Calvert Marine Museum, Visit Maryland. Lincoln Memorial, Washington.org. Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia Tourism Corporation. WELCOME TO the CAPITAL REGION USA WASHINGTON, DC • MARYLAND • VIRGINIA THE CAPITAL REGION IS KNOWN FOR ICONIC MONUMENTS AND MUSEUMS, BUT IT’S ALSO A GREAT DESTINATION FOR BEACHES, CUISINE, SHOPPING, FAMILY FUN, THRILLING ATTRACTIONS AND MORE. WHETHER YOU WANT TO SOAK UP AMERICAN CULTURE, STROLL ALONG THE OCEAN OR CATCH A BASEBALL GAME, A FUN-FILLED TIME AWAITS. Blue Ridge Mountains, Sarah Hauser/Virginia Tourism Corporation. Annapolis Waterfront, Robert Peterson. Deep Creek Lake, Visit Maryland. US Capitol dome, Washington.org. Winery at Bull Run, Virginia Tourism Corporation. Kayaking the Potomac River near the Kennedy Center, Washington.org. Ocean City Beach, Visit Maryland. Washington Monument, Washington.org Tubing on the James River at Hattons Ferry, Virginia Tourism Corporation. WASHINGTON, DC IT MAY BE COMPACT, BUT WASHINGTON, DC PACKS A LARGE CULTURAL PUNCH THROUGH ECLECTIC NEIGHBOURHOODS, VIBRANT NIGHTLIFE, A BOOMING RESTAURANT SCENE AND DIVERSE ENTERTAINMENT. Jefferson Memorial during the spring cherry blossom season, iStockphoto Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park in Georgetown, iStockphoto KNOW BEFORE YOU GO CLAIM TO FAME You know it for being the nation’s capital, its top-notch museums, famous monuments and a little residence called the White House. HITCHING A RIDE The best bet for getting around DC is aboard one of the six Metro lines; you can even reach Virginia and Maryland cities like Alexandria and Silver Spring using the subway system. See the sights by renting a set of wheels from Capital Bikeshare. MARK YOUR CALENDAR Each spring, the National Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates the 1912 gift of Japanese cherry trees from Tokyo’s mayor with a parade and other festivities. In June, the DC Jazz Festival features more than 100 performances at venues across the city. THE LATEST & GREATEST Set to debut in 2017, mixed-use development The Wharf will breathe new life into the Southwest Waterfront beside the Washington Channel, with a whopping 20-plus restaurants, numerous retail shops, a concert hall and hotels by Inter- Continental, Hyatt and Hilton. STREET SENSE After a 50-year hiatus, streetcar service returned to DC in 2016. The route starts behind Union Station and runs along the H Street NE corridor, a newly revitalised area. Maketto. ON THE MENU Small plates are popping up on menus throughout the city. Try the trend at Rose’s Luxury in Capitol Hill, H Street’s Maketto or hip newcomer Kinship in the Mount Vernon Square neighbourhood. MARYLAND A PERFECT BLEND OF COSMOPOLITAN SENSIBILITIES AND OUTDOOR RECREATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES MAKE THE OLD LINE STATE A CAN’T-MISS DESTINATION. The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. KNOW BEFORE YOU GO CLAIM TO FAME Many of Maryland’s key experiences are influenced by the Chesapeake Bay, from sailing and boating to beaches and enjoying signature blue crabs. HITCHING A RIDE MARC trains provide commuter rail service via three lines and 42 stations, including new weekend service between Baltimore and DC on the Penn Line. MARK YOUR CALENDAR Billed as the largest free arts festival in the US, July’s Artscape in Baltimore shows off an array of visual and performing arts — outdoor sculptures, art cars, dance, opera and more. Classic American fun comes to Timonium each summer with rides, concessions and baby animals at the Maryland State Fair. American Visionary Art Museum, Visit Baltimore. Country store in Cambridge, Dorchester County Tourism. THE LATEST & GREATEST The grand opening for the 17-acre Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park and Visitor Center in Dorchester County is slated for March 2017. Interpretive exhibits will focus on the heroic abolitionist and the Underground Railroad resistance movement from the Maryland perspective. SHORE THING From picturesque towns like St. Michaels to the gorgeous beaches and roaming wild horses of Assateague Island, Maryland’s Eastern Shore is full of endless treasures and surprises. CULTURE CLUB Monthly art walks and festivals in Bethesda and Annapolis, Hagerstown’s Maryland Symphony Orchestra and world-class museums in Baltimore are just a few of the myriad cultural offerings you’ll find. VIRGINIA HOME TO KEY HISTORICAL FIGURES SUCH AS GEORGE WASHINGTON AND THOMAS JEFFERSON, THE LAND BETWEEN THE ATLANTIC OCEAN AND APPALACHIAN MOUNTAINS CURRENTLY SUSTAINS MORE THAN 280 WINERIES AND MORE THAN 140 CRAFT BREWERIES. Jamestown settlement, Jamestown Yorktown Foundation. KNOW BEFORE YOU GO CLAIM TO FAME Several hard-fought battles occurred on Virginia soil during the Civil War; visit six different National Parks that reflect on these events. HITCHING A RIDE A widespread Amtrak network means you can reach cities like Lynchburg, Norfolk and Fredericksburg with relative ease. MARK YOUR CALENDAR Despite the name, the Virginia International Tattoo in Norfolk doesn’t involve getting any ink. Instead, it’s a massive showcase of marching bands, drill teams, dancers, choirs and bagpipers over four days of performances in April. The longstanding Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival marks 90 years in spring 2017. Over 250,000 attendees descend on Winchester for nine days of revelry. THE LATEST & GREATEST The Oyster Capital of the East Coast, Virginia recently launched an oyster trail, connecting travellers to Virginia oyster purveyors, raw bars, restaurants and the waterman culture throughout the region. Jefferson Vineyards, Virginia Tourism Corporation. Stand-up paddleboarding in New River State Park, Virginia Tourism Corporation. GREAT OUTDOORS Go out and explore Virginia’s 37 state parks, hundreds of miles of hiking and biking trails, and winding rivers and tributaries. Shenandoah National Park, near Luray in the Blue Ridge Mountains, is a recreational gem covering 200,000 acres of protected lands. LIVING HISTORY Colonial Williamsburg brings 18thcentury heritage to life through historical reenactments, tours and museum collections. Nearby, gain a glimpse into America’s origins at the first permanent English colony — Jamestown — and Yorktown, where the American Revolution was won.
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