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Drive the Civil War route

Mike & Donna's verdict:

One of the ironies of the Civil War its that many of its major battles took place in breathtaking locations, such as Shenandoah National Park. You don’t need to be a history buff to appreciate the battlefields, monuments and museums, and even hardened travellers are moved to tears reading Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address in Gettysburg itself.

Recommended tour operator: Trailfinders

Trailfinders says

Our eight-night Retracing the Civil War self-drive tour takes you from Washington DC and back, via Fredericksburg, Richmond, Shenandoah and Gettysburg.

Whatever your level of interest in and knowledge of the Civil War of 1861-1865, you will have the opportunity to see some of the key locations for yourself – and some breathtaking scenery too.

You will stay in central Washington DC for the first three nights – we’ve chosen the four-star Palomar hotel in the cosmopolitan Dupont Circle district. Seek out the 18 statues dedicated to the Civil War and you won’t want to miss The Smithsonian Museum of American History.

Pick up your hire car and head for Fredericksburg via the Arlington National Cemetery. You can also visit the Manassas National Battlefield and four other significant battle sites before heading on to Richmond.

Richmond was founded in 1787 and now a thriving city and home to the Museum of the Confederacy and National Battlefield Park Civil War Centre.

Two nights in the picturesque Shenandoah National Park (particularly stunning in the Fall) give you the opportunity to enjoy some hiking and visit such sites as Mount Jackson with its buildings dating back to the Civil War. Stay in the simple, rustic and historic Skyland Lodge.

Head north to Gettysburg, site of the decisive defeat for the Confederates and of President Lincoln’s historic address, with an overnight stay before heading back to Washington DC.

Suggested daily mileage on this tour ranges from 60 up to 142 miles.

This holiday costs from £482 per person including two- and three-star hotel accommodation (except the four-star Palomar in DC) and hire car (excludes flights).

Our holidays are entirely tailormade so we can add on extra days, upgrade your hotels or car – and we don’t charge credit card fees.

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