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Old 01-09-2015, 10:49 AM   #1
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Trip from TX to DC

Has anyone taken any trips from TX to Washington DC? The wife and I were thinking about taking a trip up there this summer with the kiddos and seeing the sites. I'd be interested in where to stop along the way and in general how the trip was.

Thanks to all in advance! Dan

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I made the trip in reverse last fall. I had it all planned out and then as usual had to change and it turned into a mad dash to get to Texas. I had planned to tour the Natchez trace Parkway.

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I've led many school groups to Wash. D.C. as a tour guide, it's a great place to take kids. The campground I've read a lot about is Cherry Hill.

Cherry Hill Park is the Closest Campground to Washington, DC :|: Cherry Hill Park

One of the key things is it's got access to public transportation. You do NOT want to deal with parking in the Mall/Museum area. All the Smithsonian Museums are free, also the National Archives, and all the public memorials. Get a good paper map of the Mall area and plot out each day's key points. I'd also recommend the National Cathedral and the National Zoo, both free.

On your way to Washington, you might want to check out Smoky Mountains National Park, Blue Ridge Parkway, etc. Many routes and sights to choose from on the route from TX to Washington. A few hours beyond Wash. is Ocean City, MD. A true eastern seashore type experience with beach, boardwalks, and more. There are campgrounds in the vicinity, Assateague State Park (wild horses on the beach) is just to the south. To get to Ocean City, you'll travel through Annapolis (Naval Academy) and over the Chesapeake Bay. The Naval Academy is great to explore on foot and many things to see.

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Old 01-09-2015, 11:18 AM   #4
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Another option for you is Bull Run regional park. From there you are a few miles from the metro to take into the city. I agree you want to avoid having to deal with parking in the city if you can. We are doing a Va to Ca this summer. Looking forward to my first cross country trip in the RV. I'm local in this area. Send me a pm if you want more info on the area.
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On the way I've stopped in Memphis for Gracelands, Nashville for Music Hall of Fame etc, Pidgeon Forge for Dollywood, Asheville for Biltmore.
Virginia Beach, Williamsburg are both great stops.
Great campgrounds are Gracelands Rv park opposite Gracelands, Two Rivers ( from memory ) in Nashville. Take your pick in Pidgeon Forge/Gattlinburg. Campfire Lodgings in Asheville.
Cherry Hills is "the best" near DC.
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Old 01-09-2015, 07:09 PM   #6
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2x on cherry hill nice place easy in and out. Just re beer buy their refillable cups if you plan on using the pool as refills of soft drinks are free
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Old 01-10-2015, 09:08 AM   #7
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Thanks for all the replies! Cherry Hill looks like the place to stay while we are in DC. I'll just have to sit down and try and plan out where to stay while driving out and while driving back. I'm not sure about where to stay while driving to DC, but I think the drive back we'll go the long way and drive south to FL and enjoy some beach time before coming home. Thanks again! Dan

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