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Old 08-08-2011, 02:32 PM   #1
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Want to visit the Smithsonian and other sights in the DC area in the next couple of weeks. Any recommendations on a CG and tips on public transportation would be appreciated.
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Old 08-09-2011, 03:52 AM   #2
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In 2008 we stayed at 'Cherry Hill RV Park' which is off of I-95. Good Sam
The park has about 400 sites, has everything and the transit system picks up at the park.
The park staff will help you arrange your trip to DC.
We got on a bus that took us to a subway and the next thing we know we popped out of the ground in the middle of DC.
No traffic hassles and the park is easy toget to with an rv.
We stayed three nights, have a great trip.
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Old 08-09-2011, 04:05 AM   #3
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Another thumbs up for Cherry Hill. It is a fantastic campground. Two large pools, large laundromat,restaurant, store, free Wi-Fi, cable TV, and the best part they have a DC Metro bus stop IN the campground. The bus will take you to a Metro rail station and you can ride the Metro right into DC. Very easy and clean system.

If you choose to ride the Metro get yourself a SmartTrip card. This is arechargeable RFID card you just tap on readers on the bus or train. No cash or tokens needed:

http://www.wmata.com/fares/smartrip/

You can order these online for $30 a piece and they come with $25 fare ($5 for the card). Or you can purchase at kiosks at the rail stations.

The Metro bus stop in the campground takes you to the College Park rail station. The bus ride from the campground to that station is about 20 minutes. Another option is to drive to the Greenbelt station which is only a few minutes from the campground and hop on the train from there. You do have to pay to park and deal with a few miles of Beltway h*ll though. We took the bus each day to College Park.

Only downside to Cherry Hill...they are on the intersection of I95 and 495. These two roads are VERY busy and the road noise is quite evident throughout the campground.

Other than that, they scored an A+ from us.





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Old 08-09-2011, 04:47 AM   #4
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Once you get into the city check out the "Old Town Trolley" for sightseeing. We were there last winter (stayed in a hotel, no camping). We parked the car at the Union Station and jumped on the trolley there. They do several different loops throughout the city and you can jump on and off at each different stop whenever you want so you can spend as much time as you wantseeing what you want to see. If I remember right it was like $30 for a 2 day pass. Here's a link to their web sight if you want more info
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Old 08-09-2011, 01:44 PM   #5
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Thanks for the info, will definitely check out Cherry Hill and the trolley. The traffic and parking was a big concern, but maybe won't be too bad using the Metro.
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Old 09-29-2011, 04:18 AM   #6
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So, Marvin and Marion, how was your trip to D.C with your new Cruiser?
Were you there during the earthquake?
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Old 09-29-2011, 08:46 AM   #7
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Had to reschedule that part of our trip, thanks to Hurricane Irene and the wildfire in the Dismal Swamp. Have family in Wilmington, NC and Chesapeake, VA and both were affected so we spent some extra time with them helping out, (maybe next year) but we did head south to St. Augustine, Daytona, and the Keys for several very enjoyable weeks
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Old 09-29-2011, 03:05 PM   #8
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Too bad about Washington, maybe next time.
Hope all turned out ok where you were for your family and all.
Sounds like you are still having a good trip.
Safe travels
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Old 06-14-2012, 02:03 PM   #9
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OK, so it's next year already and we are at Cherry Hill Park. It is everything you all have said it would be; a great place to stay and visit the DC area, I would highly recommend it. First time on a city bus or subway...no problems. Took a night tour then went back by Metro to the museuems next day. Today we drove to Baltimore for the Star Spangled Sailabration (200th anniversary of the War of 1812) and toured several of the Tall Ships, what a great time to be here.
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