When you are planning a trip to D.C. from far away, one of the first things you’ll need to do is book flights. As you’ll notice when you start to look at prices and schedules, there are three different airports in the area: Reagan (DCA), Dulles (IAD), and Baltimore-Washington (BWI). Since airport transportation to the city center can be tricky, consult the guide below to decide which airport you should fly into.
Reagan National Airport
If you have very limited time to spend in D.C., you should fly into Reagan airport . It’s located very close to the city center—just across the Potomac River in Arlington, Virginia. On a clear day, landing at Reagan can give you a great view of the entire city, including many of its icons such as the Washington Monument and the National Mall.
Dulles International Airport
This is the region’s largest airport, and it receives more international and domestic air traffic than the others. However, it is farther away than Reagan. Dulles is located about 25 miles west of the city center, so it takes at least half an hour to get there. If you are arranging a trip for a large group, such as a school trip, and you fly into Dulles, you’ll probably need to hire a charter bus to get everyone into the city.
Baltimore-Washington International Airport
Located about 35 miles north of Washington, D.C. proper, the Baltimore-Washington International airport is the farthest away from the capital. However, it does serve a number of domestic destinations, and depending on pricing, it may be cheaper to fly here and arrange for airport transportation to D.C. than to fly directly into Reagan.
No matter which of the three airports you fly into, Haymarket Transportation can get you from baggage claim to wherever you’re staying in D.C., Maryland, or Virginia. We also provide educational tour services and other customized tours in Washington, D.C. Call us today at (571) 325-3302 to start making your arrangements.
George Washington’s Mount Vernon is one of the most popular stops on D.C. guided tours, since it offers a glimpse into the life of one of America’s most renowned Founding Fathers. When you visit this historic site and take an official Mount Vernon tour, you will see the inside of the house and the expansive, beautiful grounds adjoining the Potomac.
You will also see the tombs of Mount Vernon. Watch this video to learn more about the old tomb and the new tomb that house George and Martha Washington’s remains.
Haymarket Transportation provides charter buses and other transportation options for sightseeing tours in Washington, D.C. For more information, or to schedule an educational tour , call us at (571) 325-3302.
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Hosting a corporate event in the nation’s capital requires careful planning. Transportation, including hotel pickup and airport pickup near Washington, D.C. is a primary concern for all corporate events. Whether you are hosting a company gala, a conference, a corporate retreat, or any other type of event, Haymarket Transportation can provide you with the vehicles you need.
We can arrange hotel transportation and airport transportation for groups of any size. Whether you want a limo or a charter bus, we have the perfect vehicle for your event. Also, we serve the entire region, including surrounding suburban areas in Virginia and in Maryland all the way up to Baltimore. Haymarket Transportation can shuttle your employees and executives from location to location, so you have one less item to worry about during your event.
To arrange for first-class corporate transportation , call us today at (571) 325-3302. We also offer Washington, D.C. tours, including driving tours of all the most famous local monuments, as well as a breathtaking twilight tour.
Historic Fort McHenry, just outside Baltimore Harbor, is a popular stop on Maryland guided tours that leave from Washington, D.C. It has stood for more than 200 years, and it played an important part in one of the nation’s earliest wars. Read on to learn more about the history of Fort McHenry.
The Building of the Fort
Before the current structure was built, the land where Fort McHenry stands was occupied by Fort Whetstone. The current fort was built between 1798 and 1800, according to plans designed by Frenchman Jean Forcin. The five-pointed star design, featuring a dry moat all around, offered superior defense against infantry attacks. The new fort was named after James McHenry, who served as Secretary of War under Presidents Washington and Adams.
The War of 1812
During the War of 1812, the British attempted to capture Baltimore because the city was a key strategic point. Beginning at dawn on September 13, 1814, British Vice Admiral Alexander Cochrane bombarded Fort McHenry for more than 24 hours straight, attempting to gain access to the harbor, but he was unsuccessful and retreated the next day. Francis Scott Key, who was on a nearby truce ship at the time, composed “The Star Spangled Banner,” now the national anthem of the United States, after witnessing this siege.
The Present Day
In 1925, Fort McHenry was named a National Park. Fourteen years later, it was re-designated as a National Monument and Historic Shrine, the distinction it holds today. It is still managed by the National Park Service, and each year there are multiple public celebrations at the Fort, including those honoring the Defenders of Baltimore and commemorating the composition of the National Anthem.
The best way to plan a trip to Fort McHenry and Baltimore from Washington, D.C. is to schedule a Maryland guided tour with Haymarket Transportation. Our guided bus tours of Baltimore and other historic sites in Maryland, just like our D.C. guided tours , feature comfortable charter buses and knowledgeable guides. Call us today at (571) 325-3302 for booking information.
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