America’s ultimate hometown, Washington, DC offers visitors world-class museums and monuments, unique neighbourhoods, Michelin-rated restaurants, gorgeous parks, and endless performing arts options. Where else in the world can you visit with a 19-foot President Lincoln, read the real US Constitution, see Dorothy’s ruby red slippers, and admire internationally acclaimed art?
Begin by checking out the inspiring memorials and world-famous monuments around the National Mall, where history is made every day. A visit to one or more of the famous Smithsonian Museums is a must, and with free entry, it’s no wonder the world’s largest museum complex is one of DC’s top attractions.
Take some time to venture off the National Mall to explore the city’s collection of sidewalk cafés, quaint boutiques, gorgeous parks and gardens, charming museums and trendy nightlife. Georgetown is DC’s most historic neighbourhood – where JFK proposed to Jackie (in Billy Martin’s Tavern) and today is a hotspot for shopping, dining and nightlife. If you’re feeling adventurous, head to the Georgetown Waterfront and rent a kayak or canoe for a view of the city from the Potomac River.
Just across the Potomac River from Washington, DC is Arlington, Virginia and the hallowed grounds of Arlington National Cemetery — the final resting place of President John F. Kennedy — Arlington has inspiring memorials and skyline views of the nation’s capital.
If you are looking to explore further into Virginia, be sure to visit Charlottesville, Thomas Jefferson’s hometown in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and Williamsburg, where you can experience America’s beginnings. If you’re looking for a relaxing beach stay, Virginia Beach is home to the world’s longest pleasure beach.
Within about an hour’s drive of Washington, DC there are a variety of cities to explore across Maryland – east to the Maryland’s capital city by the water, Annapolis, or west towards the Appalachian Mountains to explore the hip and historic city of Frederick.
Across Virginia and Maryland, there are many scenic byways; discover the charms of the Chesapeake Bay or the serenity of Shenandoah National Park, two of America’s greatest natural wonders. History buffs will marvel at the region’s collection of historic attractions and Civil War driving trails.
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