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Washington DC and Capital Region USA

Journey to where the power and the glory of America meet face-to-face; Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia together form the region known as Capital Region USA. This is where 21st century America meets its colonial past. Washington D.C was first named as the nation's capital in 1791 when it was little more than backwater swampland. How things have changed in a little over 200 years! Today, the decision makers of Capital Hill enjoy a thriving arts and entertainment scene; from an eclectic range of bars and clubs to cutting edge theatre and an endless choice of restaurants. Discover glorious vistas, iconic sights, wide-open boulevards, impressive monuments and incredible museums. A great way to see DC is by bicycle. Bike The Sites (www.bikethesites.com) offer a 3 hour guided tour taking you from one end of the National Mall to the other, featuring the Lincoln Memorial, White House, Washington Monument, Supreme Court, Union Station, the Capitol, and more. Alternatively, Gray Line offer a selection of city bus tours departing from Union Station. This incidentally, is an attraction in itself; a grand building and a working train station, but with over 100 shops and restaurants and a movie theatre. Architecturally it is one of the most beautiful buildings in D.C. - Clapham Junction it ain't!

A short hop across the Potomac River from Washington DC is the state known as the Commonwealth of Virginia. Take in historically significant sites like Jamestown, Yorktown and Williamsburg, palatial presidential retreats at Monticello and Mount Vernon and intriguing Civil War Battlefields. The Capital of the Confederacy, Richmond, boasts a fascinating cobblestone historic district and there are picturesque towns such as Alexandria, Winchester and Charlottesville to be included in your itinerary.

A little over an hour's drive from Washington DC and often referred to as 'America in Miniature', Maryland oozes small town charm and natural maritime beauty. The tiny state surrounds Chesapeake Bay where you'll encounter quaint fishing villages complete with ruddy faced fishermen hauling in their daily catch. If you're a fan of seafood, you'll love the mouth-watering crab houses scattered along the coast.

"Don't be afraid to see what you see."
Ronald Reagan

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Typical Washington DC Weather




January 42/27 6/-3 3.2
February 47/30 8/-1 2.6
March 56/37 13/3 3.6
April 66/46 19/8 2.8
May 75/56 24/13 3.8
June 84/65 29/18 3.1
July 88/70 31/21 3.7
August 86/69 30/20 3.4
September 79/62 26/17 3.8
October 68/50 20/10 3.2
November 57/40 14/4 3.0
December 47/32 8/0 3.1


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