Capital Region USA

Washington, DC was founded by Congress on July 16, 1790 - Maryland became the 7th state to join the Union on April 28, 1788 - Virginia became the 10th state to join the Union on June 25, 1788

Discover the Capital Region USA. Experience the best of the Capital Region USA – Washington, DC, Virginia and Maryland – from famous attractions and shopping to beaches, mountains, scenic drives and beyond.

National Mall (Washington, DC) America’s most-visited national park, the National Mall stretches two miles between the US Capitol and the Lincoln Memorial and features several iconic landmarks including the Washington Monument and World War II Memorial. Known as "The Mall", the grassy, tree-lined expanse is the site of festivals, history-making events, and numerous free museums. The Mall is flanked by the popular Smithsonian Museums, including the National Museum of American History and the National Gallery of Art. All the sites along the Mall, including the Smithsonian Museums, are free to tour.

Arlington National Cemetery (Arlington, Virginia) Just across the Potomac River from Washington, DC, the green rolling hills of Arlington National Cemetery are the final resting place for more than 400,000 American service members, veterans, and their families. Interspersed among the headstones of service members are memorials, monuments and trees commemorating individuals and notable events in US history. Poignant experiences include the Changing of the Guard ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, where the remains of unknown service members from World War I, World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam are guarded 24 hours a day, and the eternal flame at President John F. Kennedy’s gravesite.

United States Naval Academy (Annapolis, Maryland) The United States Naval Academy has been training officers for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps since 1845. Explore the Naval Academy campus with a guided tour to learn more about the academy’s major attractions and what life as a midshipman is really like, including the academy’s admissions process, education, and training. Must-see attractions at the academy include the U.S. Naval Academy Museum, the midshipmen’s Noon Formation, Armel-Leftwich Visitor Center, the iconic dome and architecture of the USNA Main Chapel (a famous fixture in the Annapolis skyline), and the crypt of naval hero, John Paul Jones. 

Downtown Frederick Walking Tour (Frederick, Maryland) Frederick, Maryland’s 50-block historic district is home to museums, parks, and more than 200 specialty shops, restaurants, and art galleries. This two-mile walking tour highlights some of the downtown’s top attractions. Visit the National Museum of Civil War Medicine to discover the harsh conditions, personal sacrifices, and brilliant innovations of Civil War medicine. Take a backstage tour or catch a performance at Weinberg Center for the Arts, housed in a historic Art Deco 1926 movie palace. Stroll through Carroll Creek Park, a scenic linear park where brick walkways, public art, beautiful bridges and fountains make for picture worthy opportunities.

US Naval Academy,      Annapolis, Maryland

Carol Creek Linear Park, Frederick, Maryland

Lincoln Memorial

Looking out to The Washington Monument from the Lincoln Memorial

Standup paddle boarding

The Capital Region USA has hundreds of miles of coastline to enjoy

McAfee Knob, Blue Ridge Mountains, Virginia

photo credit: Nate Dennison

Hike or drive, the Blue Ridge Mountains offer plenty to do and see