The bloodiest battle of the Civil War occurred in these rolling farm fields in the summer of 1863, when Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee invaded the north. More than 51,000 Americans were killed or injured on the battlefield that provided President Abraham Lincoln with the setting for his most famous address. Today's visitors to Gettysburg National Military Park, 1195 Baltimore Pike, can tour not only the battlefield, but a new Museum and Visitor Center, which features 11 exhibit galleries containing weaponry and uniforms as well as other artifacts to offer perspective on the battle and its consequences. Museum admission is $7.50.
Accommodations range from campgrounds to lodging in most of the major chain hotels. But if you're drawn to the area's history, you might prefer staying in one of the many bed-and-breakfast inns.
, 267 Baltimore St., has antique-furnished guest rooms decorated in international themes. Rates $115-$143. 717-334-7010.
O'Rorke's Eatery & Spirits, 44 Steinwehr Ave., 717-334-2333. Named after a Union commander who died at Little Round Top, the restaurant celebrates history and Irishness, but features a wide-ranging menu. In addition to shepherd's pie and Guinness beef stew, the fare includes burgers, steaks, pasta, seafood and chicken.