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WASHINGTON DC

The nation’s capital, Washington DC holds a wealth of history, with fifty-plus museums gathered for inspection outside the Capital Building. It also offers a lighter side with trendy bars and boutique hotels. An evening tour of the city shows its amazing architecture to best advantage, with all the main buildings illuminated.

MARYLAND

The history of Maryland was based around its waterways and fishing. Today picturesque waterfront communities, beautiful beaches, colonial history, wildlife and charming cities attract visitors to the area. The main cities are the State capital Annapolis, home of the famous Naval Academy, and Baltimore, which has a long history as an important seaport. Fort McHenry, birthplace of the U.S. national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner,” sits at the mouth of Baltimore’s Inner Harbour. A network of Civil War trails in Maryland winds through some of the most beautiful countryside in the state.

PENNSYLVANIA

Pennsylvania Dutch Country is home to the rolling fields, farms and customs of the peaceful Amish people where their simple, uncomplicated life meanders at the same pace as the horse drawn buggies that share the road. Imagine handmade quilts, Quaker style buildings and roadside stalls selling crafts and home baked goods. The struggle for Independence began here and Philadelphia is home to the Liberty Bell and Independence National Historical Park where the Declaration of Independence was signed on 4th July 1776.

Gettysburg provides a fitting tribute to the 50,000 men killed during the bloody civil war and many re-enactments of battles take place around 4th July. As well as city sights there is stunning scenery near Delaware River and the Alleghenies dubbed the ‘Endless Mountains’ covered in pine trees that seem to stretch on forever.

VIRGINIA

Virginia is home to the Shenandoah Valley, nestled between Allegheny Mountains and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Sycamores, hickories, oaks and maples provide a carnival of colour especially in autumn. In the historical triangle that incorporates Jamestown, Williamsburg and Yorktown you are transported to an era when the English began their first permanent settlement in America. Colonial Williamsburg is a living history museum where visitors can stroll the streets and be greeted by patriotic fife and drum parades, characters such as carpenters and blacksmiths are busy with their trade. See the graceful stately homes of yesteryear decorating the banks of the James River, a testament to the wealthy and successful planters of Virginia.

Visit Newport News’ Mariner’s Museum or the Virginia Living Museum before traveling to Virginia Beach. Stroll along the six miles (10 km) of public beach and forty blocks of boardwalk of this popular resort. Nearby Norfolk is best known as home of 116 ships of the Atlantic and Mediterranean fleets at the US Naval Base. Stroll through 175 acres of azaleas, camellias and roses of the Norfolk Botanical Gardens or see the latest in transportation at the Virginia Air and Space Centre in Hampton.

NORTH CAROLINA

History, charm and warm southern hospitality await you in this romantic area of USA. The beauty of The Blue Ridge Mountains with their hazy blue mists and quaint towns with craft stores and perfectly restored buildings is legendary. In spring time wild azaleas and rhododendrons line the roadsides and blanket the hillsides. Step back in time to the era of plantations and opulent townhouses as the Carolinas have barely changed. North Carolina’s coast is home to the Outer Banks, a small chain of fragile barrier islands with 130 miles of unspoiled coastline. Giant sand dunes gaze out over pristine beaches and wetlands brimming with wildlife.

SOUTH CAROLINA

South Carolina is rich in history and is the site where the first shots were fired in the American Civil War. Discover fascinating American heritage at its historic sites and living history attractions. More than 1200 historic sites in South Carolina are listed on the National Register of Historic Places and distinctive architecture is prominent throughout the state. Historic lighthouses, fresh seafood and 16th century history can all be found on these wonderful shores. Along the coast lies a 60-mile span of white sand beaches.

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