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Gaithersburg, MD, is a mid-size city located 25 miles southeast of Frederick and 25 miles northwest of Washington, D.C., and is just a few miles from the shores of the Potomac River. When you book an RV in Gaithersburg, you’ll find it to be a wonderful place to not only visit, but truly explore.
The city is split into two sections by Interstate 270. The eastern side of the city is the older part. The landmarks and buildings throughout the eastern side of Gaithersburg truly harken back to its heritage and history. There is even an “Olde Towne” that will allow you to feel as though you’re immersed in history as you stroll down the streets.
When you rent an RV in Gaitherburg, you’ll be planted near the nation’s capital, the Atlantic Ocean and the Appalachian Mountains. Just a 30-minute drive in the Gaithersburg RV rental will land you in the heart of Washington, DC and other historic destinations are also within easy reach, too, including Gettysburg.
Anyone who is visiting this region of the country for the first time should certainly plan at least one full day to explore the nation’s capital city. You may want to spend an entire evening or deep into the night in Washington, DC. While this may not technically constitute the ‘great outdoors,’ there are so many outdoor activities to enjoy. They include the National Mall where you can visit the Lincoln Memorial and the Reflecting Pool, and see the Washington Monument, Capitol Building, and a short stroll away is the White House.
Within Rock Creek Regional Park, you’ll find Lake Needwood. This spot is a perfect destination to get a peaceful and tranquil escape from the urban areas that surround Gaithersburg. This lovely park is not too far away in Rockville. Even in such close proximity to the nation’s capital, this park offers a respite from the hustle and bustle of major cities. It is a relatively modest lake with a boathouse and several hiking trails. It’s a great place to enjoy a picnic lunch, listen to the birds, and feel the nice cool breezes.
Observatory Park is a well-hidden gem, just 25 miles south of town. It is one of a few telescope observatories around the world that were established in 1899 to measure the “wobble” of Earth. There’s plenty of history here and for those who love science or just a great stroll around on a glorious day, you can learn a lot about how people operated the telescope here and enjoy a peaceful and quiet interlude.
Travis Park offers some play equipment for children. Across the street is a small shopping center. The grounds are well-maintained and clean. If you are fortunate on the particular day you visit, you may see some deer and other wildlife tramping through the grounds.
You shouldn’t have any trouble finding a place to park your motorhome rental near Gaithersburg. While there aren’t a lot of campground options within the city, there are quite a few places to choose from in the surrounding area.
Little Bennett Regional Park has hiking and biking trails and offers scenic, pull-through RV sites. The park has restroom and shower facilities, and there is a dump station on site.
A little bit south of Gaithersburg in Reston is Lake Fairfax Park. RV sites here include electrical hoookups and a picnic table. Pets are welcome and the park has bathroom and shower facilities.
Private RV parks can be found by expanding the search to both the Washington D.C., and Frederick areas.
Gaithersburg, Maryland, offers plenty to see and do throughout the city itself. You can start with the Rockville Town Square to do some shopping. It’s great for kids to expend some pent-up energy and offers street-level stores and various dining options.
Gaithersburg Community Museum is a small railroad museum and gift shop. For kids young and old, this is a great stop for those who are fascinated by trains or railway history. The Theater at the Arts Barn is great for those who have a flair for the creative arts. It’s a small theater that produces community performances. There’s not a bad seat in the house and when you book a camper rental in Gaithersburg, you can spend an afternoon or evening enjoying some great entertainment.
All in all, Gaithersburg, Maryland, is situated in such a perfect location that, in just a short drive, you can enjoy some incredible beauty and natural wonder, and also immerse yourself in the area’s rich history at various Civil War monuments and spend some quality time visiting the nation’s capital.