Wednesday, June 5, 2013: Gettysburg, Shenandoah National Park

 

Our first visit today is Gettysburg Military Park. It is very dense in historical details.


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The Battle of Gettysburg

 

This bloody Civil War battle lasted three days, July 1-3, 1863. According to various estimates, it made between 46,000 and 51,000 casualties. Only at the very end did the Union prevail on the Confederacy.

 

The military park shows a film and a 360° reconstitution of the battle. The battlefield bus tour that follows is rich in details, an absolute must-see !


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Shenandoah National Park, view from the Skyline Drive

 

We spend the afternoon crossing Shenandoah National Park. This long and narrow park stretches along the crestline of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Appalachian mountain range closest to the Atlantic. The Skyline Drive is a 105-mile long drive in the park. It offers many spectacular overlooks on both sides of the range.

 

Shenandoah also boasts an abundant wildlife. Since we are visiting the park at dinner time, we see quite a number of deer looking for food.