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Gettysburg: Horse-Drawn Carriage Battlefield Tour

1. Gettysburg: Horse-Drawn Carriage Battlefield Tour

Experience the Gettysburg Battlefield in a modern horse-drawn carriage. Sit back and relax as an official battlefield guide takes you for a ride at a slow, comfortable pace. Immerse yourself into the history of the Civil War and rest assured that all your questions about the famous battle that took place here will be answered. See the expansive green fields spread out on all sides and take a moment to remember those who fought here. After the tour, leave Gettysburg with a newfound respect and deep understanding of the events that occurred in July of 1863—the tens of thousands of soldiers that lost their lives and the ordinary townsfolk caught between intense fighting. Learn how the town has remained committed to preserving this history for future generations, keeping a close link to its past.

Gettysburg: Battlefield Self-Guided Driving Tour App

2. Gettysburg: Battlefield Self-Guided Driving Tour App

Embark on an immersive, self-guided tour of the iconic Gettysburg Battlefield, tracing the intense three-day conflict of the American Civil War. Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map. Purchase one tour per car, not per person. Everyone listens together! Allowing everyone in your group to partake in the historical journey together. As you approach your first stop, absorb a comprehensive overview of the Civil War's origins, leading to the fierce inaugural clash at McPherson Ridge. Witness the site of a critical tactical misstep at the Railway Cut and ponder the restored unity of the nation at the Eternal Light and Peace Memorial. Ascend an Observation Tower for a panoramic view of the storied landscape. Navigate through seminal locations like Seminary Ridge, a makeshift Union hospital turned battlefield, and the dense Pitzer Woods, transitioning into the second day's brutal skirmishes. Drive by Warfield Ridge, the scene of General Longstreet's aggressive maneuver, and the strategic heights of Little Round Top. The tour continues across the foreboding Valley of Death and past the Devil's Den, each name reflecting the grim history of the sites. Witness the toll on civilians at Abraham Trostle Farm and follow the Union's harrowing retreat at Plum Run, leading you to the grand Pennsylvania State Memorial. The narrative brings you along Culp's Hill and Cemetery Hill, culminating in the third day's desperate confrontations, including the legendary Pickett's Charge and the High Water Mark of the Confederacy. The tour concludes solemnly at Soldiers' National Cemetery, inviting you to honor the fallen Union soldiers and contemplate Abraham Lincoln's timeless Gettysburg Address. This self-guided experience promises a profound connection with one of America's most pivotal and hallowed grounds.

Gettysburg: Ghost Hunt Tour with Ghost Hunting Equipment

3. Gettysburg: Ghost Hunt Tour with Ghost Hunting Equipment

Hear tales of past and present paranormal activity as you visit the most haunted locations in Gettysburg on a family-friendly guided walking tour. Operate special ghost hunting gear to see if you can find evidence of spirits from the other side. Meet ghost-hunting guide at the drummer boy statue in the park on the corner of Wainwright Avenue and Lefever Street. Listen to their brief but fascinating ghost hunting orientation. Walk down narrow streets and alleyways in the historic Old Town. Stop at important historical sites and haunted locations. Listen to spine-chilling details about historical events that led to encounters with the spirits. Discover the city's dark past and keep an eye out for present unexplainable experiences. Enter a spooky ghost hunting spot known for its paranormal activity for the second half of the tour. Conduct spectral inquiries with ghost hunting equipment directed by your guide. 

Gettysburg: Licensed Guided Battlefield Horseback Tour

4. Gettysburg: Licensed Guided Battlefield Horseback Tour

Go back in time and explore the Gettysburg Battlefield on horseback. Discover important details and insights about the Civil War, its soldiers, and local residents. Ride through Gettysburg National Military Park, visit the Virginia Monument, and take in panoramic views at Spangler Farm. Experience the grounds of the Gettysburg Battlefield on horseback, guided by a Civil War expert. Mount your horse and experience the time of 1863 by using this authentic form of transportation. Learn the intricacies of the greatest Civil War battle and its historical importance. Ride through Gettysburg National Military Park and reach the Virginia Monument, where General Robert E. Lee waited for his returning troops after Pickett's Charge. Follow the path to the historic Spangler Farm and revel in panoramic views of the Peach Orchard and Little Round Top in the distance. Cross Emmittsburg Road onto the Union side of the battle and view the Trostle Farm, including the massive cannonball hole in the barn. After learning the detailed history, fully appreciate the terrain and the events that once prevailed there, before finishing the tour.

