Capital Region Travel Guide

Washington D.C., the nation’s capital, is a vibrant, modern city full of important buildings, free museums and beautiful parks. Here you will find the White House, Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, US Capitol Building and much more. There are also some great bars and restaurants to enjoy after a hard day’s sightseeing.

Further afield are the World Heritage city of Philadelphia, historic Williamsburg and Gettysburg, Lancaster in the Amish country and delightful Charlottesville, gateway to the Shenandoah National Park and Blue Ridge Mountains.

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Washington D.C. has a whole bucket list of things to see but don’t miss the Smithsonian Institute. One of the world’s greatest museums, it gives a great insight into the history and development of America.

As well plenty to see during the day, Washington also has a lively nightlife. Head to the area round Dupont Circle, Adams Morgan and U Street where you will find a great mix of bars, restaurants and buzzing night clubs. Or take in a show or concert at one of Washington’s many theatres and music venues

Things To Do In Washington D.C.

  • Gaze upon the famous White House
  • Wander around the towering Washington Monument
  • Take a selfie on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial
  • Experience the National Air & Space Museum
  • See the Korean War Memorial
  • Head inside the Jefferson Memorial
  • Take a tour of the Library of Congress
  • Trace the evolution of communication at the Newseum
  • Sit around the pools at National WWII Memorial
  • Explore the exhibits at the Museum of Natural History

Getting There

By Road – New York 226 miles; Atlanta 640 miles

By Rail – New York 3 hours; Philadelphia 1.5 hours; Boston 5 hours

By Air – Direct flights from the UK and most major US cities to Washington D.C. and nearby Baltimore

Getting Around

With logically laid-out streets and easy-to-use Metrorail and Metrobus, you can explore much of Washington stress-free.

Many of the famous landmarks are within walking distance of each other and taxis are plentiful. For those who prefer to explore on two wheels, the Capital Bikeshare scheme has a fleet of over 3000 bicycles spread throughout the city.

Hotels & Experiences

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Beyond Washington, the states of Pennsylvania and Virginia are great for touring. The scenery is ever changing and you will find a host of historic towns and cities to be explored. Popular amongst these are:

Gettysburg – the site of one of the bloodiest battle in the American Civil War. Here you can visit the battle fields and learn about life as a Civil War Soldier.

Lancaster – a city at the heart of Amish country, where visitors can learn about the ways of the Amish and experience first hand how they live today.

Charlottesville – ranked as one of the best cities to live in the USA, Charlottesville is home to the University of Virginia and acts as a gateway to the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Colonial Williamsburg – a historic town, once capital of Virginia, boasting a full living museum that depicts life in colonial times.

Philadelphia –  Pennsylvania’s largest city, ‘Philly’ is home to the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence and Constitution was signed.

Getting There

The best way to explore America’s Capital region is on a self drive, starting in Washington DC or Philadelphia.

You can also travel through the area on a longer journey from New York in the north or even Florida and Atlanta in the South. Ask your Freedom expert to suggest a route for you.

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