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Rhythms of the South - Atlanta, Nashville, New Orleans
If you’ve never been to the American South then you are in for a treat. A mix of friendly people, legendary hospitality, sensational scenery, delectable Southern cuisine and rich music and history can all be found in three of the country’s finest cities.
Atlanta, Nashville and New Orleans offer the perfect taste of the South. These three distinct cities offer unique experiences yet share a common thread of authentic Southern culture and charm. Known as major music cities, music is interwoven into the heart of each city and helps tell a bigger story of the cities’ past and present. From Atlanta’s rap and indie music, New Orleans’ jazz and Nashville’s country and rock, enjoy the music and musicians who have defined these legendary cities.
In the Deep South, you’ll discover NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA, famous for its Mardi Gras, its jazz, its exquisite architecture and its great Cajun and Creole cuisine. It’s a city that greets you with an Old World appeal and embraces you with its spirited soul.
The sounds coming from Music City are those authentic, soulful, powerful and unpretentious sounds that can only come from the place where music is inspired, written, recorded and performed. And today, Nashville continues its emergence as a cultural, artistic and entertainment-rich destination, filled with more than over 180 live music venues, a myriad of attractions, art galleries, plantation homes, botanical gardens, honky-tonks, professional sports and fine dining. You’ll find many ways to enjoy Music City and discover for yourself why music calls us home.
Beyond Nashville’s musical scene, discover world-class eateries and an emerging arts scene with stunning galleries such as the Frist Art Museum, set in a beautifully-restored Art Deco post office. History lovers will adore discovering the city’s picturesque antebellum estate mansions such as Belle Meade and Belmont Mansion, as well as a full-size model of the Parthenon in Centennial Park, which also houses the world’s tallest indoor sculpture in the western world. Nashville also boasts hours of family fun: Nashville Zoo features animals from all corners of the globe; Soundwaves at Gaylord Opryland Resort is the nation's first truly upscale indoor/ outdoor resort water attraction. With an ideal location and luxurious details, the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel is the perfect base for Nashville exploration. New in 2020: Experience the National Museum of African American Music at the newest downtown destination, Fifth + Broadway!
Welcome to Denver, Colorado, the outdoor city with 300 days of sunshine and spectacular views of the Rocky Mountains. The Mile High City’s walkable city center offers urban adventures for all ages, from museums, parks and street art to boutiques, chef-driven restaurants and craft breweries.
Upscale shopping awaits in Cherry Creek, while Denver's seven professional sports teams entertain year-round. It’s easy to get to the walkable city center with direct rail service from Denver International Airport to Denver Union Station. The city’s neighborhoods are easy to explore on bike or on foot, and the free 16th Street Mall shuttles in the heart of downtown run from early morning to late at night.
Attraction Pass Options
A great deal! Pick from the city's best attractions. The Mile High City offers you two different passes to take advantage of the great attractions throughout the city. The Mile High Culture Pass gives you three days to explore many of Denver's top art and cultural museums, while the Denver CityPASS gives you access to three, four or five of Denver's most popular attractions for seven days.
Example of some participating attractions:
- Clyfford Still Museum
- Denver Art Museum
- Denver Botanic Gardens
- Denver Museum of Nature & Science
- History Colorado Center
- Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art
- Molly Brown House Museum
Lower Downtown (LODO) Historic District
Denver's happening historic district is filled with turn-of-the-century warehouses, now home to brewpubs, rooftop bars, restaurants, Coors Field baseball stadium and the newly renovated Denver Union Station. While you're in LoDo, stop by Rockmount Ranch Wear for a snap-button Western shirt at the store where they were invented; browse the locally-owned Tattered Cover Bookstore; or sip a handcrafted beer at the Wynkoop Brewing Company, Denver's first brewpub originally owned by current Colorado Governor, John Hickenlooper.
Denver Union Station has undergone a massive restoration that transformed the landmark into a transportation, dining, shopping and entertainment hub, complete with the Crawford Hotel. The historic, Beaux Arts 1914 train terminal is now a foodie destination, featuring local favorites like the farm-to-table restaurant Mercantile and the Terminal Bar, serving Colorado craft beer and food from the station's former ticket windows. A handful of local retailers includes the popular Tattered Cover Bookstore. Denver Union Station is also fulfilling its original role as a major ground transportation hub for AMTRAK, buses, light rail, and the direct rail service to and from Denver International Airport.
Denver Beer Trail
Take a self-guided tour along the Denver Beer Trail and sample the craft beer paradise in The Mile High City. Explore the featured breweries, most of which are in the walkable downtown area, and you will find everything from Stouts to Lagers and all the flavors in between. Denver's craft beer culture is thriving and creative.
Denver Art MuseumThe Denver Art Museum is home to renowned collections of Western and Native American art. Explore the bold contemporary art inside and out of the new Frederic C. Hamilton building, designed by world-famous architect Daniel Libeskind. The museum, located in downtown’s Golden Triangle neighborhood, also offers free general admission on the first Saturday of every month and is free for kids under 18 at all times.
Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre
Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre is famous for its one-of-a-kind outdoor concert venue that is surrounded by giant, ancient rock formations. Seeing a concert under the stars at Red Rocks is on every music lover’s bucket list. And, during the day, Red Rocks is a free city park with easy hiking trails and a visitor center that includes a Performers' Hall of Fame, where you can learn about all the great musicians who have performed on the stage, including the Beatles in 1964. Red Rocks is located 30 minutes west of downtown Denver.
Cherry Creek Shopping Center is home to more than 160 stores and restaurants including Macy's, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Abercrombie & Fitch, Levi’s, Michael Kors and Hugo Boss. Visit the guest services desk and ask for your “Passport to Shopping” offering discounts for more than 60 stores and restaurants. Head across 1st Avenue to find the charming, tree-lined streets of the Cherry Creek North neighborhood, where you can explore galleries, boutiques, restaurants, coffee shops, spas and more. Cherry Creek is located just 15 minutes southeast of downtown. Go to www.shopcherrycreek.com/passport to see shopping offers and deals exclusive to the Cherry Creek Passport.
Denver Botanic Gardens
One of the top five botanic gardens in the United States, Denver Botanic Gardens is lush oasis in the city, offering year-round events and art exhibitions, a children’s garden, a conservatory, the Monet pool with its picturesque outdoor café and more. The Gardens are located 10 minutes from downtown Denver near Cherry Creek.
The Wild West and Buffalo Bill Cody's exciting story as Pony Express rider, army scout, buffalo hunter and showman comes to life at the Buffalo Bill Museum & Grave, located high atop Lookout Mountain. Enjoy views of the snowcapped Rockies in one direction and the Great Plains in the other. For those with strong nerves, there is an adventurous drive to the museum on the “hairpin” Lariat Loop Drive; then continue to I-70, exit 250, to see a live herd of buffalo. The museum is located 40 minutes west of downtown Denver.
Colorado Railroad Museum
Surrounded by towering Western buttes in the town of Golden, the Colorado Railroad Museum features more than 100 narrow and standard gauge locomotives, cabooses and cars. Exhibits in and around the 1880s-style depot include a working Roundhouse and model railroads. Train rides every Saturday on the Galloping Goose take guests on a one-third-mile loop of track, while "Steam ups" and special events including "A Day Out With Thomas" occur throughout the year. The museum is located 30 minutes west of downtown Denver.
With millions of rugged acres, many people travel to Colorado with adventure vacations and activities on their minds - and they do not leave disappointed. Colorado’s 4 National Parks and 300 days of sunshine finds folks hitting miles of scenic Rocky Mountain trails for hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding and climbing.
