RV Trip Planning Discussions

Go Back   iRV2 Forums > RV LIFE STYLES FORUMS > Military / Veteran RVing
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 08-24-2019, 01:56 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
tomd85208's Avatar
 
Monaco Owners Club
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Mesa, Arizona
Posts: 202
Staying at Andrews AFB to visit DC, suggestions?

DW and I will be staying at Andrews AFB FamCamp., to visit Washington DC for about 2 weeks in Sept. It's our first trip to DC and would like some pointers or suggestions about how to get around to see the sites. We have a toad but I really don't want to drive in such a heavily populated area. So if you have experienced a good trip to DC please share some do's & don'ts with us.
Thank You in Advance!
Tom D. (Vietnam Vet, 100% P&T)
__________________

__________________
Tom & Kathy D.
Mesa Arizona
2007 Monaco Diplomat 40 SKQ
tomd85208 is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 08-24-2019, 02:23 PM   #2
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2018
Posts: 51
If you are up to it I would strongly suggest renting bikes (bike share hubs). The walking distance between monuments is long. You will feel more willing to explore and can get out to the MLK Memorial, Roosevelt Memorial and Jefferson Memorial, etc.

The Holocaust museum is deeply moving.

I'm told you need to reserve tickets early for the African American Museum but I haven't been there yet to confirm.

Check out the city at night. It is beautiful.

Tour the Supreme Court and the Capitol. You might be able to tour the White House but check on line.

The AF Memorial is next to Arlington Cemetery and worth seeing.

Union Station is a good place to grab lunch if you are in that area at that time.

Consider using the Metro.

If you or your wife have walking limitations consider renting electric sit down scooters if you dont already have them. The DC sites are near each other as in the center of the city but they are STRETCHED out.
__________________

Scott 3 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-24-2019, 04:35 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2015
Posts: 483
Check out the spy museum, its a few blocks from the Navy memorial there is a metro stop there.
ransil is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-24-2019, 05:33 PM   #4
Member
 
Winnebago Owners Club
Join Date: Feb 2019
Location: Titusville, FL
Posts: 39
I highly recommend using the Metro system. Drive your Toad to the nearest Metro station and park.
__________________
ToolmanTim
USN Retired CPO
2018 Sunstar 27PE (Boardroom)/ Fiat 500L
T00lman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-24-2019, 06:42 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
USMCRET's Avatar
 
Newmar Owners Club
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 1,843
Quote:
Originally Posted by T00lman View Post
I highly recommend using the Metro system. Drive your Toad to the nearest Metro station and park.
Exactly what I was going to recommend.
__________________
2005 Newmar KSDP 3910
ISC on a Spartan
USMCRET is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-24-2019, 07:42 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
Arch Hoagland's Avatar
 
Monaco Owners Club
Workhorse Chassis Owner
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Clovis, CA, USA
Posts: 8,809
https://graylinedc.com/tours/washing...d-tour-8984_1/

We took this two day tour at the beginning of our week in Washington DC. Then the following days we went back to the sites that caught our interest.

Parking in downtown DC is, let's say, difficult.

We stayed at Cherry Hill RV park where the city buses come to the campground. Made it very convenient.
__________________
2004 Monaco La Palma 36DBD, W22, 8.1, 7.1 MPG
2000 LEXUS RX300 FWD 22MPG 4020 LBS

Don't know where I'm going, spose I'll get there anyway.
Arch Hoagland is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-24-2019, 08:49 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
damdannyboy's Avatar
 
Newmar Owners Club
Nor'easters Club
Workhorse Chassis Owner
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 416
First time! Lots to see. First stop Arlington.Next Try one of those on and off Bus tours and you can take your time at each stop, also make the trip out to the Air & Space museum at Dulles it’s worth the trip and not as crowded as the one on the mall. We’ll be at Arlington on the 6th for a funeral, staying out at Bull Run. Bring your best walking shoes and refillable water bottle and sun screen and hats and sun glasses, pick what you really wants see because never see it all Just take time and enjoy what you can!

Damdannyboy
__________________
.....Damdannyboy........
2019 Northwood Arctic Fox 27 5L
damdannyboy is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 08-24-2019, 09:09 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2019
Posts: 145
X2 on using the Metro, the on and off tourist buses, and your own toad to go the Air & Space annex out near Dulles airport. Way bigger than the one downtown.

