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Old 12-27-2012, 09:09 AM   #1
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Washington DC Suggestions

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.

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Old 12-27-2012, 09:26 AM   #2
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There are KOAs in a circle around DC. We like the one in Fredericksburg VA. We went to the train depot and took it right to the DC mall. Easy peasy and cheap.

Another inMillersville MD has a shuttle to the DC mall.

What to see is a matter of personal interest, but you will easily have a grand time....for days!

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we favor Cherry Hill CG. Good access to the Metro and they have a nightly seminar
on tours , transportation and points of interest
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we favor Cherry Hill CG. Good access to the Metro and they have a nightly seminar
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We spent a week at Cherry Hill RV Park this summer. It is easy to use the use the Metro and if you are a Senior you can ride for 1/2 price.

The Friday Night Parade Drill at Marine Barracks 1 is a must see. Admission is free but you have to make advance reservations. Arlington Cemetery is another must see and as many of the Smithsonian's as you can manage.
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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 have a chance check out the air and space museum near Dulles Airport..Smithsonian ...hundreds of air planes...even the Enola Gay complete...a great place..plenty of parking and for the kids even a McDonalds inside..
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Allow at least three whole days for the various Smithsonian Institution buildings. I was surprised to find it wasn't all in one building and to this day regret that I missed the Museum of Flight.

But the Natural History Museum was fabulous...who knew there were so many beautiful things in our Country!
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We stayed a week at Cherry Hill. A nice park and a few minute drive to the Metro. See all that others said. Additionally we found the relatively new Newseum a great exhibit. It does cost to go. Your admission is for two days. We took a good part of the day and some of the next morning to see it all. Very impressive.

Also the monuments are a nice walk. Get the map and you can lay out your course to see many of them.

Contact your congressperson's office. They will get you special tours of the capitol building (their staff person walked us around) and also of the White House, Supreme Court and Library of Congress. You can sign up for some of these tours on your own, but we found it better through our senator's office.

Eat in the cafeteria of the senate office building. Then you take the tram underground into the Capitol Building.

We were there for 6 nights and later in the summer we went back for 5 more nights. Still need to go back and see more! What a great experience it was.
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The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is one of the most moving things I have ever seen. Arlington Cemetery is an incredible sight.
X2 on the Air & Space Museum. White House tour is pretty cool and the Holacost Museum sent chills up my back. Also check out the Vietnam Wall.
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Stayed at Cherry Hill for a week. Went on the bus into D.C. that comes to the campground and took a two day Greyline tour, one day all outside stuff and next day all indoor stuff.
Parking is a problem in D.C. so taking buses, etc is the way to go.
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Then, after you have seen all of those things talked about (don't forget the national archive and the amazing art galleries), take the short drive to Annapolis and see the Naval Academy and the quaint downtown area, then on to the inner harbor of Baltimore with the National Aquarium and the other sights. On the other side of town, Great Falls is always fun for some time out of the normal crowds of monuments. Of course, you would need, as others have said, a full month just to see everything of interest in DC.
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Just spent a week in the DC area in Nov.We stayed at the Fort Mead Fam Camp . If you have any military background that may be an option.Another is Andrews Air Force Base Fam Camp. There is so much to see in the DC,Baltimore area that ij is difficult to suggest places to go .All of it is great and I'm sure you will enjoy whichever you choose to see.
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The Smithsonian consists of 19 museums, plus many memorials. A websearch for "national mall" will link you to maps and a directory of locations.
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Cherry Hill CG and attend the tour orientation your first day there
Drive your towed to the metro station, then take the subway to the mall
Eat lunch in the cafeterias..., agriculture, senate office, supreme court
DO NOT MISS driving your towed to Dulles for the Air & Space Museum
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Old 12-29-2012, 06:37 PM   #14
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We live in Washington DC

Well, we have lived here for 15 years. Tell us what you like and we can provide suggestions. As far as campgrounds, the KOAs are the best choice. Make reservations. Your not the only one to have this idea in the summer.

DO NOT under any circumstances (my opinion (well and police reports)) do you want to stay or be anywhere near the SE of DC area. Look at the map. 12 is the top. The area from 3-6 o'clock has a lot of crime. Especially after dark. Not really much to see in that area anyway.

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