Editors' pick

Antietam National Battlefield

Historic Site
Antietam National Battlefield photo
Kevin Clark - The Washington Post
The site of the single bloodiest day of warfare in American military history, this tour is affecting, extensive and best not done on foot.
summer 8 am-7 pm
winter 8:30 am-5 pm
Closed Thanksgiving
New Year's Day
$6 for a 3-day family pass; $4 for a 3-day individual pass

153rd Battle Anniversary

Battlefield hikes follow a sunrise program.
9/19 - 9/20

Battle Anniversary Weekend

The event includes artillery demonstrations and guided tours.
9/26 - 9/27

Aftermath Battle Weekend

The U.S. Sanitary Commission's role in the battle is portrayed by living history volunteers.
10/3 - 10/4

124th NY Infantry Weekend

The daily lives of Civil War soldiers in camp are portrayed by living history volunteers.

Memorial Illumination

More than 23,000 luminaries will be lit on the battlefield.

Editorial Review

This 960-acre battlefield, often taken in by car, was the site of the single bloodiest day of warfare in American history. More than 23,000 soldiers were killed or wounded as the Confederate Army, flush with victory at Manassas, tried to penetrate the capital's defenses from the north. You can view a 30-minute film about the battle at the small museum and visitor's center.

Highlights include:
Burnside Bridge, a structure depicted in many war paintings, and Bloody Lane, where many soldiers died. In early December, there's a beautiful and moving illumination, as the roads of the driving tour are lined with candles.

-- John Kelly and Craig Stoltz

Words to the wise:
Unlike Manassas, this battlefield isn't as accommodating to exploration on foot.


Driving tour of battlefields
Hiking/walking trails
Historical interest
Visitors center