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Old 02-24-2012, 10:35 AM   #1
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Travel to Smithsonian

Hi folks,

My wife and I are new to RV'ing, having finally bitten the bullet and bought our very first ( new to us) Winnebago vectra 40. We want to go to the smithsonian museum, leaving from Hamilton, Ontario. Can anyone tell me the best route down taking into consideration that I don't really want to find myself on the winding roads that can give my wife jitters big time. I am a transport driver of many years and don't mind those roads myself but let's face it, if the wife is not comfortable, then no one is right guys?

Eventually we want to go full time, so I don't want her being turned off by me taking her thru the goat trails on her first run lol. Any insights would be welcome.

Cheers and see you on the road,

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Old 02-24-2012, 12:17 PM   #2
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You do realize the Smithsonian Institute is several buildings. That said, you can drive nearly the entire route on interstates. Not real crazy about some of the interstates in Pennsylvania, but you won't have to worry about narrow roads with mountain goats crossing them. Have fun!

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Welcome to IRV2 !!
Where are you staying in Washington DC?

Personally I like I-81 into Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to Route 15 south to Fredrick, Maryland to I-270 to the Washington DC Beltway.

We are not fond of I-95 south of Philadelphia

Then if you are staying at Cherry Hill Park off of the I-495 Beltway in Collage Park.

Then take public transportation (the metro) to everything that there is to see.

We were just down there in November of 2011, great time.
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X2 for Cherry Hill Park and using the Metro.
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X2 for Cherry Hill Park and using the Metro.
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One of the best Smithsonian museum's is the National Air and Space Museum -- Udvar-Hazy http://nasm.si.edu/udvarhazy/ located on Rt.28 ( 6 lane divided highway) next to the Washington Dulles Airport in Chantilly, Va. The downside is the Washington Metro can not take you to the Udvar Hazy. I believe the parking lot at Udvar Hazy can accommodate RV's ( I suggest you call in advance to confirm).

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X4 on Cherry Hill...welcome to RVing and enjoy DC!
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Cherry Hill is pretty popular. We were there this past October, long enough to actually get comfortable using the Metro. We used our toad to commute to an indoor parking garage (3.00 a day) so we could come and go back and forth to the park without having to consider bus schedules. VERY nice!

All roads in that area seem pretty narrow to me! Driving our DP was not something I was interested in doing any more than I had to. To/from X-ways was enough for me! Commuting to/from town out of the question in our toad, let alone a DP.
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X5 on Cherry Hill Park.
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Hi John, welcome to the forum and congratulations on your new Vectra. Good luck on your outing.
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Visited DC two years ago. We went to Smithstonian Air and Space museum by Dulles Airport first, RV parking not a problem. Then we drove to Fredericksberg Va and stayed at the KOA just south of town. They have a shuttle van that takes you to the commuter train in the morning and picks you up in the evening. The train goes to Grand Central Station. A walk thru this amazing place puts you out on the street in front and we took the bus that tours the sights. You can get off and on anywhere you like and stay as long as you like. We saw the Smithstonian in town and some of the other sights (cannot see all in 4 days). Had a great time. I am putting this suggestion because I do not know the direction you will be going after your visit to DC. We were going south so it worked for us. Happy trails.

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x6. Been there 4 times. They're getting pricey, but I can't take it with me
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Another way to get around is bicycling. Washington DC has a great network of rental bicycles.

You can join for as little as one day.

Capital Bikeshare

Another thing not to miss is the Changing of the Guard at Arlington Cemetery.
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For sure Cherry Hill and public trans. their public trans is safe and clean. Also runs often.
Parking can be a hassle in DC.
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