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DO NOT visit Washington D.C…………..
… Unless you have a week or more to spend touring all of the museums and facilities.
Seriously! We drove up to DC last week to meet three of our friends from out-of-town. Fran was from New York, Paul from southern California and Selena recently arrived in the USA from China. None of the three had ever visited our Nation’s Capitol. They were totally blown away by the sights – especially Selena!
Nancy, Oscar and I parked the RV just north of the Capitol at Cherry Hill Park in Maryland. Our friends checked into a nearby motel.
The best way for visitors to get into DC is to use the Metro system. DO NOT even think about trying to drive into the city.
To board the Metro from Cherry Hill Park all you do is walk up to the bus stop in front of the park office. There you catch a bus for a very short ride to the College Park Metro Train Station on the green line. You should purchase your fare tickets at the campground office before boarding the Metro.
The train (subway) will take you directly into DC and stop at the L’Enfant station, which is one block from the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum.
The Air and Space Museum is simply AWESOME. Anyone, from 5 to 105 should enjoy spending hours and hours examining the exhibits. After becoming somewhat tired from walking and standing, we decided to see what the I-Max 3-D program on the Hubble Telescope was all about. Now, understand we have watched 3-D presentations at locations like Disney and our science museum in Richmond. But, this one was so realistic that you actually felt like you were one of the astronauts on the space shuttle replacing parts on the Hubble.
After spending a short 3 hours in the Air and Space Museum we decided to jump on one of the Old Town Trolley’s and take a tour around the heart of DC. The nice thing about these trolleys is you can get off at any location, tour the facility, and then get back on the trolley for transportation to the next location. We made a loop on the “orange” route just getting a feeling of what was there to see. We passed the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, White House, U.S. Capitol, and Union Station. There were many more monuments and museums along the route that would be fantastic to tour. The drive-around tour lasted perhaps an hour and a half and gives one a “feel” for what to see and where to go.
We jumped off the trolley at the Ford Theater Museum to grab a late lunch at the Hard Rock Café’. If you have never visited a Hard Rock, you are missing a lot of fun and a tremendous journey into the history of rock and roll.
Back on the trolley, we returned to our starting point and made a beeline for the Museum of Natural History.. Once more we were mesmerized by all of the displays – especially those that included the dinosaurs. We stayed until the guards began to usher people out the door for closing at 5:30 p.m..
Selena was overwhelmed, probably much more so than the rest of our group. There is so much to see and so many places to go – many free or at an extremely low cost.
Nancy and I decided that we would return to Cherry Hill Park soon and spend at least five days if not a week touring our Nation’s Capital City and perhaps some of the surrounding area.
It was kind of cool that our President came out to the campground to see me when he learned we were in town.
I’m not really a Democrat, or for that matter a Republican or Tea Party activist. I am an American and want what is best for our country and our people – not a particular political party.
Like him or not – Mr. Obama is our President, elected by the majority. Nancy snapped the picture below in the park office.
HAPPY CAMPING TRAILS TO ALL!