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Capital Region Holidays

The Capital Region of the USA is known around the world for its iconic landmarks and museums but venture beyond Washington DC and you’ll discover culture-rich cities, beautiful beaches, majestic forested mountains and other attractions as diverse as the country itself. Welcome to the historic heartland of America where you can read the US Constitution, be welcomed at a former president’s home or enjoy live jazz in the birthplace of Duke Ellington.

DC is the cultural, political and historical hub of the USA, all within easy access when flying into Washington Dulles International Airport. DC offers a wealth of famous monuments and some of the world’s best museums, many of which are free to enter. You’ll also find some truly diverse neighbourhoods here, each boasting their own distinct shopping, dining and entertainment experiences. Explore waterfront parks, take in a baseball game, cruise along the Potomac River, catch a free performance at the Kennedy Center – the options are endless!

Just an hour north of Washington DC is Baltimore Maryland. The city’s Inner Harbor was once the second largest entry point for emigrants to the US and is now a popular focal point for top attractions, restaurants and bars. Two hours south of the capital, Richmond Virginia offers more than 400 years of history in the form of cobbled streets, great museums and elegant architecture. Don’t miss out on charming small towns like Berlin and Williamsburg too for a true taste of Capital Region Americana.

This region is also blessed with plenty of natural beauty and opportunities for year round adventure. Whether you want to horseback ride along stunning beaches, hike in Shenandoah National Park, windsurf in Chesapeake Bay or try rock climbing in the Appalachian Mountains, there’s sure to be something to get your heart pumping. And, with dining options from crab shacks to top-rated restaurants plus over 300 wineries to choose from, you’ll be spoilt for choice when you want to refuel at the end of the day.

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The Capital

The Capitol BuildingBoth an international crossroads and America’s ultimate hometown, Washington DC is the powerhouse of the nation, with iconic buildings, majestic memorials, unique neighbourhoods, top-rated restaurants, gorgeous parks and internationally acclaimed art. Explore the National Mall, browse the boutiques of historic Georgetown, visit the galleries in hip Adams Morgan and enjoy an evening meal in elegant Dupont Circle.

The Scenic Byways

Travel along the Capital Region’s lovely scenic byways to discover historic towns, mountain landscapes, and historic landmarks. Among the best are the George Washington Memorial Parkway around Washington DC, the stunning Skyline Drive through Shenandoah National Park and Chesapeake Country Scenic Byway, celebrating the rich marine life of Maryland. Last but not least, the Blue Ridge Parkway, is known as ‘America’s Favourite Drive’.

The History

The Capital Region encompasses some of the first European settlements of the USA, along with many of the most significant sites associated with the American Civil War. You can visit the Jamestown Settlement where English settlers set up their first permanent colony, tour the site of the Battle of Gettysburg or get an overview at the National Museum of American History in Washington DC.

The Gastronomy

Spreading newspapers across the table and cracking open steaming Chesapeake Bay crabs dusted in Old Bay seasoning is an essential experience in this part of the States. You can join in the local ritual at crab shacks including the Quarterdeck in Arlington, Virginia and Jimmy Cantler’s near Annapolis. But if you’re after something more formal, you will find a bewildering choice of cuisine and top-rated restaurants in the USA’s capital city, recently ranked in the ‘Top 10 America’s Best Restaurant Cities’.

The Great Outdoors

From the Blue Ridge Mountains and the rolling hills of Shenandoah National Park to Assateague Island National Seashore and the white sands of Virginia Beach, there’s a whole lot of natural wonder waiting to be discovered in the Capital Region. Why not take a tour of the Elizabeth River on the tall ship American Rover or cycle along the Great Allegheny Passage rail-trail between Cumberland, Maryland and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania?

Our Top Hotels in Capital Region

Palomar Washington DC

Palomar Washington DC - A Kimpton Hotel


Stylish sophistication and artistic expression converge at Palomar Washington DC, a Kimpton Hotel, where "Art in Motion" comes to life in design and service.

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Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront

Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront


The Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront hotel towering 21 stories above the Virginia Beach resort district offers panoramic views that rank among the very best on the mid-Atlantic coast.

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Omni Richmond Hotel

Omni Richmond Hotel


Southern hospitality and contemporary elegance come to together for a refined experience at The Omni Richmond Hotel. Located in the heart of Richmonds historic district.

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Hilton Garden Inn Annapolis

Hilton Garden Inn Annapolis


This hotel is conveniently located just four miles from the heart of the Annapolis Maryland historic district in walking distance to local office parks and a short drive to shopping and dining.

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Holiday Inn Express Baltimore - Downtown

Holiday Inn Express Baltimore - Downtown


This hotel is in the original 20th century Old Town Bank in Downtown Baltimore, located just minutes from the Inner Harbor, Baltimore Convention Center and many area businesses.

