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Capital Region USA

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Capital Region USA

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Capital Region USA

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Enjoy the USA's diverse landscapes, culture, and history all in one place: Capital Region USA.

Made up of Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia, the Capital Region holds some of the country’s most treasured historic sites, spectacular national parks and stunning beaches. Discover memorable museums, shopping, dining, wineries and more – all connecting you to the beauty and fun of the USA.

Ways to Explore

A colorful sunset over the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.
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City Adventures

Soak up the urban energy of Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, or stroll the quaint, character-rich downtowns and neighborhoods of cities like Annapolis and Arlington. 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, art galleries, unique events and more.

A pastoral scene near the Roddy Road Covered Bridge near Thurmont, Maryland
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Great American Road Trip

Set off on the road trip of a lifetime along one of the region’s National Scenic Byways and designated All-American Roads. These specially designated routes take you deep into the Blue Ridge Mountains, around the sprawling Chesapeake Bay and to the heart of the USA: Washington, D.C.

Kayaking in Annapolis, Maryland
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Outdoors and Nature

Bordered by the Appalachian Mountains to the west and the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean to the east, 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. For a unique excursion, set out in search of fascinating wildlife in national parks and wildlife refuges, like Shenandoah National Park in Virginia and Assateague Island National Seashore in Maryland.

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Shopping

A major U.S. shopping hub, the Capital Region is known for designer fashions as well as big bargains. The D.C. metropolitan region 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.

The expansive grounds of Pippin Hill Farm in North Garden, Virginia
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Wine and Cuisine

Celebrate the region’s unique culinary culture, which fuses international cuisine, fresh seafood (especially crab and oysters) and the rich flavors of the Southern USA at award-winning eateries, including more than 100 Michelin-rated restaurants. The region is praised for its wine country (home to more than 400 wineries), and the craft beer and spirits scene is also well established. Food tours and wine trails abound.

Viewing the Marine Corps War Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
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History and Culture

Visit cultural hot spots to explore the USA's roots. In Washington, D.C., see moving national monuments, memorials and storied sites where many of the USA's defining moments were made. Many of the city’s iconic monuments and world-renowned museums offer free admission. In Virginia, tour Colonial settlements and the picturesque estates of eight U.S. presidents. In Maryland, visit epic battlefields and the fort that inspired the USA's national anthem.

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Attractions and Family Fun

With a tremendous diversity of attractions, the Capital Region USA is a destination for all ages. Thrilling theme parks, the National Zoo and National Aquarium, 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.

Biking the Mount Vernon trail near Arlington, Virginia
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Discover Capital Region USA Destinations

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Annapolis

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The venerable city of sailing and history

A panoramic evening view of the Baltimore Inner Harbor
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Baltimore

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The historic port city of neighborhoods

The three arcing spires of the United States Air Force Memorial
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Arlington

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Accessible American history and vibrant neighborhoods to explore

Colorful shops and food trucks line the Virginia Beach Fishing Pier in Virginia Beach, Virginia
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Virginia Beach

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An incredible oceanfront vacation destination

Serene Reflecting Pool stroll in the Lincoln Memorial shadow
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National Mall and Monuments

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Tribute to the history of a young nation

Exploring historic Old Town Alexandria’s shops, restaurants and museums
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Alexandria

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An authentic blend of Colonial and modern culture just outside the nation’s capital

Forests along Blue Ridge peaks and valleys explode with color
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Shenandoah National Park

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A natural haven just south of Washington, D.C.

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Richmond

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Virginia’s storied and happening capital

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Ocean City

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The quintessential American beach town