Day 1: London – Washington DC
Fly into Washington Dulles Airport and pick up your rental car in the terminal. Welcome to the capital of the USA! Stay 2 nights at the Capital Skyline Hotel (or similar).
Day 2: Washington DC
Today is yours to explore Washington DC. Why not start by walking along the mall? Not only will you see some of America’s grandest monuments, but you’ll also have the chance to lose yourself in some of the world’s most impressive museums including the Smithsonian. After lunch, you could perhaps cross the Pontomac to visit nearby Alexandria or why not continue your exploration by hiring a bike? In the evening, head for Georgetown for some of the best restaurants in town.
Day 3: Washington DC – Gettysburg (approx. 90 miles)
Leaving the nation’s capital behind, drive to Gettysburg, where one of the most significant battles of the American Civil War was fought. There are so many self-guided trails to follow, all offering an insight into this significant event in US history. Stay 1 night at the Courtyard by Marriott Gettysburg (or similar).
Day 4: Gettysburg – Shenandoah National Park (approx. 150 miles)
You have some more time to look around Gettysburg today before hitting the road and heading westwards to Luray Caverns . These huge caves feature an impressive array of rock formations and also the world’s largest musical instrument, the Great Stalacpipe Organ. From here, you’ll enter Shenandoah National Park, a beautiful wilderness area in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Stay 1 night at the Best Western Intown Lurary (or similar).
Day 5: Shenandoah National Park – Skyline Drive – Charlottesville – Colonial Williamsburg (approx. 172 miles)
You’re in for a treat today as you make your way along the Skyline Drive, one of America’s most scenic highways. Watch out for the bluish tinged peaks of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Your next destination is Charlottesville where you can visit the former home of Thomas Jefferson, Monticello. From here, continue to Richmond, state capital of Virginia where you might want to stop and explore before ending your day’s driving in Williamsburg, where restoration and preservation have turned back the clock two centuries. Stay 1 night at the Days Inn Colonial Downtown (or similar).
Day 6: Colonial Williamsburg - Norfolk – Virginia Beach (approx. 63 miles)
Spend some time in Colonial Williamsburg before soaking up more history at the Jamestown, the earliest permanent English settlement in North America. From here, continue to Yorktown, site of the final decisive battle of the American Revolutionary War. Passing through Norfolk, Virginia’s premier port city, you’ll reach Virginia Beach, where you can relax for the evening and dip your toes in the Atlantic Ocean. Stay 1 night at the Red Roof Inn Virginia Beach (or similar).
Day 7: Virginia Beach
Enjoy some rest and relaxation today in the city listed in the Guinness Book of Records as having the longest pleasure beach in the world. There’s 30 miles of Atlantic seashore to explore as well as a 2-mile long boardwalk.
Day 8: Virginia Beach – Eastern Shore – Annapolis - Baltimore
Head north today across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel (the longest bridge-tunnel complex in the world) to the tranquil Eastern Shore. Cross into Maryland and make your way to state capital Annapolis, with its pretty Main Street and harbour. From here, continue to Baltimore where you’ll be spending the night. Soak up more history and indulge in some retail therapy at Fells Point and then perhaps spend the evening enjoying the nightlife and restaurants around the Inner Harbour. Stay 1 night at the Hilton Baltimore (or similar).
Day 9: Baltimore - Philadelphia (approx. 100 miles)
This morning, make your way to the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia. This historic city is home to the Independence Hall (where the Declaration was signed) and the Liberty Bell. If galleries are your thing, then there are plenty to choose from here, including the nation’s largest collection of public art, courtesy of the city's innovative Mural Arts Program. Stay 1 night at the Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District (or similar).
Day 10: Philadelphia – Washington DC - London (approx. 140 miles)
It’s time to leave Philadelphia today and drive back to Washington DC where you’ll drop your hire car back at the airport and catch a flight back to the UK. If you’d like to extend your journey or spend another couple of nights in Washington DC, just let us know!