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Gettysburg: Ghosts of the Civil War Haunted Walking Tour

1. Gettysburg: Ghosts of the Civil War Haunted 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: Licensed Guided Battlefield Horseback Tour

2. 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: Battlefield Self-Guided Driving Tour

3. 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 Parking Lot at 1 Culp Street, 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.

Lancaster County: Amish Farmlands, Museum Tour, Farm Visit

4. Lancaster County: Amish Farmlands, Museum Tour, Farm Visit

Sit back, relax, and leave the driving to professionals on your 14-passenger guided bus tour through Amish Country in Lancaster, PA. During this 90-minute guided tour, your knowledgeable guide will show you Amish farms, homes, and one-room schoolhouses. Interact with the Amish community, while making stops at a quaint Amish road-side stand. Experience true local flavor as you sample delicious home-made baked goods, fresh ice-cream, or cold home-made root beer.  Take your experience one step further as your guide takes you on a room-by-room tour of an original, centuries-old Amish farmhouse. The guided house tour will teach you about Amish history, religion, and clothing. For overseas visitors, a written translation of the guided house tour is available in 17 different languages, so you will not miss anything on the tour. Finish your day with a self-guided, farm visit of our 15-acre farm complete with animals, local artisans, and an Amish one-room school. During your farm visit, you'll have the opportunity to eat Amish-made food from the Amish BBQ Barn. David King and his family grill delicious chicken dinners, along with PA Dutch foods like whoopie pies. While visiting an Amish one-room school, sit in Amish desks and page through real Amish school books. This farm is home to the only "Scooter Run," where you can take a spin on real Amish scooters- just like Amish kids! Meet animals, like baby goats, chickens, Alpaca and Max, the Scottish Highland steer. Feel free to explore at your own pace and enjoy some lunch. Most visitors typically spend an hour on this part of the tour.

Philadelphia: Double-Decker Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Tour

5. Philadelphia: Double-Decker Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Tour

Explore the origins of America on a hop-on hop-off bus tour of Philadelphia. Discover the city where America’s Founding Fathers first declared independence, and ratified the US Constitution and Bill of Rights. Along the way, enjoy stunning views of historic landmarks including the Christ Church Burial Grounds, Elfreth’s Alley, the Betsy Ross House, and Independence Hall.   Begin your tour at the Bourse Building, across from Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. Listen to the multilingual audio commentary as you enjoy the views from the open-top deck. See the Friendship Gate in Chinatown and be amazed by the architecture of Philadelphia’s City Hall.   Hop off to explore the various museums along Benjamin Franklin Parkway, including the world's largest collection of post-impressionist art at the Barnes Foundation. Marvel at Philadelphia’s skyline and stop to enjoy a bird’s-eye view from the One Liberty Observation Deck. Pass through the charming neighborhood of Society Hill and end your tour with a drive along the banks of the Delaware River. Stops:  • The Bourse Building  • Betsy Ross House  • National Constitution Center  • Chinatown  • Reading Terminal Market  • Love Park  • Cathedral Basilica  • Logan Circle  • Rodin Museum  • Eastern State Penitentiary  • Special Events - The Perelman Building  • The Rocky Steps and Statue  • West Entrance of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Boat House Row  • Civil War Memorial  • Please Touch Museum  • Philadelphia Zoo  • Franklin Institute  • Mutter Museum  • One Liberty Observation Deck  • Avenue of the Arts  • Society Hill, Antique Row  • Mother Bethel A.M.E Church  • Headhouse Square  • Vietnam & Korean War Memorials  • Penns Landing  • Museum of the American Revolution  • Christ Church  • The Liberty Bell

Gettysburg: "History and Haunts" Family Friendly Ghost Tour

6. 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.

