The Presidential Retreat at Camp David is open to the public one weekend each month. Cabin rental reservations are available on a first-come first served basis. Seven cabins are available for this program.
The Presidential Retreat offers tennis, bowling, horseshoes,
basketball, swimming, archery, skeet shooting, and hiking.
There is also a one-hole golf course just outside the President's cabin and
a driving range on the other side of the camp. Bikes and golf carts are readily available and are a convenient
way to get around. Read more details about all of the activities available at Camp David.
For evening entertainment, you can shoot some pool at the rec room, hang out at the video arcade, go bowling, read in the library, or catch a movie in the small theater located in the Hickory Lodge. You can also enjoy a late-night snack and drinks at the Mountain Top Cafe.
One of the most
popular activities offered is a tour of the Camp David underground bunker and secret communication facility
accessible from the President's cabin, the Aspen Lodge. An elevator just inside the front entrance will take you
down 200 feet to an underground complex with offices, conference rooms, communication equipment, and
living accommodations. A six mile tunnel connects the Aspen bomb shelter, code-named "Orange One" to the Raven Rock
Mountain Complex. Also known as Site R, this massive
underground bunker houses the Alternate Joint Communications Center (AJCC) which serves as a backup
to the Pentagon in times of national emergency.
Guests will then have the option to travel to Site R via specialized tunnel transport vehicles for a 90 minute tour of the Raven Rock Mountain Complex. To see photos of this exciting tour, visit the Raven Rock Mountain Complex Site R Tour website.
Have your picture taken in front of the famous Camp David sign
President Obama stays at the Aspen Lodge when he is at Camp David
President Obama and President Clinton on the golf green behind Aspen Lodge
Another fun day by the pool at the Aspen Lodge
Enjoy the patio at the Aspen Lodge
Guests may use the barbecue area near the President's cabin
First dog Bo outside Laurel Lodge at Camp David
President Obama enjoys driving Golf Cart One all around Camp David
President Obama uses Camp David year-round
Hiking has always been a popular activity among weekend guests at Camp David
Exterior view of the Evergreen Chapel at Camp David
Inside the Evergreen Chapel
Most cabins have two bedrooms
Typical bathroom in one of the cabins
Each cabin has a fireplace for those chilly evenings
Enjoy a game of pool in the rec room inside the Holly Cabin
Entrance to the underground communications center and bomb shelter
Tunnel road connecting Camp David to the Raven Rock Mountain Complex (Site R)
Guests may use the swimming pool at the Aspen Lodge along with the patio, outdoor cooking area, and golf practice green. Please note that the Witch Hazel, Birch, Dogwood, and Rosebud Cabins are off-limits to the public at all times.
Each Camp David Weekend participant can choose from one of four official Camp David souvenirs:
Football, frisbee, silver plate, mug. These souvenirs are included in the cost of the weekend package.
The Shangri-La gift shop located in the Hickory Lodge maintains an assortment of Camp David items available for sale. These items make great Christmas gifts and are real money-makers on e-Bay.
Once you arrive at Camp David, proceed
down the Entrance Road to the Gate House. Be ready to show your photo ID and weekend reservation
confirmation letter to the Marine Guard.
You will be directed to the guest parking lot where you will catch the shuttle to your assigned cabin. Enjoy your weekend at Camp David.
All guests will be required to go through a security screening process. The following items are prohibited: