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Gettysburg Battlefield Self-Guided Driving Tour

Welcome to the narrated self-driving tour of the Battle of Gettysburg, the most important battle of the Civil War! Here, Union forces staged a nearly impossible defense against Confederate attackers and won! Drive in the footsteps of Civil War soldiers, re-live the battle strategies of the key Gettysburg generals and embark on an adventure that brings this historic three-day battle to life. This self-guided audio & GPS tour allows you to explore Gettysburg’s historic wonders with maximum flexibility, safety and value.

Purchase one tour per car, not per person. Everyone listens together!

Within 30 min, we'll send you two things: a password and an app. Download the app, enter password & download tour. When you arrive, go to the Gettysburg Heritage Center to start the tour. Stick to the tour route & speed limit for the best experience.

Uncertain Travel Date? The tour’s valid for 30 days from booking!

This isn't an entrance ticket. Check COVID rules and opening hours before your visit.

per adult from

$11

AUD

Duration

1 to 2 hours

Voucher

Mobile ticket

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  • What's included :
    • GPS Map
    • Audios and Text
    • Online Support
    What's excluded :
    • Admission to Paid Attractions
    • Entry Tickets
    • Entry/Admission - Gettysburg Heritage Center
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Gettysburg National Military Park, 1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg, PA 17325-7034

    Let's start the Gettysburg Battlefield Self-Guided Driving Tour!

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Gettysburg Heritage Center, 297 Steinwehr Ave, Gettysburg, PA 17325-2815

    A visit to the Gettysburg Battlefield is not complete without stopping at the Gettysburg Heritage Center Museum.

    The tour begins at either the Heritage Center or the National Park Visitor Center. If you’re not at either location yet, head over now. From there, we’ll follow the official Auto Tour route.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Gettysburg Auto Tour Stop 1, 48 Reynolds Ave S, Gettysburg, PA 17325, USA

    As we continue driving, dawn breaks on the first day of battle. At McPherson's Ridge, Union and Confederate armies clash and generals on both sides order their regiments into place. We'll be able to imagine the movements of the battle as we look out over the ridge.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: The Railroad Cut, 17325, Gettysburg, PA 17325, USA

    Our drive takes us over the Railway Cut, where we'll explore the different battle strategies of the generals on both sides of the fight. This was the unlikely site of a major skirmish during the first day. We'll continue forward, diving into the backstories of some of the key battlefield players.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: The Eternal Light Peace Memorial, Oak Hill Off of Mummasburg Road, Gettysburg, Gettysburg, PA 17325

    As we drive, we'll pass the first of many memorials at Gettysburg - the Eternal Light Peace Memorial. This memorial commemorates the reunification of the United States. Maine granite forms the base, while Alabama limestone forms the pillar -- a symbolic unification of north and south.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Oak Ridge Observation Tower, Doubleday Ave, Gettysburg, PA 17325, USA

    We'll continue driving along the Gettysburg Auto Road. Our next stop is at the Oak Ridge Observation Tower. Here we'll be able to jump back to that first day of battle -- but by now, it's the afternoon. We'll "join" the fight as Union soldiers try to keep the Confederacy at bay. The top of this tower is a great place to get panoramic views of the historic fields that once saw so much violence and bloodshed.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Battlefield Sallie Memorial (11th PA Infantry Monument), 220 Doubleday Ave, Gettysburg, PA 17325, USA

    We'll continue driving, following the progress of the first day of battle as we follow the Gettysburg Battlefield Auto Road. Though we'll pass several more memorials, one in particular stands out: the 11th Pennsylvania Infantry Monument. There’s a dog sculpted on the other side of the statue’s base. That’s Battlefield Sallie! She served as a mascot of the 11th Pennsylvania Infantry, and accompanied these Union soldiers for most of the Civil War. We'll drive past Sallie and learn a little about the importance of drummers and military music during the war.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Seminary Ridge Museum and Education Center, 111 Seminary Rdg, Gettysburg, PA 17325-1718

    Our journey continues along the Gettysburg Auto Road as evening descends on the first day of battle. Union soldiers have paid heavily and lost ground. Is there any hope of success? We'll explore the various plans and strategies the generals come up with as they bunker down after the first day.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: North Carolina Memorial, W Confederate Ave, Gettysburg, PA 17325, USA

    Our drive takes us past the North Carolina Memorial and Virginia Monument.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Gettysburg Auto Tour Stop 5, Gettysburg, PA 17325, USA

    We'll continue driving along the Gettysburg Battlefield Auto Road. The infamous Pickett's Charge on Day 3 began at this stop, but we'll save that story for a little later on the tour. Instead, we'll now enter the second day of battle. Troops on both sides have begun to organize and mobilize. Whose strategy will finally succeed?

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Longstreet Observation Tower, SW Confederate Ave, Gettysburg, PA 17325, USA

    Our drive takes us past the Longstreet Observation Tower, which offers a great vantage point over the second day's battlefield.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Eisenhower National Historic Site, 250 Eisenhower Farm Rd, Gettysburg, PA 17325-7108

    Here we can take an optional detour off of the Gettysburg Auto Road to visit the Eisenhower National Historic Site, which overlooks the battlefield. President Eisenhower often stayed here.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Warfield Ridge, S Confederate Ave, Gettysburg, PA 17325, USA

    We're back on the Gettysburg Road, following the activities of Day 2 of the battle. Confederate troops assemble here, ready to attack one of the strategic Union outposts. Specially trained Union marksmen are in a position to defend. The stage is set...

