As travel restrictions begin to loosen up, we know travelers are ready to end their months of lockdown and do some exploring. We also understand the first adventure might be a domestic road trip. This blog series, ON THE ROAD with MANN TRAVELS was developed with that in mind. Please enjoy these ideas and itineraries designed to inspire you to visit the USA – from sea to shining sea!
Whether you haven’t been to Washington DC since your grade school field trip, or you have been in the last few years, our nation’s capital is a fabulous road trip to consider.
Politics aside, Washington DC has an endless amount of educational, historic, and cultural opportunities to experience. Even if you have already seen all the usual monuments and Smithsonian museums, there are innumerable smaller and lesser known spots that are really worth the visit.
For example, many of the embassies have something to offer visitors. The Argentinian embassy teaches tango dancing, you can take a cooking class at the French embassy and the Mexican Cultural Institute boasts a dramatic three-story mural telling the story of that country’s friendship with its United States neighbor.
Other hidden gems include military museums and monuments, statues (check out the base of the bronze Einstein statue that depicts the planets, stars and sky the day the memorial was commemorated) and memorials.
Great places to eat representing every kind of ethnic food imaginable are plentiful in Washington DC and the list of great places to stay is also long. Mann Travels offers special amenities at dozens of Washington hotels. They include traditional luxury accommodations, smaller boutique properties and everything in between.
A short drive from the city is the beautiful Virginia countryside. It’s a great day trip to enjoy the rolling hills and farms of towns like Middleburg.
Step back in time and enjoy the history that abounds in Middleburg where more than 160 buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places. The small town feel extends to the local art galleries and unique boutiques.
The beautiful Salamander Resort and Spa is great destination if you feel like spending the night. Recently awarded the prestigious five star rating by Forbes’ travel guide, the resort has a world class spa, great dining options and lots of great activities including an equestrian center and cooking school.
Traveling might require a little more planning these days but a road trip to experience both the history of Washington DC and the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains might just be worth the effort. Let us help you plan your getaway!