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Gettysburg: Haunted Civil War Ghost Tour

1. Gettysburg: Haunted Civil War Ghost Tour

Be curious and learn about the haunted history of Gettysburg. This 1-hour haunted ghost tour is for all who wish to see Gettysburg through a unique lens.  Meet your guide and head to the Farnsworth House. Now a bed and breakfast, it was once the territory of Confederate snipers during the Battle of Gettysburg. As one of the town’s most haunted places, the Confederate soldiers have long since passed, but some continue to feel their presence.  Head to the now-closed Hall of Presidents. This former wax museum has a deep-rooted history of paranormal activity. The Hall was filled with wax figures of every American President and First Lady, darkly built on a former Civil War burial ground. Learn about the building's interesting history. The final destination of this tour is the beautiful Gettysburg Hotel which is haunted by two spirits, man and woman, from wartime. They share a mysterious and deep bond, learn their secret known by only a small few.

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Gettysburg: Battlefield Self-Guided Driving Tour

2. Gettysburg: Battlefield Self-Guided Driving Tour

This self-guided audio and GPS tour allows you to explore Gettysburg’s historic wonders with maximum flexibility, safety, and value. Simply hop in your own car, get the tour guide app set up on your phone, and get started. All audio plays automatically based on location. The tour follows the intense 3-day battle at Gettysburg chronologically. It begins at the Gettysburg Heritage Center, where you learn about the lead-up to the battle. Then, you explore McPherson’s Ridge, the site of the first skirmish of the first day. From there, you continue past the Railway Cut, Iverson’s Pits, and Seminary Ridge until you reach the end of Day 1. As you continue to follow the route, begin Day 2 with an exploration at Little Round Top, Devil’s Den, the Peach Orchard, and Culp’s Hill. Day 3 then begins with the infamous Pickett’s Charge. This comprehensive tour ends at the Gettysburg Cemetery, where you hear Lincoln’s poignant Gettysburg Address.

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Gettysburg: Private Tour with Licensed Battlefield Guide

3. 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.

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Gettysburg: Devil’s Den Self-Guided Walking Tour

4. Gettysburg: Devil’s Den Self-Guided Walking Tour

Experience the battle of Gettysburg on this action-packed self-guided tour of the battlefield. Feel the weight of history as you explore the site and hear the powerful accounts and stories of the soldiers who fought. Start your self-guided audio and GPS tour at the parking area outside Devil’s Den before heading towards the battlefield. Meet the commanders: Union General Daniel Sickles, and Confederate General James Longstreet. Step back in time as you enter Devil’s Den and watch the Union bring out their cannons and sharpshooters. Then, follow the route of the inevitable Confederate advance, aided by cannon fire. Next stop: the monument dedicated to the Orange Blossoms regiment. Hear the desperation of the Union and admire the heroism displayed by the soldiers of the 124th New York Regiment. Afterward, visit the monument to the Pennsylvania and Maine soldiers who gave everything to prevent the Confederates from taking Devil’s Den. Hear accounts describing how the struggle broke into chaos with bitter brawls taking place among the boulders. Immerse yourself in the pandemonium and gunsmoke as you follow in their footsteps. Finally, arrive at the end of the path and watch the final results of the conflict unfold. Take time to contemplate the weight of this battle and its place in American history.

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From Washington DC: Gettysburg Battlefield Private Tour

5. From Washington DC: Gettysburg Battlefield Private Tour

The adventure begins with pickup from your accommodation in Washington DC and heads to the historical Gettysburg in Pennsylvania. Arrive at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum first, and learn about the Gettysburg Battle and its outcome on the Civil War. Next, enjoy a two hour guided tour of the infamous Gettysburg Battlefield. Walk in the footsteps of the soldiers who fought across these vast grasslands. Hear stories of how the battle was fought, which sadly took 51,000 casualties. Enjoy time for lunch at the charming Dobbin House Tavern or General Pickett’s Buffet (meal not included), then head back to DC.

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What people are saying about Gettysburg National Military Park

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 684 reviews

The day before we took the bus tour and fell rush. We had more time to explore the monument and sites with auto tour got a better understanding what really happen in 1863 in the 3 days of fighting. Really felt that I was there on those day

We went on the ghost tour with Jim (Séamus) on the 28th Dec 2021 and had a wonderful time! He was a great storyteller and made the sights on Baltimore Street come alive. Great way to spend an evening. Highly recommend.

Rich was a great guide. He was very knowledgeable and clearly communicated details about the battles and folks involved in the battles. Would strongly encourage others to utilize this service.

Our guide was very knowledgeable and helpful. Truly a terrific experience.

So much history that you can truly see, hear and feel!