Colorado is packed full of things to do year-round. From family attractions, Western heritage and outdoor adventure to cosmopolitan cities and welcoming towns, these Colorado vacation ideas will fill your trip itinerary to overflowing.
- Denver’s Museum of Nature & Science, the Denver Zoo and the Denver Botanic Gardens
- Seven Falls, Garden of the Gods and Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs
- Pearl Street Mall and the Celestial Seasonings Tea Company factory in Boulder
- Brewery tours and Old Town’s shops and restaurants in Fort Collins
- 10 historic & scenic trains across the state
Glenwood Springs, Colorado
Georgia & The Carolinas
Whether you’re looking to relax and unwind on pristine beaches, explore history and culture, or seek adventure off the beaten track; the State of Georgia offers something for everyone. Located just to the North of Florida Georgia offers a temperate climate with mild Winters and a gloriously warm Springtime.
- Sundial Revolving restaurant and bar atop the Westin Hotel in downtown Atlanta. Amazing views of the Skyline, especially at night!
- Urban White-water rafting in downtown Columbus.
- Booth Western Art Museum, Cartersville.
- Visit Cumberland Island. Unspoilt beaches and wild horses abound.
- Georgia Sea Turtle Center, Jekyll Island.
- 'Savannah Dan' walking Tour, Savannah.
- Wine Tasting & Tour, Yonah Mountain, Cleveland.
- Taste Fried Green Tomatoes at the 'Whistle Stop Cafe', Juliette. Where the 1992 movie of the same name was shot.
- Visit the newly opened Center for Civil and Human Rights, Centennial Olympic Park, Atlanta.
- Horse riding and stay at the Southern Cross Guest Ranch, Madison. Voted best family ranch in the US by BA Highlife Magazine.
- Use Atlanta's MARTA rail system to get around the city and from the airport. It's cheap and easy to use.
- Ditch the car when staying in Savannah's Historic District. It's a true walking city!
- Best times to visit Georgia are Spring (mid March to end of June) and Autumn (September to mid November)
- Get off the interstates and visit the quaint, historic and welcoming towns through the State!
- Buy an Atlanta City pass when visiting attractions in the city. They offer great value and can get you to the front of the line.
- Grab a 'to-go' cup in Savannah's Historic district. One of the USA's few cities that allows you to carry your alcoholic beverages from bar to bar in an 'open container'. Enjoy!
Savannah, a coastal Georgia city, is separated from South Carolina by the Savannah River. It’s known for its manicured parks, horse-drawn carriages and ornate antebellum architecture.
Noble Jones Tours
Welcome to Noble Jones Tours, purveyors of highly accurate, in depth, engrossing Savannah walking tours. Discover this Southern jewel of a city, from her founding, her trials and triumphs, to her grace, beauty and mysteries within.
Savannah Sidewalk Tours
There’s no better way to get an up-close-and-personal look at Savannah than by taking a walking tour with a small group led by a professional guide. Your Savannah Sidewalk Tours guide is a veteran Georgia journalist, Savannah storyteller, and a long-time downtown resident who knows and loves the city and its history.
Savannah Tour Walk
Savannah Tour Walk is the only walking tour that provides iPads to each patron making it the best walking tour in Savannah. Patrons enjoy viewing monuments, squares, historical buildings, and streets as they appeared over 160 years ago.
Savvy Savannah Tours
Savvy Savannah Tours offers a variety of experiences including the Savannah Shaken martini tour, the Savannah Cinema movie tour, the Savannah Suds craft brew tour, the Savor Savannah food tour, the Scenes of the Past history tour, the Specters of Savannah ghost tour and the Spiritual Savannah religious history tours.
Old Savannah Tours
Bringing Savannah’s history to life isn’t just a slogan…it’s a promise. Along with our uniquely personal descriptions of Savannah’s rich and spellbinding history, actual historical re-enactors appear from time to time, boarding and walking the isles of your trolley.
Old Town Trolley
Savannah’s original orange and green trolleys have been thrilling guests for more than a quarter of a century, transporting them to the city’s array of historic homes and quaint squares. On the Old Town Trolley visitors get an ideal mix of historical icons, local sights of interest, and superb architectural landmarks.
Savannah Taste Experience
Experience the diverse and distinctive cuisine of Savannah and learn about the city's history, architecture and culture on this 3-hour walking tour. Stop at seven specialty food stores and restaurants, and sample local favorites including shrimp and grits, Scotch pies and fried green tomatoes. This tour is an ideal way for visitors and residents alike to learn more about Savannah while enjoying intriguing food samples that add up to an authentic southern lunch.
Full Moon Tours
An evening of high spirits, some of this world and some of another! We can leave non-believers in doubt and it’s always a good time.
Savannah Ghost & Crime Walks
Join Savannah Dark Crime researcher Chuck "Hurricane" Norras on Savannah's first and only true Dark Crime Tour at 9 pm. Based on murder case evidence and police reports and featuring new case evidence in The Gribble Axe Murders and Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. Adults Only!
Savannah on Wheels
Our historical bike tour is the most unique and complete tour Savannah has to offer. We cover most of the historical area and stop at many of the most popular sites. Our tours also include key knowledge of where to ride safely and what streets to avoid in order to safely ride through the city of Savannah.
The Andrew Low House
The Andrew Low House, which overlooks Lafayette Square, offers insight into life in Savannah more than 150 years ago. Owned and operated by The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the State of Georgia, this Italianate-style stucco-over-brick building was originally designed by architect John Norris and built for wealthy cotton magnate Andrew Low.
Top things to see in Savannah
Bordering the river port, River Street imparts old-world charm. The nine-block brick concourse is ideal for strolling and ship-watching.
Georgia's oldest school for African Americans. Initially, the school had 600 students enrolled, with nine female teachers and a male principal.
Leopold's is an ice cream parlor circa 1935. Much of the decor is original including the original soda fountain, soda fountain cover, back bar, sundae holders, banana split boats, and malte milk dispenser - all of which are still in use
Savannah's Central of Georgia Railway National Landmark District is the oldest and most complete antebellum railroad manufacturing and repair facility still in existence in the United States
The Olde Pink House
The Olde Pink House was built by one of the city’s founding families in the mid 1700s and was, at one time, a bank. This iconic building is now an upscale restaurant
The National Museum of the Mighty Eighth
This $13 million museum honors the courage, character, and patriotism embodied by the men and women of the Eighth Air Force from World War II to the present
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- Ride the Skywheel in MB
- Visit Brookgreen Gardens, the largest outdoor sculpture garden in the US
- Tea Plantation, only tea plantation in the US
- Charleston’s plantation tours – Boone Hall, Drayton Hall, Middleton Place & Magnolia
- Food tasting tour in Charleston
- Carriage tour in Beaufort
- Dolphin watching tour in HHI
- Biking trails in HHI
- BMW Performance Center
- Ceasars Head State Park scenic outlook
The 300-plus miles of North Carolina coastline are dotted with picturesque lighthouses. A chain of barrier islands along the northern coast beckons visitors to familiar places such as Kitty Hawk, Duck and Cape Hatteras. Along the southern shoreline lie the historic Cape Fear Coast, Crystal Coast and Brunswick Islands. Each area has a unique style and offers spectacular beaches, events and activities in a relaxed atmosphere.
The North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro is the nation’s largest walk-through, natural-habitat zoo. In nearby Seagrove, where the earth is natural red clay, some of the world’s best potters ply their craft, as they have for more than 200 years.
