Colonial America & The Blue Ridge Mountains


Self-drive Holidays

This 12-day road trip is for folk that want a bit more from life than just a day at the beach. It’s an opportunity to get under the skin of the American Civil War and understand more about the fight for independence from British colonialism. Starting in Washington DC, you’ll wind your way north to Gettysburg where battles were once fought, and Amish communities still live in much the same way as they always have. From Pennsylvania you’ll head south to West Virginia to experience the state’s historic national parks as well as the scenic routes through the Blue Ridge Mountains. It’s a real journey of discovery where America’s colonial past collides with its stunning Appalachian scenery. Completing the tour in and around the beaches and boardwalks of Chesapeake Bay provides the perfect send off. This is where you get to put your feet up and catch some sun as you experience life on the Atlantic before heading back to DC. This is the most flexible and affordable way to experience America’s Capital Region, allowing you to enjoy life on the open road without the hassle of having to arrange everything yourself.

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11 nights in hotels

Excursions and visits

  • Monuments and memorials in Washington DC
  • Battlefields and Amish culture in Gettysburg
  • Scenic drives through Shenandoah National Park
  • Experience Williamsburg’s colonial heritage
  • Two nights by the Atlantic Ocean in Virginia Beach
  • Sand dunes and crab cakes at Chesapeake Bay

Not included

  • International flights
  • Visas (if required)
  • Activities, sightseeing and attraction entrance fees
  • National Parks Pass (or entry fees)
  • Resort Fees (if required by any of your chosen hotels)


Economy car rental (10 days) with unlimited mileage, third party insurance and CDW – please ask for vehicle upgrades and full terms & conditions

Personalised digital destination guide & driving instructions (accessed via online/mobile app, and printable at home)


  • 11 nights

  • North America . USA . District of Columbia . Washington DC . Maryland . Annapolis . Pennsylvania . Gettysburg . Virginia . Virginia Beach . Williamsburg

  • International flights not included

From £1,395 per person

Mon - Fri: 9am - 8pm

Saturday: 9am - 6pm

Sunday: 10am - 4pm


Duration: 12 days


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