Day 1: London – Washington DC
Catch a flight from London to Washington DC, arriving the same day. Pick up your hire car from the airport and make your way downtown for your first night in the USA’s historic capital city. Stay 2 nights at the Embassy Row Hotel (or similar).
Day 2: Washington DC
You have a full day today to explore Washington DC. Perhaps take a city tour or just wander through eclectic districts and into world famous museums. Don’t miss a visit to the National Museum of Natural History (the third most visited museum in the world) or the National Mall where you’ll find the Lincoln Memorial, the Reflecting Pool and the United States Capitol Building.
Day 3: Washington DC – Baltimore (approx. 40 miles)
Leave DC today and head north into Maryland towards your destination for the night, Baltimore. This city was founded in 1729 and was at one time the second most important port of entry for immigration to the USA after New York. The Inner Harbour is a great place to start here with its shops, bars, restaurants and historic ships including the USS Constellation, a Civil War sloop. Why not enjoy dinner in the historic Fells Point neighbourhood? Stay 1 night at the Holiday Inn Baltimore – Inner Harbour (or similar).
Day 4: Baltimore – Gettysburg (approx. 59 miles)
Your next stop is Gettysburg, Pennsylvania; a town close to the site of one of the largest battles of the American Civil War. A visit to the Gettysburg National Military Park is a must while you’re here. See the field where the battle was fought and learn more about the history and context of the events that took place here at the Gettysburg Museum and Visitor’s Centre. Stay 2 nights at the Hilton Garden Inn Gettysburg (or similar).
Day 5: Gettysburg – Lancaster – Gettysburg (approx. 112 miles)
Today, take a daytrip to Lancaster County, known for its large community of Amish or 'Pennsylvania Dutch' people. Take in picturesque landscapes of rolling hills, fields full of crops, farms with windmills and horse drawn carts as you drive. You can even chose to take a tour by traditional Amish buggy.
Day 6: Gettysburg – Frederick – Manassas - Charlottesville (approx. 185 miles)
Your journey takes you south today back into Maryland and on to Virginia. Pass through the historic city of Frederick with its ‘clustered spires’ downtown skyline and Manassas where the Civil War Battle of Bull Run was fought. Your destination this evening is Charlottesville, the former home of two US presidents – Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe. Stay 1 night at the Omni Charlottesville Hotel (or similar).
Day 7: Charlottesville – Appomattox – Petersburg - Richmond (approx. 187 miles)
Don't miss a visit to Thomas Jefferson’s former home Monticello this morning before you leave for Richmond. Along the way, stop at the National Historic Park of Appomattox Courthouse, where the Army of Northern Virginia surrendered in April 1865, signalling the end of the Civil War. You’ll also pass another significant Civil War battlefield, the Crater, near Petersburg. Stay 2 nights at the Omni Richmond (or similar).
Day 8: Richmond
Richmond has been the capital of Virginia since 1780 and played a significant role in both the American War of Independence and the Civil War, during which it was the capital of the Confederate states. So there’s plenty of history to discover here as well as red-brick terraced houses, some fascinating museums and one of the oldest municipal park systems in the country.
Day 9: Richmond – Williamsburg -Norfolk (approx. 96 miles)
Leave Richmond this morning and head to Colonial Williamsburg. This living museum is the largest of its kind in the US and depicts the life of settlers from their first arrival on the continent to the American Civil War. From Williamsburg, continue towards the coast, ending your day’s driving in Norfolk. Stay 1 night at the Wyndham Garden Norfolk Downtown (or similar).
Day 10: Norfolk – St Michaels (approx. 195 miles)
There’s time to take a tour of the world’s largest naval installation just outside Norfolk this morning, before you begin your scenic drive north along Maryland’s picturesque Eastern Shore towards St Michaels. Along the way you might like to stop and sample the pristine beaches of the Assateague Island National Seashore where over 300 wild ponies roam the beach, pine forest and salt marshes. Stay 2 nights at the Harbourtowne Resort St Michaels (or similar).
Day 11: St Michaels
The vintage harbour port of St Michaels dates from the birth of the colonies and is set along the banks of the beautiful Miles River. You have a full day to explore the town and the local area. Why not join a fishing expedition or hire a kayak and explore miles of rugged shoreline? There are also plenty of opportunities for shopping and dining. Don’t miss the delicious locally caught seafood.
Day 12: St Michaels - Annapolis (approx. 51 miles)
Leave St Michaels today and continue north to the state capital Annapolis, with its pretty Main Street and harbour. You may like to pay a visit to the US Naval Academy here, where the US Naval Officers and Marine Corps train. Stay 1 night at the Westin Annapolis (or similar).
Day 13: Annapolis – Washington DC (approx. 62 miles)
It's time to make your way back to Washington DC today for your return flight to the UK. Before you go, why not make time to visit the Udvar-Hazy Center, part of the Smithsonian’s Air & Space Museum, which is located at Dulles Airport?
Included in your Fly Drive Holiday
- Hotel accommodation
- Economy flights
- Airport taxes, fuel & duty
- Car rental where stated
- Any applicable offers
Not included: Airport transfers, meals, sightseeing & personal expenses
Flights from regional UK airports available
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