Spring and summer festivals provide an opportunity to enjoy foot-tapping mountain music, regional cuisine and, of course, famous North Carolina handmade crafts. Asheville is city-center to mountain activity and boasts numerous arts and crafts shops, galleries and museums. Two of the most interesting homes in America – George Vanderbilt’s Biltmore Estate, a 250-room French chateau, and Carl Sandburg’s Connemara, where the renowned author published one third of his works – are located in the Asheville region.
Along with great golf, visitors can find great barbecue throughout North Carolina. It comes sliced, chopped or pulled and served up with Southern sides like hushpuppies, coleslaw, baked beans and sweet tea. From beaches to mountains, North Carolina has something for every taste.
Grand Junction, Colorado
Grand Junction is located 4 hours west of Denver directly off Interstate 70, close to the state of Utah border. The most popular route of AMTRAK in the U.S. runs directly through Grand Junction, from Denver to Salt Lake City. Grand Junction Regional Airport features over 20 flights daily from Denver, Salt Lake City, Phoenix and Dallas. Discover a dramatically different landscape from the Rocky Mountains in the Grand Junction area. The eastern side of the valley features Grand Mesa, the largest flat toped mountain in the world, with an alpine environment and over 300 lakes. Driving over the Grand Mesa on a nationally designated scenic byway is very popular. The western side of the valley includes the red rock canyons of the Colorado National Monument with dramatic rock formations and spires.
The colorful sandstones and shales that form the cliffs of Colorado National Monument had their origins in deserts, beaches and rivers 200 million years ago. Colorado National Monument is part of the National Parks system and features Rim Rock Drive, an historic 23-mile loop road that was built by the young men of the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930’s. A scenic drive along the edge of the canyons is an awe inspiring adventure.
Offering great ways to get the family off the sofa and into the Great Outdoors with adventures including hiking, biking, and interacting with wildlife
300-mile stretch of American roadway, steeped in legend and packed full with eccentric lifers, nostalgic eats, quirky museums and more kitsch than you can shake a restored 1940’s gas pump at. This is the Mother Road. There is no better way to relive America’s golden age than along its most legendary highway, Route 66. The historic highway starts in Chicago and continues throughout the state. It is this iconic stretch where classic diners, drive-in theaters and quirky roadside attractions continue to wind their way through history and into the hearts of visitors to this very day. In fact, mile for mile you can discover more of Route 66 in Illinois than anywhere else.
Shop the Magnificent Mile, score some designer deals, and explore the delightful boutiques and galleries of historic Galena.
Things to do with kids with Illinois, including rollercoasters, waterslides, and all the tasty treats your picky eater could ask for. Just beyond the city lies Chicagoland, known for everything from Frank Lloyd Wright’s stunning architecture to exotic Anderson Japanese Gardens. Some of the biggest and best shopping outlets in America also reside here, many taking shopping to a whole new level with beautiful indoor and outdoor malls that seemingly go on for as far as the eye can see.
The perfect 'Hang Out' City!
Chicago is a city of world-class status and unparalleled beauty. Located on the shores of Lake Michigan in the heart of Midwest. Chicago is home of the jazz and blues, world-championship sports teams, an internationally acclaimed symphony orchestra, reowned architechture, award-winning theatre and much more.
The biggest city of the Great Lakes region, Chicago sits on more than 26 miles of uninterrupted lakefront, offering 15 miles of sandy beaches and hundreds of beautiful parks, all nestled within a skyline of architectural wonders. You’ll find world-renowned museums, theatre, nightlife and music of every style, and some of the best foodie hot spots in the States.
One of America's most fascinating cities, with a wealth of shops, restaurants and bars, Chicago’s Magnificent Mile is home to some of the city’s tallest buildings, such as the John Hancock Center and Trump International Hotel & Tower. Close to the downtown area, hotels on the Magnificent Mile range from intimate boutique-style spots to some of the most luxurious in the city.
Purchase a Chicago CityPass for entry to five of Chicago's must see attractions. With CityPass, you can save an amazing 50% off regular admissions and skip most ticket lines.
Bordering the Magnificent Mile, the area known as River North is the place to go for trendy bars and fine art galleries.
The Loop is one of the most iconic parts of Chicago, located at the heart of the downtown area. The Loop is packed with skyscrapers, including Willis Tower, one of the tallest buildings on the planet. Hotels here land you in striking distance of Millennium Park, the Planetarium and the Art Institute and the city’s renowned theatre scene can be found here too. Cloud Gate is a public sculpture by Indian-born British artist Anish Kapoor, that is the centerpiece of AT&T Plaza at Millennium Park in the Loop community area.
Go back in time, or to the other side of the world.
The Rockford region is set in the rolling, beautiful hills of Northern Illinois and only a 90 minute drive from the world class city of Chicago. Whether you want to explore the rich culture, exquisite Japanese gardens, visit the nature museum featuring Sue the T.Rex, or stroll through the Midway Village Museum which transports visitors 100 years back in time with 26 historical structures typical in a rural Northern Illinois town, including a general store, schoolhouse, town hall and police station. The Museum also celebrates Rockford’s link with the infamous sock monkey.
Kegel Harley-Davidson Motorcycles is the world’s oldest family owned Harley Davidson dealership. Complete with an expanded Harley-Davidson showroom, fashion & riding gear, collectables, H-D rentals and an on-site restaurant, Kegel’s is a must see.
Starved Rock, Utica
Explore bluffs and waterfalls along miles of trails.
The lush forest of Starved Rock State Park, with its serene waterfalls and beautiful lodge, offers a quiet retreat for visitors. Naturalist-led programs draw you farther into this hilly wonderland, located just minutes from the wineries, quaint shops and restaurants in Utica.
A playground of coasters, water slides and shopping.
Just north of Chicago, you’ll find a nirvana of theme parks and endless shopping called Gurnee. Here, you can race down a roller coaster, splash through a water park, and shop the largest outlet mall in Illinois, packed with more than 200 stores.
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Pittsburgh today still echoes its 20th century industrial past with popular sites including the Carnegie Museum of Natural History and the Carnegie Museum of Art, as well as Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, which is perfect for a refreshing break from the bustling centre. Situated where three rivers meet, the Pittsburgh neighbourhoods are all linked by an enormous 446 bridges, meaning it is more connected than ever before. Take a look at some of our deals to Pittsburgh.
Perfect for everyone, Pittsburgh offers everything from American football to zip-lines. For an unmissable art experience, visit the Andy Warhol Museum, the largest museum in North America dedicated to a single artist. The museum features an extensive collection of works from the Pittsburgh-born artist’s iconic career in pop art.
For history and spectacular views all at once, ride the Duquesne Incline (which was used previously to haul coal) up Mount Washington for the most breath-taking views of Pittsburgh and experience one of the few remaining inclines in America today. On Mount Washington, there are traditional restaurants on Restaurant Row, which are perfect for a meal with a view. Take a look at some of our Pittsburgh offers here
A lot has changed in Pittsburgh since its days as an industrial capital: it’s become a more diverse, cultural and creative city which offers visitors a welcome they will never forget. British Airways will be the first British airline to directly link London and this trendy Pittsburghers city. Started from April 2019, this new route will take you from London to the lively hub of Pittsburgh in a respectable eight hours. It’s not hard to see why Pittsburgh is the ultimate place to visit- there’s simply so much to see and do that it would be difficult to squeeze it all in to one stay.
Things to do in Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh is home to the Pittsburgh Penguins ice hockey team, and the world-renowned Pittsburgh Steelers, whose fans are almost as legendary as the team itself, and that’s quite an impressive feat.
