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Old 04-24-2016, 09:53 PM   #1
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Travelling to Washington DC

Hi all,
We're travelling to International in WV this year with our 25' Classic and want to make a weeks side trip to Washington DC after the rally. Never been. Wondering about convenient camp grounds. We've heard of numerous free museums, historical sites and installations etc. I'm guessing weather at that time might be sticky but so be it.
Any suggestions would be appreciated. We'll have our dog so we're thinking 1/2 to 3/4 daily day trips.
Thanks.
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Old 04-24-2016, 10:10 PM   #2
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We stayed about a week last April.

The best park we found was Cherry Hill Park in Greenbelt MD.

They are on the bus line, and it was very easy to take the bus to the Metro downtown. We felt it was a great way to see DC.

Lots to see and do, and yes, most of it is free. A bus tour is a great way to get a feel of the city, then you can go back and see things.

We really enjoyed:

The Air and Space Museum
The National Archives
Ford's Theater
Arlington Cemetery
Mount Vernon

We had a blast.
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A second good rating on Cherry Hill. Nice campground and nice people that work there.

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Old 04-24-2016, 10:30 PM   #4
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This was recommended by one of my retired co-workers.

Prince William Forest RV Park. Part of a National Park Seevice area south of DC about 30 miles. We drive 16 miles to the Metro train into downtown DC.
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Old 04-25-2016, 12:54 AM   #5
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I second the recommendation for Prince William Forest RV Campground:

Prince William Forest Park RV Campground
16058 Dumfries Rd
Dumfries, VA 22025

GPS: 38° 36.241'N 77° 21.053'W

NPS concessionaire-run RV campground with hookups. Paved interior roads and parking pads with picnic tables, but no fire rings. (Not sure if fires are allowed, because campground is in a suburban area.) Strong OTA TV signal on all stations. Also, strong cellphone and 4G mobile broadband signals (5 bars).

Rates: $39/night, water & electric. $42, full hookups (30 amp). Extra long site with 50 amp available ($59). With senior or Good Sam discount, water & electric site was about $36.

Website: http://www.nps.gov/prwi/planyourvisit/rvcampground.htm

"Prince William Forest Park RV Campground is a concessionaire-operated campground with full hook-ups. The campground boasts pull through sites, a pool and laundry facility, and senior citizen discounts. It is Virginia's closest RV camping to Washington, D.C."

Reviews:

http://www.rvparkreviews.com/regions...-rv-campground

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Rev..._Virginia.html

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Nearby attractions:

National Museum of the Marine Corps
18900 Jefferson Davis Hwy
Triangle, VA 22172 (near Quantico)
877-635-1775

GPS: 38° 32.593'N 77° 20.323'W

Admission and parking is FREE.

Description: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nation...e_Marine_Corps

Reviews: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attracti..._Virginia.html
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Old 04-25-2016, 01:02 AM   #6
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Hi, we stayed at the DC KOA, but it is about 45 minutes away from DC. [supposed to be the closest campground to DC] They have a $15.00 round trip bus that takes you from the camp ground to town in the morning and picks you up in the evening. Buses in DC cost 50 cents. Tons of free things to do and see. Bring your camera. Don't drive; You won't be able to park anywhere.
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Old 04-25-2016, 05:52 AM   #7
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Hi all,
We're travelling to International in WV this year with our 25' Classic and want to make a weeks side trip to Washington DC after the rally. Never been. Wondering about convenient camp grounds. We've heard of numerous free museums, historical sites and installations etc. I'm guessing weather at that time might be sticky but so be it.
Any suggestions would be appreciated. We'll have our dog so we're thinking 1/2 to 3/4 daily day trips.
Thanks.
Welcome to the forum Aprilrivet! We almost made it to DC last fall, but had to cancel at the last minute. The folks at the Cherry Hill CG were great in their correspondence and in accommodating our changing then cancelling the reservation. We were also considering Prince William Park in VA. Sorry I don't have any detailed feedback about the parks, but your canine companion might appreciate the Cherry Hill park more IMO.

The weather can be all over the place this time of year, so I would give some thought about how you are going to leave the pooch in the trailer while you go into DC proper (if this is your plan). Ventilation might be a real issue, if you have to leave the awning up and windows mostly down when you leave, in case of rain. Not sure if Cherry Hill offers any pet-related services but you might ask. Parking downtown in DC proper is apparently next-to-impossible it seems, so bringing the pet in the car may not work out.

Have fun!
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Old 04-25-2016, 05:59 AM   #8
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I live just outside DC. Another great park, about 10 miles to the South of DC, is Pohick Bay.

http://www.rvparkreviews.com/regions...-regional-park

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Old 04-25-2016, 11:39 AM   #9
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Checkout Greenbelt National Park. It's inside the beltway on the north side of D.C. We camped there for a week a couple of years ago and it's a very nice campground. Seems like you're out in the middle of a forest instead of a metropolitan area. The rates then were $16 per night but we had a senior pass and our rate was $8 per night. There are no hookups but water is available at several places in the campground.
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Check put Duncans KOA. It is 2p miles east of DC on Pennsylvania Ave. I believe they have a shuttle bus into DC as you don't want to drive their..parking is a nightmare.
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RV-ing to Washington DC

As an Airstreamer and lifetime DC-area resident, all good advice and sug gestions here. Cherry Hill and Pohick both good campgrounds.

Washington, Lincoln and Jefferson memorials, Smithsonian museums, as well as downtown DC area shopping (between E and I Streets and about 9th and 15th streets nw.

Google the DC metro system ((subway) map, easier to get around than buses, especially in town. Best advice, don't think you can park downtown. You can't, especially on a workday. 66coupe
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We stayed at Bull Run Regional Park. I believe it was $42 a night for E/W/S. It was a great park and very wooded. We stayed there to go to the "new" Air and Space Museum by National Airport. We would definitely stay there again. I is owned/operated by 4 towns.

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Old 04-26-2016, 07:57 PM   #13
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We are retired military and stayed at the FamCamp at Andrews Air Force Base. Great things to see, loved the museums (of your choice) and memorials, architecture, art, and history. We were there in fall, a bit off-season so did find parking along the mall area (small pickup truck).
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Old 05-05-2016, 01:20 PM   #14
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Last month we visited the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA--near Dulles Airport. It is an incredible air and space museum and part of the Smithsonian. It costs $15 per vehicle, no other admission fee. Every vehicle in the facility is a superlative--either first, last, fastest, etc. If you go, make sure you take time for one of the 90-minute free tours. They are conducted by experienced pilots and our guide was probably the most knowledgeable and easy to follow docent we have ever encountered. You might want to take a picnic lunch, as the only food facility we saw was a very crowded McDonald's. Check out their website for tour times. Enjoy!
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