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Chartered buses open up the road to possibilities, quite literally, for large community and church groups seeking a special day trip outing. There are numerous sites and attractions to explore around the region, ranging in activities, interests and location. Whether you seek a nearby area venue to explore as a group or long for an extended trip an hour or more away, the possibilities for travel and exploration are seemingly endless. Thanks to affordable chartered bus services, getting everyone in your group to an exciting day trip venue is now more accessible than ever before. Here are four affordable and exciting day trips you may want to consider on your next group outing aboard a chartered bus.


Smithsonian National Zoological Park

3001 Connecticut Ave., N.W.
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 633-4888

The National Zoo in D.C. makes for a great, readily accessible day trip outing to take as a group. Even better, admission to the zoo is free, with bus parking options available through reservation at a determined nominal rate via Parking Panda. There is plenty to explore at the zoo, including a variety of diverse animals, exhibits and numerous educational activities and special events. In addition to the National Zoo, there are also plenty of other regional zoos you can take via chartered bus, including several throughout Maryland and Virginia.



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Gettysburg National Military Park Museum And Visitor Center

1195 Baltimore Pike
Gettysburg, PA 17325
(717) 338-1243

The National Military Park’s Museum and Visitor Center may be a more recent addition to the historic town of Gettysburg, but it is definitely the essential place to begin your day trip experience to this small town, famous for its three-day battle during the American Civil War. In fact, the numerous on-site amenities and offerings make it quite possible for your group to spend the entire day here. From informative films, interesting museum exhibits, a cyclorama depicting the Battle of Gettysburg, a bookstore and even an eatery, you will find everything under one roof. This is also the go-to place to pick up tickets for many of the National Park Service’s various tours, programs and special events. Discounted group rates and various offers are available for visiting parties of 16 or more.


The National Aquarium

501 E. Pratt St.
Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 576-3800

A group visit to the National Aquarium in Baltimore includes plenty of sights and exhibits to explore. You and your party can get up close and personal with marine and ocean life through interactive attractions, view a coral reef, watch dolphin shows, visit a rain forest setting, enjoy animal encounters and so much more. Special admission rates are offered to touring groups of 15 members or more, and just $5 a person will earn you additional 4-D experiences. Tour group options, programs and customized packages vary, with some even including dining. Groups also receive a free escort.


Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello

931 Thomas Jefferson Parkway
Charlottesville, VA 22902
(434) 984-9880

A group visit to Monticello in Charlottesville is very doable with a chartered bus, and the experience you and your group will have will be a most enjoyable, diversified one. Explore the home and gardens of Thomas Jefferson with an array of available touring options to choose from, catering to specific interests and unique focuses. From guided events to on-your-own walking trails, Monticello has plenty to see and explore. Special discounted rates and a variety of group touring options are offered for parties of 25 or more.


This article was written by Laura Catherine Hermoza of for CBS Local.


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