Hit the Road: Plan a Road Trip with the Hallowed Ground Country Itinerary
Monday, August 12, 2013
Immerse yourself in great American history with our Hallowed Ground Country itinerary. Visit these locations to see artifacts and locations that played a character in the story of America.
Rarely have words made their mark on history like President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. Walk the halls of the David Wills House, where Lincoln finished drafting – and eventually delivered – the speech that changed the course of American history. To truly understand and appreciate the magnitude of America’s Civil War, you must first embed yourself in the moment. You can do that at the American Civil War Museum which features more than 35 scenes and over 300 life-size wax figures depicting the monumental battles that took place.
Are you looking for something a little spookier? America’s most famous little town is also one of the most haunted. If you enjoy seeking out things that go bump in the night, you’ll love the Ghosts of Gettysburg walking tour of battlegrounds, backstreets, and buildings that host spirits of soldiers still clinging to their mortal surroundings. You may be a little nervous to close your eyes at night, but don’t worry. No ghosts will haunt you during your stay at the Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Gettysburg!
Pack your bags and head to Frederick, Maryland! Take a break at one of our area hotels, and get ready to indulge in a different type of history with a visit to Harry Grove Stadium. Catch a Frederick Keys baseball game to enjoy America’s favorite pastime while watching the stars of tomorrow. Root, root, root for the home team! Consider adding the Community Bridge Project to your itinerary. Frederick is home to a bridge that features an amazing trompe l’oeil (“deceive the eye”) mural. What appears to be a bridge with an elaborate stone and brick facade is actually a creative collaboration by thousands of artists from around the world. It is truly amazing to see in person!
The backbone of America was built on the rails, and the Baltimore & Ohio’s Point of Rocks Station is a timeless landmark symbolizing the industrious ambition of this country. Nestled along the picturesque Potomac River, wannabe conductors of all ages will be awed by the Victorian architecture of this still-functioning train station.
Take the two and half hour drive south from Frederick to Charlottesville, Virginia, where you can get lost in history while retracing the footsteps of one of America’s founding fathers at Monticello. The grounds of Thomas Jefferson’s expansive home feature guided tours, inspiring outdoor gardens and sprawling views of the Rivanna River. Continue to savor the scenery of Charlottesville with a glass of fine wine. For more than 200 years, the rolling hills around the city have been producing some of the finest wine along the entire East Coast. With more than 25 wineries to choose from, the Monticello Wine Trail has a flavor for all palates.
Finally, enjoy the wonder of Ash Lawn-Highland. This sprawling 550-acre estate features the home of the fourth president of the United States, James Madison. Ash Lawn-Highland features beautiful boxwood gardens, properties with newly-refurbished interiors, and a statue of Monroe himself. After each eventful day, rest your head at one of our many surrounding hotels in Harrisonburg, Lexington, Richmond, or Doswell.
Our Hallowed Ground Country itinerary will have you walking through time among breathtaking and historic scenery during this three state journey; download a printer-friendly version today! What destination are you most looking forward to seeing?