Valley Forge National Historical Park

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Valley Forge National Historical Park Self-Driving Tour

1. Valley Forge National Historical Park Self-Driving Tour

See Valley Forge National Historical Park, a flash-point of the American Revolution. Honor the soldiers who persevered in the face of tremendous hardship during the long winter at Valley Forge. Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app that will function as your personal guide, audio tour, and map all in one. Start the tour near the visitor center with the cabins where ordinary soldiers weathered the deepening cold. Then head to the camp that was home to a preacher-turned-soldier with a flair for the dramatic: General Peter “Devil Pete” Muhlenberg. At Maine Memorial, learn about the bonds that held the colonies together during the revolution. Then, see the impressive National Memorial Arch. Hear about the ills besetting the camp, including waves of desertion which threatened to splinter the army. Behold George Washington’s headquarters, which hide an important history. See the nearby George Washington Monument, where you’ll hear the truth about what made this man such an effective general. On the final stop, see the Patriots of African Descent Monument, where you’ll learn the seldom-told story of the first Black military regiment in the history of the United States. The tour concludes near the visitor center.

Valley Forge Private 4-Hour Tour from Philadelphia

2. Valley Forge Private 4-Hour Tour from Philadelphia

The Valley Forge encampment is a hugely important part in the story of the foundation of the United States. After retreating from the Battle of Brandywine, General Washington moved his army to the high ground at Valley Forge in December of 1777. Over the next 6 months, battling the cold, disease, desertion, and famine, the army amazingly grew in numbers and strength and, with the help of Baron von Steuben, was transformed into a well-trained fighting force that ultimately went on to win the war against the British. The drive out from the city takes about 30 minutes depending on traffic. The tour includes a drive around the Valley Forge National Historic Park, which today is a beautifully kept and landscaped, natural setting filled with deer and birds. Regimental monuments dot the drive as well as recreations of the huts used by the men (and women) who camped here. You’ll have many chances to get out and wander among the huts, take photos across the park, and visit the site of George Washington’s headquarters and the Washington Memorial Chapel built in the early 1900s to commemorate this unique part of history. Your tour guide will regale you with many stories and then take you to the Visitor Center, where you can see a short movie about the encampment, browse in the store, and visit the museum area.

Boston: American Revolution Walking & Driving Private Tour

3. Boston: American Revolution Walking & Driving Private Tour

Discover the history of the American Revolution on a private self-guided walking and driving tour. Explore the freedom trail of Boston, Harborwalk, and more at your own pace with an audio guide. You will receive the download instructions after booking. Download the app and start the tour with your mobile phone as your guide. You will hear about the history, and the battles fought on the grounds.  Walk in the shoes of the Founding Fathers on the Freedom Trail and hear how the first sparks of revolution flew in Boston. Learn about the Sons of Liberty and uncover the truth about misunderstood events like the Boston Massacre. Next, reach Boston’s Harborwalk and revisit the fiery lead-up to the American Declaration of Independence. Stroll along the waterside and know about the dramatic protest called the Boston Tea Party and get a chance to visit the site. Afterward, head to the famous towns Lexington and Concord. Follow the route of an impossible battle between the American military and the British redcoats. Find out how the Americans turned the tide, and hear what it all meant in the fight for American independence. Then head to Valley Forge, where General George Washington faced some of his toughest challenges. Here, you will explore the remains of Washington’s 18th-century camp and hear the harrowing tale of how frigid temperatures, starvation, and desertion nearly pulled the American army apart. Finally, you will tour Philadelphia, where the Declaration of Independence was first signed. Hear stories about Ben Franklin and the other revolutionaries who called this city home. See the iconic landmarks like the famous Liberty Bell and Elfreth’s Alley, maintained just as it was in the 1700s.

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What people are saying about Valley Forge National Historical Park

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 9 reviews

Well worth the cost. If we had rented a car and went there ourselves we would have missed the majority of the significant sites and backstories. We enjoyed our guides knowledge of the area and personal approach. Highly recommended.

Adam was a fantastic guide whose enthusiasm was catching.

Adam was great with our teen boys. He was thoroughly knowledgeable and shared interesting facts with us. He gave us time to get out of car and do some exploring. We loved the trip!

A wonderful tour of Valley Forge!

We had a wonderful tour of Valley Forge with our very friendly, knowledgeable, and accommodating guide, Adam. We have already recommended this trip to others.

It was just nice to have someone who knew their way around to show us what it was all about and to answer questions.