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Little Round Top, Gettysburg, PA

    Our drive passes Little Round Top, a critical skirmish site on the second day. Here Union soldiers just barely hold off Confederate troops, maintaining their control of this strategic hill. As we drive around the hill, we'll cross the Valley of Death -- an appropriate name for the site of such a bloody skirmish.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Devil's Den, Sickles Ave, Gettysburg, PA 17325, USA

    Here, Confederate sharpshooters set up positions among the volcanic rocks. From the safety of the rocky cover at Devil's Den, they’re able to pick off soldier after soldier on the Union side.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Gettysburg Auto Tour Stop 9, Sickles Ave, Gettysburg, PA 17325, USA

    We continue driving along the Gettysburg Auto Road, passing the Wheat Fields. This area represented the second major skirmish site on Day 2. We'll find ourselves in the heat of battle, fighting alongside Union soldiers to defend against the Confederates. We'll also learn about the strange tale of Union soldier JJ Purman.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: The Peach Orchard, Wheatfield Rd, Gettysburg, PA 17325, USA

    Our drives takes us past the Peach Orchard, where the battles of the second day continued. We'll start seeing which strategies were successful and which were not as we drive past.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: The Abraham Trostle Farm, United States Ave, Gettysburg, PA 17325, USA

    We'll continue past the Trostle farm. When fighting broke out in Gettysburg, the Trostle family fled their home. They left so abruptly that dinner was still on the table!

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Gettysburg Auto Tour Stop 11, 232-370 United States Ave, Gettysburg, PA 17325, USA

    Our journey along the Gettysburg Battlefield Auto Road now takes us to Plum Run, where we catch up with the soldiers who just escaped the skirmish at the Peach Orchard.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: The George Weikert Farm, United States Ave, Gettysburg, PA 17325, USA

    We'll continue towards the George Weikert Farm. Like the Trostles, the Weikert's hastily evacuated when the battle erupted. But they returned to a grislier scene -- their farm had been converted into a battlefield hospital. As we drive, we'll learn a little about military doctors and the effects of war.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: State of Pennsylvania Monument, Hancock Ave, Gettysburg, PA 17325

    Our path brings us to the Pennsylvania Memorial. This monument commemorates the nearly 35,000 Pennsylvanian soldiers who fought in this battle. While the stakes were high for everyone, they were particularly intense for these men of Pennsylvania: they weren’t fighting for an abstract idea, they were fighting for their very state.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Spangler's Spring, Colgrove Ave, Gettysburg, PA 17325, USA

    The Gettysburg Auto Road brings us deeper into the Gettysburg woods, where we'll come across Spangler's Spring. We'll dive into the significance of this small but mighty site and then continue forward to Culp's Hill Tower. Here, Union and Confederate soldiers clashed again, fighting for control of this strategic outpost. Luckily for the Union, they are able to defend the hill until evening finally descended.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: East Cemetery Hill, Gettysburg, PA 17325, USA

    We continue the driving tour to East Cemetery Hill. Night has fallen across the battlefield, and ordinarily this would mean an end to the fighting. But the Confederate failure to fully capture Culp’s Hill bothers them, so they try a nighttime raid. This was the moment the Union came closest to losing. Through a mixture of perseverance, skill, and luck, the Union prevailed. Once we explore this historic site and understand what was at stake, we'll continue driving. Day 2 has come to a close; the third and final day of battle is ahead.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Gettysburg Auto Tour Stop 15, Hancock Ave, Gettysburg, PA 17325, USA

    The third day dawns, and the Union and Confederate troops prepare for a final, epic battle. This is the infamous Pickett's Charge by the Confederates. We'll stand at the top of the hill, looking down at the empty expanse of the final battlefield. As we follow the progress of this last charge, we'll take a look at the "high water mark" -- the spot that marks the farthest the Confederacy advanced up the hill, towards the Union defenses.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Gettysburg Auto Tour Stop 16, Soldiers’ National Cemetery, Gettysburg, PA 17325, USA

    We'll follow the Gettysburg Battlefield Auto Road to the final stop: the National Cemetery. Here we visit and honor the graves of the fallen Union soldiers who defended their country and morals.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Lincoln's Gettysburg Address Memorial, 97 Taneytown Rd, Gettysburg, PA 17325, USA

    This is also the site of President Abraham Lincoln's famed Gettysburg Address. Given the monumental nature of the battle, most people expected President Lincoln to deliver quite a lengthy speech. But Lincoln didn’t want to steal attention that he believed belonged to the Union soldiers who sacrificed their lives here. Our tour officially ends at this final, poignant stop.

    Duration: 10 minutes

  • Departure Point :
    1: Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, 1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg, PA 17325, USA
    2: 297 Steinwehr Ave, Gettysburg, PA 17325, USA
    Departure Time :
    4/10/2020 - 2/27/2022
    Monday - Sunday:06:00 AM - 11:30 PM
    Return Detail :
    125 Taneytown Rd, Gettysburg, PA 17325, USA
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
    • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Please check state guidelines before heading out for the tour. Stay Safe.
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Language

English - Written, English - Audio

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

15

Organised by Adventures Abroad

Activity ID: V-259177P2

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