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Old 12-30-2012, 09:28 AM   #15
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We have stayed at Cherry Hill Campground many times over the years. A little expensive but worth the money especially if you have kids which we do not. There are so many things to see you'll never have time to see all of them, so just pick what intrests you. The last time we were there we visted Mt. Vernon home of George Washington, really enjoyed it.

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Old 12-30-2012, 09:45 AM   #16
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If you have a toad, another option is to camp at the Bull Run Regional Park.
It is close to DC and the Skyline Drive (30 min drive to either).
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Of if you are a boondocker, the Mathews Arm Campground in the Shenandoah National Park is 1.5 hour drive West of DC and only $15/night (no hookups available).
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Old 12-30-2012, 10:42 AM   #17
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I think the last time we stayed at Cherry Hill Campground, it was $52 per night with club discount and they offer several types of club discounts. For a campground near our nation's Capitol, that is not too bad. We paid much more per night with discount camping in Nashville, TN. So much to see in our nation's Capitol. We will have to return again and again to see it all. We did drive from Cherry Hill to Mt. Vernon with no traffic issues.
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Old 12-30-2012, 03:44 PM   #18
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Planning a trip to DC this summer and looking for suggestions on what to see, what to miss, tours, campgrounds etc. Any hints would be appreciated. Thanks.
If you can, be there for the 4th of July fireworks. Was stationed outside of DC and we would take the Metro (subway/train system) in. Sit on the Mall and picnic while you wait. Lots of families there all day. Then again, this was 25+ years ago, so things may have changed.

Definitely see the Wall.... and ask if anyone you know has someone on the Wall. Take a rubbing of their name and return it. The feeling...... indescribable!
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Old 01-09-2013, 11:10 AM   #19
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Went to that area last April while on our trip. We stayed at one CG that was supposed to be the best, no I don't remember since we left after one night. We moved to Prince William Forest RV Campground in Dumfries, VA. Ended up staying a few extra days since we did like it and we were visiting both sons, a daughter in law and the granddaughter. They were very nice and accomadating with the size of our rig and stuff.
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Old 01-09-2013, 11:37 AM   #20
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Born and raised in the D.C. area.

Don't forget the National Zoo - I didn't know one paid to go to the zoo until I was an adult.

There is an aquarium at the Commerce Department downtown that is a nice break from walking the mall.

If you are going in June/July the Folklife Festival is awesome.

Consider staying at Greenbelt Park.
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Old 01-15-2013, 06:05 PM   #21
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Went to dc this past summer, stayed at koa in fredrickburg, great campground, heated pool, they will arrange a tour for you at $40 a person, well worth it, a lady will meet you at the comfort inn nearby and take you with a ten person van into dc. It is an hours ride and she will tell you all about the history of dc on the way. Then she will drop you off at all the major attractions and pick you up, my favorite was the arlington nat'l cemetery, changing of the guard, etc. lincoln memorial, fords theater, bureau of engraving to watch money being printed, and so on. We ate at a nearby deli, very inexpensive. On the way back we got another history lesson, then for $18 a person, she will pick you up the next day and drop you at all the museums and then pick you up about 4:30 pm, well worth it, just the summer is so hot, it was 97 degrees in the shade, have a great time. It pays to have someone else do the driving and relax, that is what vacations are all about.
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all are great suggestions. The Metro is really easy to get around on, we used it extensively while there. One highlight we enjoyed was a Segway tour late in the evening. The tour lasted about 2 hours and we were able to view the White House, Capitol Building, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial etc. all lit up.
The Segway was pretty easy to operate and our tour guide was very patient with our little group.


ps: if you decide to do this, check Groupon for any deals before booking your tour.

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