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Gettysburg: Battlefield Self-Guided Driving Tour

1. 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: Ghost-Themed Self-Guided Driving Tour

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

Experience a ghost-themed, self-guided driving tour in Gettysburg via an app that functions as a guide, narrator, and map in one. Experience a tour developed by local guides, creative writers, and professional voice artists. Hear about spooky events and visit the most haunted spots. 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 an unexplainable 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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Gettysburg: Devil’s Den Self-Guided Walking Tour

3. 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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Gettysburg: Battlefield Audio Tour for Driving and Walking

4. Gettysburg: Battlefield Audio Tour for Driving and Walking

Walk in the footsteps of Civil War soldiers. Relive the battle strategies of Gettysburg generals. Embark on an adventure that brings this historic three-day battle to life. Journey through Gettysburg by vehicle and on foot, and learn about the bravery and humanity of individual soldiers. Hear the history of sites like Seminary Ridge. Visit the battlefield and imagine watching the fighting unfold from your vantage point. Let your audio guide make Gettysburg come alive as you walk through the boulder-strewn landscape of Devil’s Den. Feel transported back in time amongst the towering boulders and alien landscape. Imagine soldiers, generals, and cannoneers battling around you. Uncover the history of sites like Little Round Top, as you learn about the frantic maneuvering and raw courage of Union soldiers. Hear too about the ghosts of the battlefield. Uncover the mysterious, inexplicable events which still take place there, as the history of this battle lives on.

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Gettysburg: Seminary Ridge Self-Guided Walking Tour

5. Gettysburg: Seminary Ridge Self-Guided Walking Tour

On this self-guided walking tour taken on an app, explore Seminary Ridge where some of the fiercest fighting took place during the Battle of Gettysburg. Hear the story of the soldiers and civilians who put everything on the line during this historic confrontation. Begin your journey in the center of the seminary, by the Seminary Ridge Museum. From there, simply follow the audio instructions and the route via the app that will be your guide, narrator, and map in one. Start by diving into the long history of the institution and its importance to the town of Gettysburg. As you walk the hallowed paths, step into the shoes of a seminary student back in the 1800s and get introduced to what life looked like before war came to the town. Hear some insights into the Iroquois who once occupied this land and whom General Robert E. Lee respected immensely. You’ll see the home of the seminary’s founder, Samuel Schmucker, and learn why he was practically an outcast among the Lutheran community. Then, feel the tension in the air as the townsfolk rush to read the news every day, watching the war draw closer to their front doors. Headlines like “Lee Invades the North” and “Confederates Advancing Toward Gettysburg” do not bode well for our townspeople. Follow the lines of battle as they’re drawn by both sides and hear how the explosive battle began. Visit the seminary building which became an impromptu Union hospital when the fighting started going south. Next, follow the struggle blow-by-blow, from the fighting atop McPherson’s Ridge to the Confederate assault on the seminary itself. Become a fly on the wall in the command outposts of Generals Buford and Ewell as they vie for control of the battlefield. But it wasn’t just soldiers fighting during the battle. Visit the home of John Burns, a feisty old man who decided if the Union couldn’t fend off the Confederates, he’d just do it himself. Toward the end of the path, survey the final bursts of combat and get an overview of the aftermath of all the bloodshed, both for the seminary and for the Union. The tour will conclude back where it began.

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Gettysburg: 50 Self-Guided Tours across the USA

6. Gettysburg: 50 Self-Guided Tours across the USA

Create your own cross-country trail, following recommended routes between 50 of the best attractions the United States has to offer. Enjoy audio and visual guides that are curated by local experts, creative writers, and professional voice artists, conveniently packed into the Action Tour Guide App. Start your adventure at Gettysburg Heritage Center, and explore the Civil War's most important battlegrounds. See the roots of the revolution in Boston and Philadelphia. Visit Lexington and Concord to imagine the famous “shot heard ‘round the world”. Drive out to Cape Cod or Cape Ann for the unique shoreline and quaint New England towns. Turn back time at the Gilded Age mansions in Newport. Roll down your windows on the Pacific Coast Highway, and take in the majesty of Big Sur. Head west to Utah’s “Mighty Five” national parks, and admire each breath-taking landscape. Swing north to Yellowstone, home to volcanic springs and the Old Faithful geyser. Take your time completing each tour and choosing your ideal route after browsing all 50 options. Stay entertained along the way with texts and visuals that accompany each audio guide. The hardest part is deciding where to start.

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What people are saying about Gettysburg

The app was extremely easy to use and the information presented was equally interesting. The guide has a wonderful voice that makes you want to learn more about whatever it is he’s discussing! The GPS function works great, and I will say that you should follow the instructions regarding speed to ensure that you don’t miss anything. We loved it and can’t wait to find other tours available in other places!

This guide did a great job of placing us in the context of the war and battles. I recommend keeping to 25 mph and pausing as instructed. When I didn’t, the recording jumped ahead because it is gps triggered. Much cheaper than a bus tour and not bound to its schedule. Never lost the signal. Highly recommend.

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

It was a wonderful guide to follow. Sometimes the directions were not super clear but the map helped you. I would recommend this to anyone wanting a self guided, go at your own pace, stop when you want to tour. This was so interesting too!

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