1. 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. Start by downloading the activity provider's app, which will function as your personal guide, audio tour, and map all in one. Once you’ve downloaded the tour, your Gettysburg tour begins at the Gettysburg Heritage Center. 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.