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Old 01-13-2013, 10:49 AM   #1
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DC trip in April

We are hoping to take our 19" Bambi to the DC area in early April. Looking for a park near public transportation that will get us to the mall area.
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Old 01-13-2013, 11:36 AM   #2
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Cherry Hill Park! It's on the bus route. We went a few years ago and absolutely loved it. It's a large private campground, but it has a bus stop on property. You can buy bus tokens at the store/office and it will take you to the metro station and then into DC.

I believe weekends you have to drive to a nearby metro station, but there's really not a need to drive once you get to the park.
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DC trip in April

Hi, We visited the DC area in the summer of 2011. We stayed at Pohick Bay Regional Park near Lorton, Virginia (www.nvrpa.org). The park is located 25 miles south of DC. We drove into the city but I'm sure there is public transportation located in and around Lorton. Pohick Bay Park has a very well maintained campground with many amenities. We enjoyed coming back to the campsite after a busy day in DC. Visiting DC is truly an amazing experience. Be safe and have a great time!
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Another vote for Cherry Hill. While more expensive that some options, the convenience, facilities and staff are hard to beat. Use the public transpo and it will be easy and enjoyable.

Check online for D.C. visiting tips as security makes visits to Capitol Hill and the White House more difficult than "used to be". Do not hesitate to contact your Representative and/or Senators' office(s) for help, guidance and access.

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Hi, We visited the DC area in the summer of 2011. We stayed at Pohick Bay Regional Park near Lorton, Virginia (www.nvrpa.org). The park is located 25 miles south of DC. We drove into the city but I'm sure there is public transportation located in and around Lorton. Pohick Bay Park has a very well maintained campground with many amenities.
Mmmm-hmmmm. This is a very nice campground.

We experienced the earthquake there in 2011, as I recall.


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Old 01-13-2013, 03:19 PM   #6
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If you can go in late April, you could join us at the WDCU Kickoff Rally at Capitol KOA, which has a shuttle that'll run you to DC.
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Old 01-13-2013, 03:55 PM   #7
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you might also try the Greenbelt Campground. It is run by the National Park service. However it is rustic in that it does not have electricity or water. It is close to the metro about 1.5 miles. To find more about it go to Recreation .gov
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fyi.. the metro for two round trip will cost you just as much as parking in a lot for the day. Most fail to realize this.
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fyi.. the metro for two round trip will cost you just as much as parking in a lot for the day. Most fail to realize this.
Last time I parked in DC a couple months back, it was ~$20/day near Waterfront. The round trip from Greenbelt or Suitland or New Carrollton is probably under $10/person, plus parking if it's on a weekday (~$4). So it would depend on how many people there are traveling.

Of course there's something to be said for not having the hassle of driving in DC, and the hassle of actually finding a garage. Or, if you're going to have a large vehicle (i.e., a truck), you won't fit in at least some of the garages downtown - many of them have a fairly low height restriction, and I know our 7' tall F-250 wouldn't fit, so you'd need to find street parking. I don't know of any garages to suggest that it definitely would fit in - we haven't done the research to find one.

I got to drive the F-250 through DC last weekend...not as bad as you might expect, fortunately. But then I wasn't parking it, either (well, briefly in an alley to drop off some furniture, but that's it). We usually take Metro when we're going downtown, but not always.
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Another vote for Cherry Hills. We were there two years ago and thought it was a nice park with great transportation. We bought Gray Line tour tickets at the park office and caught the Gray Line bus in the park. No driving of the TV. Very easy, no stress. Get on the bus and sit back. Park also has pools and is close to an Ikea (sp?) store.

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Last time I parked in DC a couple months back, it was ~$20/day near Waterfront. The round trip from Greenbelt or Suitland or New Carrollton is probably under $10/person, plus parking if it's on a weekday (~$4). So it would depend on how many people there are traveling.

Of course there's something to be said for not having the hassle of driving in DC, and the hassle of actually finding a garage. Or, if you're going to have a large vehicle (i.e., a truck), you won't fit in at least some of the garages downtown - many of them have a fairly low height restriction, and I know our 7' tall F-250 wouldn't fit, so you'd need to find street parking. I don't know of any garages to suggest that it definitely would fit in - we haven't done the research to find one.

I got to drive the F-250 through DC last weekend...not as bad as you might expect, fortunately. But then I wasn't parking it, either (well, briefly in an alley to drop off some furniture, but that's it). We usually take Metro when we're going downtown, but not always.
I parked my 3500 4x4 Dodge for $10 all day 4 blocks from the Mall two weekends ago. I guess I just got lucks.
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I parked my 3500 4x4 Dodge for $10 all day 4 blocks from the Mall two weekends ago. I guess I just got lucks.
Care to share where?
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A another nod for Capital KOA. We had a good stay. They have the mentioned shuttle that drops off in the morning and picks up in the afternoon on the mall.

It is also not far from a Metro station with a parking lot. We parked there and took the train into DC one evening.

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Old 01-14-2013, 03:11 PM   #14
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Aloha;

I will throw another plug* in for Greenbelt especially if you are going to stay for only a few days. The cost is only $16/night if you are <62 or $8 if you are over. It is rustic, but it's a little hidden oasis just 14 miles from the mall. Free wood is frequently available.

Greenbelt Park - Greenbelt Park

If you absolutely need full hook-ups, Cherry Hill is fine too, just a tad pricier.

*We camp hosted there this past Sept-Oct. and plan to return next fall so I might be a bit prejudiced.
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