The Steelers have reached the playoffs an astonishing 30 times and won the Super Bowl an awesome six times. The Heinz Field Stadium is their home, and from April to October exclusive behind-the-scenes tours are available, so you can see the inner workings of a true American football team’s home stadium.
Pittsburgh Pirates are the local baseball team, and there is no place like PNC Park, their home ground. This stunning stadium perfectly captures Pittsburgh’s skyline and riverfront, meaning that the city is very much at the heart of its sporting scene.
Visit the fabulous Ross Park Mall and Grove City Premium Outlets® to discover an extensive range of shops and outlet boutiques, including brands like Tommy Hilfiger, Coach, Michael Kors and many more. If retail therapy is your thing, Pittsburgh certainly has you covered! Calling all independent shoppers- downtown Pittsburgh is definitely the place for you. Explore the small boutiques and one-of-a-kind stores and find some hidden gems and buy special gifts that will make memories that will far outlast the trip!
New restaurants in the up-and-coming Downtown area blend high-quality ingredients and laid-back atmospheres to create a contemporary dining experience. Union Standard, set in the renovated Union Trust building, serves wood-fired, grilled food and rotisserie meats. City Works Eatery & Pour House offers diners modern American classics with tasty twists and an exhaustive list of craft beers on draft. Pittsburgh favourites include The Original Oyster House, the city’s oldest restaurant and bar, which has stood the test of time among generations of Pittsburghers.
Double Wide Grill is a Texas-style restaurant themed with a 1930s gas station theme, offers barbecued delights, even catering to vegetarians and vegans, so it’s a perfect spot for everyone. Restaurant Row on Mount Washington at the top of the Duquesne Incline is the hottest place in the whole city for magnificent views of the striking skyline and the three rivers meeting.
With so many beautiful parks, including Schenley Park, there’s so many ways to see the city other than by foot. Take to the skies and soar above the forests in North Park at its Go Ape zip line course or take to the water, and rent a paddle board from Stand Up Pittsburgh to explore the rivers. Hire a bike and pedal along the three Rivers Heritage Trail System. Healthy Ride has fifty stations throughout the city, so you can begin your adventure from wherever you are. Kayak Pittsburgh offer stunning kayak guided river experiences, ideal for beginners and beyond. You can even kayak whilst watching magical fireworks display at night or hire a pontoon from Boat Pittsburgh to watch the sun set over the majestic Pittsburgh skyline.
There’s no shortage of action packed adventures in Pittsburgh- whether challenging forest climbs or laid-back walks there’s something for everyone. Even walking around the city itself can be an exciting challenge, as the neighbourhoods are linked by bridges and some 712 sets of steps!
The surrounding Alleghany County Parks feature nine different parks and 12,000 acres of adventures, including Deer Lakes Park, spanning 1,180 acres and encompassing fishing lakes, an observatory, golf course, playgrounds and hiking trails.
Pittsburgh has plenty of things to keep the whole family engaged! The Carnegie Science Centre has hours of hands-on fun, from investigating how the human body works to the marvels of rivers in H2OH!, everyone in the family can discover their inner scientist in the educational, amusing exhibits. Have an exhilarating day out at Idlewild&SoakZone, claimed to be one of the best theme parks for children in the world. The enchanting Story Book Forest and themed rides will easily fill an entire day with fun and laughter. Just Ducky Tours are an iconic part of summer life in Pittsburgh. Climb aboard their World War II amphibious vehicle and journey through downtown and the three rivers while learning fun facts about Pittsburgh and maybe even quacking at some local river residents!
For nature lovers, visit the National Aviary to see more than 500 birds in walk-through exhibits that put you alongside the birds so you can see their environments from their perspective. Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium also make an exciting day out with 77 acres to explore and 8,000 animals to see, there’ll never be a dull moment!
Beyond the outdoor adventures, sport, museums and idyllic parks, there’s even more to discover on a trip to Pittsburgh, perfect for friends or couples. Head to the South Side if you’re unsure what to do, it’s the one neighbourhood in Pittsburgh with something for everyone, including a lively night scene. Station Square has glorious views of downtown Pittsburgh as well as shops, restaurants and bars. Head to hipster heaven on East Carson Street and see the Victorian architecture and restaurants, bars, vintage clothing shops, theatres, galleries and coffee houses. Southside Works is the ultimate spot to dine, drink, shop and catch a movie at the Southside Works Cinema.
If you’re feeling lucky, Rivers Casino on Pittsburgh’s North Shore is open 24 hours and offers entertainment beyond its 3,000 slot machines, including a popular happy hour, live entertainment, dancing and dining. Why not head to a distillery or winery, such as Wigle Whisky distillery, and explore the process of making some of your favourite beverages? Or, for a morning living like a local, why not check out a farmers market to pick up some local produce to savour during your stay?
Pittsburgh is certainly the ultimate city for culture vultures, families, friends and sports lovers. Be one of the first to fly to British Airway’s new destination from London and book an unforgettable, action-packed holiday to Pittsburgh today. You won’t regret your decision!
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Pacific Coast National Parks (Washington and Oregon States)
Olympic National Park
Olympic National Park in Washington State covers more than 4,000 square kilometres of mostly pristine and undeveloped wilderness and it’s a place where visitors love to roam and adventure amongst its wooded forests and magnificent Pacific shorelines.
Olympic has a little bit of everything where its spectacular wilderness, majestic mountain peaks, and miles of sandy beaches offer endless possibilities for outdoor recreation, sightseeing, wildlife watching and so much more. The park is home to literally dozens of species of mammals and aquatic life and it’s not uncommon to see elk locking antlers, salmon surging upstream on their way to spawn, and black deer scampering through the forests.
At the heart of the peninsula you’ll find opportunities to hike and backpack through lush temperate rain forests, climb misty mountain peaks, fish for trout in crystal clear lakes and maybe meet up with some of the local residents including the wild deer, elk, marmot bears and mountain goats that all call this wonderful park home. On the western edge of the peninsula, enjoy stunning views of the Pacific Ocean as you stroll past craggy tide-worn cliffs and explore the fascinating tidal pools at Kalaloch’s Beach and Mora’s Hole in the Wall, and if you’re luck you might even spot some whales breaching the surface of the mighty Pacific Ocean.
Mount Rainier National Park
Mount Rainier National Park is a Washington icon whose dominating feature is of course the magnificent 14,410 foot Mount Rainier, an active volcano and the tallest peak in the Cascade mountain range. Mount Rainier is the most glaciated mountain peak in the US spawning five major river systems and the mountains, forests and river valleys of the national park provide a home to over 65 species of mammals as well as, 14 species of amphibians, 182 species of birds and 14 species of fish.
Mount Rainier National Park’s spectacular setting against the sensational backdrop of the Cascade Mountains provides the perfect opportunity for an amazing range of outdoor pursuits including hiking, biking, climbing, fishing and boating. Sign up for a Ranger led program to discover lots more about the park’s history and its geology, wildlife, and fascinating ecology - maybe even find out lots more about the night sky with a stargazing trip to the slopes of Mount Rainier.
Popular spots within the Park include the Paradise hike and Paradise Jackson Visitor Centre, the Sunrise lookout with its stunning views of the Cascade Mountains and the surrounding valleys and the Silver Falls Trail.
