Highlights of the Capital Region
Highlights of the Capital Region
There is so much more to the Capital Region than Washington DC. This fly-drive holiday around the Capital Region will take you from the famous sights of the White House to Atlantic beaches, historical monuments, National Parks and some of America’s best drives. Add to the mix short drives, wineries, wildlife and spectacular gardens and you have the makings of an excellent holiday.
This itinerary is flexible and can be tailor-made to suit you; if you want to add extra days in one area, extend the holiday or maybe change the direction of travel. Talk to one of our experts about how to make this holiday the perfect one for you.
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Itinerary (14 Nights)
Here’s a day-by-day guide to your itinerary. Feel free to ask us to add other days or ideas and excursions by contacting us directly, so we can give you the best price.
Arrive in Washington DC and transfer to your hotel where you will stay for three...
Arrive in Washington DC and transfer to your hotel where you will stay for three nights. At once an international crossroads and America’s ultimate hometown, Washington, DC offers visitors inspiring museums and monuments, diverse neighbourhoods, world-class restaurants, gorgeous parks and gardens, and endless entertainment and nightlife.
Where else in the world can you visit with a 19-foot President Lincoln (Lincoln Memorial), read the original U.S. Constitution (The National Archives), see Dorothy’s ruby-red slippers (National Museum of American History) and soak in internationally acclaimed art Only here.
3 nights Washington
Washington DC and the Capital Region to Baltimore
Collect your hire car then drive for an hour to Baltimore, head for the Inner...
Washington DC and the Capital Region
Collect your hire car then drive for an hour to Baltimore, head for the Inner Harbor, where the Top of the World observation level at the World Trade Center offers a panoramic view of the entire city. Make tracks to the B&O Railroad Museum, where you can hop aboard a historical train, or get a glimpse into the lives of a variety of sharks, marine mammals, reptiles, fish and more at the National Aquarium.
Tempt your taste buds at bars and restaurants in the historic waterfront neighbourhood of Fells Point and enjoy the Inner Harbor’s relaxed atmosphere, enlivened by musicians and street performers.
A must-see is Fort McHenry, a star-shaped fort where Americans resisted a British fleet during the War of 1812. Those soldiers’ defence provided the inspiration for America’s national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
2 nights Baltimore
Baltimore to Roanoke
Follow the Historic National Road out of Baltimore and west to Frederick, a crossroads of...
Follow the Historic National Road out of Baltimore and west to Frederick, a crossroads of American history. Take a walking tour and learn about battlefield surgery in the National Museum of Civil War Medicine before heading south for Antietam, scene of the bloodiest single day in American military history. Your next stop will be Winchester, Virginia to visit the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley. It tells the story of the valley’s history and the area’s culture and is surrounded by seven acres of spectacular gardens.
From there, check out the stalactites and stalagmites of Luray Caverns, then drive the breathtaking Skyline Drive through the 200,000-acre Shenandoah National Park. Hike along trails and admire waterfalls, wildflowers and more from one of the 75 overlooks, or take a guided ranger tour or horseback ride through the park.
Heading south, Skyline Drive becomes the Blue Ridge Parkway, “America’s favourite drive.” Continue along the parkway to Roanoke, Virginia, where you will discover a wealth of outdoor recreation right in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
1 night Roanoke
Roanoke to Charlottesville
Charlottesville is a college town with a youthful, sophisticated vibe. The surrounding area is famous...
Charlottesville is a college town with a youthful, sophisticated vibe. The surrounding area is famous for wineries, but you can opt for the Red, White and Brew Trail with stops at wineries, breweries, a cidery and distillery in the Blue Ridge foothills. Not to be missed is Monticello, the only home in the US on the United Nation’s World Heritage list. Thomas Jefferson’s restored mountaintop estate encompasses the house, flower and vegetable gardens, and a plantation that tells the story of a large and diverse community.
1 night Charlottesville
Charlottesville to Williamsburg
En route to Williamsburg, tour the historic Richmond area. Visit the state Capitol building designed...
