Capital Region tailor-made holidays
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.
Discover Washington DC’s original Old Town, named one of Condé Nast Traveler's Top 5 U.S. Small Cities for 2018 and the no.1 Best Value U.S. Travel Destination for 2018 by Money magazine. Alexandria’s cobblestone streets and historic setting is a delight – a nationally designated historic district, located on the waterfront and featuring King Street, one of the “Great Streets” of America with over 200 restaurants, boutiques and museums tucked away amid its 18th- and 19th-century architecture, still intact from the days of George Washington’s. Take a water taxi on the Potomac River to explore the presidential estate of America’s founding father, or why not head into DC itself, ideally located just a 20-minute drive north.
King Street, Alexandria
Discover Fairfax County’s array of cultural and natural delights, just minutes from downtown Washington, DC. Perhaps, between taking in the monuments and museums of the capital, you might want learn more about the region's part in the the American Civil War, or spend some time exploring Mount Vernon Estate, the grand home of George and Martha Washington. The Smithsonian Udvar-Hazy Air and Space Museum is a must, as is the excellent Tysons shopping experience, known as “the Rodeo Drive of the East Coast”. Then, after dark, settle down with a picnic dinner under the stars at The Wolf Trap Center – the only National Park in the country dedicated to the performing arts. And, there's plenty of the natural world to enjoy, too, with over 30,000 acres of Regional and National Parks offering everything from biking, hiking and kayaking to spotting bald eagles.
Mount Vernon Estate
Far more than just a historical seaport on the Virginia waterfront, Norfolk offer big-city amenities and an abundance of small-town charm. It's all played out across an abundance of attractions, from superb nightlife and shopping to world-class art museums and year-round festivals. Enjoy the Battleship Wisconsin, Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk Botanical Garden, and Naval Station Norfolk – the world's largest Navy base. And, there's plenty to discover on the water, with kayaking, sailing, fishing and guided harbour cruises, while for music fans, there are regular performances by the acclaimed Virginia Symphony and Virginia Opera.
Where the Chesapeake Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean, the vibrant coastal city of Virginia Beach is home to a flourishing local culinary scene, rich history, a variety of arts and entertainment and family-friendly attractions that keeps locals and visitors entertained throughout the year. Relax and unwind on the region's 35 miles of gold-sand beaches, take a sunset stroll on the boardwalk or step off the beaten track with a visit to remote Sandbridge, with its wide open spaces and doorstep access to the Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Here, a network of beach- and sand-dune trails offer up-close encounters with the region's bountiful birdlife.
Top itineraries in Capital Region
Let included Amtrak rail journeys and luxury hotels bring you to New York's headline-grabbing icons, Boston's harbourside setting and the world-leading museums of Washington, D.C. You'll also call in to Philadelphia to explore its historic neighbourhoods and indulge in its unique gastronomy.
Top places to stay in Capital Region
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.
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
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.
Where to go in Capital Region
Beyond the familiar sites of the Capitol Building, Jefferson Memorial and the White House, Washington D.C. unwinds into a lively urban centre. Casual cafes and upscale bistros line the trendy streets of Georgetown, while the downtown district sizzles with a host of new restaurants.
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.
When to go to Capital Region
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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