From active volcanic peaks and icy glaciers to lush forest trails and magnificent river valleys, it’s all here just waiting to be explored at Mount Rainier National Park
Crater Lake National Park
To experience one of the snowiest inhabited places in the USA, visit Crater Lake National Park in the Cascade Mountains. Crater Lake National Park features some of the most stunning scenery on Earth: a deep, pure lake, sheer cliffs over 600 meters high and two picturesque islands. Reaching a depth of 592 meters, Crater Lake is the deepest, and some say the most spectacular lake in the United States – President Roosevelt referred to the park as one of his wonders of the world and it was the first National Park signed into law during his presidency.
Each winter, the hardiest skiers and snowshoers test their skills on a 50-kilometer, three-day loop around the rim of Crater Lake while summer guests get to enjoy the wonders of the park with more leisurely pursuits. Hiking camping, fishing and even swimming in the brilliant blue waters of the lake are all popular activities. There’s only one spot where it’s legal to access the shore for swimming and that’s at the end of the Cleetwood Cove Trail where you’ll find a 20 foot rocky ledge waiting to test your nerve – will you be brave enough to climb up onto the ledge and jump or dive into the lake below?
Popular pursuits and visitor spots include Wizard Island, Toketee Falls, the Pinnacles Overlook Hike, and the Rim Drive- a scenic 33 mile clockwise drive around the rim of the crater.
Wild West of USA (Utah, Wyoming, South Dakota & Colorado)
Grand Teton National Park
Few landscapes in the world have the incredible vistas found in Grand Teton National Park. This National Park in Wyoming boasts jagged peaks, crystal-clear alpine lakes and vivid evergreen forests, creating a landscape as beautiful as it is diverse.
Outlined by the ragged, pointed peaks of the Grand Teton Mountains, this park is a dream for outdoor enthusiasts where hundreds of kilometres of hiking and backpacking trails will lead you deep into the striking Teton Range and grant you spectacular views that can stretch out over nearby Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and the iconic Yellowstone National Park way off in the distance.
There’s lots of ways to experience Grand Teton National Park, unleash your inner cowboy with a guided horseback ride through the valleys or take a casual backpacking trip along one of the park’s scenic hiking trails. Cast your line into the waters of at Jackson Lake and see what’s biting or get everyone together for an exciting rafting ride along the Snake River – lots to see and lots to do and with six visitor centres dotted across the park there’s always someone on hand to help you plan the next day’s Grand Teton Adventure.
Yellowstone National Parks
An American icon Yellowstone was first spotted by Lewis and Clark in 1807 and was established as Yellowstone National Park in 1872, it is the oldest, and arguably the most famous National Park in the USA.
Yellowstone National Park spreads itself across the three states of Wyoming, Idaho and Montana and this national treasure contains nearly 9,000 square kilometres of crystalline lakes, striking canyons, vast grasslands and thundering waterfalls. However, the park is undoubtedly most famous for its geysers and no trip to Yellowstone would be complete without a visit to see “Old Faithfull” erupt. Watching this amazing geyser spout high above the ground is a Yellowstone National Park tradition and a highlight of any visit to the Park.
Yellowstone welcomes more than 3 million visitors each year who come from all across the world to see Old Faithful erupt, the Mammoth Hot Springs steam and the hundreds of mud pots bubble. The park boasts hundreds of kilometres of hiking trails meandering through its sprawling valleys and along the ledges of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. The further out you venture, the higher your chances of spotting some of the park’s famed wildlife (such as bison, elk and bears) will be.
Other highlights of Yellowstone National Park include the waterfalls at the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, the hot pools and geysers on Firehole Lake Drive, Yellowstone Lake, and the bison and wolf spotting mecca of the Lamar Valley.
Badlands National Park
The spectacular scenery, steep canyons, sharp buttes and distinctive layered rock formations of the Badlands National Park attracts visitors from across far and wide. It’s a dramatic environment that was once home to ancient mammals such as the rhino and the sabre toothed cat whose fossils now remain scattered in pockets throughout the park.
Today, the Badlands National Park is home to incredible collection wildlife, including bison, bighorn sheep, prairie dogs and black-footed ferrets. Keep your eyes peeled for them as you traverse the striated buttes and make your way along one of the park’s popular hiking trails that includes the hour long Notch Trail the 1-kilometer Door Trail or the ½-kilometer Window Trail — all of which are great for hikers of all skills. The Ben Reifel Visitor Centre, the Fossil Exhibit Trail, the Badlands Wall and the Yellow Mound Overlook are some of the park’s main highlights and other popular ways to explore the park include biking and driving along the Badlands Loop Road. The Badlands National Park also has ample camping spots and offers fantastic star gazing opportunities thanks to its unspoilt dark skies.
Americas Captivating Canyonlands (Arizona, Utah & Nevada)
Grand Canyon National Park
Powerful and inspiring, Grand Canyon National Park in northern Arizona is no doubt on every traveller’s must-see list. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is arguably one of the USA’s most famous landmarks and encompasses nearly 5,000 square kilometres of plummeting canyons, multi-coloured rocks, dramatic cliffs and stunning ravines.
Sign up for a ranger-led program to learn about geologic history, majestic birds of prey, animals living in the extreme environment and the area’s early inhabitants.
On the South Rim there’s no need to drive around as handy shuttle buses take you around the Grand Canyon Village and out to the scenic overlooks and hiking trailheads. Popular overlooks include Mather Point, Pipe Creek Vista, Toroweap Overlook and the Yavapai Observation Station. Even though everyone’s favourite activity at Grand Canyon is to stand on the edge and overlook the beautiful landscape below, there are many other ways to enjoy the park’s natural splendour. Take a horseback ride along the South Rim trail or an exciting white-water rafting trip down the powerful Colorado River. Other popular ways to explore this amazing natural wonder include jeep tours, hiking, and of course the exciting bird’s eye view Grand Canyon helicopter trips!
Bryce Canyon National Park
Bryce Canyon National Park is one of the most unique parks in the United States because its home to the largest concentration of hoodoos (irregular columns of rock) anywhere on Earth. These limestone-rich pillars range from average human height to more than 10 stories high. Because of Bryce Canyon’s unique erosional patterns, hoodoos are more abundant here than anywhere else in the world.
Bryce Canyon is made up of a series of natural amphitheatres, the most famous of which is the Bryce Amphitheatre.
Bryce Point, Inspiration Point, Sunset Point and Sunrise Point are probably the park’s most popular viewpoints and all are accessible from the seasonal Bryce Canyon shuttle buses.
There are a handful of opportunities to hike or horseback ride through the canyon with local guides. The most popular trail is The Navajo Loop Trail because it loops its way through a multitude of hoodoos and slot canyons. The reds and oranges of the canyon walls combined with the green of the Douglas fir trees makes for some memorable vistas. Many people combine the Navajo Loop Trail with other trails for a longer outing.
More leisurely hikes can be enjoyed along the canyon rim. Unlike the deeper canyon trails, a rim trail hike gives you an opportunity to enjoy the splendour of the hoodoos from above.
Sign up for a ranger led hike or educational program to gain a deeper understanding of the park – maybe even take one of the guided full moon night hikes for some stunning stargazing thanks to the park’s unpolluted dark skies.
Zion National Park
Located in the southwestern portion of Utah, Zion National Park is one of the most visited Parks in the United States famous for its unparalleled views of an otherworldly landscape: dramatic cliffs, sandstone canyons and towering rock formations. Take your own car or hop aboard the seasonal shuttle to see some of the most stunning rock formations the park has to offer including the Great White Throne, Weeping Rock, the Emerald Pools and the Temple of Sinawava.
