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Car Rental at Washington Dulles International Airport

If you’re planning a trip to the nation’s capital and would like to try some day trips to nearby attractions, grab a deal on car hire at Washington Dulles International Airport.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 car is Annapolis, Maryland, which lies right at the mouth of the Severn River on the Chesapeake Bay.

Blue Ridge Parkway

A hire car from Washington Dulles International Airport will be put to good use as you venture further 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 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.

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