Up bright and early again, seems to be par for the course during this holiday, pack the bags and pack them back in the car. A quick eat and run breakfast of ready oats, pancakes and muffins and some tea and coffee, before we hit the road to Gettysburg, PA. Of course you all know…

The Battle of Gettysburg was a turning point in the American Civil War, the Union victory that ended General Robert E. Lee’s second and most ambitious invasion of the North. Often referred to as the “High Water Mark of the Rebellion”, Gettysburg was the Civil War’s bloodiest battle and was also the inspiration for President Abraham Lincoln’s immortal “Gettysburg Address”.

Rather than the actual town of Gettysburg, PA, It is the Gettysburg National Military Park that attracts the incredible amount of tourists and visitors every year. It was at the dedication of the Soldiers National Cemetery in Gettysburg, PA that Abraham Lincoln gave the world, what is probably the most famous speech in American history.

The speech itself was given on the afternoon of Thursday, November 19, 1863, at the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery, the famous words have been memorialised on a plaque and posted for posterity on the memorial in the Gettysburg National Military Park, for all to read, the same words can also be found at the Soldiers National Cemetery in Gettysburg and also at The Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. Due to their power and familiarity to the American people, I am sure that they can be found at many other locations too…

The sheer quantity of memorials that can be seen and visited are too numerous to show and mention here, but if you are interested in the American Civil War, then a visit to the Gettysburg area in Pennsylvania should most  definitely be on your agenda.

We could not leave without visiting the Soldiers’ National Cemetery, so this was the next point of call on our whistlestop tour of the area.

The Soldiers’ National Cemetery is the place where Abraham Lincoln gave his famous “Gettysburg Address” and the final resting place of more than 3,500 Union soldiers who were killed during the Battle of Gettysburg.

The cemetery is also the home of the Lincoln Monument, which was undergoing renovation during our visit, so unfortunately we were unable to get any photographs of that particular monument, but there were many more to visit. The walk through the cemetery proved to be a very moving experience.

After a quick drive through Gettysburg itself, it was time for us to head for our next destination. Washington, DC, one of the highlights of our USA road trip, where we would be spending the next 3 nights, giving us a much needed break from all of the driving we had done to date.

The drive was pretty uneventful, although the traffic did increase as we approached Washington, DC, it was not as horrendous as I had been expecting and we were at our hotel, The Days Inn, Connecticut Avenue, Washington, DC by 4.00pm and quickly settled into our room, before we went out for some dinner, which we found at the Westfield Wheaton Mall in the form of a Chinese Takeaway Buffet in the food hall, and it was altogether scrumptious.

After our food we headed back into Washington for our first look at the sights (which we will not spoil too much today) and then it was back to the room for some rest before our strenuous couple of days playing tourist in Washington, DC.