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Old 03-06-2011, 12:44 PM   #1
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Visiting D.C.

I am planing on doing a visit into D.C. I do not want to drive in the city. What I had in mind was parking as far outside of the city as makes sense and ride the metro in. What I need is local advice.

  • I will be coming in on I 66
  • Picking up family at Regan National
  • Will be in town several nights so secure overnight parking needs to be part of the plan.
Would I be better off gutting it out and driving into the airport and using long-term parking there?

Thanks in advance!
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Will you have the Airstream in tow?

I found a good solution, not too far south from DC, to camp (no hook ups) and have a safe place for my trailer near the Quantico base off of 95. From there I could drive to Rt. 234 that hooks up with 66. Let me know if this is would be something you are considering and I can supply more info.
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Will you have the Airstream in tow?

I found a good solution, not too far south from DC, to camp (no hook ups) and have a safe place for my trailer near the Quantico base off of 95. From there I could drive to Rt. 234 that hooks up with 66. Let me know if this is would be something you are considering and I can supply more info.

Not on this trip, but I would be interested for future reference.
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Old 03-06-2011, 01:20 PM   #4
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You probably know this, but Reagan National is pretty much "in the city." Could you pick up family by just meeting them in person at the airport, and then everyone takes the Metro together further into the city - or do you need to have the car with you there?

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You probably know this, but Reagan National is pretty much "in the city." Could you pick up family by just meeting them in person at the airport, and then everyone takes the Metro together further into the city - or do you need to have the car with you there?

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That is my plan Tom. Actually, I was thinking about trying to park outside the city and take public transportation in if that is workable. The extended cab F250 isn't optimal for city driving, esp when you don't know the city.
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Hi Rodney,

National (Regan) is my favorite way to go into DC because it is on the Metro. Once you make it to the Metro, there is no need for any other form of transportation till you get out in the suburbs. Besides the trains, they have bus service that covers even greater area. It's a great system.

You can download maps and check out current conditions at their website: Metro - Home page

DC is a great place to visit. Keep in mind that all the Smithsonians are free admission, including the National Zoo.

Have a great trip!
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The Metro will get you around the city just fine. Driving in DC is bad, but parking is almost impossible.
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Clarification

Thanks for all the responses, but let me clarify. What I am trying to figure out is how far out can I park with overnight parking? OR should I park at Regan?
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Get some maps on-line to help with your planning.
Consider parking at a Metro lot in VA or MD and taking the Metro train into town for day trips. I don't think they allow overnight parking at the Metro lots. Check the maps and ask questions.

Driving in the city is not too bad, and there are public lots away from the main areas. But city underground parking is expensive (maybe $20) depends on location.
Parking meters have time limits and if you park on a rush-hour street it could be a $100 ticket. Read the signs carefully. Scout the area.
Free parking on the Mall but only for 2 hours and then you have to move it.

Enjoy it & Good luck.
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You could park your truck at the Vienna/Fairfax Metro Station and ride in. Take the orange line to Rosslyn and change to the blue line and take it to Reagan. Parking at Reagan is a parking deck and might be difficult to park in as it is rather tight and has sharp turns.
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Not on this trip, but I would be interested for future reference.

The place is actually a forest. Called Prince William Forest Park in VA.. There are 2 places to camp. One inside the forest, and one just outside. The one outside the forest is a private campground with full hook ups and rows of motor homes and trailers side by side.

The one run by the forest service is the one we stayed at last Fall which is located a few miles in the forest area. There is a water spigot for potable water near the rest rooms. There are a couple of showers in the restrooms and it was a well kept facility. The site I picked was large enough so I didn't need to unhook to camp (if I choose). My entire rig is 50' long. All the sites were different, and there is lot to choose from.
There was a campground host at the entrance of the campground along with a pay box and posting board. A lot of sites are spaced far apart, which was a pleasant surprise.
Lots of bike and hike trails. Very few people actually camping. Most people use the day use areas for hiking and biking and leave in the evening.
The forest service cuts down dead trees and leaves the wood within the campground in an open field. We were told to help ourselves. It is not split, but it's free.
Almost forgot there is no electricity. Gens are OK during certain hours. We were gone a good portion of the time during the day checking the place out so we didn't notice. After a few days with cold nights my solar panels were not enough to keep the batteries charged because of cloudy days and the tree canopy over the trailer. A generator is on my wish list for next time, so I can stay longer.
I give this place a thumbs up.
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Thanks for all the responses, but let me clarify. What I am trying to figure out is how far out can I park with overnight parking? OR should I park at Regan?
Likewise, I should have been a bit clearer in my reply above. I was wondering (and you confirmed) that it would be OK if you didn't drive to Reagan. After all, by the time you've made it to Reagan, you've dealt with a lot of traffic already. (The last hotel valet I used in DC was $35 a night, and my work Flex barely fit, much less a F-250.)

Just to throw another idea out there - could you take Amtrak into DC? You'd have to balance the ticket fee vs the cost of parking at the airport. But the parking might be more secure at a small-town Amtrak station than at the airport.

I keep going into DC on business and have been pleasantly surprised at the number of different ways to get in and out. Even found a relatively tolerable "sneak route" into Penn Quarter if I drive from up North...

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I guess I missed something. Since you said you planned on staying for a few days why don't you park where you are staying?
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