Arrive Washington, DC and take an orientationÂ tour this afternoon to see sites such as Capitol Hill,Â Library of Congress, Washington Monument, ArlingtonÂ National Cemetery, the White House, andÂ Jefferson and Lincoln Memorials.Â The evening, explore Dupont Circle. Bistros, barsÂ and boutiques line the streets in this cosmopolitanÂ neighborhood surrounded by D.C.â€™s internationalÂ embassies.
Depart for Williamsburg. Here one will find theÂ museums and battlefields of Americaâ€™s HistoricÂ Triangle, Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown andÂ Yorktown as well as a selection of entertainmentÂ venues.Â Visit Colonial Williamsburg, the nationâ€™s largestÂ living history museum with 500 buildings on overÂ 300 acres, reconstructed and restored to their 18thÂ -century appearances; or have a day of pure funÂ at Busch Gardens, a European-themed park withÂ 350 acres of rides, attractions, and live entertainment.
A short drive takes one to some of the best beachesÂ in the country, the 100 mile chain of barrierÂ islands called the Outer Banks.Â Lounge on the beach or visit some of the sights.Â At Wright Brothers Memorial State Park see whereÂ the Wright Brothers first flew their powered airplaneÂ and at Jockeyâ€™s Ridge State Park, see the largestÂ sand dune in the country. Thereâ€™s a wide array ofÂ restaurants all along the beachfront from casualÂ beach hang-outs to fine dining.
This morning visit Roanoke Island Festival Park.Â Learn about early European exploration andÂ board the Elizabeth II, a 69-ft. sailing vessel representativeÂ of those sailed in the 16thc. Then visitÂ historic Manteo, a 4-block area filled with independentlyÂ owned shops, eateries and businesses.Â After lunch, stroll through Elizabethan Gardens,Â designed as a memorial and complete with aÂ collection of antique statuary. Also in the area findÂ Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and Freedmanâ€™sÂ Colony, recognized as an important site in theÂ National Underground Railroad to Freedom.
Myrlte Beach is part of the Grand Strand, a chainÂ of sixty miles of sandy white beaches along theÂ Atlantic Ocean. The area\'s Intracoastal WaterwayÂ offers one plenty of water sport opportunities includingÂ scuba diving, fishing, kayaking and more.Â In the evening choose from a multitude of entertainment.Â The area has a wide variety of liveÂ shows, dinner theaters, concert halls and varietyÂ shows.
Spend a full day at leisure. With over 100 golfÂ courses along the Grand Strand, itâ€™s easy to find aÂ nearby course; take a salt-water deep sea fishingÂ expedition; or take a dolphin watching cruiseÂ along the coast. The more adventurous can rentÂ jet skis, go windsurfing, parasailing or scuba diving.
Take a leisurely drive through the Lowcountry toÂ Hilton Head Island this morning.Â Hilton Head Island\'s natural beauty, spectacularÂ seascapes and exceptional ecology exude aÂ relaxed, warm, island environment. Despite development,Â much of the Island remains as it wasÂ when first sighted more than 300 years ago.Â After checking in to the resort hotel, enjoy some ofÂ the islandâ€™s miles of beaches, bike paths and natureÂ trails.
This morning take a tour of historic sites, art galleries,Â or board a dolphin watch cruise.Â Spend the afternoon in Sea Pines, the largest plantationÂ on the island. Here one can take a leisurelyÂ horseback ride through its nature preserve, bicycleÂ along the miles of paved bike paths, or haveÂ cocktails at Landâ€™s End.Â In the evening, dine in Harbor Town. After dinnerÂ stroll around the marinaâ€™s quaint shops or climb toÂ the top of the famous red and white striped lighthouse.
St. Augustine is the oldest continuously occupiedÂ European-established city and port in the U.S.Â Upon arrival, walk the city\'s historic center, linedÂ with historic homes from various periods. One canÂ also sip the waters at the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park.
Take one of the local guided tours to get an overviewÂ of the city or visit some of the area museums.Â The St. Augustine beaches boast miles of luxuriousÂ sand with beautiful weather year-round. BarrierÂ islands naturally create the island waterway andÂ miles of gorgeous coastline with many publicÂ beaches. Once can drive right on for a small fee.
Howey-in-the-Hills is a community developed byÂ the Walt Disney company with extensive landscape,Â parks, trails and pathways and onlyÂ minutes from Walt Disney World and its sister attractions.Â This afternoon, enjoy the amenities of the lakeside,Â boutique hotel. Take in a round of golf on itsÂ championship golf course or enjoy a treatment atÂ its deluxe spa.Â This evening, stroll Town Center with its quaintÂ lakeside promenade and renowned restaurants.
Spend the day at Disney, Epcot Center or any ofÂ the other area attractions such as Universal Orlando,Â Discovery Cove or take a drive toward CocoaÂ Beach and tour the Kennedy Space Center,Â NASAâ€™s launch headquarters.
This morning set off for the sun, sand, surf and attractionsÂ of Miami. Greater Miami offers not onlyÂ pristine white sand beaches and turquoise blueÂ waters but a host of neighborhoods, each with itsÂ own culture and flavor.Â Spend the afternoon exploring South Beach.Â Sometimes called the American Riviera and ArtÂ Deco Playground it offers an eclectic mix of world classÂ boutiques, galleries and stores. It\'s also aÂ culinary hot spot for gourmet to casual cuisine andÂ at night, South Beach comes alive with crowdsÂ partying to the wee hours.
After a morning of sun and a swim, why not rent aÂ bicycle or a segway to explore the beaches; orÂ take a tour of the famous Miami landmarks includingÂ a look at the many homes of the \"Rich & Famous\"Â on Star Island. This evening visit Little HavanaÂ where a vibrant Hispanic culture plays out amidstÂ a backdrop of Little Havana\'s pulsating music,Â vibrant storefronts, unique art galleries and quaintÂ restaurants.
Take time this morning to visit one of the eclecticÂ neighborhoods just outside of Miami.Â Coconut Grove is a charming, bayside villageÂ filled with sidewalk cafes, galleries and boutiques.Â Tree-lined boulevards, and green spaces giveÂ Coral Gables its identity as \"The City Beautiful.\"Â Shoppers flock to fine boutiques along itsâ€™ MiracleÂ Mile. Transfer to the airport for the return flight.
Hilton Garden Inn
Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort
Hilton Head Island
Mission Inn Resort
B South Beach Hotel
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