When I asked my little boy what he wanted to do in Washington DC, he said he wanted to visit a Civil War Battlefield. There are quite a few within driving distance including Manassas and Antietam, but the most popular is probably Gettysburg. Gettysburg is about 75 miles north of DC. I was really glad I brought the GPS – our route took us through Virginia, DC, Maryland, and Pennsylvania.
I had no idea what to expect, since we don’t really have a lot of Civil War history in Iowa. I was surprised at the number of monuments, statues, and preserved sites. There was a beautiful new visitor’s center and theater. We purchased an audio tour with a CD and guide book. You put the CD in your car and take off on a designated driving route. The CD itself was over 2 hours long, plus time to stop for pictures. We spent about 4 hours in the park.
On the way back to the city, we stopped at the Iwo Jima Memorial. It was stunning at night.