Discover the historic highlights, rich culture and natural beauty of Washington D.C., Virginia and Maryland on this picturesque self-drive.
Suggested route & duration
Suggested duration: 8 nights Washington D.C. round-trip
• Washington D.C.: 2 nights
• Shenandoah National Park: 1 night
• Charlottesville: 1 night
• Williamsburg: 1 night
• Virginia Beach: 1 night
• Ocean City: 1 night
• Baltimore: 1 night
About this independent tour
Capital Region is a recommended self-drive itinerary including 9 days car hire, accommodation for 8 nights in mainly 3 and 4 star hotels and a personalised documentation pack. Destinations, durations and accommodation are all completely flexible and easily adapted to suit your own needs. All sightseeing is a suggestion only and is not included. This is an unescorted, independent journey and no Kuoni representative will be available. Transfers are not included so upon arrival at each destination you will be required to make your own way to your hotel and you will also be required to independently reconfirm any arrangements locally.
WASHINGTON D.C. Explore the capital’s famous monuments and the prestigious Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History before enjoying some classic jazz on U Street. Follow pretty hiking trails through Rock Creek Park and discover fine restaurants and high-end shopping.
Hotel: Capital Hilton
SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK This beautiful park has over 500 miles of hiking trails and the scenic Skyline Drive which runs 105 miles along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Keep an eye out for black bears and deer and stop at lookouts for views of Shenandoah Valley and Piedmont.
Hotel: Big Meadows Lodge
CHARLOTTESVILLE Set in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, this attractive city has a rich arts scene and is home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the grounds of Thomas Jefferson’s home, Monticello, and the University of Virginia. Explore scenic trails by bike, discover more than 20 vineyards on the Monticello Wine Trail, or go kayaking on the James River.
Hotel: Omni Charlottesville
WILLIAMSBURG A mecca for history buffs, this city is home to Colonial Williamsburg, the world’s largest living history museum. Experience 18th-Century life as you explore historic buildings and meet costumed characters including tradespeople and political figures. It’s part of the famous Historic Triangle of Virginia, which also includes Jamestown and Yorktown, linked by the Colonial Parkway.
Hotel: Kingsmill Resort
VIRGINIA BEACH This popular coastal city has a laid-back vibe, beautiful beaches and great restaurants. The three-mile-long boardwalk is lined with shops and restaurants, and there’s live music every night in the summer. Popular local activities include ghost crab hunting after dark, horse riding on the beach, hiking, kayaking and whale watching.
Hotel: Sheraton Oceanfront
OCEAN CITY Maryland’s only coastal community stretches along ten miles of beautiful beach and is known as the White Marlin Capital of the World. Stroll or cycle along the classic wooden boardwalk to discover shops, dining, fairground rides and amusement arcades.
Hotel:Hilton Ocean City Oceanfront Suites
BALTIMORE ‘Charm City’ is famous for its maritime history, world-class museums and distinctive redbrick row houses with white marble steps. Highlights include the National Aquarium, the Inner Harbor and Historic Ships in Baltimore.
Hotel: Kimpton Hotel Monaco Baltimore Inner Harbor.
Tailor your tour
Don’t forget that you can tailor make your own self-drive around the USA, choosing your number of nights, where you stay, and even adding excursions. Or combine your self-drive with a stay at any of our city, beach or resort hotels in USA or Canada. After your final night in Baltimore it’s very simple to extend your journey to Philadelphia and then continue on to New York.