Your guide can answer all of your questions and bring new understanding of the battle and personalities.
You've heard a lot about Gettysburg through novels, films and legends. Now get the true story.
Rigorously tested and licensed through the National Park Service, Licensed Battlefield Guides provide you with an informative, engaging and historically accurate perspective of the battle, the people, the monuments and landmarks.