• The First Battle of Manassas

    The First Battle of Manassas, also known as the First Battle of Bull Run, was the first major land battle fought between the North and the South in the U.S. Civil War. On July 21, 1861, near the small river Bull Run about 30 miles west of Washington, D.C., Union General Irvin McDowell and Confederate General Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard engaged in a battle that was much bloodier than anticipated. Both sides lost hundreds of troops. Watch this video for a profile of the battle, as well as a tour of the historic battlefield as it is today.

    If you would like to see this famous battlefield or any others in the area, get in touch with Haymarket Transportation . We offer top-notch bus tours and motor coach rentals to allow you to enjoy the Washington, D.C. area the way you want. Call us at (703) 433-9760 for more information.  

  • How History Comes to Life on Capitol Hill

    History of Capitol Hill

    Washington, D.C. is home to a number of historic areas, buildings, and attractions. One of the most historic neighborhoods in this city and in our country is Capitol Hill. Read this overview to find out why Capitol Hill is one area you don’t want to miss on your bus tour :

    Historic Building
    The United States Capitol building has been home to the U.S. Congress since 1800. In 1792, Thomas Jefferson hosted a competition for designs for the Capitol building. A late entry from William Thornton was officially approved in a letter from George Washington in early 1793. Though plans were modified several times by other designers and architects, Thornton still served as the first Architect of the Capitol. The building itself features a neoclassical style inspired by the Louvre and the Paris Pantheon, both located in Paris, France.  

    Historic Neighborhood
    Capitol Hill itself is Washington, D.C.’s largest historic residential neighborhood. The community was established between 1799 and 1810, following the development of the Capitol and the Washington Navy Yard. During this time, the federal government became a major employer, thus prompting the need for a community. A boarding house community for members of Congress was the first stage of this development. Craftsman employed by the Navy Yard were the original residential population of Capitol Hill. By 1810, the area featured shops, churches, and blacksmiths.

    Historic Artifacts
    Learn some of Washington, D.C.’s most important history by visiting the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center . Here, you can learn about Capitol Hill, as well as the history and importance of the Capitol building. The Center is currently home to several exhibits, including “A More Perfect Union: Conflict and Compromise,” which features a selection of documents that focus on the Mexican War and the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo.

    If you are interested in touring Capitol Hill, contact Haymarket Transportation. Our motor coach rentals and charter bus tour services are perfect for those looking to explore historic Washington, D.C. Visit us online or call us today at (703) 433-9760 to learn how we can help you plan the perfect trip to our nation’s capital.

  • Learn More about Travelling by Charter Bus with These Resources

    Learn More about Travelling by Charter Bus

    Chartering a bus ensures that your trip to DC, Maryland, or Virginia will be comfortable, safe, and enjoyable for all. You can find more information about the benefits of chartering a bus and the must-see stops in the nation’s capital by clicking through these web resources:

    • Are you looking for a variety of local dishes to try in Washington, DC? Check out this slideshow on WashingtonPost.com to see the top 40 Washington dishes to try in 2013.
    • Ben’s Chili Bowl has been serving celebrities and visitors to DC for more than half a century. You can read through this restaurant’s exciting history on BensChiliBowl.com.
    • You can take a look at some of the many benefits of traveling by motor coach on this fact sheet provided by GoMotorCoach.org .
    • Traveling by chartered bus is an ideal way to stay safe on your trip, especially if you don’t know the area and the traffic patterns. To find out more about questions you can ask your charter service to ensure you get all the facts about your safety, visit the website of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
    • Your charter service will work with you to develop the right itinerary for your Washington, DC visit. You can click through some sample itineraries to get ideas for your trip on Washington.org.

    Haymarket Transportation is pleased to provide you with quality motorcoach and shuttle services for your family or your group throughout the Washington, DC area. Please contact us today at (703) 433-9760 to find out how we can make your vacation or field trip even better. You can learn more about chartering a bus and the benefits of bus transportation by clicking on our website.

  • Washington, DC – Diner’s Guide

    Washington, DC – Diner’s Guide Haymarket

    The nation’s capital is home to a plethora of diverse dining options. In Washington, DC, you’ll find everything from traditional meals to unique menus featuring a fusion of past and present cultural traditions. You can make the most of your chartered tour of DC with frequent stops for snacks and meals to experience all that the DC dining scene has to offer.

    Old Angler’s Inn
    You can find historic DC dining at Old Angler’s Inn, where the restaurant’s traditional setting is as attractive as its newly-refreshed menu. Enjoy cocktails at the restaurant’s marble-topped bar, which once sat in the Watergate hotel. On the menu, you’ll find dishes including seafood, beef, and pasta that perfectly compliment the inn’s beauty and atmosphere.

    Ben’s Chili Bowl
    You don’t have to sacrifice taste or atmosphere when looking for affordable dining options in DC. Ben’s Chili Bowl is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, featuring a history dating back to 1958. Experience Ben’s specialties such as the half-smoke or chili con carne, or choose from healthy menu options including vegetarian chili and turkey burgers and dogs.

    Taqueria Nacionale
    Located on the Hill, Taqueria Nacionale’s carryout menu features fresh Mexican food and American favorites including jambalaya, hamburgers, and chicken pot pie. Check out the ever-changing daily specials and explore the exciting beverage menu, which includes hot chocolate for cold and windy days and mango-lime punch for a refreshing midday summer treat.

    Blue Duck Tavern
    If you’re looking to sample food created with produce from local DC farmers, visit Foggy Bottom’s Blue Duck Tavern. The menu features options including Pennsylvania sweetbreads, Maine scallops, and fresh-baked apple pies that give you an authentic and tasty tour of traditional East coast flavors.

    Explore every taste that DC has to offer with Haymarket Transportation’s unique dine-around options! We provide a variety of Washington, DC and Virginia touring options for your family, business, team, or school in comfortable buses, shuttles, sedans, and limos. Visit us online to learn more about our customizable packages, or call (703) 433-9760 to contact a representative today !

  • A Guide to Virginia’s Wine Country and Its History

    The state of Virginia is home to more than 140 wineries and over 3,000 acres of wine country. Today, it is the seventh largest wine-producing region in the United States.

    This video explores Virginia’s wine-producing history and the aspects of the state that make its wine unique. The roots of the Virginia vineyards reach back over 400 years. You’ll hear how Virginia’s wine industry has evolved over this time and what makes it so successful today.

    Come explore Virginia’s wineries and more when you charter a bus tour with Haymarket Transportation . Contact our Virginia or Maryland location today by calling (703) 433-9760 to find out more about chartering transportation in DC, Maryland, and Virginia. You can learn more about our tours, multi-day trips, and transportation to amusement parks and sporting events by clicking on our website.