Colonial America Fly Drive Holiday Itinerary
WASHINGTON, D.C. ARRIVAL
Arrive in Washington, D.C. and pick up your rental car at the airport, then proceed to your hotel.
A full day to explore Washington, D.C. Start your day by strolling along the Mall, here you will find some of the most important monuments and have the opportunity to lose yourself in some of the world’s most inspired museums. After lunch why not journey across the Potomac to nearby Alexandria or perhaps you would prefer to rent a bicycle and continue your exploration of the city. This evening we suggest a visit to the lively Georgetown area of the city where some of the best chefs vie for your attention.
DAY 3: DRIVING DISTANCE: 90 MI / 150 KM
WASHINGTON, D.C. – GETTYSBURG
Leave the seat of government behind today as you travel to the fascinating Civil War Battlefield of Gettysburg. There are many excellent self-guided interpretative trails you can follow that will give you an understanding of this formative period in U.S. history.
DAY 04: DRIVING DISTANCE: 150 MI / 250 KM
GETTYSBURG – SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK
Today there is time for further exploration of Gettysburg before you head west to visit LurayCaverns, one of the most beautiful caves in the world. Then enter Shenandoah National Park, a haven for plants, wildlife, and people alike.
DAY 05: DRIVING DISTANCE: 172 MI / 275 KM
SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK – SKYLINE DRIVE – CHARLOTTESVILLE – COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG
Drive south and enjoy the natural wonders along each mile of Skyline Drive, one of America’s most scenic routes. You can see the peaks of the Blue Ridge Mountains which have a distinctly bluish cast, especially in summer. Then continue to Charlottesville and visit Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson designed and built on a glorious mountaintop. Continue to
Richmond, Virginia’s capital, rising high above the sparkling James River, before traveling along the scenic road by the James River Plantations to Williamsburg, where restoration and preservation have turned back the clock 200 years.
DAY 06: DRIVING DISTANCE: 63 MI / 101 KM
COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG – NORFOLK – VIRGINIA BEACH
Visit Colonial Williamsburg, then see the earliest permanent English settlement in North America at Jamestown. Continue to the Yorktown battlefield, where Washington’s decisive victory over General Cornwall’s forces turned the colonists’ dream of a new nation into reality. Continue through Norfolk, Virginia’s premier port city, to Virginia Beach, with 30 miles of sandy seashore and a 2-mile-long boardwalk. Time to relax this evening and dip your toes in the ocean.
Today spend your time in the city that is listed in the Guinness Book of Records as having the longest pleasure beach in the world. To continue with this record breaking tradition, the city itself is located at the southern end of the Chesapeake
Bay Bridge-Tunnel, the longest bridge-tunnel complex in the world.
DAY 08: DRIVING DISTANCE: 248 MI /397 KM
VIRGINIA BEACH – EASTERN SHORE – ANNAPOLIS – BALTIMORE
Drive north across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel to the tranquil Eastern Shore. Cross into Maryland and continue on to
Annapolis, home to the U.S. Naval Academy. See the State House and visit the Academy before continuing to Baltimore. This evening, stroll along the magnificently rebuilt Inner Harbor and enjoy a typical dish of the region in one of the many restaurants.
DAY 09: DRIVING DISTANCE: 100 MI / 160 KM
BALTIMORE – PHILADELPHIA
This morning you are bound for the City of Brotherly Love – Philadelphia. This Historic city is home to both Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. Philadelphia also boasts a world class art museum as well as superb shopping and dining.
DAY 10: DRIVING DISTANCE: 140 MI / 250 KM
PHILADELPHIA – WASHINGTON, D.C. DEPARTURE
Time to explore Philadelphia a little further this morning before driving to Washington DC in the afternoon. If you did not see the
monuments of DC by night at the start of your trip then tonight is your opportunity to do so.
Return your car at the airport before your departure flight.