• Explore Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello

    Many Virginia guided tours near Washington, D.C. feature a stop at the homes of two of the nation’s Founding Fathers: Mount Vernon, the home of George Washington, and Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson.

    Monticello, which is just outside of Charlottesville, VA, is a bit further from D.C. than Mount Vernon, but this historic plantation is well worth the trip. More than 40 years in the making, Monticello represents the realization of Jefferson’s architectural dream. Watch this video for a glimpse into the plantation.

    To arrange for a charter bus tour of Virginia sites, including Monticello, call Haymarket Transportation today at (571) 325-3302. We offer guided bus tours and day trips from D.C. to sites throughout the region.

  • What to Visit on Your Trip to Williamsburg

    Located southeast of Richmond, the city of Williamsburg, VA is filled with both historic sites and modern attractions. If you are taking a group to Williamsburg, as many school field trips do, you can charter a bus for this trip and other Virginia guided tours near Washington, D.C. While you’re in Williamsburg, you might want to explore:

    Colonial Williamsburg

    Colonial Williamsburg is perhaps America’s most famous living history experience. Actors in period costume play out scenes from the Revolutionary War period, and you can visit recreations of historic businesses such as a blacksmith shop, a public armory, and a colonial coffeehouse. The on-site Williamsburg Inn and Williamsburg Lodge offer all the amenities of modern hotels, but for a true period flavor you can stay in historic lodging at the colonial houses.

    Historic Yorktown

    The key victory of the Revolutionary War was won at Yorktown, which is only a 15 minute drive from Williamsburg on the beautiful Colonial Parkway. Today the historic Yorktown Battlefield is a National Park, and along the village’s waterfront you will find many shops, restaurants, and galleries. While you stroll the streets, you might hear the Fifes and Drums of Yorktown playing classic patriotic tunes.

    Shirley Plantation

    As the oldest planation in the state of Virginia (established in 1613), Shirley Plantation has been owned by the same family for 11 generations. The Shirley family continues to operate the plantation, and the site also hosts guided tours that offer a glimpse into life in pre-Independence Virginia.

    Busch Gardens Williamsburg

    If you want a truly modern experience in this historic town, visit Busch Gardens Williamsburg. This theme park features thrilling roller coasters, family-friendly shows, and world-class shops and restaurants. This year marks the park’s 40th anniversary, and there will be special celebrations all season long.

    Haymarket Transportation can help you plan a stress-free trip from Washington, D.C. to Williamsburg. We offer educational tour services , Virginia guided tours, and luxurious transportation in comfortable motor coaches. Call us today at (571) 325-3302 to start planning your trip!

  • How Haymarket Transportation Can Help With Your School Trip

    School field trips to Washington, D.C., will be more fun for students and easier for staff and volunteer chaperones if you plan everything with the help of Haymarket Transportation. We can provide completely customized tours of Washington, D.C., including side trips or day trips to surrounding areas. Our charter buses provide comfortable, reliable transportation for your whole group.

    School groups have the most fun when there is structure to their time. That way, the students don’t get bored and the teachers and chaperones don’t get as stressed. When you are moving from place to place throughout the day, always seeing something new, the kids don’t have as much time to get lost or make mischief. Haymarket Transportation has extensive experience organizing and planning these types of trips, and our drivers know the best routes to maximize your sightseeing time.

    For more information on our educational tour services , call (571) 325-3302 to speak with the knowledgeable, friendly staff at Haymarket Transportation.

  • What to Expect on Your Sightseeing Tour of Mount Vernon

    Located less than an hour south of Washington, D.C., George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate is one of the most popular destinations for day trips and sightseeing tours near our nation’s capital. The historic house and plantation are located in Virginia on the banks of the Potomac, overlooking Maryland on the other side. Some of the things you will see at Mount Vernon include:

    George Washington s Mansion

    In 1754, George Washington inherited a farmhouse built nearly two decades before by his father, Augustine. Over the next four decades, Washington enlarged and expanded the home, eventually creating a mansion with 21 rooms, which is one of the structures you can see today when you visit Mount Vernon . More than a million people pass through the mansion every year to see its various parlors, bedrooms, and dining rooms, all featuring period decorating.

    Gorgeous Gardens and Lush Landscapes

    During George Washington’s lifetime, a staff of gardeners, some of whom were slaves, worked the plant beds and maintained the gardens at Mount Vernon. The fruits and vegetables grown on the estate ended up on Washington’s table. He also kept a greenhouse for exotic, rare plants, inspired by the greenhouse of Mrs. Margaret Tilghman Carroll, who lived near Baltimore, and even cultivated some plants she donated from her collection.

    A Whisky Distillery

    Washington’s farm manager, James Anderson, encouraged him to enter the whisky business. Anderson was a Scotsman by birth, and had experience in the fine whisky industry. In 1797, Washington gave Anderson permission to set up two stills on the Mount Vernon grounds. By the time Washington died in 1799, the Mount Vernon distillery, by then the largest in the entire United States, produced almost 11,000 gallons of whisky.

    Transportation to Mount Vernon from Washington, D.C., is easy with the help of a company offering Virginia guided tours. Haymarket Transportation specializes in various sightseeing tours in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia . If you would like to visit Mount Vernon or any of the other historic sites in the area, give us a call today at (571) 325-3302.