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Come and see Capital Region USA!

Welcome to the United States of America – welcome to the Capital Region! Home to iconic monuments and memorable museums… but there’s more to this region… it’s where you’ll find beautiful beaches, awesome natural attractions, superb shopping, delicious food and delicacies, so get out there and discover the Capital Region for yourself!
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Getting there: Fly non-stop into Washington Dulles International Airport with British Airways, United Airlines and Virgin Atlantic, it takes just 8 hours. Located just 26 miles west of Washington, DC, Washington Dulles International Airport is in the perfect location to explore the best of what Washington, DC, Virginia and Maryland have to offer.

Climate: Enjoy sunny summer days and mild winters, making this region perfect to visit all year round.

Local currency: US Dollar ($)

GMT: -5 hours

Washington, DC

Well known for being the capital of the USA, get to know this iconic city by exploring its captivating attractions, monuments and museums! Discover something different in every corner of Washington, DC. Start with The National Mall – stroll through this National Park, stopping at the iconic U.S. Capitol and Lincoln Memorial plus Washington Monument and World War II Memorial. Take in the Smithsonian Museums, home to some of the world’s greatest collections. Stop at Woodley Park and Cleveland Park for vast green spaces, a National Zoo and award-winning restaurants. And discover the late night scene at Adams Morgan with quirky boutiques and global cuisine.

The Wharf

New in autumn 2017, with so much to see and do – both on and off the water, The Wharf is a waterside wonder packed with restaurants, parks, piers, shopping, music, nightlife and water activities. So take a stroll along the waterside, hop onboard a water taxi to visit nearby Alexandria or take a trip on a paddleboard!

DC By Foot

Discover DC and learn about the city’s history with a walking tour. These daily excursions will show you all the highlights while enlightening you about this fascinating city. You’ll see the iconic National Mall, historic Georgetown, U Street and much more! And… all of DC’s monuments are free to enter so, knock yourself out and go again!

Don’t miss!

• The Wharf

• DC By Foot Walking Tours

• Tapas and beer!

• The other ‘mall’s

Tapas and beer!

With so much food on offer you’ll be spoilt for choice. A firm favourite of ours has to be ANXO (pronounced “an-cho”) located in the Truxton Circle neighbourhood where you’re tempted by pintxos (bite sized tapas snacks) and an extensive range of ciders produced in-house. Slurp. Hick.

The other ‘mall’s

Shop ‘til you drop in Georgetown, with some of the best boutiques in DC. Or venture a bit further afield for Macy’s and more at the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City.

Maryland

Make your time memorable in Maryland and discover one of America’s greatest natural wonders – Chesapeake Bay. America’s largest estuary (spanning 200 miles!) offers a diverse range of experiences, from walking barefoot across the sandy beaches, taking to the water for a dip, bobbing on the waves by boat or feeling the thrill of water sports. Or for big city excitement be sure to spend some time in Baltimore’s buzzing Inner Harbor, the city’s focal point and location for top attractions such as the National Aquarium and the American Visionary Art Museum, as well as visiting the nearby historic cobbled neighbourhood of Fells Point.

Vines and wines

Head on over to Bordeleau Vineyards & Winery in Wicomico Creek. Where the wine is fine and there’s many a music festival to be had, discover award-winning wines with a musical twist for a night to remember!

Sail Baltimore Visiting Ships

Take a trip to Baltimore to see the tall ships. Every year, vessels gather from around the world giving land lovers the chance to hope onboard and discover the mysteries of the sea.

Don’t miss!

• Vines and wines

• Sail Baltimore Visiting Ships

• Salisbury Zoo

• Catoctin Mountain Park

Salisbury Zoo

A must for animal lovers, head for Salisbury Zoo to get up close to numerous species native to North, Central and South America from bobcats to ocelots. Plus… it’s free to enter… winner!

Catoctin Mountain Park

Get outdoors and find your wild side at Catoctin Mountain Park. With 25 miles of trails, try the fantastic fishing or make your own magical moments and camp under the stars by the babbling brook… this is what adventures are made of!

Virginia

Immerse yourself in the historic sights of Virginia. Take in the years of history as you gaze upon the outstanding architecture and world-class museums. Step inside Virginia’s top art museum – Virginia Museum of Fine Arts – where more than 33,000 works of art spanning 5,000 years set the scene for your culture fix. Visit Arlington National Cemetery to witness the Challenger Space Shuttle Memorial site and the resting place of President John F. Kennedy. Dine in the many exciting restaurants fit for any foodie before kicking back and experiencing a night like no other at the buzzing bars and nightclubs.

Surf’s up!

Calling all sun sea and sand lovers! Head to Virginia Beach in August for the annual East Coast Surfing Championships. Ride the waves, relax with a beer at the concerts, have a go at paddle boarding, beach volleyball or the swimsuit contest… wit woo!

Old Town Alexandria

Get Instagram at the ready for Alexandria – the original Old Town. Recognised as one of the “Great Streets” of America, with more than 2000 restaurants, museum and boutique shops you’ll be snap happy!

Don’t miss!

• Surf’s up at Virginia Beach!

• Old Town Alexandria

• Greenhill Winery

• Ghost Tours

Greenhill Winery

Not your typical tipple… step back in time at this historic stone manor house for a horse drawn carriage ride. Greenhill Winery is not to be missed with the Grape to Glass Tour and chocolate tasting! Sold!

Ghost Tours

With such a rich history in the region, step back in time with a Ghost Tour in Alexandria. Let your guide tell you the tales of mysteries gone by. Are you ready for an otherworldly encounter? Spooky!

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