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Itinerary: Civil War Battlegrounds
Regional Experiences Washington D.C | Richmond
Shenandoah National Park | Gettysburg

About this itinerary

Driving distance: 394 miles
Recommended travelling time: 8 days
Recommended travel season: Spring, Summer, or Fall
This itinerary offers scenic routes, iconic destinations, and of course, an insight into one of the key turning points in American history. Enjoy the political landmarks across Washington D.C., before seeing the roots of the USA as we know it, whilst seeing some of the country's capital region.

Washington, District of Columbia


It is unthinkable to begin any journey learning about Civil War history without first exploring Washington, D.C. At the western end of the National Mall is the Lincoln Memorial, which honours the memory of Abraham Lincoln, the 16th U.S. president. Arlington National Cemetery was established during the 1861-1865 Civil War on the grounds of Arlington House, and has been a military cemetery ever since.
To next stop: 111 miles| Total driven: 0 miles


Richmond, Virginia

After leaving Washington, D.C., the next stop is Manassas National Battlefield Park. The site commemorates two battles, one in 1861 and the other a year later, between the Union and Confederate armies. Nearby is Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania, known as 'Americas Battleground', where four Civil War battles were fought and the war came to its climax. The Confederate States' capital for much of the war was Richmond, Virginia.
To next stop: 93 miles | Total driven: 111 miles

Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

Take a respite from Civil War history to explore the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Shenandoah National Park. Travel the spectacular Skyline Drive, then take a hike on over 500 miles of trails to experience lush forests, waterfalls, incredible views and wildlife.
To next stop: 104 miles | Total driven: 204 miles


Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Leave Shenandoah National Park and go back in time at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, site of the famous abolitionist uprising of 1859 led by John Brown. Here, find battlefields, museums, a variety of hiking trails, and old-fashioned taverns and shops. Now, travel to Gettysburg National Military Park, site of the 1863 Battle of Gettysburg, a turning point for the Union in the Civil War and the famous Gettysburg address.
To next stop: 86 miles | Total driven: 308 miles


Washington, District of Columbia

Return to Washington, D.C., to continue to explore the USA capital. The African-American Civil War Memorial honours the African-American soldiers and sailors who fought for freedom from slavery during the Civil War. A must-stop is Ford's Theater; tour the museum that tells the story of the fateful night in 1865 when Lincoln was assassinated.
Total driven: 394 miles


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