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  • Washington, D.C. skyline with highways and monuments, Capital Region, USA
  • United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland
  • The Inn at Perry Cabin
  • The Inn at Perry Cabin
  • Governor's Palace, Williamsburg, Virginia
  • Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia
  • Sunrise over the Blue Ridge Mountains from Blackrock Summit, Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

Washington & Capital Region Self-Drive

16-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,670 pp incl. flights

Summary

Short description

A 16-day tailor-made self-drive taking in the best of the USA's historic Capital Region

Highlights

  • Visit the capital and political centre of the USA, home to the historic weight of some of America’s most famous landmarks
  • Discover life away from the politics of Washington as you hit the open road, exploring beautiful coastlines, endless forests and picturesque national parks
  • Learn about this great nation’s past at some of the region’s countless specialist museums

In Brief

  • 3 Nights Washington
  • 1 Night Annapolis
  • 2 Nights Eastern Way
  • 2 Nights Virginia Beach
  • 2 Nights Williamsburg
  • 2 Nights Charlottesville
  • 2 Nights Shenandoah Valley

About

Recommended for:
History & culture | Natural world | Self-drive

Washington DC, the capital and political centre of the USA, is an inspiring place to visit for many different reasons. From humble beginnings – the city was built on swampland where frogs outnumbered people – it has grown into an impressive monument to American democracy, with a host of world-famous landmarks, including the White House, and museums such as the Smithsonian Institution, reflecting the rich history of this fascinating city.

There's far more to this region than purely politics, however. The nearby states of Maryland and Virginia are wonderful destinations in their own right with a beautiful coastline, endless forests and picturesque national parks to explore.

Day by day itinerary

Days 1-3
UK / Washington, D.C.

Fly from the UK to Washington, D.C. and head to your hotel for a three-night stay. The next few days will be yours to experience the many highlights of the United States' capital, which is home to a wealth of famous attractions such as Capitol Hill, the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials, the White House, the Smithsonian Institution, the National Museum of Natural History, the National Gallery of Art and the National Mall.

Stay: Hotel Monaco, Washington D.C. (Superior)

Day 4
Annapolis

Collect your hire car and make your way to Annapolis, Maryland’s charming capital and a famed yachting destination. Stroll the cobblestone streets lined with brick row houses and visit the US Naval Academy, whose midshipmen can often be seen in town, wearing their perfectly pressed uniforms.

Stay: O'Callaghan Hotel Annapolis (Superior)

Meals: B

Days 5-6
Chesapeake/Eastern Shore

The next two days of your trip will be spent exploring the quaint towns of Maryland's Eastern Shore, where the enchanting coastline plays host to historic waterfront towns dotted with marinas to stretches of rolling farmlands broken only by the tidewater tributaries of Chesapeake Bay.

Stay: Inn at Perry Cabin by Belmond, St Michaels (Deluxe)

Days 7-8
Virginia Beach

From Maryland's Eastern Shore drive through the Chesapeake Tunnel to Virginia Beach. This picturesque coastal region has sandy beaches, nature trails, historic harbours and several museums including the superb Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Centre, where you can see a host of ocean wildlife including harbour seals, nurse sharks and sting rays among others.

Stay: Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront (Superior)

Days 9-10
Williamsburg

The next stop is the colonial town of Williamsburg, the former capital of Virginia and home to two not-to-be-missed museums: the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum.

Stay: Westgate Historic Resort, Williamsburg, Virginia (Superior)

Days 11-12
Charlottesville

The penultimate stop on your Capital Region self-drive is Charlottesville, set beneath the Blue Ridge Mountains. The town, which is regularly rated among the best places to live in the United States, is home to the University of Virginia whose well-to-do students and can often be seen wandering the impossibly tidy town centre. A drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway, which runs south from Charlottesville, is a great way to see some of Virginia's finest scenery.

Stay: Omni Charlottesville (Superior)

Days 13-14
Shenandoah Valley

Drive through the pristine forests of the Shenandoah National Park where you'll spend two nights. Stop at Luray Caverns, the largest cavern on the East Coast of the United States, home to a spectacular array of stalagmites and stalagmites - spectacular natural formations that date back as far as 4 million years. The Cavern is well lit and has paved walkways, making it an easy and worthwhile walk.

Stay: The George Washington Hotel (Superior)

Days 15-16
Washington, D.C. / UK

Enjoy the scenery as you drive back to Washington, D.C. Return your hire car and check in at the airport for your flight back to the UK, arriving home on day 16.

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Pricing

Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

Accommodation rating: Superior Deluxe

16-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,670 incl. flights

Superior

Low Season

from £2,670 pp. incl. flights

High Season

from £3,470 pp. incl. flights

Includes:

  • Complimentary UK airport lounge access
  • Return flights from the UK to Washington D.C.
  • Private arrival transfer
  • 12 days Economy car hire including road book
  • 14 nights accommodation in typically 4* (Superior) hotels on a room-only basis (one breakfast included)

Terms & Conditions

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.

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