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    Trips for Washington D.C. car rental

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    White House, Lincoln Memorial, Smithsonian. Once you have visited all of the museums and monuments in Washington, D.C., you may be wondering what else there is to do around the nation’s capital. Well, there's a ton to see with a low-cost car rental in Washington, D.C. from Auto Europe! Whether you're planning a family vacation or weekend getaway with friends, our platform offers numerous pick-up and drop-off locations in D.C. including car rentals at Dulles International Airport for those coming from abroad plus one-way car rentals from Reagan Airport for national travel. Don't forget about nearby leasing options at the Baltimore Thurgood Marshall International Airport in Maryland either.

    No matter where you book a USA car rental in Washington, D.C., visitors can easily drive to Virginia for a Shenandoah adventure, go to Maryland for some fun times by the bay, or even travel to West Virginia to travel back in history. Continue reading this travel blog to find out some of Auto Europe's top recommendations for weekend road trips with a D.C. car rental!

    Harper’s Ferry

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    Where the Shenandoah meets the Potomac is one of the most historic towns in the United States, Harper’s Ferry. Not only is this a superb location for long-distance hiking on the Appalachian Trail, mountain biking and whitewater rafting but also an open-air Civil War museum with relics all around including battlefields and restored districts. Within the town is the Harper’s Ferry National Historical Park that attracts thousands of annual visitors, many arriving with their very own West Virginia car rental to essentially travel back in time. Between the 4,000 acres of parkland, here is where visitors will find John Brown’s Fort where the abolitionist and supporters barricaded themselves in 1859 from the U.S. Marines. The longest steel arch bridge in the Western Hemisphere is also down the road at the New River Gorge Bridge. Most importantly, if you’re visiting in the summer, you’re going to love cooling off seated on a tub on the Potomac!

    Distance from Washington, D.C. to Harper's Ferry: 67 miles, 1 hr 27 min


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    One of the best weekend getaways from Washington D.C. is Baltimore with even more daunting statues and monuments! This seaport city is among the most influential in the United States with its Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine plus the historic Inner Harbor. Around the marina is where newcomers to Baltimore will find the Maryland Science Center, American Visionary Art Museum, and National Aquarium nearby. Nicknamed the Charm City for a reason, Baltimore also has numerous neighborhoods full of character like Federal Hill, Fells Point, Hampden, Mount Vernon, Canton, Locust Point, plus some of the most affordable car rentals in Maryland! A few of Baltimore’s most famous landmarks include the 15-story Emerson Bromo-Seltzer Tower built in 1911, the iconic Old Bay Spice Factory, M+T Bank Stadium for a Ravens football game, Sherwood Gardens, among other great travel destinations.

    Distance from Washington, D.C. to Baltimore: 38 miles, 1 hr 2 min


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    Did you know that Annapolis was the capital of the United States from 1783 to 1784? Founded on the Chesapeake Bay, the modern-day capital city of Maryland offers a lot to visitors. Ranging from the United States Naval Academy to the William Paca House and Gorden, having your own car rental in Maryland will be the most efficient means of getting around the shining city of Annapolis. On your agenda should also be the Maryland State House, the longest-serving legislative house in the country. Take a stroll into the City Docks, pay a visit to the Market House, or go window shopping on Main Street. You also won't want to miss out on Maryland’s most famous food, blue crab! No matter where you go or what you do in Annapolis, renting a vehicle in Maryland on will save you time and money since public transit from D.C. is limited.

    Distance from Washington, D.C. to Annapolis: 32 mi, 45 min

    Shenandoah National Park

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    Over 200,000 acres of protected lands in Northern Virginia await visitors at Shenandoah National Park that’s just 75 miles outside of Washington, D.C. Whether you’re planning on embarking on a long-distance hike or some backcountry camping, there’s a lot to look forward to at Shenandoah while driving in Virginia. You know what they say: Virginia is for lovers! Have yourself a romantic getaway while cruising down Skyline Drive through the Blue Ridge Mountains with some of the most spectacular views. To get some adrenaline, summit up to Hawksbill and Old Rag mountains or do a little hiking on the Appalachian Trail. The park is also home to various spectacular waterfalls like Rose River falls, South River Falls, Jones Run Falls, as well as Whiteoak Canyon. Native animals in Shenandoah Park include black bear, coyote, woodchucks, striped skunk, foxes, deers, rabbits, and more!

    Distance from Washington, D.C. to Shenandoah National Park (Front Royal): 70 miles, 1 hr 21 min

    Mount Vernon

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    Another road trip attraction in Northern Virginia is the American landmark and former residence of George Washington, Mount Vernon. The grounds and mansion have been meticulously preserved over the centuries with a four-acre demonstration farm, a memorial to the slaves that built this nation's wealth, tombs, gardens, etc. While the Father of Our Country's estate is this area's claim to fame, Mount Vernon itself is a small community of over 12,400 people full of natural beauty. An estimated 1 million tourists come every year, many of whom reserve a car in Virginia to get around more efficiently. Other than Washington's home, Mount Vernon has supreme hiking at Little Mountain plus the Skagit Valley for one beautiful display of tulips.

    Distance from Washington, D.C. to Mount Vernon: 23 mi, 35 min

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