Both 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 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.
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?