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« on: April 05, 2012, 06:23:53 pm »

We are planning a trip to Washington DC for the second week of May.  Are initial thought is to stay at the Cherry Hill Campground and take the metro into DC.  We do not plan on taking the toad.  Any thoughts or suggestions from anyone that has gone.

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« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2012, 06:52:32 pm »

Excellent choice.   We stayed at a campground in Gettysburg, and then took a bus to WDC.  But if you want to spend more time than one day there, it is best the way your planning it.

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« Reply #2 on: April 05, 2012, 07:07:02 pm »

Hi guys,
Hope all is well and you are home safe and sound.

Last year we were planning to go and were going to stay at the park in Greenbelt MD. It is a Federal Park so the Golden Age Pass applies. From what I understand there is a bus right from the park.

We were there three years ago. We contacted our Rep. for a tour of the White House. It was well worth it. All you have to do is call his/her office and they will arrange tickets for that and the Capitol.

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« Reply #3 on: April 05, 2012, 10:46:52 pm »

We toured DC in 2003 for multiple days.  We tried first with a vehicle, then quickly learned that public transportation is the only method that works, and it works great.  Be sure to buy the all day or multi-day pass, whatever they offer.

Stay outside in a camp ground and train in & out daily.  They restrict street parking in the main areas to avoid another Oklahoma City bombing style attack.

Wear good walking shoes and use the subway a lot to quickly jump between areas of the plaza, great for short hops with the subway pass.  We went to the zoo for an afternoon to see the Pandas in their new habitat at the time.  We also jumped over to Arlington Cemetary...very easy.

With a vehicle, we spent way too much time & effort, and money on parking and it was a nightmare trying to drive to different areas.  We even got a parking ticket becasue we were 4 minutes past 4:00pm.  They need the streets clear for rush hour.  Just don't take any vehicle, even a small motor cycle is bad news.  Bicycles would be different.
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« Reply #4 on: April 06, 2012, 09:47:35 am »

Hi Guys...

I have lived in the area (MD,VA) many years, and Ron's words hold true!  I don't like to drive in DC, although I've done it many times (a few times pulling a horse trailer!) - the metro is certainly the way to go, and depending on what you want to see, it can easily take a few days. The Smithsonian alone can take a week.  The National Park in Greenbelt is indeed a good spot, although no hookups - 301-344-3948, or res. at 877-444-6777. I can't recommend a campground because I've not camped there!!! Smile

If you're interested, we are on the Eastern Shore, across the Chesapeake Bay from Annapolis, and hook up is free!!!  It's a little far from DC, but we'd love to have you, and the crab cakes are great!!!

Enjoy your trip -- May is a beautiful time to visit DC...the cherry blossoms are in bloom now, but you'll have plenty to do!

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« Reply #5 on: April 06, 2012, 11:53:03 am »

I should have included that we spent 4 full days there and left feeling we missed out on a lot.  That much time with little kids can get testy, but if everyone is an adult and really into it, you could easily spend a week.  I regret not taking the tour of the mint.
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« Reply #6 on: April 06, 2012, 09:40:37 pm »

We felt that also... ONE day was not enough, nor was one day in Manhattan where we took the train into the city.   (Just means we need to RETURN!)
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« Reply #7 on: April 07, 2012, 10:12:52 am »

Ron & Denny -

You all are welcome here, too!!!

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« Reply #8 on: April 09, 2012, 06:32:46 pm »

DC - one of my favorite return trip vacation places.  You should be missing some of the summer youngsters, especially at the Smithsonion.  Other places such as the Art Museums rarely get the younger crowds anyway.  I took a half day and did a bicycle tour which showed me a lot I didn't know (but thought I did!).  All posts regarding using public transportation should be heeded.  try the House or Senate around dinner time - the crowds are gone but business grinds forward....Enjoy!
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« Reply #9 on: April 22, 2012, 09:49:06 am »

Thanks for all the advice on our DC trip.  We've made reservations at Cherry Hill for a week and will be using public transportation.  The campground lets you check in at 8:00 AM so that will gives us another day to site see.  I think the first night we will do the night tour with greyline.
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« Reply #10 on: May 01, 2012, 05:23:58 pm »

The best way to Cherry hill is to Take I70 east to Md rt32 south/east to I95 south. Stay away from I270 and 495.  We live just off Rt32, so if you need or want an overnight, let me know, pm me. I have w/e.
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« Reply #11 on: February 22, 2017, 03:33:47 pm »

This is an old post but I thought I'd add to it. We are having gorgeous weather here in the DC area. We did a run away for the long weekend (a whole hour's drive) and camped at Cherry Hill. We were here in September for the Intervec-Phoenix Rally this past September so we knew it was a nice campground. They are open all winter with limited sites. They have heat strips on their water lines so you can have full hookups and enjoy DC from your rig. The public bus still stops here in the winter and the College Park Metro station is a few minutes away if you prefer to drive and take the train in to town. We do not recommend you DRIVE into DC. Even the locals try not to do that.

Cherry Hill in winter has: full hook up sites, bus transportation, manned office/camp store, mini-golf course ($1.00 person, goes to Children's Hospital), Cafe open from 8-1 (limited menu but several decent options for breakfast or lunch), adult outdoor exercise area, children's playground, laundry, indoor hot tub, indoor exercise room, TV room/lounge, game room, heated bath houses (so clean, so nice). You do get traffic noise but you can't camp any closer to DC. We were camped in front of their Conference Center building but most of the rigs were in a loop next to the bus depot. They also have full houses you can rent as well as several different level of cabins so if you don't want to bring your rig, you can get a group of people together and enjoy the area. The campground is a half hour from Baltimore (inner harbor, MD Science Center, National Aquarium, Fort McHenry, Little Italy and more), a half hour to the National Zoo if you want to drive, and probably a half hour to downtown DC using public transportation. There was nothing about electric heaters in their paperwork. We ran our propane heater and a little electric heater for the overnights.

If you are thinking of playing here in the winter/early spring, another worthwhile stop with winter hookups is the KOA in Harper's Ferry. They are very close to the upper visitor center where you catch the bus down into Harper's Ferry or you can drive in.

We had balmy weather with a few dips below freezing overnight. I don't know how it would have gone if we camped long term in below freezing temps. You might need one of those hoses that plug in so they don't freeze.

A few upcoming events:

Cherry Blossom Festival 2017 Opening Ceremony – Saturday, March 25
Blossom Kite Festival – Saturday, April 1
National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade® – Saturday, April 8
Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival – Saturday, April 15

 
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« Reply #12 on: February 22, 2017, 11:17:25 pm »

I would so love to be there for Police Week (May 14-20 2017) .  Unfortunately, too many friends to honor but very grateful for their sacrifice to keep us safe.  Patti

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