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Car Rental at Washington Dulles International Airport

Washington Dulles International Airport is located 26 miles west of the Washington D.C. business district in Dulles, Virginia and serves the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area. Outside of New York’s JFK and La Guardia International Airports, it is the busiest airport in the Mid-Atlantic and therefore served by plenty of car hire companies offering standard and one way car rentals from Washington Dulles International Airport.

The White House

The highlight of any visit to the capital of the United States is a tour of its most recognizable symbol of power, the White House, just 40 minutes east by car hire at Washington Dulles International Airport. It’s possible to join a free tour of the White House if you are comfortable with going through a rigorous security check. Other federal buildings, like the Capitol, are also free to enter as long as you are willing to go through routine security procedures.

The National Mall

The National Mall, a two-mile stretch of green space south of the White House that connects the Capitol Building to the east, the Washington Monument in the middle, and the Lincoln Memorial to the west, contains a clutch of nationally important monuments and Smithsonian museums. While it appears to be walkable, the National Mall can be explored by car rental at Washington Dulles International Airport to avoid the stifling heat that could make sightseeing on foot a challenge even to the physically fit. Allocate a lot of time for finding parking and dealing with traffic if visiting on a workday.

Journey through the Hallowed Ground

Historic sites of battles are scattered around Washington D.C., but if you want to combine sightseeing with history lesson, the ‘Journey Through Hallowed Ground’ brings together the natural and built environments that stretch for 180 miles, a trip that can be done in a day using one way car hire in Washington Dulles International Airport. The route starts in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, where the eponymous battle and the famous address by Lincoln took place, and ends in Thomas Jefferson’s plantation ‘Monticello’ in Virginia in the south. The closest drop off point for your one way rental car from Washington Dulles International Airport is at Richmond International Airport.

Chesapeake Bay

Chesapeake Bay, stretching about 200 miles from the Susquehanna River to the Atlantic Ocean, is the largest estuary in the United States. The area that drains into the bay, known as the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, is 64,000 square miles. The six states it encompasses are Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Virginia including Washington D.C. Boating, kayaking, swimming and crabbing are some of the most popular activities. An hour east by Washington Dulles International Airport car rental is Annapolis, Maryland, which lies right at the mouth of the Severn River on the Chesapeake Bay.

Blue Ridge Parkway

Your car hire from Washington Dulles International Airport will be put to good use as you venture farther out of Washington D.C. and into the capital’s surrounding greenery. Traversing 469 miles along the crest of the southern and the central Appalachian Mountains, the Blue Ridge Parkway is the main corridor between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina and the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. Coming from D.C. the latter park is less than two hours by car rentals in Washington Dulles International Airport so you may want to kick off from there and drive south. Apart from its bountiful wildlife, the region is suitable for hiking, bicycling, bird watching, picnicking, camping and photography activities for those with plenty of time. The towns within the park offer Americana cuisines and entertain visitors with bluegrass music.  The closest drop off point for one way rental cars from Washington Dulles International Airport is at McGhee Tyson Airport if exiting in Knoxville, Tennessee or at Charlotte Douglas International Airport if exiting in North Carolina.