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Old 02-16-2013, 07:50 PM   #15
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A few random tips:

Stop in Staunton, Virginia the heart of the Shenandoah Valley, a really neat little town oozing character and charm. As Airstreamers with a love of vintage, stop at Wright's Dairy for burgers and the best chocolate malts. But leave the AS back in camp, and park your TV in one of the stalls with the original metal stands and intercoms.

The Luray KOA is a nice, well run campground if you're looking for a nice jumping off point to points throughout the northern Shenandoah Valley and Skyline Drive. Luray itself is a very nice small town, with a lot of character, and several nice spots to get a meal, coffee, and a great old small town movie theater. Luray Caverns are fun.

Just up toward Front Royal is the relatively recently opened Andy Guest area of the Shenandoah River State Park. The sites are flat, modern, and excellent, the bath houses immaculate. You're steps away from the river itself. Sign up for superbly value priced tubing float trips on the Shenandoah River at the park office.

Monticello gets all the buzz for a great house of a founding father, and Mannassas is the premiere battlefield. But don't overlook Orange County in central Virginia with Montpelier, the James Madison house. Fewer crowds, a superb site. The nearby Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Wilderness campaign battlegrounds are fascinating Civil War era sites. Ditto, fewer crowds than Manassas, and a more rural, authentic period feel.

When close to D.C., check out the Prince William Forest Trailer Park - a nice spot, shaded, borders on the national forest. Wait for rush hour traffic to end and then it's a 30 minute drive up 95 into the downtown of our Nation's Capital. Mt. Vernon is a must-see of course, but be sure to check out the ENTIRE estate, not just the main house, with numerous interesting spots including the slave quarters.

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Old 02-16-2013, 07:52 PM   #16
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Quick add, if staying at Prince William, another option is the campground in the National Forest itself. Boondocking, but beautiful woods. For a good nearby dinner, check out Dixie Bones BBQ in Woodbridge, perhaps on the way back from a day at Mt. Vernon.
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Quick add, if staying at Prince William, another option is the campground in the National Forest itself. Boondocking, but beautiful woods. For a good nearby dinner, check out Dixie Bones BBQ in Woodbridge, perhaps on the way back from a day at Mt. Vernon.
Thanks so much for all the info. Very helpful.
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Old 02-16-2013, 08:33 PM   #18
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Oh, this is a must; I didn't see it mentioned previously (my apologies if it has). This is in Damascus, southern VA near the NC border. Absolutely great. It is an 17-18 mile bike ride (all down hill) on a rails-to-trials gravel trail. You can bring your own bike or rent from from one of the outfitters. They will drive you to the top and (mostly) you cruise down. It takes several hours, and it is simply beautiful; the trail largely runs down beside a stream/river.

Damascus is also one of the places where the AT (Appalachian Trail) intersects with civilization (not sure if that is good or bad). We camped at a very small RV park right downtown in Damascus.

You are not far (two hours??) from Asheville, NC, which is another really cool spot, where on Friday nights you can catch the "drum circle".
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Old 02-16-2013, 08:57 PM   #19
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Sounds like you might need more than I week. I just booked Montecello for early May, one week just that area, will use as hub for day trips. Can't wait. Sbb
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Old 02-16-2013, 09:57 PM   #20
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One of our best camping trips yet, was our stay at Virginia Highland Haven Airstream only camping area close to Floyd. The Airstream'ers were great and very hospitable---reasonable also. You have to go to Floyd on Friday night for the Bluegrass music. There will be several excellent bands, all playing at the same time, close at hand. The advertised entertainment in the store is good, but we had more fun on the street walking around listening to them all. We live in the Tidewater area (Williamsburg, etc)--Virginia Motto:"Virginia's for Lovers," and it is (most of the time). I hope you have a great trip. Tom
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Quick add, if staying at Prince William, another option is the campground in the National Forest itself. Boondocking, but beautiful woods. For a good nearby dinner, check out Dixie Bones BBQ in Woodbridge, perhaps on the way back from a day at Mt. Vernon.
Also near Prince William Forest Park is the National Museum of the Marine Corps at Quantico: National Museum of the Marine Corps
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If you are near the coast you cannot miss these Welcome to the Chincoteague Island, Virginia First Official Tourist page Assateague Island National Seashore Visitor Services and they line up with The Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel to Va Beach
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There are 3 president's homes in the C'ville area- each an interesting contrast not just for the homes themselves but for their stewardship and how it impacts their accessibility and presentation: Thomas Jefferson's, James Madison's, and James Monroe's home. Plus there are LOTS of wineries in the area, and if you are south of Charlottesville (we live in Buckingham County) there is Appomattox (the Museum of the Confederacy is now in Appomattox, as well as other sites in the Park), and Yogaville is a MUST see- little known, very interesting...) If you want to plug in for a couple days in our large flat driveway while you tour the southern end of the C'ville area PM me. There is an acceptable KOA south of C'ville- but fairly cramped and uninteresting- we have camped there ourselves on a couple of occasions.
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There are 3 president's homes in the C'ville area- each an interesting contrast not just for the homes themselves but for their stewardship and how it impacts their accessibility and presentation: Thomas Jefferson's, James Madison's, and James Monroe's home. Plus there are LOTS of wineries in the area, and if you are south of Charlottesville (we live in Buckingham County) there is Appomattox (the Museum of the Confederacy is now in Appomattox, as well as other sites in the Park), and Yogaville is a MUST see- little known, very interesting...) If you want to plug in for a couple days in our large flat driveway while you tour the southern end of the C'ville area PM me. There is an acceptable KOA south of C'ville- but fairly cramped and uninteresting- we have camped there ourselves on a couple of occasions.
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Thanks for responding. We plan to see all 3 homes. Plus we will definitely check out Yogaville.
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