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Old 04-01-2014, 09:28 PM   #1
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Spring Trip to Washington DC

I asked my 13 Year old what he would like to do on His spring Break, and to my Surprise he stated he would like to go visit Washington DC.
We will head up next Week Staying at a KOA south of DC (60 )miles.

We will have 2-3 Days in the Area and will be doing all the monuments/White House, Etc.

Question is, What should we not miss while in the Area??

WE are not above Stopping at a place to get some good local Food!! If there is such a thing!

Any input is greatly appreciated
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Old 04-01-2014, 09:45 PM   #2
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If you don't mind camping with no hook-ups, I would recommend Greenbelt National Park at greenbelt MD. I am the camp host in D loop now.

Greenbelt Park (U.S. National Park Service)
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2-3 days will go fast. I recommend you go to at least one of the smithsonian museums. My favorites are Aerospace Museum and Museum of Natural History. I would also see Arlington National Cemetary (make sure to see the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier).
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Old 04-02-2014, 08:35 PM   #4
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Had a friend tell me to contact my congress man for some tickets to some of the things to see. I will do this on the morning.
I anything else you guys can think of?

Also, any special regional foods we need to check out?
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Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is a must see.

Link here

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Dc is an AWESOME city.

Do not miss:
Air and space museum
The rotunda
The Lincoln memorial
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Ditto on the tomb + the WWII area
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You should stay at Cherry Hill Park in College Park, Md.
Easy access to everything in DC. You do NOT want to
be driving 60 miles into the worst traffic in the US.
I live here.......
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X2 for Cherry Hill Campground. Set up the camper, and ride the metro bus that comes right through the camp. They even have ticket sales right there. The bus takes you to the nearest train station and off you go for your adventure avoiding the terrible traffic and toll roads.

Things to see: The Udvar Hazy portion of the Smithsonian Air and Space which is located on the south side of Dulles International airport straight down 28. It has the Enola Gay, a space shuttle, and a full day of aviation adventure. Don't miss the control tower observatory where you can get a birds eye view Dulles Airport. If you go there, leave early and go 1 exit further and find a small place called "Eggspectaions" for breakfast. You'll thank me!

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and Arlington cemetery is a MUST SEE. Changing of the guard will give you chills if your patriotic at all.

The Library of Congress is wonderful, one of our highlights. Beautiful place.

A short drive away is Manassas Battlefield. There is a Cracker Barrel just before you get there, and the battlefield itself is a good tour.

You may miss the Cherry trees blossoming, but if your that lucky, it is worth using up some MB of digital space for.

I think the Monument will still be under repair from the earthquake, but the National Air and Space is always worth it, as is the Museum of Natural History. The Hope Diamond was on display when we were there.

I good short tour is the National Spy museum, it's kinda touristy, but it was a lot of fun.

Going south out of town is historic Alexandria, and of course the many civil war battlefields on the Civil War Trail.

You can definitely fill up a week with no trouble!

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You should stay at Cherry Hill Park in College Park, Md.
Easy access to everything in DC. You do NOT want to
be driving 60 miles into the worst traffic in the US.
I live here.......
Agreed. Both Cherry Hill and Greenbelt have easy access to the Metro. IIRC Cherry Hill has a bus/shuttle to the Metro that stops at the campground. We stayed at Greenbelt and drove to the Greenbelt Metro station (also the College Park station, one of the days we were there Greenbelt was closed). Both are about 3-4 miles from the campground.
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Thanks for the feedback. I will change our reservations to Cherryhill. Looks like a nice place and I do not need to take a toad .( bonus)
Thanks for the insight.
I think we will hit all the sights listed. Reflection pool and Lincoln memorial are top of the list, as well as the Changing of the guard.
We are not sure what museum is on our list,!

Love this site, would never have know about this camp site otherwise!!!!

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Bring very comfortable walking shoes. If you have a smart phone download some washington DC apps like the one for the metro. They also have bicycle rentals all over. Link here So bring your helmets.
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If you are there on April 14 it will be the 149 anniversary of the assassination of president Lincoln. I bet there will be a event and maybe a recreation of JWB escape path. I always recommend the nightly ghost tours. If done by a historian, they can be great.
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Great info!!! I need to see about how late metro runs, as We will not be towing up now. Just strapping the Scooter on the back in case of doing a short run...

I have also found out that id you call the Congress Mans Office, they set you up with Free tours, who would have known.
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