Gettysburg National Military Park
This quaint Central Pennsylvania town has embraced its historical roots like almost no other in the country with many restaurants, hotels and other local establishments honoring the decor, dress, food and more from the Civil War era, when as many as 50,000 perished on the town’s 6,000 acres of farmland.
Katie Lawhon, a national park ranger and senior advisor for Gettysburg National Military Park, says strolling this land is both moving and enlightening. For your dog, it’s 6,000 acres of open land — a dream come true.
If you can’t cover the entire park, Lawhon says you might want to check out the two monuments that feature canines prominently.
“The 11th Pennsylvania Monument is a sculpture of Sally the dog, who was with the regiment in battle,” Lawhon says. “And the Irish Brigade Monument has an Irish Wolfhound on it, but this one is more emblematic. It’s not believed that [the soldiers] had one with them.”
Image via Gettysburg National Military Park