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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: Ghost Hunt Tour with Ghost Hunting Equipment

2. 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: Battlefield Self-Guided Driving Tour with App

3. Gettysburg: Battlefield Self-Guided Driving Tour with App

Feel the heat of the battle on this self-guided tour of the Gettysburg Battlefield. Follow the battle through its 3 days of intense fighting, and see important landmarks like McPherson Ridge, the Valley of Death, the Pennsylvania State Memorial, and much more. Just start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app (not get your guide) and purchase the tour. Purchase one tour per car, not per person. Everyone listens together! As you drive toward your first major landmark, you’ll get an overview of the American Civil War, the leadup to the battle, and the dawning of the first bloody day. Then you’ll reach McPherson Ridge, where Union forces mounted their first defense against Confederate assault. After that is the infamous Railway Cut, where a tactical error led to a bloodbath. Take a moment to reflect on the reunion of the United States at the Eternal Light and Peace Memorial before heading to an Observation Tower for a bird's-eye view of the battlefield. Next, reach Seminary Ridge, where the Union set up an impromptu hospital before being overrun before entering the second day of the battle as you drive through the Pitzer Woods. See Warfield Ridge, where General Longstreet staged a dramatic assault, and the famous Little Round Top, one of the battle's most hotly contested sites. After that, cross the Valley of Death before passing the Devil’s Den and discover why each location bears such a grim title. Get a glimpse at the price civilians paid for the battle at the Abraham Trostle Farm, then hear about a chaotic and costly Union retreat as you cruise by Plum Run before arriving at the Pennsylvania State Memorial, Gettysburg's largest and most impressive monument. Then, follow the actual line of battle along Culp’s Hill as the story of the second day’s fighting draws to a close. Stop on the east side of Cemetery Hill to hear about the final, high-stakes engagement of the day. Get introduced to the third and final day of battle as you wind toward the High Water Mark of the Confederacy, supposedly indicating the closest the rebels ever came to winning the war. Hear the dramatic events of Pickett’s Charge and find out how the whole battle finally ended. Finally, visit the Soldiers’ National Cemetery, where the Union men who died for their country are honored. While there, you’ll have the opportunity to listen to a rendition of the famous Gettysburg Address, as delivered by Abraham Lincoln following the battle, before your tour concludes.

Gettysburg: Civil War Ghosts Walking Tour

4. 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: "History and Haunts" Family Friendly Ghost Tour

5. 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: Devil's Hour Paranormal Investigation Tour

6. 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'.

Gettysburg: 1863 Historic Downtown Walking Tour

7. 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: Beginner's Evening Paranormal Investigation Tour

8. Gettysburg: Beginner's Evening Paranormal Investigation Tour

Discover some of the most haunted locations in Gettysburg on this evening adventure, just as darkness hits. Use paranormal equipment to detect signs of the spirit world and learn the techniques used by your favorite TV ghost hunters for a night you will never forget. This experience is suitable for children. Set out after dark to discover the ghosts that haunt Gettysburg. Use ghost-busting equipment like K2 meters, EMF detectors, Ovilus, spirit boxes, EVP voice recorders, phasmaboxes, dowsing rods, temperature gauges, infrared video cameras, and laser grids. Your guide will teach you how to operate the equipment and share other tips and tricks used to lure spirits out of the shadows. Listen to interesting stories and historical facts as you make your way to Gettysburg's most haunted locations. Keep an open mind and you may just see the supernatural with your own eyes. In the past, people have seen soldiers and other spirits walking in the thick mist that blankets the city.

From New York City: 4-Day Tour w/ Niagara Falls & US Capitol

9. From New York City: 4-Day Tour w/ Niagara Falls & US Capitol

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.

Gettysburg: Ghost-Themed Self-Guided Driving Tour

10. Gettysburg: Ghost-Themed Self-Guided Driving Tour

Experience a ghost-themed, self-guided driving tour developed by local guides, creative writers, and professional voice artists. Hear about spooky events and visit the most haunted spots. Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app that will function as your personal guide, audio tour, and map all in one. Purchase one tour per car, not per person. Everyone listens together! This 10+ mile-long tour covers the essentials of Gettysburg Ghost in 2-3 hours. From the Gettysburg Heritage Center, set out on a loop around the Gettysburg battlefield. Begin your tour by learning why Gettysburg and the battlefield are so haunted via expert narrator and author Mark Nesbitt. Then, visit Oak Ridge and hear the harrowing tale of the brigadier general who sent his men to certain doom. Afterward, visit the site of General Lee’s headquarters on Seminary Ridge and hear a chilling account of a soldier who was buried alive. Hear the true stories of unexplainable events visitors have witnessed, from noises in the attic to an unwelcome house guest. Pass by Schmucker Hall on Seminary Ridge and hear about the countless amputations that took place when the hall became a makeshift hospital. Continuing on, stop by the very spot where people have seen the ghost of John Reynolds, a soldier whose love for the woman he never had the chance to marry could never be forgotten, not even after death. Then, hear about the collision between the worlds of the living and the dead that took place during a routine reenactment of the battle. Hear how reenactors found themselves momentarily engulfed by inexplicable cold darkness. After that, swing by the Eisenhower Farm, where doors slam and footsteps echo through the home even though no one lives there anymore. Benefit from animated videos to visualize different centuries and interior rooms. At Little Round Top, listen to accounts of a mysterious stranger visitors have seen on this bloodied hilltop. Then visit the Valley of Death, the site of historic violence and a lingering presence from the past. But not all ghosts on this tour are evil. Visit the Devil’s Den and hear about a soldier who suffered through the worst of the battle, yet sometimes offers help to visitors who get lost among the boulders. Heading toward the infamously haunted Weikert house, learn about film crews who have tried for years to capture the supernatural phenomena of this landscape. Hear the shocking things they’ve uncovered during their time here after dark. Near the end of the tour, arrive at the site of Pickett’s Charge, where countless men were sent to their deaths. Hear how many were never able to reconcile with their senseless ends and continue to haunt this field.

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Great to tour anytime convenient for you. Easy to start and stop tour then pick up where you left off. Tour guide voice is pleasant articulate. We loved it. Even listen to it back at home after our trip.

It was great hearing all the stories of the people in Gettysburg during and after the battle. A very different perspective than a lot if other tours, we really enjoyed the tour and recommend it highly!

Beautiful and spooky walking tour of Gettysburg. Our tour guide Sam was wonderful! Knowledgeable and entertaining, he made us feel like we were there, inside each haunted tale.

Sam was outstanding articulate, funny , knowledgeable and we had a great ghost tour!!!!

Really enjoyed the tour lots of interesting facts!