15 Days/14 Nights – Gateway: Washington, D.C.

1, 2 & 3: Washington, D.C.

Welcome to America’s capital! Washington, DC is a cosmopolitan capital city, packed with many famous sights and free attractions and home to some of the world’s best-known museums and galleries, including the Smithsonian Institution. Combine this with hip new restaurants and bars, stunning hotels, great nightlife, live music, theatres, charming neighborhoods and terrific shopping options and you have a fantastic start to your trip through the Capital Region.  3 nights Washington, DC

4: To Gettysburg, PA. (85 mi/141 km)

Drive though delightful countryside to Gettysburg, site of the great Civil War battle. Begin your visit to Gettysburg National Military Park at the Gettysburg Museum and Visitor Center. Understand the sacrifice of Gettysburg with the film, “A New Birth of Freedom” and the fury of battle with the Gettysburg Cyclorama. This is the place to start your visit and get informed on how to tour the battlefield park.

5: To Harpers Ferry/Martinsburg, WV (79 mi/131 km)

Travel to Harper’s Ferry where in 1859, John Brown set in motion events that led directly to the outbreak of the Civil War in 1861. Pick nick in the National Park before heading for Martinsburg, West Virginia for overnight.

6: To Charlottesville, VA (152 mi/250 km)

Head down the Shenandoah Valley to Luray and the magnificent Skyline Drive, with many overlooks for views of the valley below. Perhaps visit the Luray Caverns, the largest caverns on the east coast. Charlottesville is home to the University of Virginia and was once home to American statesman, Thomas Jefferson.

7 To Richmond, VA (71 mi/114 km)

Richmond, the Capital of the Confederacy remains one of the most handsome capitals in the south. Old waterfront warehouses have been restored into trendy shops; Shockoe Bottom and Shockoe Slip feature restaurants, entertainment and boutiques.

8,9 & 10: Virginia Beach, VA (109 mi/180 km)

Travel scenic Route 5 to Williamsburg, Virginia; and visit Berkeley, Shirley or one of the other Plantations along the way.  Don’t miss Colonial Williamsburg, the most extensively restored 18th century town in the US, and Jamestown, the earliest European settlement in America. In Virginia Beach, you may want to just relax. There is a lovely huge beach, and lots of waterfront activities!  3 nights Virginia Beach

11 & 12: To Annapolis, MD (217 mi/347 km)

Drive to Annapolis, Maryland’s colonial capital city, now a favorite yachting port. Explore the harbor and visit the US Naval Academy and St. John’s church.

2 nights Annapolis 

13 & 14: To Baltimore, MD (30 mi/48 km)

A short drive today will bring you to Baltimore, “America’s Renaissance City” with its bustling harbor and National Aquarium. Plan a visit to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor for unique shops, entertainment and eateries.

1 night Baltimore.

15: To Washington, DC/Home

Drive to Washington to drop off your car and catch your flight home.

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