12 Romantic Tours & Trails of the Capital Region

Cosmopolitan cities, charming small towns and the beautiful countryside of Maryland and Virginia set the stage for these tours and trails that are sure to add a romantic spark to your next holiday.

Couple yachting in Norfolk, Virginia
World War II Memorial at night, Washington, DC
McAfee Knob on the Appalachian Trail in Virginia
Rock Creek Park
Maryland covered bridge
Stand Up Paddleboarding on Virginia Beach
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Discover Virginia Oysters & Wine

The Capital Region is home to more than 300 wineries and vineyards and the region’s coastal location means an abundance of fresh seafood. Pair Virginia’s top specialties – wine and oysters – during Anderson’s Neck Oyster Farms’ Oyster Wine Tour. The tour includes private transportation, a visit to two wineries and a tour of the oyster farm where you’ll enjoy the freshest shucked oysters.

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Stroll Sandy Beaches with Wild Ponies

The natural beauty of Assateague Island National Seashore’s sandy beaches, maritime forests and coastal bays are enhanced by the presence of the island’s wild ponies. A sunset stroll on the beach is made even more romantic when shared with these wild horses.

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See DC in Bloom

Visit the nation’s capital awash in pink during the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival. Tour the tidal basin where 3,000 cherry trees paint the landscape with their soft pink petals. 

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Sail Away on a Private Sailboat Cruise

Visit the many waterfront cities of the Capital Region, from Norfolk in Virginia to Annapolis in Maryland to book a private sailboat cruise. Aim for sunset or a moonlit night for the ultimate in romance. Sail Nauticus in Norfolk offers private cruises along the Elizabeth River with the option to include a sailing lesson. 

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Grow More in Love at the National Arboretum

You’ll grow even more in love with your loved one during a trip to the National Arboretum. This 446-acre living museum brims with rare and beautiful flowers and plants year-round. The Arboretum is also home to the original columns of the US Capitol building.

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Take a Tour of Charm City

Charm your loved one with a walking food tour of “Charm City” - Baltimore, Maryland. Charm City Food Tours immerses you in the city’s historic neighbourhoods and public markets, sampling foods traditional to Baltimore as well as modern cuisine from some of the city’s top chefs. 

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Tour the Monuments and Memorials at Night

A visit to the monuments and memorials along The National Mall is at the heart of any visit to Washington, DC. All of the attractions are illuminated at night and see smaller crowds in the evening, making it the perfect time for a romantic stroll of these iconic sites. 

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Escape to the Mountains

Pack a picnic and set off on a hike with your partner through the Blue Ridge Mountains and Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. Enjoy the solitude and sense of exploration as you discover waterfalls and scenic vistas like the one from McAfee Knob, shown here. 

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Take to the Sky in a Hot Air Balloon Tour

Soar above it all with your loved one as you take to the sky in a hot air balloon tour. Friendship Hot Air Balloon Company offers Champagne Flights at sunrise and two hours before sunset over scenic Howard and Carroll counties in Maryland. 

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Explore One of America’s Largest and Oldest City Parks

Rock Creek Park’s 2,100 acres (twice the size of New York City’s Central Park!) is replete with trails for exploring by foot or bicycle. The historic park is also home to several attractions including Peirce Mill where bridges and waterfalls create a lovely atmosphere.

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Travel Scenic Byways

The Capital Region is home to 10 National Scenic Byways – roads recognised for their cultural, historical or recreational significance. Follow rural roads through spectacular country side visiting charming small towns and historic attractions along the way. Shown here: Roddy Road Covered Bridge along the Catoctin Mountain Scenic Byway in Maryland. Learn more about the region’s scenic drives here.  

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Kayak or Paddle Board Tour of Virginia Beach

Get up close to nature during a paddle board or kayak tour of the waterways in and around Virginia Beach. Take a guided dolphin tour, surf the waves or paddle the calm waters of the Chesapeake Bay.

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