Discovering the Capital Region USA
Enjoy America’s diverse landscapes, cities and attractions all in one place: the Capital Region USA. Made up of Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia, the Capital Region holds some of the country’s most treasured historic sites, most spectacular national parks and most blissful beaches. Discover memorable museums, shopping, dining, wineries and more – all connecting you to the beauty and fun of the American experience.
Soak up the urban energy of Washington, DC, and Baltimore, or stroll the quaint, character-rich downtowns of cities like Annapolis or Alexandria. These cities present their version of “Main Street America” with charming historic districts full of one-of-a-kind shops, live music venues, alfresco dining spots, refreshing rooftop bars and more.
Take your own great American road trip along one of the region’s 13 National Scenic Byways. These specially designated routes take you deep into the Blue Ridge Mountains, around the sprawling Chesapeake Bay and to the heart of America: Washington, DC.
Outdoors and Nature
From majestic mountains and beaches to botanic gardens in full bloom, the Capital Region offers many ways to enjoy nature. On the water, go sailing, swimming, fishing, paddling or whitewater rafting. On land, go hiking, biking and skiing, or set out in search of the region’s fascinating wildlife.
A major U.S. shopping hub, the Capital Region is known for designer fashions as well as big bargains. Northern Virginia is home to many large, upscale shopping malls, while both Virginia and Maryland offer outlet malls featuring discounts on big-name brands. Many cities are filled with luxury boutiques, eclectic shops and antiques stores.
Wine and Cuisine
Celebrate the region’s unique culinary culture, which fuses international cuisine, fresh seafood (especially crab) and the rich flavors of the American South. Award-winning restaurants are plentiful, and some are owned by celebrity chefs. The region is praised for its wine country (home to about 250 wineries), and the craft beer scene is also on the rise. Food tours and wine trails abound.
History and Culture
Visit historic sites to explore America’s roots. In Washington, DC, visit moving national monuments and memorials, renowned museums and the storied sites where many of America’s defining moments were made. In Virginia, tour Colonial settlements and the picturesque estates of eight U.S. presidents. In Maryland, visit epic battlefields and the fort that inspired America’s national anthem.
Tours and Trails
Tour at your own pace: By boat, car, train, on foot, by bike or Segway. Select a tour focused on food, wine, music, nature, Civil War history or whatever suits your interests.
Attractions and Family Fun
With a tremendous diversity of attractions, the Capital Region USA is a destination for all ages. Thrilling theme parks, hands-on zoos and aquariums, pirate ship rides, ziplines through the trees and historic attractions that whisk kids back in time make for adventures of all types – and great memories for the entire family.
Getting There: Just 26 miles west of Washington, DC, Washington Dulles International Airport is centrally located in the Capital Region USA and convenient to all destinations and activities across Washington, DC, Virginia and Maryland. Nonstop flights to Washington Dulles International Airport from major destinations worldwide make getting here easy.
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