The first thing you notice when visiting Gettysburg National Military Park is how many monuments there are. That's what it's all about - a tribute to the soldiers who gave their lives in this epic civil war battle. Gettysburg without the monuments is just a huge expanse of fairly level fields, surrounded by rolling hills and mountains visible in the distance.
Gettysburg is best experienced by taking the auto tour. You can purchase an audio tape at the Visitor's Center with narration of key points of interest. The two most impressive monuments are the General Meade Statue near the Visitor's Center and the large Pennsylvania Monument, which is a very short drive to the south. One scenic, noteworthy area is the Devil's Den. There are many large boulders, and children like to scramble on the rocks here. Just to the east of Devil's Den is a castle-like monument at Little Round Top dedicated to the 44th New York Infantry. From this monument is a great overlook of the area.
The town of Gettysburg is only a block north of the park. There are several hotels, restaurants, gift shops there. The historic downtown buildings have a variety of color and many have been restored to their old-world charm. Be sure to check out the two train staions in the downtown area, and if you have time there is a covered bridge located about 4 miles southwest of town.
In the town of Gettysburg you will find are a few nice hotels, but if you are looking to save a few dollars, there are some motels south of the park on Highway 15, for less than half the cost of the hotels in Gettysburg town center. Thankfully, there is no admission to the park. Click here for a detailed map of Gettysburg National Military Park.