En route to Williamsburg, tour the historic Richmond area. Visit the state Capitol building designed by Thomas Jefferson, cruise the downtown canal built by George Washington, or check out more than a dozen themed gardens at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
Experience the beginning, middle and end of Colonial America in a single day via Jamestown, Williamsburg and Yorktown. All three connect via the 23-mile Colonial Parkway. Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in the New World, dates back to 1607. In Williamsburg, you can explore more than 40 shops and restaurants in Merchants Square and experience Colonial Williamsburg’s Revolutionary City, historic trades, shops and taverns. British colonial rule ended in America at Yorktown on 19 October 1781, when Lord Cornwallis surrendered to George Washington’s besieging army. Step away from history to enjoy the thoroughly modern Busch Gardens to set your adrenaline racing with 100 thrilling rides and attractions. You might need an extra day if you love theme parks!
2 nights Williamsburg
Williamsburg to Virginia Beach
Drive southeast from Williamsburg to Virginia Beach, which holds a Guinness World Record as “the...
to Virginia Beach
Drive southeast from Williamsburg to Virginia Beach, which holds a Guinness World Record as “the world’s longest stretch of pleasure beach.” Stroll the 40 blocks of boardwalk and be sure to stay until the sun drops when the waterfront comes alive.
The next morning, hike through First Landing State Park, the most visited state park in Virginia. Walk through salt marsh habitat, freshwater ponds, beach, dunes, tidal marsh and cypress swamp.
2 nights Virginia Beach
Virginia Beach to Chesapeake Bay
Drive north and cross the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel (a 17.6 mile bridge/tunnel). See the world’s...
to Chesapeake Bay
Drive north and cross the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel (a 17.6 mile bridge/tunnel). See the world’s largest collection of decorative and antique decoys at the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art in Salisbury. In the port town of Cambridge, visit the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, an important nesting and feeding area for bald eagles, ospreys and waterfowl.
St. Michaels was dubbed “the town that fooled the British” when locals hung lanterns in the trees, tricking the Royal Navy into overshooting the houses, during the War of 1812. Today it’s a romantic spot for strolling its historic streets and popping into boutiques or feasting on crab cakes while overlooking the harbour. Tiny Oxford, featured in James Michener’s novel Chesapeake, is reached by the longest cable-free ferry in the USA.
2 nights Chesapeake Bay
Chesapeake Bay to Annapolis
Leave Maryland’s Eastern Shore via the soaring Chesapeake Bay Bridge for Annapolis, Sailing Capital of...
Leave Maryland’s Eastern Shore via the soaring Chesapeake Bay Bridge for Annapolis, Sailing Capital of the USA, with its host of Colonial buildings clustered around the 18th-century Maryland State House, the oldest State House in continuous legislative use in the nation. Enjoy lively cafes and bars along the waterfront or browse the shops along the brick-lined streets of the Annapolis Historic District. Take a scenic harbour cruise and a guided tour of the US Naval Academy.
1 night Annapolis
Annapolis to Washington DC and the Capital Region
Take a last lingering look at the scenery of the Capital Region USA en route...
Washington DC and the Capital Region
Take a last lingering look at the scenery of the Capital Region USA en route to the airport to drop off your car and catch your flight home.
J Smith - Travelled New York to Toronto
I have just returned from a tailor made holiday made possible by Jeannette Dembrey. This was the first time I had ever organised such a major holiday and as it was a gift for my children after my retirement it was really important to get things right. I went to quite a few agencies but Jeannette was way better than any of the people who I spoke to. She was so professional and wanted me to get the best from the money I could afford. The holiday was absolutely amazing and everything went like clockwork. Jeannette had thought of everything even the connections between places and the things we would do in each town. We stayed in 6 hotels altogether starting in New York and ending in Toronto. I am amazed at how smoothly it went. Even my son who has travelled all over the world was impressed with the way things had been organised. I cannot praise Jeannette enough for her professionalism. Thank you Jeannette. I would recommend you to anyone with the satisfaction of knowing that you did an amazing job. Thank you.