We are interested in taking guided tours of Washington DC, specifically Arlington and the changing of the guard. Does the campground offer shuttles to DC? Are there tours available through the campground?
What are the costs of the tours? Do we need to make reservations ahead of time? I don't want to wait until the last minute and miss out on anything. Looking forward to staying at this well reviewed park.
We're so glad to hear you're planning to stay with us! When it comes to tours, you have many options - the good news is that all of them will be bookable at our front desk once you arrive at the campground.
The only tour we offer that regularly sells out is our Cherry Hill Park DC Night Tour - we don't offer advance booking for that tour, so we'd suggest you sign up as soon as you arrive if you're interested.
We also offer tours through Gray Line, which include downtown DC, Arlington/Mount Vernon, and Gettysburg.
Another great option is Big Bus, a hop-on/hop-off bus that runs around downtown DC.
Most of our tours cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $50-70 per person, with lower rates for children.
Finally, we have a public bus that runs from our campground to a DC Metro station. The Metro is an affordable and easy-to-use option, and many of our campers prefer to self-guide. We also recommend using the Metro if you'd like to see some of the Smithsonian museums, the zoo, Arlington Cemetery, and more.
Any of our staff members at the front desk will be glad to help you find the right tour when you arrive, and you'll also be welcome to attend one of our free sightseeing sessions that will outline all of your options and give you helpful directions/tips for getting around DC.
I hope that's helpful, and we look forward to seeing you soon!
Cherry Hill Park
Campground offered a night tour of Washington, Highly recommend this tour. Take a flashlight. Campground answered all our questions on getting tours, told us where to go and how to get there. Shuttles available to where tours start.
we drove to Arlington spent most of the day there. So much to see.
I think your question has been answered. I'll only add...I recommend asking the staff. They are super helpful and knowledgeable and can give you all your options. They were happy (and very patient) in answering all our questions and giving clear guidance/recommendations.
We took a nighttime tour from the campground our first night which was awesome - the campground offers two basically - one through them and one through a local DC company. Call ahead if you want the one from the campground itself - the other had room. The staff at the campground are very helpful.
We drove to the UofM to the Metro the next few days and took a ride into town. The Metro is awesome - takes ou very near to all the sites. Also there is a hop-on/off bus - cost is a buck a ride which goes right to the sites as well. In Arlington, they have their own tours on a tram, and you have to get to Arlington however and use their tour if you want, of you can walk. The gaurd changing is every hour. There are two tours in Arlington, the second only goes on weekends I think - it goes over to the 9/11 memorial. There again, everything can be walked to if dont wanna pay the fee.
Have a wonderful trip - our family did for our first one to DC and we will definitely stay at Cherry Hill when we go back!
I believe everyone answered your question. My group drove to the train station and did their own touring in DC. There was no charge to park by the train station on weekends and it worked well for the group -- have a great trip.
Yes, there are guided tours available from Cherry Hill RV Park. You can also take public transportation from the RV Park to the train station and travel on your own if you feel comfortable with that. Call the office at Cherry Hill and they will be able to answer your questions about the tours. They are very informative and can give you pricing information as well. You will enjoy the park everyone is very nice there.
Buses and Metro are close to Cherry Hill. I think there's a Hop On Hop off bus that will take you to all the sights.
Hi Katie. As far as I know Arlington uses one tour company so you basically find your transportation to the cemetery through local transportation or through a tour. We utilized the metro to all attractions near the National Mall including Arlington and drove to Mr Vernon and the Basilica.if you and your travel can walk a moderate distance I would skip the driving tour and walk to the changing of the guard and Kennedy gravesites.we did the tour. It was nice but didn't find it necessary.
The site provides a shuttle bus ($ 2 per person) to a nearby city from which you take a subway to central Washington. There are no guided tours from the site. The trip to Washington is about 40 minutes. (Bus + train).
The camping site needs to be booked in advance.
The campground has a shuttle to the subway which is 3 miles away. You can drive your car there and park for around $5.00 . Getting to D.C. is no problem. There is a booth on the grounds that will answer any questions you might have and the people in the store are super helpful. We were looking for a restaurant and they went onto mapquest and printed out directions for us. You will be glad you stayed there.
There are both. They have an evening tour of ten or so places which is fantastic. They also do Day tours to several places.
In addition there is a METRO station 20 minutes with reasonable parking rate, free on weekends or a bus shuttle about an hour to station.
We drove to station and did METRO all the way to Arlington cemetery, a really incredible place.
Bottom line, they have lots of solutions to getting around. If still offered, be SURE to take the sight seeing class they offer.
**** UPDATE. Since I can't delete the question, I am updating this since we've made the trip.
The campground was very nice. We arrived on a Sunday afternoon and made reservations for that evenings tour. We were surprised to find out that it is not offered every night, so we were glad we got tickets for that evening. The tour was indeed fabulous! The tour guide was knowledgeable and, only occasionally, made weird political statements. Overall, his historical knowledge was a great complement to seeing all the monuments and memorials lit up at night. Time is provided at most stops to walk around and really get to see them up close.
As suggested by the amazing staff, we did use the Metra train. Incredibly easy to use, never waiting more than 10 minutes for a train into DC or coming back.
The circulator bus is another great way to get around downtown to tour on your own. It is cheap and a comfortable ride.
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