Getting Started on Sightseeing

Filled with enough free activities to keep anyone busy, Washington, D.C. is ready to entertain your whole family. Sightseeing in a big city can be overwhelming, so here are some tips for getting around.

Most D.C. sites are in an area called the National Mall. Fortunately, this is not a shopping mall. A mostly green expanse, the Mall stretches from the Lincoln Memorial on the west side to the Capitol on the east. The richness and variety of things to see and do along the Mall is tremendous, and it is easy to get there.

View Map of The National Mall


The Metro system consists of buses and subway trains. Metro is clean, safe and user-friendly. Buses stop at the Cherry Hill Bus Depot at least once an hour and will transport you to a Metrorail Station, the subway. The subway train will then take you to the Mall area. The entire trip, from the bus at Cherry Hill Park to any downtown subway station will take about 60 minutes. Schedules, prices, and most fare cards are available at the office anytime and at the Bus Depot information window in the morning Monday thru Friday.

You can also drive to the Metrorail. The Greenbelt Station is located one exit South on I-95 (about 5 minutes away). Parking can be a hassle, though spots are always available. Details are available in our Office upon check-in.

Guided Tours

Guided Tours are ideal for people who have a short amount of time to see the sights, for those who want to simplify the touring process, or for those who want to get a feel for the city before touring on their own. There is no doubt that you will see more in a shorter period of time with guided tours. Check the Gray Line brochure for prices and descriptions of the tours. Tour tickets are available at the office. Shuttles leave from our Bus Depot twice a day during our busy season, April - October ($2 round trip shuttle fee). All other months tours can be caught at Union Station by taking the Metro.

Big Bus Tours and Old Town Trolley

Not in the mood to follow someone else's pre-programmed tour schedule? Pick and choose according to your own interests with these tour companies. Open-air busses go to nearly all the major sightseeing spots around the mall, and you can hop on and off at your own pace. Both of these tours can be caught downtown from the metro.

Bike and Segway Tours

If you are feeling more adventurous, Bike and Roll offers a variety of bike and segway tours around DC and Old Town Alexandria. You can book reservation online yourself or stop by the office and have one of our staff members help you make one.