Gettysburg National Military Park

The Historic Gettysburg battlefield offers a wide array of monuments, memorials and other pieces of American history, which can been seen by a self-guided or bus tour. (Patrick Smith, Baltimore Sun / September 9, 2008)

Go here: 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.

Stay here: 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. The Brickhouse Inn, 452 Baltimore St., is an 1898 brick Victorian mansion in the heart of town. It features private baths, balcony porches and fireplaces. Rates $109-$179. 800-864-3464. The Passages Inn, 267 Baltimore St., has antique-furnished guest rooms decorated in international themes. Rates $115-$143. 717-334-7010.

Eat here: 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.

Don't miss this: Land of Little Horses Farm Park, 125 Glennwood Drive, 717-334-7259. See miniature horses, animal shows, educational displays and races. Pony rides and hayrides are offered as well. Tickets are $11.95-$13.95.

Get here: Gettysburg is about 60 miles from Baltimore. Take Interstate 795 to MD Route 140 toward Westminster. At Westminster, pick up MD Route 97/PA Route 97 and follow to Gettysburg.

More information: Gettysburg Convention and Visitors Bureau; Gettysburg National Military Park