Washington, D.C., may not be the usual outdoor oasis you envision when thinking of traveling in your RV, but it’s actually one of the friendliest cities in the nation for motor homes and travel trailers. It’s called “urban camping,” and with the city’s rich history, free museums, campgrounds and addictive restaurants, you’ll probably want to make D.C. one of your go-to camping destinations.
Motor Homes Welcome
If you’ve been avoiding taking your RV to D.C. because you’re afraid there’s no place to camp near the capital, think again.
Cherry Hill Park, the closest campground to D.C., is just 12 miles north of the city, and it’s an ideal place to park your RV. The campground even offers rides into the capital multiple times per day, so you never have to worry about maneuvering your motor home in city traffic. Indulge in the sauna, hot tub and free WIFI after a long day of sightseeing.
Free Museums and Attractions
Forget about breaking the bank with museum tickets for the entire family. D.C. offers hundreds of free museums and landmarks open to the public.
Botanic Gardens is located on the National Mall and is a gardener’s haven in the concrete city. With roughly 4,000 living plants, it’s hard not to spend an entire day wandering through the gardens.
What’s a trip to D.C. without paying homage to our country’s leaders? Take a free tour through the historic Ford Theater where President Lincoln was assassinated. View exhibits honoring Lincoln’s life and hear the true story of the night he was tragically killed.
The U.S. Capitol Building offers free guided tours as well. Learn about the Senate and House of Representatives or just enjoy the architecture of one of our country’s most prominent landmarks.
Of course you can’t go to D.C. and not visit the numerous monuments, such as the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, and Vietnam Memorial Wall.
Then there’s the Smithsonian, a museum complex that hosts a variety of subjects, from natural history to aviation.
Thinking of taking a daytrip to D.C. in your motor home, but fearing the nightmare of finding a parking space for your vehicle? The Union Station parking garage in downtown D.C. offers parking intended for tour buses, but motor homes are permitted too. For $22, you can park your RV worry-free for 24 hours.