8 days in Washington DC, Virginia & Maryland Itinerary

8 days in Washington DC, Virginia & Maryland Itinerary

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Washington DC
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Washington DC

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The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
Washington DC is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Washington National Cathedral, get a new perspective on nature at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, and pause for some photo ops at Washington Monument.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Washington DC attractions site.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Washington DC. In January, daily temperatures in Washington DC can reach 44°F, while at night they dip to 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Arlington.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks


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National History, Local Flavor

Located just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., the county of Arlington blends big city and sprawling suburban environments.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): learn about all things military at National Museum of the Marine Corps and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Mount Vernon Trail. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Alexandria's Christ Church, then contemplate the long history of Arlington National Cemetery, and then get to know the fascinating history of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Arlington online visit planner.

Arlington is very close to Washington DC. January in Arlington sees daily highs of 44°F and lows of 29°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Baltimore.

Things to do in Arlington

Historic Sites · Trails · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips


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City of Firsts

A major center for tourism and travel, Baltimore is famous as the city where amateur poet Francis Scott Key wrote the lyrics for the United States' national anthem.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): get curious at System Source Computer Museum, then admire the masterpieces at The Walters Art Museum, then try to win big at Horseshoe Casino, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sagamore Spirit Distillery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: observe the fascinating underwater world at National Aquarium, then sample the fine beverages at Blackwater Distilling & Tavern, then explore the galleries of U.S. Naval Academy, and finally stroll around Kinder Farm Park.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Baltimore journey planner.

Drive from Arlington to Baltimore in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 42°F, and evening lows to 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Baltimore

Museums · Parks · Fun & Games · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Virginia travel guide

Historic Sites · Wineries & Vineyards · Specialty Museums
Old Dominion
The home of the first permanent English colony in the New World, Virginia is a prime holiday destination for those looking to immerse themselves in American heritage. Proud of its colorful history, distinct culture, and southern drawl, Virginians see their state as the place where the imaginary line between the north and the south is drawn. With scenic beauties as diverse as its people, Virginia is a land of rolling hills, rugged mountains, lush valleys, dense forests, and secluded beaches along picturesque bays. Bordered on the east by the Atlantic and the west by the Appalachian Mountains, with rolling farmland in the middle, the state offers countless places to visit for history buffs, nature lovers, and passionate foodies.

Maryland travel guide

Casinos · Specialty Museums · Aquariums
The Old Line State
Perhaps best known as the birthplace of religious and political freedom in the United States, Maryland retains the spirit of colonial America, with stately 18th-century villages and historical landmarks. Although it's one of the nation's smallest states, there is no shortage of things to do here and you may find your itinerary fills up quickly. Make time in your vacation to tour Maryland's diverse landscape, which includes mountain peaks, picturesque Atlantic coastline, and the bustling city of Baltimore. Military buffs will enjoy touring the state's four Civil War Trails, where you can follow the footsteps of U.S. soldiers, or visiting the port city of Annapolis, home to the United States Naval Academy.