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Silver Spring, Maryland, one of Washington, D.C.'s largest suburbs, is the ideal place to begin your RV rental vacation. Just north of Washington, D.C. and within a short drive of some of the nation's most fascinating national parks, when you book an RV in Silver Spring, you're free to explore both the great outdoors and the nation's capital. From misty mountain ridges to the Capitol Building, with a Silver Spring motorhome rental, you'll have unparalleled opportunities to explore the very best of the entire area and beyond.
Park your Silver Springs camper rental nearby and travel into D.C. for a day of sightseeing enjoyed the easy way. Aside from visiting the capital, you'll also want to spend some time getting acquainted with Silver Springs itself. Known as "Maryland's Gateway to the Capital," Silver Springs is a diverse and lively place to visit. Home to a variety of restaurants, leisure facilities, and entertainment venues, there's plenty to see and do. Big city trips and sightseeing can be tiring, with a Silver Springs RV rental you can easily escape to some of the finest parks in the region to relax and recharge.
Home to several golf courses, some exceptional annual festivals, and plenty of quirky, unusual attractions, including the longest escalator in the Western Hemisphere and National Capital Trolley Museum, Silver Springs is a fun, friendly place to visit. It's also a flourishing arts and entertainment center, thanks to the popular American Film Institute Silver Theatre and Cultural Center. If you're visiting in September, be sure to check out the city's annual Jazz Festival that draws big names from the world of jazz.
There are plenty of fantastic state and national parks in the surrounding area just waiting to be discovered with your Silver Springs motorhome rental. Less than half an hour's drive brings you to the picturesque, 800-acre Great Falls Park. A popular stop on the George Washington Memorial Parkway, Great Falls Park is an ideal place to study the area's history and nature. Home to Great Falls, where the Potomac River cascades over sharp rocks down into narrow Mather Gorge, and the historic Patowmack Canal, the park offers a wealth of activities and points of interest. View the falls from one of the three overlooks, or take the River Trail. Other activities include cycling on the five miles of dedicated trails, climbing or whitewater boating for the more adventurous. Fishing, bird watching, and hiking are also favorite pastimes, and the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail also runs through the part in addition to the park's 15 miles of hiking trails. Be sure to view the park film and museum exhibits down at the visitor center to really make the most of your visit.
Just over an hour's drive in your Silver Spring luxury RV rental and you'll arrive at Catoctin Mountain Park, with its scenic vistas and rugged ridges. With 25 miles of hiking trails, there's plenty to choose from with trails to suit all abilities. Hike one of the East Side trails for stunning views, Cunningham Falls access, and historical and interpretive exhibits. Or try out a West Side trail for a wilder, more natural experience, including the Catoctin National Recreation Trail which runs for over 26 miles along the eastern ridge of Frederick County's Blue Ridge Mountains. The trail spans some four parks, skirting several lakes, historic districts, and some prehistorical archaeological resources, as well as some stunning vistas. Stop by at the visitor center to view exhibits on the park's history and wildlife. There is also some great trout fishing available, two orienteering courses, and rock climbing at Wolf Rock.
Shenandoah National Park is just an hour and a half away in your Silver Spring camper rental. With over 200,000 acres of protected lands and more than 500 miles of trails, Shenandoah is the place to head when you truly want to get away from it all. Make the most of your Silver Springs luxury RV rental and take in the beauty of the park with a drive down the park's Skyline Drive. On a clear day, it takes approximately three hours to complete the drive that covers 105 miles along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Skyline Drive features almost 70 scenic viewpoints with incredible vistas. Visit one or all of the park's three visitor centers for exhibits and information. There are also a number of dining facilities open in the park for when you work up an appetite out on the trail. Besides hiking, other popular park activities include fishing, biking down Skyline Drive, and wildlife viewing. As over 40% of the park are designated wilderness areas, there's a wide variety of wildlife, with 50 species of mammals and over 190 types of birds present in the park.
If you enjoy learning about the past as well as experiencing the great outdoors, take your Silver Spring RV rental down to Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, just under two hours' drive away. Combine views, hiking, and history in this unique park. Visit a living history workshop or hike out along Civil War skirmish lines. Living history event weekends are scheduled throughout the year, ranging from artillery demonstrations to 19th-century farming, so be sure to check out what's going on around the dates of your Silver Spring RV rental vacation. Visit Lower Town Harpers Ferry and stroll down its historical streets or take a guided park tour. Harpers Ferry is the mid-point of the Appalachian Trail as well as providing access to the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park which connects with the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail. The park's 20 miles of trails range from short riverside strolls to the difficult Loudoun Heights Trail.
It's well worth parking your Silver Spring RV rental nearby for hassle-free sightseeing trips into D.C. With a small selection of campgrounds in the wider surrounding area, you'll have a reasonable amount of choices, just be sure to reserve early as sites tend to book up pretty quickly.
Just eight miles away, Cherry Hill Campground could be worth considering when you're looking for somewhere to park the Silver Spring motorhome rental. One of the closest campsites to Washington D.C., Cherry Hill is open year-round. All sites feature full hookups and Wi-Fi. The campground features two solar-heated pools, a hot tub, and an on-site cafe. There are also seasonal movie nights, tractor rides, and other events. The campground shuttle is a handy way to reach the bus depot for day trips into D.C. without having to unhitch your Silver Spring RV rental.
If you prefer less amenities and more nature, then check out the campground at Greenbelt Park, just 10 miles from Silver Spring. There are no hookups, this is off-grid only; however, here you'll feel a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The park features 10 miles of hiking trails and three picnic areas. There are hot water showers and restrooms, drinking water and a dump station available to registered campers. The Washington D.C. Metro Transit System is only a mile and a half away, and major shopping centers are located within half a mile's drive.
When you pick up and drop off your Silver Spring campervan rental, be sure to take some time out to explore the city. A state-designated Arts and Entertainment Center, Silver Springs makes an interesting place to visit. Check out some of the city's street art, attend a live music event at The Fillmore, or catch an independent film at the American Film Institute Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, among other activities. There are plenty of annual events such as the Silverdocs Documentary Film Festival, the Silver Spring Jazz Festival, and various ethnic festivals held throughout the year.
The Silver Spring B&O Railroad Station is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is worth a visit. If you prefer quirky, somewhat unusual places, then you could stop at the National Museum of Health and Medicine. Established during the Civil War, this military museum exhibits the past, present, and future of American military medicine. You can see extremely diverse exhibits ranging from robots to body parts. The museum is also interesting from a historical point of view, with collections that bring the past to life. Another unique site with a historical focus is the National Capital Trolley Museum, where you can find out all about the historic trolley car and even take a ride in one.
If you want to take it easy and spend some time relaxing, Silver Springs is home to several golf courses as well as an ice skating arena. You could also visit Burnt Mills East Special Park for an afternoon outdoors and access to the Northwest Branch Trail, a popular 12-mile trail. Dining in Silver Springs is a great opportunity to try out some varied cuisines, with fusion restaurants and a wide variety of national and regional chains to choose from as well as local eateries.