At the Grotto shuttle stop, get your first look onto the steep mountain called Angels Landing. The Angels Landing hike is at first quite moderate, but after a while you will be climbing up a narrow path holding onto the chains that are provided for guidance. It might sound a little scary but the panoramic view out over the Zion Valley is truly breath-taking.
Take a little break at the Zion Lodge before you hop onto the shuttle to go to the starting point of your next hike – Weeping Rock. This easy hike is a great pick for families. After a short walk, reach an overhanging rock formation from which water seeps through and constantly drips, hence the name. All around, rare ferns and other plants grow that only exist here in this micro-climate created by the wet rock. Another family-friendly option is the Lower Emerald Pool trail, which has a nice waterfall view. If time permits its fun to try the Emerald Pools Virgin River walking trip, parts of the hike are spent wading, walking and maybe even swimming in the river.
Other exciting Zion National Park activities include camping and backpacking, canyoneering, climbing and horseback riding.
Island Hopping Hawaii Adventure (Hawaii Volcanoes National Park)
Volcanoes National Park
Volcanoes are living proof that the Earth hasn’t finished forming. You can witness it with your own eyes in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, located on the south eastern shore of the Big Island. Here, hot, molten lava carves pathways through the stark landscape, steaming as it meets the ocean.
Recognized as a World Heritage Site, the park is a refuge for the island’s native plants and animals and an important link to its human past. Stop in the Kīlauea Visitor Center or Jaggar Museum to learn more about the land and the indigenous people who once thrived amid such mighty forces.
If you have only a few hours to spend in the park, hop in the car and follow Crater Rim Drive to explore the summit of Kīlauea volcano. This scenic byway traces the summit caldera, passing through desert and lush tropical rain forest. The route then crosses the caldera floor, guiding you to many scenic overlooks. Along the way, you’ll find a number of short hiking trails that allow you a closer look at the unique landscape.
Other highlights of the Volcanoes National Park include the Kilaukea’iki Crater, the Thurston Lava Tube, the Chain of Craters Road, Lava Watching and the Sulphur Banks Trail.
Where is New England?
Located in the northeast corner of the USA, New England is made up of 6 diverse US States:
- New Hampshire
- Rhode Island
New England, the “birthplace” of America, is a favourite holiday spot for UK travellers. Rich with history and outdoor adventure. New England is a genuine ‘four-season’ destination. Autumn is world-famous for dazzling fall foliage, while Spring is perfect for quiet touring. New England Summers are renowned for visits to hot, sandy beaches, sailing trips around scenic islands, hiking in the mountains, and dockside lobster dinners. Winter is a favourite destination for those keen on skiing, boarding, and other fun winter sports.
New England’s appeal goes right across the board. Couples love the romantic country inns and fine restaurants. Families love outdoor activities, such as whale watching, children’s amusement parks, interactive museums, and thrill rides. As for adventure, try hiking and biking in the mountains, sailing aboard a windjammer or riding the rapids. From world-class art museums to some of America’s best shopping, New England has it all.
Top Things to do
- In Connecticut, board a boat and cruise up the lower Connecticut River Valley. Sit back and relax as you pass Colonial farmhouses, red barns and apple orchards, as well as rocky cliffs and a variety of trees aflame with colour.
- Get away from it all in Maine, canoeing on the Saint Croix River. Even beginners can go with the flow, paddling through wilderness foliage along a chain of lakes. Go with a guide; camp under the stars; eat round a campfire.
- Fall is the best time of year togo walking in Massachusetts. Mount Greylock is the state’s highest peak: drive part way up, then hike for 90 minutes to the 3,941-ft summit, with its views of five states. There is colour wherever you look!
- Or take the easy route. Ride a cable car to a mountain top in New Hampshire. In the White Mountains, peaks in the Presidential Range are named for US presidents and well over 4,000 feet. Views are simply spectacular.
- A great way to enjoy falliscycling in Rhode Island. The state has plenty of trails, such as the 15-mile East Bay Bike Path along Narragansett Bay. Colour is provided by trees and plants, such as the cranberry, whose leaves turn scarlet.
- The most popular state for leaf peepers is Vermont – criss-crossed by scenic drives. Follow lanes through the mountains and into valleys, past villages with white churches and into forests in the Green Mountains. Enjoy fall crafts festivals!
Philadelphia, the Countryside of Philadelphia and Hershey & Harrisburg
Dining & Nightlife
Hershey & Harrisburg Pennyslvania
The capital of our Commonwealth, Harrisburg is situated along the banks of the Susquehanna River. The ornate dome of the Capitol dominates the skyline; when the structure was dedicated in 1906, President Theodore Roosevelt said, "It's the handsomest building I ever saw." Visitors can tour this historic structure and marvel at its sheer size: the structure covers five and a half acres. The Rotunda, a copy of the dome of St. Peter's Basilica, rises 272 feet. Visitors can also take in performances at the Harrisburg Shakespeare Festival, attend a Harrisburg Senators baseball game, or check out the Susquehanna Museum of Art. Every year, the Pennsylvania Farm Show delights 400,000 locals and tourists with exhibits, competitions, and plenty of food. It is the largest indoor agricultural event in the country.
The Hershey Story, The Museum on Chocolate Avenue
Spotlight Tour of Hershey Theatre
The Countryside of Philadelphia
Within the storybook setting of The Countryside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania lies the Brandywine Valley and Valley Forge. Known for its breathtaking landscapes and rich history, it is no surprise that the region is home to two well-known National Historical Parks: Valley Forge National Historical Park and Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site.
"Uber trendy and cosmopolitan Seattle is a must for serious coffee lovers but there's much more to this cultural highlight of the Pacific Northwest"
The home of Starbucks, Seattle is a mecca not only for sporting enthusiasts but also for art and music buffs. Forget the rain and cloudy skies of Seattle holidays - there's so much to see and do in this cultured city you won't mind stepping inside for another latte! The best in urban recreation is at your fingertips with spectacularly scenic golf courses, kayaking, fishing, hiking and skiing in winter months. Renowned for its cultural scene, there are more equity theatres here than in any other American city outside of New York and ballet and opera continue to thrive.
Holidays in Seattle can be spent wandering through Pike Place fish market, famous for the antics of its boisterous vendors and delicious edibles, Open-air stalls are devoted to local arts and crafts with every type of shop you could imagine in the surrounding streets.
Take an evening ferry to Bainbridge Island or discover the trendy bars in Georgetown, and if the weather brightens up, take a kayak or bicycle and join the locals in this active city.Seattle is a cooler kind of city break, with acres of parkland and coast, one of the greenest and most pleasant cities to visit.
Seattle also gave birth to Microsoft, Boeing and Starbucks, so you get a fascinating mix of right-on cool attitude and considerable, if unflashy wealth. It has loads more energy and distractions than many a US town. Hire a car and take a ferry to the wild, wet and beautiful Olympic Peninsular, home of Kurt Cobain (Aberdeen) and the Twilight vampire Edward Cullen (Forks).
Return visit? Head to Waterfront Park, a bustling area of shops and restaurants. Visit the Seattle Aquarium here, where you can walk underwater in a glass dome. See a whole new side to Seattle at the Asian street markets and tiny arts and crafts shops of the International District. Follow the locals out east to Seattle's secret gem of an area, Bellevue. Follow sun-dappled trails through quiet meadows before a fish dinner in a rural restaurant. Or take a boat trip from the tranquil waterside town of Shilshole, north of Seattle, famous for its fresh seafood restaurants.
