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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.

Pittsburgh: Evening Ghost Tour

2. Pittsburgh: Evening Ghost Tour

Enjoy a fun twist to a guided history tour with this spooky ghost tour. See all of the historical landmarks of Pittsburgh while you learn about the mysteries and darker secrets that they hide. At these later hours, the landmarks are even more beautiful to behold as they are lit up, especially during the winter. Embark on this outdoor tour and take a deep dive into Pittsburgh's history with your expert local guide, all the while listening to local ghost stories along the way.

Philadelphia Ghost Tour by Candlelight

3. Philadelphia Ghost Tour by Candlelight

Join an entertaining evening tour of Philadelphia on a ghostly walking tour by candlelight. You will see Philadelphia's historic districts, including Independence National Park, Old City, and Society Hill in a completely new light! A costumed tour guide will lead you off the beaten path and spin tales of the rich and famous, and of heroes and villains from America's colonial era. You will hear tales of the well-known, like William Penn, Ben Franklin, Benedict Arnold and Mad Anthony Wayne, and tales of the unknown, such as the spectral Quakeress of Washington Square and the ghost of Old Pine Street Cemetery. The tour departs from Signers Garden at 5th and Chestnut Streets, lasts approximately 90 minutes, is appropriate for all ages, and is ideal for anyone with the inclination to hear Philadelphia's dead brought back to life! The Ghost Tour of Philadelphia has offered tours since 1995 and continues to be one of the city's most popular night-time attractions. It was recently named one of the top 15 "must see" attractions in the country by Budget Travel Magazine.

Gettysburg: Ghost-Themed Self-Guided Driving Tour

4. 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. 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.

Pittsburgh Ghosts: Sinister Shadows of Steel City

5. Pittsburgh Ghosts: Sinister Shadows of Steel City

Uncover the chilling corners and hauntings that have plagued the Steel City for generations. This haunted walking ghost tour gives you an unwavering view of Pittsburgh’ dark history. Our unique collection of well-researched and authentic accounts will unlock the torrid secrets that make this city one of the most compellingly haunted locations in the country. Walk past the most haunted sites in Pittsburgh while learning about its dark history from your experienced and knowledgeable ghost tour guide. As you walk through Pittsburgh’s South Side on this tour, you will learn compelling facts about the city’s history along with some stories and happenings that nobody on the Pittsburgh Tourism Board would want you to know. You will visit interesting historical locations like the South Side Traveler’s Rest, as well as some storied modern locations like the George K. Cupples Football Stadium. You will hear stories about terrifying ghost clowns, paranormal paintings, and mysterious bloody packages. Find out how a ghostly child tries to contact his mother, and why you may not want to visit the bathroom at a local bar located on the site of a former industrial steel factory. Not everyone who visits Pittsburgh will understand the darkness that lurks at its corners, but for those interested in exploring that side of the city, our tour is perfect. Your trip through Pittsburgh’s South Side will help you understand that even in the City of Bridges, a beacon of hard work and the American Dream, the insidious side of human nature can infect the edges of society. Only when you start to get chills and the hairs stand up on the back of your neck will you truly grasp the true terror of the Steel City.

Philly Ghosts: Phantoms of Philadelphia Tour

6. Philly Ghosts: Phantoms of Philadelphia Tour

Journey through the haunted streets of Philadelphia's Old City on this tour led by professional and courteous tour guides. Benefit from intensely researched stories and documented accounts of historic hauntings. “Old City” refers to the area of Philadelphia that was first established as a colony, an area that saw much strife, war, and hardship as the newly formed America fought for its independence. Hear the story of Benjamin Franklin's ghost that haunts Independence Hall, a place where one of the Founding Fathers undoubtedly spent many days. Learn of the story of the wife who became jealous from beyond the grave. This tour also takes you by some of the city's most haunted cemeteries, home to victims of yellow fever, naval captains, First Wives, and more.

Philadelphia: Ghosts of Philadelphia Walking Tour

7. Philadelphia: Ghosts of Philadelphia Walking Tour

Feel the thrill of hearing Philadelphia's spookiest ghost tales on this macabre walking tour. Step back into the past as your guide regals you with creepy stories at sites like Alexander Hamilton's former home and the Christ Church burial ground. Meet your guide in the back garden of the old City Tavern. Stroll to sites like Alexander Hamilton's home and try to see if you can sense the presence of the spirit of this founding father. Make your way to the Christ Church burial ground where Benjamin Franklin is buried. Enjoy a tour that is suitable for the whole family. Combine a history lesson with exciting tales of local hauntings. 

Philadelphia: Sightseeing and Serial Killers Tour

8. Philadelphia: Sightseeing and Serial Killers Tour

Get to grips with the history of Philadelphia’s founding fathers on this urban adventure spanning from the burial ground to the bar! Led by a host of expert guides, roam the old streets of Philadelphia hearing tales of ruthless businessmen gangsters and psychopathic killers. Learn about some of Philadelphia’s more sinister residents and residences such as the Corpse Collector, the Frankfurt Slasher, and Hednik’s House of horrors. Sparsely sprinkled with national icons, tales of yellow fever, plus a visit to the graves of Ben Franklin and other founding fathers, this tour tells a tale of grit, twists, and gore as you learn about the history of Philadelphia.

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our ghost tour guide Jamar, I think that is his name was absolutely amazing!He's an amazing story teller and you can tell he's passionate about it!we can't wait to come back to Philly everyone was so nice and made our sightseeing a very great experience

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.

Our tour guide Vincent was informative and presented ghost stories in a clear & concise manner. Great enthusiasm and didn’t miss a beat when loud vehicles drove by our tour.

Vincent was an excellent guide! Fun, charismatic, knowledgeable. We had a great time!

So great! Educational fun spooky. Good exercise. Awesome knowledgeable guide