Gettysburg: Civil War Ghosts Walking Tour

5. Gettysburg: Civil War Ghosts Walking Tour

Step into the shadows of this historic American town, and feel what it was like to be a soldier or citizen during the violent, three-day battle that scarred the land forever. Begin your tour at the iconic Brickhouse Inn/Welty House, where confederate sharpshooters took out union soldiers from the attic. Many believe their spirits are still trapped there. You'll then wind through seven other significant, haunted locations before circling back to the meeting point. Capture evidence of Jennie Wade, the only civilian casualty of the battle, as her spirit moves through her former home — seen through the fatal bullet hole in her door. Feel a chill scurry up your spine as ghostly soldiers surround you in the darkness. Learn little-known, behind-the-scenes information about the reality of war. Choose the 1.5-hour extended tour to visit three additional spooky sites, including Arbor House Publishing, which is famous for its 'floating orbs.

Gettysburg: Private Tour with Licensed Battlefield Guide

6. Gettysburg: Private Tour with Licensed Battlefield Guide

Optimize your experience of the Gettysburg Battlefield with a private tour with an official licensed guide. Explore the battlefield conveniently and comprehensively in your own vehicle, while stopping discover to some areas up close on foot. During your tour, make the most of a private setting offering you ample opportunity to learn little known facts about the Battle of Gettysburg and the Civil War, and have all of your questions answered by your expert guide. Your guide will meet you at the Soldier's National Cemetery Parking lot and then drive your vehicle to the Gettysburg Battlefield to conduct the tour. As all guides are licensed and insured by the Department of the Interior, only they are permitted to drive your vehicle through the battlefield.

Gettysburg: "History and Haunts" Family Friendly Ghost Tour

7. Gettysburg: "History and Haunts" Family Friendly Ghost Tour

See Gettysburg through a different lens on a ghoulish, guided nighttime tour. Journey through the most haunted locations in the downtown area of historic Gettysburg. Learn about the city's Civil War history and hear tales about the hauntings and specters that make Gettysburg one of America's most haunted cities. Meet your highly experienced ghost-hunting guide at the corner of Wainwright Avenue and Lefever Street. Get to see the Farnsworth House, Jenny Wade's Birth House, The Reynolds Death House, the Haunted Creek, and many more.

Gettysburg: 1863 Historic Downtown Walking Tour

8. Gettysburg: 1863 Historic Downtown Walking Tour

Join your knowledgeable local guide for a leisurely 2-hour walking tour of the center portion of downtown Gettysburg, which was the heartbeat of the city in 1863. Examine the accounts of several of the city's civilians that lived in the same areas you will be walking through. Hear stories of the residents, who were reluctant witnesses to the Battle of Gettysburg. The war didn't happen just on the battlefield as you will come to find out. Travel back in time and learn about the existing structures and what the town looked like in 1863. Although you've learned about the Battle of Gettysburg in history class, on this tour you will hear, described in detail, how the events actually unfolded in July of 1863 and how the local residents remembered them. This tour is their story, about life in the middle of an urban battlefield.

Gettysburg: Devil's Hour Paranormal Investigation Tour

9. Gettysburg: Devil's Hour Paranormal Investigation Tour

Discover some of the most haunted locations in Gettysburg on this midnight hour adventure. During the course of your investigations, use paranormal equipment to try and detect signs of the spirit world. Learn the techniques used by your favorite TV ghost hunters and experience a night you will never forget. See another side of Gettysburg as you look for evidence of paranormal activity. The streets are empty and the spirits are awake. Come out while Gettysburg sleeps and use paranormal equipment as well as a few other tricks to see what spirits lurk in the darkness. This investigation is tailored for those who want a spookier experience. There is often a thick mist that blankets the ground throughout Gettysburg. In the past, people have seen soldiers and other spirits walking in the mist. Keep an open mind as you try to discover what might be hiding in the dark at the 'devil's hour'.

