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Spring into the Capital Region: What Not to Miss!

This week our focus is purely on the Capital Region of America: Washington, Maryland and Virginia and to kick-off, we look at a few of the major tourist destinations not to be missed. This, before we delve a little deeper into the Capital Region.


Starting in Presidential fashion, top of your list should be the 'poster boy' of the states: The White House. Iconic, historic and the setting for many of our on-screen favourites, the President's residence is about as American as it gets and makes for an excellent photo-opportunity too! Possibly the world's most well-known address, 1800 Pennsylvania Avenue is the epicentre of political life in Washington, DC.

To see it for yourself, self-guided tours can take you through the East Wing where you'll see the Red, Blue and Green Rooms; the State Dining Room and most of the entertaining space in the building. Also available to visit is the nearby Visitor Center, which provides an enriched and engaging experience for those wanting to catch a glimpse of the Oval Office for themselves. 

National Mall

Staying in the area, the National Mall is within walking distance of the White House and boasts it's own Presidential pull. A vast boulevard, you will discover a mass of monuments, memorials and renowned museums along a leisurely stroll, not forgetting the impressive Washington Monument. Along the way, you'll stand where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I Have A Dream" speech to the hundreds of thousands of people who marched to the nation's capital that day.

The next stop is a real historical treat in Maryland: Antietam National Battlefield. Now a national park, it was the location for The Battle of Antietam, a crucial battle in the American Civil War. The picturesque park is perfect for self-guided walking tours, but also provides plenty of option including a peruse of the museum's impressive exhibits and a battlefield talk from one of the Park Rangers.

Williamsburg

Finally, for a real trip back in time, head to Colonial Williamsburg and experience 1775 and the start of the American Revloution for yourself. In this immersive experience, you'll join the community of Williamsburg and discover the challenges faced by the American population at the time. Take part as an American colonist and decide whether your loyalties lie with the British king, or with those who oppose him. Recreational activities (including shopping, golf and spa treatments) make a great way to unwind from 18th century revolting and help to round off a perfect visit.

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