Washington and the emblematic sites of Virginia and Maryland

Trip description

In two weeks, you will have time to discover the highlights of the American capital before joining the cities of Virginia, notably Bethesda and Richmond. At the end of the journey, pay a short visit of Maryland to discover the marine Baltimore and the cakes crab of Chesapeake bay.

Day 1: Trolley and National Mall

Day 2: Capitol Hill and Dupont Circle

Day 3: Chinatown

Day 4: National Mall

Day 5: White House and National Museum of Women in the Arts

Day 6: Georgetown

Day 7: Alexandria

Day 8: Shopping in Bethesda, Virginia

Day 9: Mount Vernon, Virginia

Day 10: Charlottesville, Virginia

Day 11: Richmond and Williamsburg, Virginia

Day 12: Jamestown, Yorktown and Mcsherrystown, Virginia

Day 13: Annapolis, Maryland

Day 14: Chesapeake Bay, Maryland

Day 15: Baltimore, Maryland

Day 1 : Trolley and National Mall

Day1 : Trolley and National Mall ©Granitepeaker - Fotolia

Take the Old Town Trolley or a bus with an open platform bus to enjoy a general view of the city centre and discover the unique atmosphere of the US federal capital. Then go back to the National Mall from Lincoln Memorial to the Capitol. Visit one or two museums of the Smithsonian Institution, such as the National Museum of Natural History or the National Gallery of Art.

Day 2 : Capitol Hill and Dupont Circle

Day2 : Capitol Hill and Dupont Circle ©Patricia Hofmeester - Fotolia

U Street/Shaw, Washington National Cathedral, with a stop at lunchtime at Ben's Chili Bowl to taste half-smokes. Visit the galleries and artistic facilities nearby. Spend the afternoon in Capitol Hill, by visiting the Capitol and its beautiful library. In the evening, go to Dupont Circle. Visit the residential area, visit the Phillips Collection and enjoy the wide offer of the neighbourhood restaurant.

Day 3 : Chinatown

Day3 : Chinatown ©Dave Newman - Fotolia

In the morning, visit the International Spy Museum, then go to the National Portrait Gallery or the American Art Museum, and continue to an Asian restaurant. Finish with a show at the Shakespeare Theatre or with a sport game in the Verizon Center.

Day 4 : National Mall

Day4 : National Mall ©Apollon - Iconotec

Memorial around the National Mall, Archives and Arlington Cemetery. To rediscover history in the making, visit the Newseum.

Day 5 : White House and National Museum of Women in the Arts

Day5 : White House and National Museum of Women in the Arts ©Michael DRAGER - Fotolia

This day is devoted to the visit of the White House and the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Visit also the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Evening show at Kennedy Center.

Day 6 : Georgetown

Day6 : Georgetown ©Kalim - Fotolia

Walk through the greenery of Georgetown University in the morning, shopping and walking along the C&O Canal in the afternoon. Finish the day at Blues Alley or a bar at M Street.

Day 7 : Alexandria

Day7 : Alexandria ©Cameron DAVIDSON - Virginia Tourism Corp

Walking on the docks, discovering the old town and tasting fish and crabs in a restaurant in the evening.

Day 8 : Shopping in Bethesda, Virginia

Shopping day at Pentagon City Mall (Virginia) or Bethesda (Virginia). Many restaurants for dinner on site.

Day 9 : Mount Vernon, Virginia

Day9 : Mount Vernon, Virginia ©JacobH - iStockphoto.com

Visit of George Washington, the first president of the United States.

Day 10 : Charlottesville, Virginia

Day10 : Charlottesville, Virginia ©Aaron FARRINGTON

Visit of the famous University of Virginia campus. Afternoon in Monticello, the beautiful house of Thomas Jefferson. Evening in Downtown on the walkway.

Day 11 : Richmond and Williamsburg, Virginia

Day11 : Richmond and Williamsburg, Virginia ©Cameron DAVIDSON - Virginia Tourism Corp

Go to Richmond to visit the White House of the Confederates and take a tour in the preserved city centre with nicely-arranged shores. Then visit Williamsburg to remember the colonial times.

Day 12 : Jamestown, Yorktown and Mcsherrystown, Virginia

Day12 : Jamestown, Yorktown and Mcsherrystown, Virginia ©iStockphoto.com/visionsofmaine

At Jamestown, go to the Maes river pier to see the ruins of the first British permanent colony trial. Then side trip in Yorktown where you will follow the signs to discover the surrounding countryside and the many battlegrounds of the American Revolutionary War. On the way back to Washington, stop at Mcsherrystown to see other battlefields, the Civil War this time.

Day 13 : Annapolis, Maryland

Day13 : Annapolis, Maryland ©SeanPavonePhoto

Make a tour at the harbour and enjoy the calm and especially the gastronomy of the Maryland State's capital. Leave the harbour to go to the main street and try to find typical souvenirs of the region.

Day 14 : Chesapeake Bay, Maryland

Heading to Chesapeake Bay. Here, in the middle of the swamps populated by birds, in the heart of fishing villages, enjoy a well-deserved change of scenery.

Day 15 : Baltimore, Maryland

Day15 : Baltimore, Maryland ©Davel5957

Visit of the Walters Art Museum and lunch on the marina. We'll get back to Washington late in the day.

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