Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 02-20-2012, 02:15 PM   #1
2007 25' Safari FB SE
MACON , Missouri
Join Date: Sep 2008
Posts: 20
Trip to Washington DC

Planning a trip to Washington DC this summer. Any suggestions on tours of the town, campgrounds etc.?

BLUEBELL is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-2012, 02:30 PM   #2
1 Rivet Member
1994 25' Excella
Atlanta , Georgia
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 15
Similar problem: looking for extended stay in DC with my AS

My son and his wife are having their first child, my second grandchild, in mid-May. My wife and I hope to spend the latter half of May, all of June within a reasonable commuting distance from their home in Rockville Maryland or near the Metro line. If we had our choice it would have three way hookups. So far the only place we have found is too pricy for a lengthy stay.
I hope that you might have some ideas of other parks or places in close proximity.

Mike Steele is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-2012, 02:54 PM   #3
Rivet Master
Lothlorian's Avatar
1973 27' Overlander
Loganville , Georgia
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 1,713
When you get to DC stop by and see your government officials and ask them what on Gods green earth are they doing?

Brian & Adrienne
Lothlorian is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-2012, 04:33 PM   #4
Rivet Master
SilverRanger's Avatar
2005 19' Safari
1968 24' Tradewind
Rural , Delaware
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 1,475
Thumbs up Dc !

We've been there many times. In fact, we were just there this weekend. We love it over there, and consider it an escape from the serene, natural area where we live.

Take a look at the thread linked below. There is some good (and less than good) information there. It's easy to sort it out. If you have any specific questions about our experiences in DC, please just ask.
2005 Bambi
1968 Trade Wind
2007 Ford F250 4x4 Crew
SilverRanger is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-2012, 04:33 PM   #5
Rivet Master
Skater's Avatar
1995 30' Excella
Bowie , Maryland
Join Date: Apr 2005
Posts: 2,343
Close in:
Greenbelt National Park - no hookups
Cherry Hill Park - nice, but pricey and the noise from I-95 is kind of annoying

Farther out:
Capitol KOA is between Baltimore, DC, and Annapolis. Also kind of pricey (it's DC... land is NOT cheap), but quieter than CHP.
Lake Fairfax Park, looks pretty nice
1995 Airstream Classic 30' Excella 1000
2014 Ram 2500 Crew Cab with Cummins 6.7L Diesel

Sold but not forgotten: 1991 Airstream B190
Sold: 2006 F-250 6.0L Powerstroke Supercab
Skater is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-2012, 04:55 PM   #6
whitefawn's Avatar
1978 Argosy 24
Scottsville , Virginia
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 97
DC's finest

Joe and I grew up in the MD burbs of DC. We used to ride through Greenbelt Park on a regular basis growing up. BUT I HAVE NEVER CAMPED THERE. It is CHEAP, but check the online chatter about the quality of the camping experience because I can't say...Greenbelt is a nice central location- near the Beltway, not far from a Metro station, etc. Also check the Army Corps of Engineer Parks Guide for inexpensive campgrounds DC in the area.

There is NO question that the Smithsonian museums could take all of your free time and are fantastic. If you do the Smithsonian, take the metro- right to the Mall and the museums.

Here are some of the sights I like that are not the Smithsonian-
Library of Congress-- some interesting things to see there (Gutenberg Bible, etc.)
Vietnam Memorial (one of the few sights I would feel comfortable touring at night-- walk from there to the Lincoln Memorial, see the Reflecting Pool, and the other Memorials on site)

White House- another "AT NIGHT" walking tour- walk around the block and see the White House and other great architecture

The Spy Museum (unbelievably crowded at times- but really fun)

Drive across the Bay Bridge to Kent Island and eat crabs/seafood on the Bay at one of the seafood restaurants (Harris Crab House--or Annie's are good and there are others we have never tried)

National Cathedral (It used to be on Wednesdays that there is a free 1/2 hr demo of the magnificent pipe organ)

Mt Vernon- really amazing new additions to the Mt Vernon experience

If you like thrift stores the best you will ever see are in the DC area- if that interests you, PM me.

whitefawn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-2012, 05:01 PM   #7
Join Date: Jun 2010
Posts: 2,601
If you have an interest in vintage Airstreams and their restoration why not drop in to see Frank of Frank's Trailer Works in Baltimore. He is truely a craftsman at his work.

