Heading to the nation’s capital for a little RV R and R this summer? Join the patriotic masses as you venture into one of the most inviting urban camping locales in the Northeast. With hundreds of free museums, a wonderful web of public transportation and a melting pot of different cultures, it’s no wonder that D.C. scores at the top of the list for spots to go RVing as noted by Coach-Net. Here are some highlights and tips for making the most of your time in the U.S. capital.

The Lincoln Memorial

Lincoln Memorial

There are presidential monuments galore, but you shouldn’t leave D.C. without seeing a few of the most widely recognized statues of our nation’s greatest leaders. The Lincoln Memorial should be your first stop. It features a 19-foot marble statue of Abraham Lincoln that overlooks the Reflecting Pool, which has been a monumental part of U.S. History. This structure is located within steps of the Washington Monument.

The Washington Monument

Take a peak at this fabulous 555-foot tall marble obelisk.

Museums Abound

Washington D.C. offers a wealth of opportunities for touring museums. Choose your picks according to interest, or by location if you are short on time. Some suggestions include:

  • Madame Tussauds Washington D.C.
  • International Spy Museum
  • Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens
  • Folger Shakespeare Library
  • The Civil War in America
  • The National Air and Space Museum
  • The National Building Museum
  • The National Children’s Museum
  • The National Museum of American History

Where to Park Your RV

An issue with most RV owners is where to park your gear when you have arrived in an urban area. While you could stay outside of the city of D.C. in traditional campgrounds located 30 miles away in Virginia, you certainly don’t have to. Consider staying at historical Union Station in Downtown D.C. There is a parking garage that is most frequently used by tourist buses. However, you are more than welcome to park your RV in this garage.

You will not be allowed to camp in your RV. However, this is a short-term solution for staying and parking your rig in the city. With 24-hour security at the garage and free Wi-Fi, public bathrooms and coffee within walking distance at Union Station, you can make the most of a safe and secure parking situation. Additionally, Union Station is in the center of the city, so you are in the prime place for catching the Metro for a day trip.

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