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Twin Centre Holiday

New York - Washington DC

This unforgettable holiday combination starts as soon as you arrive in New York City. Relax in Central Park, visit sights including The Statue of Liberty and hit the shops on Fifth Avenue. Here you could stay 4 nights before heading to Washington DC, home of the President. Washington DC is teeming with monuments and history, including the Jefferson Memorial, the White House and Capitol Hill. Soak up the history and heritage that this amazing city has to offer before boarding your flight back home to the UK.
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Fly Drive Holiday

Colonial America Trail

Combine history, culture and natural wonders on a fly drive holiday that takes you from America’s capital city through Pennsylvania, Virginia and Maryland to Philadelphia, where the US Declaration of Independence was signed. Along the way, you’ll see historic battlefields from the Civil and Revolutionary Wars, drive through the majestic scenery of the Blue Ridge Mountains and even have the opportunity to relax on the longest pleasure beach in the world.
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Fly Drive Holiday

North & South

Take a drive through American history on this fly drive tour, taking you on a round trip from Washington DC to Maryland and Virginia. Along the way, you’ll see the sites of epic Civil War battles, learn about the life of early settlers and even have the chance to visit a president’s home at Monticello. You’ll also be able to some beachcombing at St Michael’s on the Eastern Shore, mingle with early settlers at the living museum of Colonial Williamsburg and discover Amish culture and landscapes in Lancaster County.
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Escorted Coach Tour Holiday

Great Eastern Cities

This tour showcases the history, culture, breathtaking scenery and cosmopolitan cities of the USA’s north east region. Starting in New York, discover the bright lights and towering skyscrapers, before heading to the awe-inspiring natural wonders of Niagara Falls. Head back inland and get a glimpse back in time with a visit to the Gettysburg battleground, before seeing the capital city itself, Washington DC. Your last stop is in Philadelphia, the original birthplace of this great nation and also home to the delicious Philly Cheesesteak. From city sights to history and a spot of culture too, this escorted tour is a superb way to explore these Great Eastern Cities first-hand.
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Washington DC Hop On/ Hop Off Bus Tour  
A hop-on hop-off bus tour is an ideal way to see Washington DC's landmarks, memorials and monuments. This double-decker bus loop offers prime views of top attractions including the Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial and the White House. Learn about America's forefathers and today's leaders with onboard narration about each location, and hop off the bus when you wish explore attractions like the US Botanic Gardens, National Portrait Gallery or the National Mall. From £21 per person.

Mount Vernon Entrance Ticket 
Visit George Washington's Mount Vernon and take a self-guided tour of the first American president's historic estate. You can stroll through the 18th-century gardens and grounds; check out the gristmill and whiskey distillery (open April - Oct); explore the elegant mansion and Washington family tombs; and see short films and interactive exhibits on display at the museum. Select from multiple mansion-viewing times to suit your schedule. From £9.50 per person.

Baltimore Inner City Segway Tour
See the sights of central Baltimore on a Segway tour, a fun way to cover more ground than a walking tour while still enjoying the fresh air. You'll zip around the inner city with an experienced guide, who provides interesting commentary about the historical attractions of this waterfront city. Ride through Fell's Point and Patterson Park, and pass by landmarks like Federal Hill and the National Aquarium. This Segway tour is limited to 10 people per guide, providing a small-group experience. From £36 per person.

The Carytown Sweets Tour, Richmond Virginia
On this 1.5-hour walking tour, you'll explore the sweet side of Carytown as you sample treats from a variety of different cafes, bakeries, confectionaries, and more. You'll hear about how these vendors got started, and learn from our expert guides about the fun and quirky history of Richmond and the neighborhood of Carytown. Just don't tell your dentist! From £22 per person.

Stand up Paddleboarding Sightseeing Tour, Virginia Beach
Paddle along the pristine shoreline of First Landing State Park on Broad Bay and Long Creek, a great way to see all the wildlife around the park and on the waterways. You will be surrounded by beauty while paddling along friendly waters, and getting a little push from the tide. This tour starts with a land lesson, then you set out on your tour with your friendly knowledgeable guide. At the half-way point of the tour we will stop so that you can grab a snack and stretch our legs along the Park's beautiful beaches. From £39 per person.

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Where can I apply for ESTA?
Prior to travel, you will need to visit and fill out an online application form.

When should I apply?
This will need to be applied for at least 72 hours prior to travel if you intend to travel to America.

How long is my ESTA valid for?
Your ESTA will be valid for up to two years, or until your passport expires. It is also possible for you to use for multiple entries to America. Just be sure to amend any necessary data, such as date of travel and your address whilst in the US.


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