Seattle is a walking city and within the downtown area it is easy to get around on foot. If going further afield Metro buses travel to nearly every corner of Seattle. They are easy to ride and offer an affordable and greener way to get around. There is a Light Rail link between the downtown and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and takes about 35 minutes.
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- Elvis’ Graceland
- Johnny Cash Museum in Nashville
- Dolly Parton’s award-winning Dollywood theme park
- Jack Daniel’s Distillery in Lynchburg
- The Great Smoky Mountains National Park
- Country Music Hall of Fame + RCA Studio B in Nashville
- Chattanooga Choo Choo + Lookout Mountain
- Mississippi River Cruises aboard the American Queen
- Titanic Museum + outlet shopping in the Smoky Mountains
- Sun Studio in Memphis
Close your eyes and feel it – it’s uniquely Tennessee. Come visit. Let it touch you. It’s a vacation that can only be Made in Tennessee.
Texas. It's 267,000 square miles of amazing opportunities and unforgettable destinations. If you are looking for an inspirational location Texas is the perfect place. For big fun, there’s no place like the Lone Star State for your next holiday.
- Live music in Austin
- Art, music and great neighbourhoods in Dallas
- Big Bend National Park
- Cowboys and culture in Fort Worth
- Space Center in Houston
- UNESCO World Heritage site of the Spanish colonial missions including The Alamo
- Riverwalk in San Antonio
- State House in Austin
- Fabulous food including BBQ
- Tax free shopping
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Washington, DC is a city made up of clean, green open spaces and a multitude of neighbourhoods, where restaurants and pubs buzz and the city is on view from a vast array of roof terraces. There’s so much to love about each one of DC’s neighbourhoods, from history on Capitol Hill and high-end boutiques in Georgetown to performing arts in the Penn Quarter and 24-hour dining in Adams Morgan. Get familiar with the lay of the land and find your place in DC.
Located between Virginia and Maryland, Washington, DC is full of surprises, you just won’t want to leave!
Monuments and Memorials:
No trip to Washington, DC is complete without touring our celebrated monuments and memorials. At the heart is the National Mall, a two-mile green expanse from the U.S. Capitol Building to the Lincoln Memorial. Along the way, visitors will see the Washington Monument, the Vietnam War Memorial, the Korean War Memorial, the World War II Memorial and the Martin Luther King, Jr Memorial to name a few.
While visitors can freely discover these attractions on their own, a tour offers a way to learn the history associated with each. The highly-acclaimed Bike and Roll offers guided bicycle tours of the monuments with stops at all of the major attractions along the National Mall and also offers evening tours so that visitors can experience magnificent views of the attractions illuminated at night. For a truly unique way to see the city, glide across town on a Segway, all whilst taking in the sites of Washington, DC.
Washington, DC is in a class of its own when it comes to high quality museums. Collectively called the Smithsonian Institution, this world-renowned museum and research complex in the District consists of 17 museums, galleries and a National Zoo. Explore and learn about everything from the origins of man and the future of flight to the history of art across multiple continents with nearly 140 million objects, works of art and specimens to discover. And you won’t have to pay a penny to experience it as admission is free at every location.
Or why not visit the International Spy Museum, there's something for the spy in all of us. Guests adopt a cover, break codes, identify disguised spies, and become the subjects of covert surveillance throughout their visit. Through intense interactive experiences and immersive environments, the Museum examines actual events, reveals true stories, and presents hundreds of authentic tools of the spy trade.
The International Spy Museum is now at a brand-new, purpose-built facility at Washington DC’s L’Enfant Plaza, a short walk between the National Mall and The Wharf.
There are plenty more amazing museums for you to feast your eyes on such as the Museum of the Bible, the National Geographic Museum, the Law Enforcement Museum, the National Museum of Women in the Arts and much more!
Washington, DC is made up of many neighbourhoods, each with its own flavour and flair. A huge variety of architecture, festivals and eateries solidify the city as a global crossroads, while farm-to-table restaurants, indie shops and galleries, busy outdoor markets and intimate music venues speak to the city’s local minded-side.
The diverse neighbourhood of Adams Morgan is mostly known for its nightlife thanks to all the bars and restaurants dotting the 18th Street corridor. Centred at the intersection of Columbia Road and 18th Street, sandwiched between U Street Corridor, Mount Pleasant, Kalorama, Dupont Circle, Columbia Heights, and Woodley Park, the area might be less than 5 square miles, but there’s a lot for you to explore including historic row houses, the DC Arts Centre, an art gallery and performance space that supports emerging artists in the city.
Capitol Hill is one of the city’s most popular places to live, with 19th-century rowhouses and a market plus a vibrant dining and nightlife scene. Head to the neighbourhood both for its government buildings like the U.S. Capitol and the Supreme Court and the surrounding historic, walkable, restaurant-filled blocks.
With the U.S. Capitol as its beacon, Capitol Hill (lovingly named by Thomas Jefferson) has served as the centre of politics in Washington, DC since the early 19th century. But there is much more to the Hill than suited staffers and America’s most famous cast iron-domed structure. Hop off a Metro train at Eastern Market or Capitol South and begin a day filled with history, culture and dynamite eats.
Explore Dupont Circle and you’ll discover dozens of bistros, bars, boutiques and museums, as well as the vibrant stretch along 17th Street. This cosmopolitan neighbourhood offers a little something for everyone. An array of unique shops and exciting restaurants along Connecticut Avenue, one of the busy streets in the neighbourhood, is exciting enough to keep you going all day. Or why not join the throngs of locals on Sundays who visit the year-round Dupont Circle farmers’ market in front of the Metro station entrance on Q and 20th streets.
The beauty of Georgetown’s cobblestone sidewalks, grand homes and peaceful C&O canal are only part of the draw to this tree-lined historic neighbourhood – as home to some of the city’s top shops, tastiest restaurants and most luxurious hotels, Georgetown’s river waterfront is home to tons of great restaurants and plenty of outdoor activities. In summer, children (and adults, too) can splash in the sprinkler-style water fountain, watch the boats and feed the ducks. In winter months, the region’s largest ice rink opens for skating.
North of Dupont Circle – and across Rock Creek Park from funky Adams Morgan – genteel Woodley Park was one of several uptown neighbourhoods where 19th and early 20th-century Washingtonians escaped the summer heat. It still boasts historic architecture, including two grand hotels, plus the modern buzz of good restaurants with sidewalk cafés. The neighbourhood features a few iconic sights, including a Marilyn Monroe mural and two spectacular bridges, the Taft and the Duke Ellington. Its biggest attraction, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, which backs up Rock Creek Park, is home to the city’s famed giant pandas.
When visiting Washington, DC, you should know you're entering a city where locals love to hike, walk and play outside. If you want to eat healthy, explore nature or tap into the city's local fitness bug, you can do it all in Washington, DC. Recreation is also plentiful. DC’s ultimate outdoor mecca is Rock Creek Park, a 4.4-square-mile expanse that includes numerous trails for hiking, biking and exploring. Plus, a nature centre, picnic areas, riding stables, tennis courts and historic site Peirce Mill. Enjoy kayaking, canoeing and stand up paddle boarding at Key Bridge Boathouse. Experience the tranquillity of floating on the water combined with breath-taking views of DC's monuments, Teddy Roosevelt Island's wildlife and the Georgetown Waterfront. Bring a picnic for a post-paddle lunch by the water.
The Wharf reestablishes Washington, DC, as a waterfront city and destination. This remarkable, mile-long stretch along the Potomac River comes to life with restaurants, retailers, residences, and businesses—all complemented by monumental views and a vibrant culture. Home of the award winning Anthem concert hall, multiple intimate music venues, a host of local retailers, and the nation’s oldest operating fish market, The Wharf offers a truly unique DC experience.
