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getting from RV drop-off in Manassas to Washington DC

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getting from RV drop-off in Manassas to Washington DC

Hi everyone - we would be grateful for some advice, please. Apologies if this is a bit complicated.

We're just planning details for a "trip of a lifetime" holiday and I'm stuck on this next step:

We will be dropping off a rental RV at the Cruise America depot in Manassas on a Monday in mid November. We will have quite a lot of luggage, because we will have arrived in the USA 2 weeks earlier off a cruise ship. 3 suitcases and our carry-on bags.

We need to get to Washington, DC where we have rented an apartment for a few days before we fly back home to England.

I'm trying to find the most convenient / economical way to get from the CA depot to our apartment (which is near Union Metro Station). We won't be in a rush because we have to drop off the RV early in the morning and we can't get into our apartment until 3pm.

Cruise America don't offer a transfer (I'm told) so I'm wondering whether it would be practical to get a cab to Dulles airport and then use the Metro from there. I've never been to Washington, so am not familiar with the Metro system. Would it be a direct journey to Capitol station? I imagine that it wouldn't be practical to use public transport (if any exists) to get to the airport..

I had thought that as we have spare time, we could have lunch at the airport before travelling into town.

Or are there any better options?

Thank you for any advice.

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11. Re: getting from RV drop-off in Manassas to Washington DC

To be relatively close to your morning destination, I would look into camping the night before at one of the Northern VA Regional Parks. Bull Run would be closest; I'm pretty sure there's a dump station at Pohick Bay which isn't too far away either. I don't know if they are still open in November, but you can contact them and find out.


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12. Re: getting from RV drop-off in Manassas to Washington DC

You might consider dropping the RV in Richmond since you are coming from the south. The drop spot is a service station on Broad St just a few miles from the Staples Mill Amtrak station where you can catch a train to Union Station. You can check the CA website for a link to the drop off location. They have been in business a long time, although I don't have personal experience with them. I have no idea whether you would pay a premium to drop off at a place that is not a CA hub. You would probably still need to arrange a taxi to the train station. Unless you specifically wanted to visit Manassas, this would spare you the often unpleasant drive from Richmond to DC area.

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