Trip Ideas for Capital Region USA

Discover trip ideas in the Capital Region of the USA, from big-city adventures and scenic drives to shopping, nature and wining and dining. Whether you're on a romantic getaway, a solo journey or a family holiday, there's something for everyone in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC. 

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The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC, America’s first modern art museum, features artwork by Matisse, van Gogh and Renoir.
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Enjoying the beach in Ocean City, Maryland
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The Phillips Collection, art, museum, gallery, attractions, Washington, DC, USA
Ocean City Beach, Maryland
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Enjoy America’s diverse landscapes, cities and attractions all in one place: the Capital Region USA. Made up of Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia, the Capital Region holds some of the country’s most treasured historic sites, spectacular national parks and blissful beaches. Discover memorable museums, shopping, dining, wineries and more — all connecting you to the beauty and fun of the American experience.

City Adventures

Soak up the urban energy of Washington, DC and Baltimore, or stroll the quaint, character-rich centres of cities like Annapolis or Alexandria. These cities present their version of “Main Street America” with charming historic districts full of one-of-a-kind shops, live music venues, alfresco dining spots, refreshing rooftop bars and more.

Scenic Drives

Take your own great American road trip along one of the region’s 13 National Scenic Byways. These specially designated routes take you deep into the Blue Ridge Mountains, around the sprawling Chesapeake Bay and to the heart of America: Washington, DC.

Outdoors & Nature

From majestic mountains and beaches to botanic gardens in full bloom, the Capital Region offers many opportunities for outdoor adventure. Looking for water activities? Go sailing, swimming, fishing, paddling or whitewater rafting. On land, go hiking, biking and skiing, or set out in search of the region’s fascinating wildlife.

Shopping

A major U.S. shopping hub, the Capital Region is known for designer fashions as well as big bargains. Northern Virginia is home to many large, upscale shopping malls, while both Virginia and Maryland offer outlet malls featuring discounts on big-name brands. Many cities are filled with luxury boutiques, eclectic shops and antiques stores.

Wine & Cuisine

Celebrate the region’s unique culinary culture, which fuses international cuisine, fresh seafood (especially crab) and the rich flavors of the American South. Award-winning restaurants are plentiful, and some are owned by celebrity chefs. The region is praised for its wine country (home to about 250 wineries), and the craft beer scene is also on the rise. Food festivals and wine trails abound.

History & Culture

Visit historic sites to explore America’s roots. In Washington, DC, visit moving national monuments and memorials, renowned museums and the storied sites where many of America’s defining moments took place. In Virginia, tour Colonial settlements and the picturesque estates of eight U.S. presidents, including George Washington's Mount Vernon and Thomas Jefferson's Monticello. In Maryland, visit Antietam and Monocacy national battlefields, as well as Fort McHenry — the birthplace of America’s national anthem.

Tours & Trails

Tour at your own pace and in the style that suits your fancy, be it by boat, train, foot, bike or Segway. Take a Capital Region road trip or cycle scenic bike trails in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, DC. Taste your way through cities and towns on food tours, boogie down the Crooked Road Music Trail, sip and see sights on wine, beer and spirit tours or travel through American history.

Attractions & Family Fun

With its tremendous diversity of attractions and family-friendly fun, the Capital Region USA is the perfect holiday destination for all ages. Ride roller coasters at Busch Gardens Williamsburg or other thrilling theme parks. Meet alpacas at the Smithsonian’s’ National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute, and find hands-on experiences at varied zoos and aquariums throughout the region. Cruise on a pirate ship, zipline through trees and discover historic attractions that whisk you back in time making for myriad adventures — and great memories for the entire family.

Need more ideas on how to enjoy the Capital Region? View the latest version of our holiday guide and check out these road trips and itineraries for inspiration.

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Scenic Drives
Outdoors & Nature
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Tours & Trails
Wine & Cuisine
City Adventures
History & Culture
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