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Capital Region tailor-made holidays

Introduction

Immerse yourself in a truly authentic American experience with a visit to the Capital Region. From the memorable monuments of Washington, DC to the beautiful beaches and majestic mountains of Maryland and Virginia, history and natural beauty abound.

Follow a scenic byway and discover the charms of the Chesapeake Bay or the serenity of Shenandoah National Park, two of America’s greatest natural wonders. Meanwhile, history buffs will marvel at the region’s collection of historic attractions and Civil War driving trails.

Highlights of the Capital Region

Within about an hour's drive of Washington, DC visitors can explore a variety of cities across the state of Maryland. Heading east from the capital, there are the waterfront cities of Annapolis, Maryland’s capital, and Baltimore, the state's largest city. Alternatively, head west towards the Appalachian Mountains to explore hip and historic Frederick.

Take the short hop across the Potomac River from Washington, DC and you'll find yourself in Arlington, Virginia, home to inspiring memorials and skyline views of the nation’s capital. Then, 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 holiday, Virginia Beach's golden sands form what is the world’s longest pleasure beach.

 

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Top itineraries in Capital Region

New York State

East Coast USA Rail Journey

12-day tailor-made rail journey from £2,985 pp incl. flights

Let included Amtrak rail journeys and luxury hotels bring you to New York's headline-grabbing icons, Boston's harbour-side setting, history-rich Philadelphia and the world-leading museums of Washington, DC.

Jefferson Memorial, Washington, D.C

Washington, DC & Capital Region Self-Drive

16-day tailor-made self-drive from £3,115 pp incl. flights

Starting among the monuments of America's political heartland, this road trip will see you out to the nearby states of Maryland and Virginia, home to beautiful coastlines, endless forests and picturesque national parks.

Top places to stay in Capital Region

O Callaghan Annapolis Hotel

O'Callaghan Annapolis, Maryland

Traditional hotel

A warm Irish welcome awaits you at the O'Callaghan, which sits in a very central location near the US Naval Academy in downtown Annapolis. Rooms are spacious with furniture imported from Europe and the onsite pub and restaurant serve Irish fare as well as local Maryland specialties.

The George Washington

The George Washington, Virginia

Historic hotel

Originally built in 1924 and having recently undergone a major refurbishment, The George Washington is located in downtown Winchester and features a Roman-style indoor swimming pool. Voted “Wyndham Hotel of the Year” in 2011, this is the perfect place from which to explore both the Shenandoah Valley

The Jefferson

The Jefferson, Washington, DC

Designer hotel

Hosting guests since 1955, this is one of the capital’s best small boutique hotels thanks to impeccable service and luxury rooms. There are also tributes to Thomas Jefferson spread throughout with everything from original signed documents to a book room filled with leather-bound tomes.

Westgate Historic Resort

Westgate Historic Resort, Williamsburg, Virginia

Historic hotel

A winner of both Booking.com and Tripadvisor’s Certificate of Excellence, this hotel is ideal for exploring one of America’s premier historical towns.

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Where to go in Capital Region

Washington, DC

Washington, DC

The US capital teems with historic monuments and some of the country's most famous buildings, not least the White House, a grand architectural icon right at the heart of world politics.

Appalachian Trail, Maryland

Maryland

Maryland is rich in varied landscape, from mountains and rolling farmlands to its winding Atlantic coastline. The state was a centre of military activity during the Civil War and a number of trails exist to follow in the footsteps of those campaigns.

Virginia

Virginia has enough history and natural beauty to satisfy even the most well travelled sightseer. Close to Washington, DC you'll find George Washington's well-preserved home of ...

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When to go to Capital Region

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In spring, the stoic architecture of Washington, D.C. is overcome by the soft pinks of cherry blossom as the city hosts multiple festivals. In summer, the east coast beaches of Virginia and Maryland are popular while the capital heats up just a touch too much. Winter temperatures dip below freezing while temperate autumn brings fiery colours to the region’s national parks.

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Capital Region articles

Hiking in Virginia

Capital Region Classics

From historic towns to glorious coastlines, explore the best of Maryland and Virginia as we pick out our favourite Capital Region classics.

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Why book with Wexas Travel?

At Wexas, we specialise in bespoke travel experiences. Our itineraries are just samples of what we can arrange, and can be changed depending on your precise needs, finances and ideas by our experienced destination specialists.

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