Gettysburg, Va. The 119-room Hotel Gettysburg (hotelgettysburg.com), established in 1797, had long been in business when the famous Civil War battle -- often called the turning point of the war for the Union side -- took place in July 1863, just a short walk away. The hotel offers various spaces for events, including a 3,350-square-foot Grand Ballroom, a lobby with 1,600 square feet of prefunction space and the 1,200-square-foot Eisenhower Room. What's now known as Gettysburg National Military Park offers a museum and visitor center and the battlefield itself -- still a somber site where thousands of Union and Confederate troops lost their lives.
Los Alamos, N.M. Founded as a secret village housing employees of the Manhattan Project (in charge of developing the atom bomb during World War II), today the city offers a unique vibe for less-secretive groups meeting at the Los Alamos Research Park Conference Center, which can accommodate receptions of up to 160 people or 90 theater-style. For information about a host of hotels in the surrounding area and things to do off-site, contact the Los Alamos Meeting & Visitor Bureau (visit.losalamos.com).
San Antonio. The main military draw here is, of course, The Alamo, site of the epic 13-day battle in 1836 between some 2,000 soldiers of Mexico's Santa Anna and a hearty band of 189 Texas settlers, all of whom were killed, including fabled American frontiersmen Jim Bowie and Davy Crockett. What's now a national historic shrine was built in 1744 as a sanctuary for teaching Christianity to Native Americans; a museum and gift shop also are on-site. Nearby is the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, with 630,000 square feet of meeting space and a 40,000-square-foot ballroom. For more information on San Antonio, contact the city's destination management organization (visitsanantonio.com).
New York City. Planners can organize special events aboard what's now the USS Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum (intrepidmuseum.org), which originally saw service as a battleship in the Pacific Ocean campaign during World War II. Docked at Pier 86 on the Hudson River at West 46th Street, the venue offers a variety of spaces for groups of from 20 to 5,000 people, including the expansive landing strip with the river on one side and the city's famed skyline on the other. For more information on what the Big Apple can offer, contact NYC & Company (nycgo.com).
Versailles, France. Just a 20-minute drive from Paris, the Trianon Palace Versailles, a Waldorf Astoria Hotel (trianonpalace.com), offers 199 luxurious guest rooms and 19 salons and conference rooms for events of up to 300 people. A 500-yard stroll away is the spectacularly ornate Château de Versailles, begun in 1669 as the palace of Louis XIV and site of the drafting of the Treaty of Versailles that officially ended the War to End All Wars (soon downgraded in title to World War I).