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Valley Forge National Historical Park Self-Driving Tour

1. Valley Forge National Historical Park Self-Driving Tour

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! Note: This 10+ mile-long tour covers the essentials of Valley Forge in 2-3 hours. See Valley Forge National Historical Park, a flash-point of the American Revolution. Honor the soldiers who persevered in the face of tremendous hardship during the long winter at Valley Forge. Start the tour near the visitor center with the cabins where ordinary soldiers weathered the deepening cold. Then head to the camp that was home to a preacher-turned-soldier with a flair for the dramatic: General Peter “Devil Pete” Muhlenberg. At Maine Memorial, learn about the bonds that held the colonies together during the revolution. Then, see the impressive National Memorial Arch. Hear about the ills besetting the camp, including waves of desertion which threatened to splinter the army. Behold George Washington’s headquarters, which hide an important history. See the nearby George Washington Monument, where you’ll hear the truth about what made this man such an effective general. On the final stop, see the Patriots of African Descent Monument, where you’ll learn the seldom-told story of the first Black military regiment in the history of the United States. The tour concludes near the visitor center.

Philadelphia: Valley Forge Historical Park Tour

2. Philadelphia: Valley Forge Historical Park Tour

Join a half-day excursion into the countryside of Philadelphia to visit the exciting Valley Forge National Historical Park. Travel back in time to the American Revolution through the variety of objects displayed and visit important war memorial sites. Board your vehicle in Philadelphia and head towards one of the most significant sites of the American Revolutionary War. Your guide will tell you stories of the Continental Army preparing for war, then stop at the Muhlenberg Brigade Huts to give you an idea of the conditions in the encampment. Your visit to the park might include a stop at the Valley Forge Visitor Center, displaying historic objects and artifacts, and Washington’s Headquarters along the Schuylkill River. Walk through some interesting sites, like the National Memorial Arch and the gothic-style Washington Memorial Chapel.

Liberty, Freedom, and Revolution: American Tours Bundle

3. Liberty, Freedom, and Revolution: American Tours Bundle

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! Note: In this bundle, each tour is 3+ miles long and takes 0.5-1 hour to complete. Discover the history of the American Revolution on a private self-guided walking and driving tour. Explore the freedom trail of Boston, Harborwalk, and more at your own pace with an audio guide. You will receive the download instructions after booking. Download the app and start the tour with your mobile phone as your guide. You will hear about the history, and the battles fought on the grounds.  Walk in the shoes of the Founding Fathers on the Freedom Trail and hear how the first sparks of revolution flew in Boston. Learn about the Sons of Liberty and uncover the truth about misunderstood events like the Boston Massacre. Next, reach Boston’s Harborwalk and revisit the fiery lead-up to the American Declaration of Independence. Stroll along the waterside and know about the dramatic protest called the Boston Tea Party and get a chance to visit the site. Afterward, head to the famous towns Lexington and Concord. Follow the route of an impossible battle between the American military and the British redcoats. Find out how the Americans turned the tide, and hear what it all meant in the fight for American independence. Then head to Valley Forge, where General George Washington faced some of his toughest challenges. Here, you will explore the remains of Washington’s 18th-century camp and hear the harrowing tale of how frigid temperatures, starvation, and desertion nearly pulled the American army apart. Finally, you will tour Philadelphia, where the Declaration of Independence was first signed. Hear stories about Ben Franklin and the other revolutionaries who called this city home. See the iconic landmarks like the famous Liberty Bell and Elfreth’s Alley, maintained just as it was in the 1700s. This bundle includes 6 tours: • Battle of Lexington and Concord Driving Audio tour • Boston Freedom Trail Walking Audio Tour • Boston Harborwalk Walking Audio Tour • Philadelphia Walking Audio Tour • Valley Forge Driving Audio tour • Yorktown Driving Audio tour

Philadelphia: Valley Forge Private 4-Hour Driving Tour

4. Philadelphia: Valley Forge Private 4-Hour Driving Tour

Experience Valley Forge National Historical Park on this private driving tour from Philadelphia. Our countryside tours start from Philadelphia, with a short drive to the park, a beautifully restored site filled with regimental monuments and recreated huts used by troops that camped here during the American Revolutionary War. Your local tour guide will recreate the difficult winter George Washington and his army spent here preparing for battle. Your American Revolution tour of the park includes the very headquarters where Washington, his commanders, and staff lived and planned for the war effort. We’ll have plenty of time to step inside the Washington Memorial Chapel as well as the Visitor Center, a valuable resource of exhibits, artifacts, and more. This private Philadelphia tour has the flexibility to include walking elements to enjoy the park’s landmarks up close as well as the pleasant trails and meadows found throughout its 3,500 acres!

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What people are saying about Valley Forge National Historical Park

Overall rating

5.0
(11 reviews)

Marty was terrific. She had a great personality and explained all the things we needed to know about Valley Forge. You covered. Leading up to the encampment, it’s tragic events, and the time after the troops moved on. His knowledge of the revolutionary war was extraordinary. she regaled us with fascinating stories that we had never heard before. It was a delightful day learning more about a very important event. I would recommend Marty to anyone needing to know more about the revolutionary war and Valley Forge. Doug Carnival.

We were the only people who went on this tour, so it was like our own private deal. Owen was exceptionally informative about Valley Forge. He told us stuff on the way there and on the way back. Owen did an awesome job making us feel comfortable and welcome!

This tour was very informative, very well done, and Tom, our guide, was very attentive to all our questions and needs. This was a great way to learn the history if Valley Firge. I would recommend this tour and guide to anyone!

Dale was very informative and so accommodating to everyone’s needs. It went out of his way to make our experience great. He showed interest in each person’s life. Excellent tour!

So worth the money. Our guide was very knowledgeable and made the trip so interesting