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The users of a travel website ranked Gettysburg National Military Park as the No. 1 attraction in the United States and the No. 9 attraction in the world.

The site of the 1863 Civil War battle was one of 929 places identified in the Travelers’ Choice Awards for Attractions, according to

Travelers’ Choice awards honor top travel spots worldwide based on the millions of reviews and opinions from TripAdvisor travelers, according to a news release. Awardwinners were determined using an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of reviews for landmark and park attractions worldwide gathered over a 12-month period.

Gettysburg finished ahead of the Lincoln Memorial and Reflecting Pool in Washington, D.C., and the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco on the U.S. list. Machu Picchu in Peru, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, and the Taj Mahal in Agra, India, took the top three on the world list.

Norris Flowers, president of Destination Gettysburg, formerly the Gettysburg Convention & Visitors Bureau, said the designation came from the tourism industry’s efforts during last year’s 150th anniversary of the battle.

“For Destination Gettysburg, this designation is particularly special because it reminds visitors around the world that the Gettysburg battlefield, as well as the destination, are still thriving after the 150th anniversaries,” he said in an email. 

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