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Senior camping near Washington, DC

The warmer months always spark a sense of adventure, offering an opportunity to check off a box on our bucket lists, try a new vacation destination, or simply enjoy nature’s bounty. Fortunately, the Washington, D.C., area has a little bit of everything, including mountains a few hours’ drive west and the breeze coming off the Chesapeake Bay or Atlantic Ocean just a quick drive east.

But did you know that one of the best local camping spots in the region is also just a quick drive north? Nestled in Millersville, Maryland, Kampgrounds of America hosts its Capitol KOA location, offering a nice way for RVers, casual campers, glampers, and outdoor enthusiasts alike a great way to escape the hustle and bustle without breaking the bank.

So just what could a trip to Capitol KOA look like for you, an active senior?

KOA Camping

Just like all KOA campsites, the Capitol KOA is family owned and run, with the owners themselves living on-site. KOA was first founded in the 1960s and has since grown to around 500 sites across North America. Each campsite has strict rules about cleanliness, has on-site teams to handle repairs and other issues, and is built to handle long-term campers, RVs, and short-term visitors interested in staying in a cabin or on a tent site.

Capitol KOA is set on 50 acres of countryside and offers deluxe and camping cabins, RV sites of up to 90 feet, a dog park, and everything you need for a great trip, from firewood to bike rentals. 

Camping with Convenience

If you’ve stayed at a KOA site before, you know that no two KOA locations are the same but do all have the following features in common:

  • Laundry rooms
  • Restrooms with showers and hot water
  • A general store for camping supplies and other basic items
  • Playgrounds
  • Fire pits, grills, and picnic tables

Capitol KOA also has a pool, a pavilion available for rent, and even its own special events calendar. To see a bit more for yourself, you can check out Capitol KOA’s virtual tour here.

Amazing Amenities

If that wasn’t enough to catch your eye, Capitol KOA can also be a great place to meet friends and family from outside of the region, especially because it offers shuttle service to Washington so that groups can get a taste of the city before a calm evening. The site is also close to Annapolis, Baltimore, and the Inner Harbor.

Recognizing that not every camper wants to rough it, Capitol KOA also offers camping cabins (with no bathrooms or kitchens) that fit up to six people, as well as deluxe cabins with full showers and bathrooms as well as partial kitchens. Capitol KOA also offers free Wi-Fi that covers most of the main grounds. 

Booking Your Trip

To get started arranging your own trip, KOA allows for online and phone reservations for the current season as well as portions of the following season. KOA members can also enjoy a 10 percent savings for each night of their visit. 

And to help plan your visit, KOA staff can provide recommendations based on your interests and ability levels, including hikes, lodging, and other activities. 

This is just one of the many recommendations that the residents and team at Arbor Terrace Waugh Chapel make to seniors who are interested in staying busy and social and enjoying their retirement in the Washington area. To learn more about our senior-friendly activities and what sets our team apart from the rest, contact us here.

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Chris Harper

About the Author: Chris Harper

As the vice president of communications for The Arbor Company, Chris is responsible for digital marketing, public relations, technology and design.