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Experience Small Town USA at its best – the Capital Regions

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Few areas of the United States are as packed with history as the Capital Region. From the early American settlements of Colonial Williamsburg Virginia, to the first black president to live in the USA White House, the region has continuously played witness to the nation’s defining moments. Encompassing Washington DC and the states of Maryland and Virginia, a road trip around the area makes for a perfect summer or autumn holiday.
Whilst the big cities and monuments may be one of the main attractions, the region’s small towns are the heart and soul of the Capital Region. Stroll through charming downtown districts, relax in luxury, uncover interesting history and revel in unspoiled nature at one or more of these hidden gems.
Here are just 10 of these Small Towns – some or all of which can be incorporated into your trip
1 Frederick, Maryland
Named one of the top 25 “Small Art Cities” in the USA, Frederick is the historic and cultural hub from which highways fan out like the spokes of a wagon wheel, connecting Main Street communities, wineries, orchards and inspirational attractions. Guided walking tours show off historic sites and intriguing architecture, while rounding out the scene are specialty shops and critically acclaimed restaurants.
2 Cambridge, Maryland
“The Heart of the Chesapeake Bay” is home of the Dorchester Centre for the Arts. But history reigns in the birthplace of abolitionist hero Harriet Tubman. Walk in her footsteps along the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway, and check for upcoming events commemorating the 100th anniversary of her death in 1913.
3 Ellicott City, Maryland
Among the Olde English stone homes and rolling hillsides of Ellicott City is the nation’s oldest surviving railroad station. The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum is a must-see for train and history enthusiasts alike. Stay in one of the characterful inns or bed-and-breakfasts, and be sure to check out the neighbourhood pubs.
4 St. Michaels, Maryland
This charming port town is full of pre-Colonial influence, historic homes and maritime fun. Boat, sail, fish or tour the town’s lighthouses. Take a romantic horse-drawn carriage ride, stopping to sample the boutique wines from St. Michaels Winery.
5 Hagerstown, Maryland
Enjoy everything from pristine mountain views to live theatre and symphony performances to shopping the designer brands of Hagerstown Premium Outlets®. Nearby, visit historic Antietam National Battlefield, Fort Frederick State Park and Washington Monument State Park.
6 Leesburg, Virginia
Located just 20 minutes from Dulles International Airport, Leesburg, founded in 1758, offers not only historic architecture and attractions but also specialty shops, art galleries, and great dining. The charming town is home to several of Virginia’s award-winning wineries.
7 Abingdon, Virginia
This town along the Blue Ridge Highlands dates back to frontier times, and the old stone streets are preserved. Take a ghost tour through the circa-1779 homes, visit The Barter Theatre (the official state theatre of Virginia) and explore stunning Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway.
8 Washington, Virginia
First surveyed by a young George Washington, this peaceful hamlet is filled with B&Bs and rolling countryside. The Geneva Welch Gallery is a reputable shrine to fine art.
9 Cape Charles, Virginia
Marinas, fishing spots and parks such as Eastern Shore National Wildlife Refuge make up this haven for maritime living. Adventurous types can try Kite boarding and food lovers can visit the locally inspired waterfront restaurants and farmers markets.
10 Lynchburg, Virginia
America’s roots extend to Lynchburg, home of the Old City Cemetery which dates back to the Civil War. Nearby are Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, the new Museum of the Confederacy at Appomattox and Poplar Forest, the woodland retreat of Thomas Jefferson. Explore the town’s seven architectural districts.

Interested? – take a look at our sample itinerary on our website then contact us and we will assist with your travel plans to this fascinating area – call 01323 446550 or email info@experienceholidays.co.uk

All photographs courtesy of capitalregionusa.org


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