The Wharf is one of the most connected and accessible neighborhoods in Washington, DC. With Metro and VRE in easy walking distance, Reagan International Airport and Union Station ten minutes away by car, underground parking, Capital Bikeshare onsite, and daily water taxi access, getting to The Wharf is a breeze.
No matter where you are in Washington, DC, there are a variety of stores, boutiques, gift shops and malls to find what you're looking for, whether it's a new look for your home or yourself. Chinatown and Penn Quarter are full of shopping possibilities, so check out 7th and F streets for a slew of options ranging from national retailers.
Head to the heart of Downtown DC for its newest shopping sensation, CityCenterDC, bustling with 10-acres of shops, cafes, restaurants and public space. Head to the hip hunter’s paradise where U Street’s old-school-cool vibe intertwines with trendsetting restaurants and shops along 14th Street. The historic U Street neighbourhood is exploding with funky furniture stores and edgy clothing outlets and cool boutiques.
Georgetown features a little bit of everything, from indie specialty shops to home design to high-end boutiques to national and international retail stores.
Tysons Corner is a favourite for the international shopper. Take Metro’s Silver Line to the retail mecca located in McLean, Va., and browse through goods from more than 300 shops at Tysons Corner Center, including brands like Michael Kors, Nordstrom, Lord & Taylor and C. Wonder.
Washington, DC’s sports teams are a blast to cheer for, any time of the year. The Washington Nationals stadium in Capitol Riverfront offers magnificent views of the Capitol dome and Washington Monument along with one of the National League’s most exciting teams.
Did you know that D.C. United is one of the most successful soccer teams in the country? Catch a game at Audi Field which opened last July with the familiar Wayne Rooney leading the team out.
The Washington Redskins regularly take the field in front of a packed stadium, and FedExField is home to one of only two marching bands in the NFL, a group that joyously plays “Hail to the Redskins” after every touchdown. Head to the Capital One Arena for a Washington Wizards basketball game to see All-Star John Wall in action. The arena is centrally located in DC’s bustling Penn Quarter & Chinatown neighbourhood, so after the game you can grab dinner, sightsee at a museum or relax with a nightcap at one of the neighbourhood’s buzzworthy bars.
Dining Out and Evening Entertainment:
Beyond national treasures and historic buildings, Washington, DC’s neighbourhoods buzz with lively cafes and restaurants, rich culture and music of all kinds. It’s the real DC at its finest.
Dig in to one of the hottest restaurant scenes in the nation. When you visit the nation's capital, you’ll experience a food scene as colourful and eclectic as America itself. That means you can expect each meal at every restaurant to be different. From crave-worthy dishes served by celebrity chefs to world-famous chili bowls served from a diner, DC’s local flavour only has one thing in common: it’s all delicious. The city received its first Michelin Guide in October 2016 signifying to the world what the locals already know; it’s a true culinary destination.
With an unparalleled music and nightlife scene, U Street draws locals and visitors looking to stay up late and have a good time. From underground dance clubs to industrial-chic spaces where you can sip artfully crafted cocktails and everything in between, this popular area in the District has every option to suit your vibe.
Festivals & Events:
You can find amazing events taking place all year long in Washington, DC. Explore everything that’s going on, from annual festivals and holiday celebrations to new museum exhibits, concerts and so much more.
The National Cherry Blossom Festival is the nation's greatest springtime celebration. It includes spectacular weekends and daily events during March and April, promoting traditional and contemporary arts and culture, natural beauty, and community spirit. Each year, the Festival commemorates the anniversary of the gift of the cherry blossom trees and the enduring friendship between the United States and Japan.
The Smithsonian Folklife Festival during June and July is an international exposition of living cultural heritage annually produced outdoors on the National Mall of the United States in Washington, DC, by the Smithsonian Institution’s Centre for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. Free to the public, like other Smithsonian museums, each festival typically draws hundreds of thousands of visitors.
Watching the fireworks is one of the highlights of DC’s Independence Day celebrations, and there are lots of interesting sites from which to view them. For example, you’ll find excellent vantage points from a few rooftop bars, sitting on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, or across the river in Arlington. Or why not head to the National Mall, one of the best but busiest places to watch the fireworks. Stake out your spot with a blanket, beach chairs and a picnic basket full of food.
Top things to do in Washington, DC:
Besides well-known landmarks like the Washington Monument, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial, the National Mall also features over 60 other monuments and memorials for you to visit.
National Mall at Dusk
Touring the National Mall during the day is delightful, but for a truly magical experience, visit at dusk. That’s when the lights come on, bathing Jefferson and Lincoln memorials, as well as the Washington Monument, in an otherworldly glow.
U.S. Capitol Building
The U.S. Capitol Building is one of the most recognisable buildings in the world and the center of American democracy. The world-famous domed building is home to the United States House of Representatives and Senate; where America’s congressmen and congresswomen conduct business, debate laws and pass bills on behalf of the American people. The U.S. Capitol and U.S. Capitol Visitor Centre are free to visit and are one of DC’s most popular monuments and museums which welcomes millions of visitors each year.
Bike or Segway Tour
Why not orientate yourself with the city by taking a guided bicycle or segway tour of the with stops at all of the major attractions along the National Mall and surrounding sites.
Culinary Food Tour
Treat your taste buds to a culinary food tour exploring DC’s iconic neighbourhoods and learning about the local history at the same time.
At the National Zoo, visitors can find all sorts of animals; lions, tigers, giraffes and the zoo’s beloved giant pandas are just some of the 2,000 animals that call the 163-acre park home. The zoo’s habitats feature animals from 400 different species and about 25 percent of the zoo’s residents are endangered.
Rock Creek Park
Hike through Rock Creek Park - DC’s ultimate outdoor mecca is Rock Creek Park, a 4.4-square-mile expanse that includes numerous trails for hiking, biking and exploring. There’s more to like about the park, too, like a nature centre, picnic areas, riding stables, tennis courts and the historical site of Peirce Mill.
The National Cherry Blossom Festival
The National Cherry Blossom Festival is the nation's greatest springtime celebration, held in Washington, DC. Each year, the Festival commemorates the anniversary of the gift of the cherry blossom trees and the enduring friendship between the United States and Japan with spectacular weekend and daily events.
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington National Cemetery, our nation's most treasured burial ground, is home to more than 285,000 honoured dead. Among the thousands of white headstones are the graves of President John F. Kennedy, Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, world champion boxer Joe Louis and the Tomb of the Unknowns. Visit Arlington National Cemetery to see the Changing of the Guard ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns.
National Air and Space Musuem
The National Air and Space Museum takes visitors to the sky, showcasing the amazing technological achievements that have progressed aviation and space exploration throughout the last century. Our fascination with flight is still alive and well, as the museum is one of the most visited in the world year after year. Glimpse the 1903 Wright Flyer, run your hands over moon rock and experience the larger-than-life world of aviation and space travel.
Visit Eastern Market on weekend mornings to browse the work of local artisans and sample farm-fresh produce and concoctions. Market Lunch’s blueberry buckwheat pancakes are a must-try in the market itself
Washington, DC is a very walkable city, but the Metrorail and Metrobus are the most convenient ways to get around and operates from 5 a.m. to midnight on weekdays and from 7 a.m. to midnight on weekends. Taxis and Uber are plentiful and economic in DC or alternatively hop on a bike and explore all that DC has to offer.