Washington DC City Break
Washington DC City Break
Washington DC is a city of contrasts, with a rich history and vibrant culture. It is home to many of the most iconic landmarks in the United States, including the White House, the Capitol Building, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Washington Monument. The city is also home to a number of world-class museums, such as the Smithsonian Institution, and a thriving arts scene. It is a great place to visit for a weekend getaway or as part of a longer holiday. There is something for everyone in this city, from history buffs to art lovers to foodies.
Annapolis – The Chesapeake Experience
Just 90 minutes from central Washington is Annapolis which makes perhaps the perfect add on to Washington. It is so different: still historical but relaxing and much more peaceful. We would recommend three days here, the first to explore the city taking in the Maryland State House, the oldest in continuous use in the nation and where the Treaty of Paris ended the Revolutionary War, the Annapolis Maritime Museum and, of course, the U.S. Naval Academy. The second day, we would suggest taking to the water either on a full day trip across Chesapeake Bay to St. Michaels on the Eastern Shore or the Spa Creek cruise into the residential area. Either way, do spend some time at City Dock. For your third day, you might enjoy just wandering around the boutiques or visiting the Banneker-Douglass Museum before returning to Washington or to Baltimore airport for your onward / return flight.
Just 90 minutes from Washington, is a timeless city of history, culture, and food, founded in1682 by William Penn. Take a bite out of the city’s signature and beloved cheesesteak, or taste some of the country’s best vegan fare. Gawk at the intricate murals that adorn building sides in Midtown Village and North Philadelphia, and stroll through decades of Isaiah Zagar’s mosaic work on South Street. Visit Independence Hall where the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776, the Liberty Bell, and other monumental historical sites that played an integral part in the country’s birth. The city is also home to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Barnes Foundation with its great collection of modern European Art, a 12-acre arboretum and the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.
Only 30/40 minutes from Washington and it would be easy to spend 3 nights here. Start in the heart of the city, the Inner Harbour where you will find the National Aquarium, which houses more than 20,000 animals. and where you can touch live jellyfish, starfish and stingrays. Board one of the historic ships: the 1854 Sloop-of-War USS Constellation or the World War II submarine USS Torsk, the last surviving warship afloat from Pearl Harbour. There are plenty of museums to keep you busy, the Museum of Art, houses the world’s largest collection of Henri Matisse, the Walters Art Museum and the former home of Edgar Allan Poe. You might also like to visit Fort McHenry and Mount Vernon where you will find some beautiful and well-preserved 19th century architecture including the original Washington Monument. Finally, don’t miss a Baltimore tradition: crabs! During the summer an authentic crab feast on the Phillips Crab Deck. You’ll love watching the action at the steaming station, where live crabs are sorted for size and prepared fresh to order.
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Itinerary (5 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.
A direct flight from Heathrow will take you to the capital of the USA, Washington...
A direct flight from Heathrow will take you to the capital of the USA, Washington DC. On arrival we will arrange a transfer for you to your hotel. We suggest you spend the rest of the day relaxing and going for a walk around the area of your hotel.
5 nights Washington
Join a Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off tour: there is a choice of three routes stopping...
Join a Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off tour: there is a choice of three routes stopping at most of Washington’s iconic sights such as the White House, the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument. In the evening you might like to catch a live jazz show on U Street, the blues at Madam’s Organ or one of Washington’s excellent restaurants.
Georgetown & Dupont Circle. Historic, hip Georgetown is where JFK proposed to Jackie (in Billy...
Georgetown & Dupont Circle.
Historic, hip Georgetown is where JFK proposed to Jackie (in Billy Martin’s Tavern). Here you’ll find beautiful architecture and casual bistros and cafes, most situated on and around M Street and Wisconsin Avenue. Frontier America can organise a private walking tour for you to make sure you don’t miss a thing. Shop for clothing and jewellery by local designers, rising names in fashion and international retailers in upscale boutiques. If you’re feeling adventurous, head to the Georgetown Waterfront. Rent a kayak or canoe for a view of the city from the Potomac River or hop on a bike and travel the scenic C&O Canal Towpath.
In the afternoon, venture over to Dupont Circle and explore a fascinating collection of art galleries and book shops. Take in an exhibition at The Phillips Collection, the nation’s original modern art museum, home to some of the world’s most prized paintings by Cezanne, Renoir and other noted artists.
When you’re ready for dinner, try the popcorn shrimp and fried clams at Hank’s Oyster Bar, or grab a bite and choose from the 500 bottled beers from around the world at Bier Baron.
Anacostia, Penn Quarter & Capitol Hill Start your day in Anacostia, where you can explore...
Anacostia, Penn Quarter & Capitol Hill
Start your day in Anacostia, where you can explore DC’s African-American heritage at the Anacostia Community Museum, tour the Frederick Douglass House at Cedar Hill and take advantage of a spectacular view of the DC skyline. As you cross the Anacostia River and return to downtown DC, stop at the Southwest Waterfront to lunch on seafood delicacies fresh from the Chesapeake Bay, like oysters or steamed crabs at the boisterous Maine Avenue Fish Market.
In the afternoon, explore the museums of Penn Quarter, DC’s newly revitalized downtown district.
Wander over to pedestrian-friendly Barracks Row along 8th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue SE on Capitol Hill. New restaurants, specialty shops and boutiques are constantly opening, bringing new life to one of Washington’s oldest commercial centres. On the weekend, browse the arts, crafts and antiques for sale at nearby Eastern Market.
For your last night you might like to go to the theatre.
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