When you think of going on a Washington, D.C., group campus tour, what are some of the most prominent landmarks that come to mind? Everything from top universities centered around the nation’s capitol to visiting the White House itself, right? You probably also imagine visiting the National Mall and important museums like the Smithsonian.
However, navigating the limited parking, busy streets and streams of tourists is its own headache.
Sounds like a problem that the ultimate Washington, D.C. group campus tour using a charter bus can solve. A charter bus can shuttle a group around multiple campuses and navigate sightseeing national attractions all in one trip. A general overview of the ins and outs of campus tours for four of the most prestigious universities provided below will give your group an idea of what to plan for.
American University (AU) is located close to Ward Circle in the northwest area of D.C. It houses seven colleges and schools and is known as one of the most active schools in politics in the United States. U.S. News ranks this university #72 out of 443 universities in the nation.
Tours are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Tour requests with preferred dates and group details must be sent two weeks in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 202-885-6060.
There is no tour bus parking, but charter buses may arrive on campus for drop-off and pick-up. Drop-off is in front of the Katzen Art Center near the Admissions Welcome center at 4400 Massachusetts Avenue. The tour starts and stops there, and pick-up is at the same location. Atlantic Coast Charters can arrange off-site parking for your bus.
According to U.S. News, Georgetown University (GU) ranked #22 out of 443 universities across the nation for 2022-2023. The university is located near downtown Washington and has a sweeping view of the Potomac River. Students enjoy premier restaurants and high-end shopping close to campus.
GU works with non-profits, community organizations and high schools to accommodate up to 50 people to tour the campus. If there are fewer than 15 students, it’s advisable to arrange a regular campus tour. Group tours must be arranged about six weeks in advance and take place from Monday to Friday, at 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Group tour drop-off and pick-up ideally should be located at 3700 O Street NW at the main gate. The Key Bridge Marriott nearby offers charter bus parking for $25. However, Atlantic Coast Charters will figure this out for you.
George Washington University
Named after the first American president, George Washington University (GWU) spans 43 acres just blocks away from the White House. U.S. News ranks GWU #62 out of 443 national universities in its 2022-2023 rankings.
Group tours at GWU may range from eight to 80 high schoolers. Tour requests must be completed two weeks in advance of your preferred date. Charter buses may pass through the campus but can’t park. Drop-off and pick-up are at the Marvin Center located at 800 21st Street NW. The campus tour always begins at the Admissions Welcome Center in suite 100. Buses often park nearby at the National Mall, and of course, Atlantic Coast Charters will arrange all this.
Howard University (HU) is located in Pleasant Plains, a neighborhood in northwest D.C. It’s one of the top historically African-American universities in the U.S. Howard University ranks #89 out of 443 schoolsnationwide, and its most popular programs are business and law.
Group tours of up to 100 people are available for prospective students and educators. Arrangements must be made at least two weeks ahead of the tour date. Younger students are welcome to take part in a scavenger hunt on campus.
General visitor parking is available for a small fee, but charter buses must arrange parking at the Howard Center Lot or nearby Howard Hospital. Drop-off and pick-up are on campus at the Admissions Office, and Atlantic Coast Charters will ensure a smooth shuttle service.
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