You’re looking forward to seeing the centre of United States politics and loads of history. Climb to the top of Capitol Hill and make the loop around the National Mall. Don’t expect to shop at that mall, though. Save that for the glam boutiques in Georgetown.
While the city centre is connected with buses and metro lines, you’ll hear freedom ring through The District’s parks and neighbourhoods, best reached with car hire in Washington, D.C. Plan your trip with four wheels in mind and book Washington D.C. hotels along the way!
Of course, you’ve got to climb the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and scope out the exhibitions at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History on foot. For science! It’s perfectly normal to feel like exploring the Great Outdoors after a day at the Smithsonian. So, grab the keys to your Washington, D.C. car hire and drive about 3km to the start of Rock Creek Park, filled with hiking trails, footbridges and waterfalls.
If you’re staying downtown, stop along U Street on your way back. This stretch of asphalt is home to lots of live music and excellent cocktail bars. Nat King Cole liked U Street, and if it’s good enough for Nat, we’ll pull up a chair.
Your tour of U.S. history starts with car rental in Washington, D.C. From this East Coast hub, you can road trip to some of the most popular cities in the region, including Philadelphia, along about 222km of the Chesapeake Bay. The scenery alone is worth the trip, so go for the smashing views and stay for the soft pretzels and cheesesteak. Oh, and there are tons of landmarks, too. Does Independence Hall ring a bell? Well, it should—the Liberty Bell!
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