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Old 08-08-2016, 09:47 AM   #1
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Trip to Washington D.C.


Planning a trip to Washington D.C this fall (Mid Oct). We will be leaving Pell City, Alabama. This is only our second long trip, and by far the longest.

Thinking about staying in 'over night parking' till we get to DC area. Need a place to stay while we spend 2-3 nights in DC area to visit sites.

Any suggestions on where to stay?

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Old 08-08-2016, 10:38 AM   #2
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I second Cherry Hill!
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X2 on Cherry Hill. Follow their directions in, not your GPS, the GPS is not RV friendly around DC.
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Old 08-08-2016, 11:04 AM   #5
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DO NOT attempt to take your RV into the District. There is no place to park and the streets are often narrow, rough, and low overheads. Do as others have suggested and stay at Cherry Hill and take the Metro into the District. The Metro is safe (during the day) and very convenient
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Old 08-08-2016, 11:18 AM   #7
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Cherry Hill is a very good choice (we've stayed there several times when in DC on business)

They have a transit bus stop at the RV park that takes you to the Metro Station, then its an easy Metro trip into DC (Union Station). If I remember, from the time we get on the metrobus at ther RV park until we get off the train at Union station is about 45 minutes. with one train switch

On Sundays, its a little different. The bus route changes and you need to go to a different Metro Station.

The folks at the Cherry Hill park can explain all this to you.

There is a lot for kids to do at the RV park, it is crowded, but very friendly, and laid out nicely.

OH YAH - I second the poster who said don't even think about taking your RV into DC. I don't even take my car into DC. way to much traffic mess and the Metro will take me anywhere I need to go around the DC area.
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I live in the DC area and while Cherry Hill is a good choice if you want to take the Metro or buses to DC here are 3 other alternatives:

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Greenbelt Park, a National Park site just north of the District in MD. Scenic (in the woods), close to College Park Metro station (easy access to downtown D.C.). Inexpensive. No hookups but with a dump station.
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We hosted at Greenbelt 2 years ago. It was quite, clean, and safe. Not to mention about 10% of the cost of Cherry Hill (if you have the geezers pass.) It has water faucets scattered around the park and a dump station No hookups, but you will be touring all day anyhow. There is a great Chinese buffet (not fancy, but very good food and cheap) nearby. Turn right at the street that goes to the university. It is a block down on the left.

There is way too much to see in DC to do in 3 days. But, the thing that affected me most was the Holocaust Museum. Near the end of the exhibit, you walk into a room with 4000 shoes in a display. Fancy women's shoes--men's work shoes--children's shoes--plain women's shoes You can smell the old leather and feet. Then, it hits you that all these shoes were being worn by people minutes before they died.
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If you plan to go with Cherry Hill give them a call regarding the various DC Metro line shut downs that might effect getting into DC. I'm pretty sure the Red Line will be down in October but not sure which sections of the line will not be usable.

Mid fall is a good time for seeing DC. Crowds should be low and weather much more comfortable.
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I have stayed at Cherry Hill in the past with FMCA Chapter campouts. Having worked in many "No Salute Zones" in the District and surrounding areas for many years as stated do not drive in DC. You have not lived until you have seen some poor tourist stuck in one of the inner lanes in a large traffic circle. So much to see, much of which will make you very humble such as the WWII Memorial. Safe trip!
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What's the roads like driving in to Cherry? Is traffic crazy or are there better days and times? Probably coming in from the west along 70? ( no map where I'm at).

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