Home Page
wasagachris is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-2012, 07:12 AM   #8
2 Rivet Member
1999 25' Safari
Vienna , Virginia
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 26
Nothing fancy but this is a good location to camp with full hookups on the Virginia side of DC.

Bull Run - RV Camping
Jackstincan is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-2012, 10:11 AM   #9
2 Rivet Member
lylesgl's Avatar
2007 27' Safari FB SE
Springfield , Virginia
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 82
Please see my PM
lylesgl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-2012, 10:42 AM   #10
4 Rivet Member
blickcd's Avatar
1979 31' Sovereign
Milford , Ohio
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 410
Images: 1
Blog Entries: 29
I'll cast another vote for Cherry Hill Park. Full hookups, sites reasonably spaced. Catch a bus right at the park to take you to the train station to ride into DC. Maybe a bit more expensive to stay there but I felt the convenience was worth it.

blickcd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-2012, 11:06 AM   #11
3 Rivet Member
Currently Looking...
Hampton , Virginia
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 108
Take full advantage of the Metro. Can't beat it. The price of the pass it well worth the cost as opposed to trying to park in our beloved seat of Government.

One tip on the Metro. If you head to the National Zoo - coming from the main area of DC do not get off at the official Zoo stop. Go to the next one past it and walk back. The two stops are pretty much equal distance to the Zoo entrance. But walking from the stop past the zoo is all downhill. The walk to the Zoo from the official National Zoo stop is all uphill.

Then when leaving the zoo, walk downhill to the Official Metro Zoo stop!
Getaways is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-2012, 11:59 AM   #12
3 Rivet Member
Airstream Dad's Avatar
2005 28' International CCD
Arlington , Virginia
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 163
Images: 1

I live in Arlington, Virginia, a native Washingtonian. The list of things to see and do in the Washington area would quickly swamp the forums.

As to where to stay in your trailer, a nice little spot maybe 20 miles south of the City just off I-95 is the Prince William Forest RV park (formerly known as Travel Trailer Village). I haven't stayed here yet (my first stay will be May 18-20 for an off-road running race), but the reviews on the Good Sam Club are good. If you look at the satellite photos, some of the back-in slots are right on the forest, which has beautiful hiking trails and such. If you want something more rustic, there's a campground in the National Park itself, not sure about hookups but at least there's a dump station. I've camped here often, it's nice, in the middle of the forest.

For transport to the sites, consider driving just a short trip from the RV park to the Quantico station of the Virgnia Railway Express (VRE), which takes you straight into Union Station in D.C., just two blocks from the Capitol and all the major sites (it's also a transfer point to the Metro). It runs every 25 minutes or so during rush hour. Or just get in your TV and come straight up I-95 (the traffic will be a little brutal on week days) and into the city, parking is perhaps $25 a day around the Mall.

If you want to share your specific interests, I'd be happy to recommend sites to see.

Lastly, there's a great BBQ joint in Woodbridge, VA, Dixie Bones. Always worth a trip!


Arlington, Virginia

Airstream Dad is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Special Ops Mission CA to TX Mr & Mrs S On The Road... 56 02-22-2012 07:41 AM
Need someone to make curtains-Help! jack SF Upholstery, Blinds, Walls & Interior Finishes 5 02-21-2012 10:43 PM
Newbie!! Purchasing a 30' Serenity, wanting to convert bedroom to 27' style? Travel Bird 2011 - 2015 International 8 02-21-2012 10:32 AM
Where to start - 1972 Ambassador silver72 1970 -1973 Ambassador 15 02-20-2012 07:25 AM
No power to bedroom side A/C outlets susans69 Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 2 02-19-2012 08:50 AM

Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 07:48 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.