Andrews is close to a couple of Metro stations, so just consult some maps and strike out on your adventure. Every single one of the above posters are right because there is a lot to see and every museum, memorial, display, or government building is worth seeing. Prioritize your list and go for it!

Washington is becoming a true foodie destination, too.

My own biased suggestion would be to go see the WWII memorial at dusk to get the full effect of the lights and water. The Vietnam Memorial is truly moving when seen after dark as is the Korean War Memorial. The Holocaust Museum will touch your soul.

If time permits, the Pentagon tour is first rate, but you will spend a fair chunk of your time traveling and going through security. Another visit that is difficult to arrange and will chew up a bunch of your time is the White House tour.

Because I live here, I've played tour guide for family and friends many times over the years and I still have not seen it all. Hope you enjoy your stay.
__________________
2019 "Baby" Entegra Vision 29S
2013 Ford C-Max w/Invis-a-Brake
(sometimes cargo trailer with Trike)
RI Expat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-25-2019, 02:04 PM   #9
Member
 
Thor Owners Club
Join Date: Jun 2019
Posts: 59
If you're still in or going to be in DC, I have a couple of suggestions.

First, contact your senator's office. They have LOTS of goodies they hand out to constituents like special tours, passes to hearings, etc.

Secondly, if you'd like to dress up for lunch just a bit, there is a staff dining room in the Castle Building. It's open to the public on a limited basis for lunch. WOW what a place to rub elbows.

Speaking of rubbing elbows, check out the Old Ebbitt Grill at happy hour. You'll need a playbook of who's who in DC politics.

Last, I have to recommend the National Museum of American History.

I would freely use taxies, Uber or Lyft to get around the mall area. You'll want to save your energy for the museums. They are a LOT farther apart than they appear.

Have fun! I'm jealous!
woodbender is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-25-2019, 04:44 PM   #10
Senior Member
 
Freightliner Owners Club
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Western WA
Posts: 1,186
If, per chance you do drive into D.C. while you are there, BEWARE of the signs on parking restrictions and times those restrictions are in effect. While visiting The Wall several years ago, I parked on the street very near The Wall. Signs warned of towing your vehicle if it was there after a certain time. I missed getting back to the car to move it by less than two minutes. The car had already been drug onto the grass next to where it had been parked and a hefty parking fine ticket was left on the windshield. Did not Make My Day!
__________________
'07 Winnebago Journey 34H, ISB-02, MH2500
Toad - '08 Ford Taurus X
Blue Ox, Aventa
US Gear UBS
FleetMan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-26-2019, 06:45 AM   #11
Senior Member
 
Belgique's Avatar
 
Fleetwood Owners Club
Freightliner Owners Club
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Hickory, NC
Posts: 757
Re parking at the Metro lot(s). Do they fill up or are there usually spaces?
__________________
Hickory, NC. 2007 Fleetwood Discovery 40X
Belgique is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 09-28-2019, 06:40 AM   #12
Senior Member
 
Dogman635UT's Avatar
 
Appalachian Campers
iRV2 No Limits Club
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 665
Blog Entries: 3
USE THE SUBWAY once parked outside of the CITY. Check out the Capital and Lincoln memorial.

Enjoy the time
__________________

__________________
"A ship is Guided by its rudder, the smallest part of the ship. Guide your life's direction by what and how you speak. Guard your tong, before you run a ground, by your bad choice of words." By DogMan
Dogman635UT is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Military Campgrounds (Tinker AFB, Lackland AFB, Corpus Christy NAS) esox07 Camping Locations, Plans & Trip Reports 20 08-11-2015 06:22 AM
West Yellowstone to Andrews AFB, Clinton, MA Lloydu Navigation, Routes & Roads 9 07-11-2014 11:18 PM
St. Andrews State Park pemsit Camping Locations, Plans & Trip Reports 7 05-25-2011 07:17 AM
Has anyone camped in Raph J Andrews Park, NC Bobby C Camping Locations, Plans & Trip Reports 2 04-24-2008 09:04 AM
St. Andrews SP FloraBama Camping Locations, Plans & Trip Reports 2 08-08-2006 03:37 PM

» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 08:07 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
×