Philadelphia: Eastern State Penitentiary Admission

7. Philadelphia: Eastern State Penitentiary Admission

Discover the historic building of the Eastern State Penitentiary which stands today in ruin, a haunting world of crumbling cellblocks and empty guard towers. Learn about how when Eastern State opened more than 180 years ago, it changed the world of prisons and was copied throughout the world. Known for its grand architecture and strict discipline, this was the world's first true "penitentiary," a prison designed to inspire penitence, or true regret, in the hearts of prisoners. Discover how the building itself was an architectural wonder; it had running water and central heat before the White House. Marvel at the vaulted, sky-lit cells which once held many of America's most notorious criminals, including bank robber "Slick Willie" Sutton and Al Capone. As you explore the building, listen to 'The Voices of Eastern State' audio tour which is included in your admission price. Narrated by actor Steve Buscemi (known for Boardwalk Empire, Fargo, Armageddon, and Ghost World), this rich, stereo soundscape mixes dozens of voices. Hear the stories of 3 former wardens and 25 guards and inmates which create an atmospheric tour as you stroll through Eastern State's cellblocks and yards. When you arrive, receive an MP3 player and headset that will guide you through the penitentiary complex and explain the prison's history. This audio guide contains a main audio route, plus additional stops for subjects like escapes, riots, sports, sexuality, and more. You are free to tour at your own pace and to listen to (or skip) stops based on your interests. Also discover interactive experiences, history exhibits, and a critically acclaimed series of artist installations.

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.

From New York City: Washington and Philadelphia 1-Day Tour

9. From New York City: Washington and Philadelphia 1-Day Tour

Your day will begin with an early morning departure from Times Square in Manhattan, where you’ll be greeted by your bilingual tour guide for the day. After 4-5 hours, your first destination will be the nation's current capital, Washington, DC. Once there, visit the Iwo Jima Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial. During the tour, stop for a classic outside view of the White House, home and office of the U.S. President, and the Capitol Building, home of the U.S. Congress. Your visit to Washington concludes with free time for lunch on your own. Your next destination, after a 3-hour journey, will be the first-ever U.S. capital, Philadelphia, PA. Visit its historic Old City neighborhood and the Independence National Historical Park where your guide will lead you on a brief walking tour. Then, ascend to the top of the Rocky Steps before returning to Times Square in Manhattan.

Philadelphia: Buffet Brunch, Lunch, or Dinner Cruise

10. Philadelphia: Buffet Brunch, Lunch, or Dinner Cruise

See the sights of the city from onboard the Spirit of Philadelphia during a brunch, lunch, or dinner cruise on the Delaware River. Enjoy an attended buffet dining experience as you sail through the city and delight in panoramic views of the skyline. Board your vessel at Penn's Landing and receive a personal greeting. Have your photo taken by the ship's photographer to capture the memory before being seated at your private table. Once there, gorge on your brunch, lunch, or dinner buffet which includes an array of dishes and delicacies. Choose from organic mixed field greens salad, organic spinach and kale salad, green bean salad, bean and chickpea salad, red beetroot salad, and more. At the veggie station, opt for roasted broccoli florets, creamed corn and cheddar cheese casserole, baked ziti pasta, and tasty mashed potatoes. For your entree, dine on oven-baked Atlantic flounder fillet, honey and sesame chicken, or Italian beef meatballs. If you’ve still got room for dessert, tuck into some seasonal fruit, fluffy raspberry mousse, lemon pound cake, coconut vanilla cake, and carrot cake. After your meal, sip your cocktail on the spacious outdoor deck as you glide along the river for optimal views of the city. Enjoy music with a live Dj set and take in the sights, including Naval Shipyard and Ben Franklin Bridge.

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Great perspective on the battle!! We did Seminary Ridge Museum in the morning, this tour in the afternoon and followed it up with the National Museum. It’s a great look, with real sights that you can see that really tie together the battle and the course of events. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!

Jay was a wonderful guide. He was very informative and very patient. My mother was in a wheel hair and he helped me get her thru the cobblestones streets. I highly recommend him!!

Very knowledgeable guide with pertinent information about the the city. He’s made it fun!

Very knowledgeable and entertaining. I will be taking more of his tours in the future.

Great tour Get your guide, she was very knowledgeable about the DC atea