|Trip planning materials|
Recently we decided to travel back to D.C., and this time explore some of the other tourist attractions and less well known museums and sights. With that idea in mind, I ordered some free travel planning materials from www.washington.org and got busy making our itinerary.
The RV Goddess and The Travels of Kimbopolo. So, armed with the visitors' guide and map I had received, along with the blog information and the internet, I put together a one week sightseeing foray into the big city.
Both of those blog writers highly recommended staying at the Cherry Hill RV Park in College Park, Maryland, so I booked a week there. Apparently this is THE campground from which to conveniently explore the D.C. area. With over 400 sites, and all the other possible campground amenities available, this campground promises to be "a monumental experience" according to its pamphlet. Although the sites are fairly close together, we had a decent pull-thru site with all the utilities for a price far less than that of staying in a city hotel for the same amount of time.
Let me just back up and say first that we have clearly learned one lesson. That is, we will never drive from home into the Washington area again on a Friday evening. I don't know what we were thinking. What Mapquest indicates is a three hour trip took us 5 1/2 hours. And, it wasn't exactly a pleasant, enjoy-the-scenery drive, either. It was a traffic nightmare - a white knuckle experience of strategically maneuvering a behemoth fifth wheel in 5/6/7 lane Friday night traffic. Never. Again.
|It's a large RV park, as you can see.|
However, a good night of sleep does wonders, and we woke in a better frame of mind the next morning, ready to get moving and see the sights.
On our first day of sightseeing we purchased two metro Smartrip cards for metro fares and parking fares at metro stations. There are metro fare machines at each metro station that allow you to easily add money to your smartrip cards as needed.
Every evening I would look up our next day's metro fares online according to where we were headed, and then we'd add cash to our cards as calculated. I'm pleased to say that at the end of our trip we only had $ .95 remaining on each card, and that is only because we traveled back to the RV park before the prime time rush hour fares took effect that last evening.
It is a good system, and as parking is known to be scarce right inside Washington D.C., and especially around the monuments and museums, it is a convenient and fairly inexpensive way to get around. I carried my tiny Metro System Map with me at all times, and we were easily able to figure out which lines to take, and how to transfer from one to another line when required.
So those were the basic logistics of our trip, as far as where we stayed and how we got around. Most of the days we ate breakfast in the camper before leaving, and carried water and a packed lunch in a small backpack along with us. We generally found a restaurant somewhere for dinner each evening.
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