NYC: Niagara Falls, Philadelphia, Washington DC 4-Day Tour

10. NYC: Niagara Falls, Philadelphia, Washington DC 4-Day Tour

Visit the American and Canadian sides of Niagara Falls. Stop at an outlet mall for shopping, continue to the historic city of Brotherly love in Philadelphia and see the famous Liberty Bell and Independence Hall Square. You will also visit Washington DC, the US Capitol and visit the US Mint. Continue to Lancaster to learn about the Amish community. Day 1: New York - Finger Lakes - Niagara Falls Your morning departure from the Big Apple takes you north where you will pass the beautiful Delaware Gap to Watkins Glen State Park in the heart of the Finger Lakes region. Walk through Watkins Glen Canyon to visit the beautiful waterfalls and then continue to Niagara Falls passing Seneca Lake, arriving in the late afternoon. Tour the American and Canadian sides of the Falls including the American Falls, Horseshoe Falls, Goat Island, and Sister Island. At night tour Niagara Falls where you will marvel at the colorful lighting of the waters. Overnight: Ramada - Wyndham Day 2: Niagara Falls - New Jersey As you depart the hotel, hear the thundering water of Niagara Falls. See the falls up close from Horseshoe Falls and experience the power of the current aboard the Maid of the Mist (May-October). From November through April you will tour the Power Vista Hydro-electric Station, and the Cave of the Winds. At noon depart south to New York State. On the way to New York, enjoy a shopping excursion at one of the large outlet malls along the way, where you can hunt for bargains at their brand name stores. Overnight New Jersey - La Quinta Inns & Suites  Day 3: New Jersey - Philadelphia - Washington DC Depart New Jersey to Pennsylvania and to the city of brotherly love Philadelphia. Arriving in the Historic area of Philadelphia you will visit the famous Liberty Bell, and Constitution square and Constitution Hall, one of the symbols of freedom in America. Stroll Elfreth’s Alley (the oldest inhabited street in America) then continue on a panoramic tour of Philadelphia that includes the financial district, Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Historic Philadelphia and more. Departing Philadelphia, see the famous “Rocky Steps” and then continue north to Lancaster county home of the Amish people. Ride on an authentic Amish Buggy, visit an Amish market place of handmade arts and crafts and learn what it's like to live without the benefit of modern technology, electricity, running water or telephone service. Overnight at: Fairfield Inn & Suites, Alexandria Day 4: Washington DC - New York  Start the day with a visit to Thomas Jefferson Memorial, by the Tidal Basin, surrounded with famous Japanese cherry blossom trees. Visit the Arlington National Cemetery, the changing of the guards and the Kennedy family gravesite.  Next stop is Capitol Hill. See the US Capitol and the White House to understand the core of the US government. Continue to the Air and Space Museum before visiting the Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Korea and Vietnam Memorials.  In the late afternoon, depart north for an evening arrival in New York.

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What people are saying about Gettysburg

We have been coming to Gettysburg for years, but we have never done this tour. It was THE best tour, ever! As a disabled person, the staff were respectful and helpful. Truman was incredible. Give him a raise! We hope you can expand your tours -perhaps to the covered bridge, and the National Cemetery. We will definitely be taking this tour the next time we visit. And a huge "boo" to the motorcycle club who didn't slow down even when the orange flag was out. Drivers handled the team to perfection - thank you!

We had a great walking tour with Ken as our guide. It is hard to remember all of the details however during our walk Ken make Gettysburg during the time of the battle come alive.

We had a great time. Our guide was just outstanding. The ride was very comfortable. The folks were very accommodating. It was cool and misting but they provided clean blankets.

We got some awsome ghost photos and history, Hurd some gun fire, guides were very engaged .Over all very good exsperience

The knowledgeable guide made the tour worthwhile and the horse drawn pace helped clarify the soldiers' experience.