Whilst Washington is not part of any state, geographically it does fall within the boundaries of Virginia. Renting a car in this part of the USA is extremely rewarding and should provide you with a fascinating insight to the capital of America too.
Cities to Explore in Virginia
The number of landmarks in Washington is vast. View famous buildings such as The White House and U.S. Capitol Building. Gaze at the selection of memorials located here and take a stroll through Georgetown. If you want to explore the great outdoors, then Great Falls National Park should offer some respite from the city.
Start off your day by embarking along the canal walk. If you want to continue the day in a tranquil manner, then the array of stunning gardens should suit you. The unusual Agecroft Hall is a 15th Century Tudor house which was moved from England. The beautiful Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden and Maymont are also highlights.
Whilst the Blue Ridge Mountains are the main attraction here, driving through miles of scenic countryside is a definite bonus. If you prefer to explore on foot, then there are numerous trails that you can amble along too.
Relax in Chesapeake Bay, go fishing, soak up the sunshine, go for a swim or go boating. Head back into the city and wander along Elizabeth River Harbour. You could even arrange a tour at Mermaid Winery too. If you want to head to the beach, nearby Virginia Beach is a great place to spend a laid-back afternoon.
Other Sights to Visit...
Manassas National Battlefield Park
The site of two major Civil War battles, there are many historical sites to view whilst here such as Stone House and Bridge, what was once the village of Groveton and Chinn Ridge.
Shenandoah National Park
This is another example of the breathtaking backdrops you’re likely to experience. If you wish to make good use of your hire car, then you can drive along the Skyline National Drive. This is wondrous and perhaps best at the end of the summer, start of autumn. The array of waterfalls located here means a visit is a real treat.
For some family fun, arrange a trip to Busch Gardens which is close to Williamsburg. Packed with fun rides, family-friendly shows and you could go behind the scenes too if you like.
Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello and George Washington’s Mount Vernon
Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello is located in Charlottesville. Arrange a tour to get a real insight into the gardens and the house. George Washington’s Mount Vernon is situated in Alexandria and was his home for approximately 40 years. Stroll around his plantation and his mansion during your visit.