Well kept city parks and nearby state parks make D.C. the ideal urban environment for getting outdoors.
Washington, D.C is one of the most-visited spots in the United States. It’s packed with iconic sights, from the Lincoln Memorial to the White House. Whether you’re coming alone or with a group, camping is a great way to see the nation’s capital. You won’t find any tent or RV sites within the city. Instead, look to the green spaces in Maryland and Virginia. For primitive tent camping, try Robert C. McDonell Campground. Bull Run Regional Park offers cabins, tent sites, and sites with full hookups. Just 12 miles from downtown, Greenbelt Park welcomes tents and RVs in 174 sites. With its wooded landscape and 9 miles of hiking trails, this park is the perfect place to relax. It’s run by the National Park Service, so you can reserve sites online. RV travelers should head for Pohick Bay Regional Park. At this Potomac River spot, you’ll find 100 sites with 30-amp hookups. The park also offers tent sites and comfortable cabins. The onsite lake provides swimming and boating during the warmer months. Within an hour of the city, you can also find year-round private campgrounds with Wi-Fi and other amenities. Once you’re settled in, there’s plenty to explore in the D.C. area. Explore 1,700-acre Rock Creek Park by bike or on horseback. Rent a kayak at Georgetown Waterfront Park and paddle the Potomac or the Tidal Basin. Feel like running? The Mount Vernon Trail offers great views of the D.C. skyline.