• Visiting the Poe Museum in Richmond

    The Edgar Allan Poe Museum in Richmond, Virginia is a must-see attraction for fans of literature and the macabre. It offers a truly immersive experience, allowing visitors to become acquainted with the genius behind the writing. If you’re planning a guided tour of Virginia, watch the accompanying video to get a sense of what you’ll find at the Poe Museum.

    The curator discusses some of the vast selection of artifacts you’ll find at the museum, from Poe’s chair and table to his portraits and first editions. You can also stroll along the Poe-themed garden built as a tribute to him. And if you visit during April through October, you can attend one of the museum’s “Unhappy Hours.”

    Haymarket Transportation invites you to design a custom day trip in Richmond, Washington, D.C., or Maryland. Call (571) 748-3084 to book a guided tour in Virginia today!

  • FAQs About Wedding Charter Buses

    Planning a wedding can feel like a full-time job in itself. There are so many decisions to make—from selecting a venue to finalizing the guest list to picking out floral arrangements. But don’t forget about arranging wedding transportation! In addition to hiring a professional driver and limousine for you and your partner, you may need to charter a private bus for your guests.

    How far ahead should we book a wedding charter bus?

    The sooner, the better. Of course, you’ll need to finalize your wedding date before you can arrange for limos and charter buses. You and your significant other will also need to determine the locations first. Figure out where the wedding ceremony will be and where the reception is to be held. Finalize the guest list and the number of people in the wedding party. Once you have this information, you can contact the wedding transportation company to make plans. Ideally, you should aim to book transportation about six months in advance.

    Should we book a mini bus or a regular size bus?

    The transportation company will explain your fleet options. You may need to choose between booking a 34-seat mini bus and a 55/56-seat passenger bus. You can generally expect both choices to offer similar luxury amenities, like comfortable, reclining seats and entertainment systems. The larger bus should include a restroom, which is something your guests may prefer if there is a long ride between the ceremony venue and the reception site.

    Is there another option for transporting the wedding party?

    If you have just a few too many guests to fit on one or two buses, and you don’t want to rent another bus, you could consider transporting the wedding party separately. Talk to the transportation company about booking a luxury SUV or sedan. If need be, the bride’s and groom’s attendants can ride in separate vehicles.

    Haymarket Transportation will coordinate everything with your wedding planner and all involved parties to ensure that your wedding transportation is flawlessly executed on the big day. Our fleet of luxury vehicles for wedding transportation is available in Washington, D.C., and throughout the Atlantic region. Get started making plans today by calling a helpful representative at (571) 748-3084.

     

  • Spotlight on the Highlights of Our Presidential Tour

    Every American should visit Washington, D.C. at least once to gain a greater appreciation of the country’s historical struggles and triumphs. But visitors often have trouble deciding exactly which spots to visit in D.C., since there’s too much to pack into one trip! Haymarket Transportation has assembled thoughtfully curated itineraries for your consideration, including our Presidential Tour. Here are just a few of the sites you’ll visit with this premier Washington, D.C. tour package.

    Iwo Jima Memorial

This memorial is officially called the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial, but most people just refer to it as the Iwo Jima Memorial. It captures the iconic image of the raising of the flag on Mount Suribachi. This image was originally captured by Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal. The historic flag-raising was actually the second such flag-raising on Mt. Suribachi. The first flag was much smaller, and it was captured on film by a different photographer. Six different Marines raised a second, much larger flag—the subject of Rosenthal’s picture and the memorial. After the flag-raising, fighting on Iwo Jima continued for another month.

World War II Memorial

Sixteen million members of the U.S. Armed Forces served during World War II, 405,399 of them gave their lives, and countless civilians supported the war effort. They are all honored at the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. It’s hard not to be awe-struck as you enter the grounds of the memorial. The entrance is flanked by 24 bas-relief panels, which tell the story of WWII. Take a moment to reflect at the gold star wall, and check the computerized database for the names of your own family members who may have served during the war.

National Archives

The National Archives Building and Museum is another sight you’ll see on the Presidential Tour. The National Archives is responsible for preserving the official records of the government. It also preserves historic military service records. And of course, the Rotunda is home to the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Declaration of Independence.

You can also design your own customized tour of Washington, D.C. Our friendly employees will be happy to offer suggestions to help you plan an inspiring guided tour of D.C. Call Haymarket Transportation at (571) 748-3084 for more details.

  • Exploring the History of the Battle of Bull Run

    In a field in Manassas in Northern Virginia, near the Bull Run River, the first battle of the Civil War took place. The battle was intense and exposed the inexperience of the troops on both sides. This video explains more about the history of this infamous battle. Union troops ultimately lost the battle, but the toll was significant on both sides.

    Walk through history on the fields on which the Battle of Bull Run was fought with transport from Haymarket Transportation . We offer charter buses, Virginia guided tours, and customized tours from Washington, DC. To arrange your trip, call (571) 748-3084.

  • Planning Transportation for Your Wedding

    It’s easy to get so caught up in the excitement of picking a cake and selecting your flowers that you overlook one important aspect of planning your wedding: transportation . Whether you only need to worry about getting yourself and your new spouse around on the day of your wedding or you need to make transportation arrangements for all of your guests, figuring out transportation plans in advance can save you from a logistical nightmare on the day of your ceremony. Keep these tips in mind when making wedding transportation arrangements:

    Decide Who Needs a Ride

    Typically, transportation to the wedding venue should include the event VIPs : the bride and groom, the wedding party, parents, and siblings. However, you may also wish to arrange group transportation, such as a charter bus, for wedding guests. This can be helpful if most of your guests are staying in a hotel where you have a block of rooms or if the venue isn’t easily reached by car or public transportation. Arranging transportation for as many of your guests as possible also alleviates concerns about people driving home after drinking at the reception.

    Determine How Many Rides You Need

    In addition to deciding who gets a ride, you have to decide how many rides everyone needs. Do you only want to provide transportation to the wedding venue, or do you want to provide post-reception rides as well? If your ceremony and reception are at different venues, then you will likely need to provide transportation between the two. The number of rides you need to arrange can impact the kind of transportation you choose.

    Book Your Transportation in Advance

    Like all things to do with wedding planning, booking early is a smart strategy. You’ll have the flexibility to get the exact vehicles you want before other engaged couples start reserving their own wedding day transit.

    Haymarket Transportation makes wedding transit easy with limos, charter buses, and more. Our team will work closely with you to ensure your transportation in Washington, DC, and other Mid-Atlantic locations goes smoothly. Call us at (571) 748-3084 to start planning.

  • What to Expect When You Tour Mount Vernon

    George Washington’s Mount Vernon home is situated on beautiful grounds that are ideal for exploration. For history buffs, this makes a perfect day trip from Washington, DC, and with everything from a distillery to a farm on site, there is something for everyone to enjoy. As you plan your Mount Vernon tour , this advice will help you make the most of your day.

    Make Use of the Orientation Center

    All guests enter Mount Vernon through the Orientation Center. Your bags will be searched before you can tour the property. After that, be sure to make use of the resources in the Center before you begin exploring. The staff in the Orientation Center can provide maps and valuable information about touring the grounds. There is also a brief film you can watch to give context to the property, as well as a beloved attraction called Mount Vernon in Miniature. The Orientation Center is also a perfect place to go to the bathroom before you start exploring.

    Tour the Mansion

    There is a short, guided tour of the mansion itself. Photos aren’t allowed to be taken inside, but you can take pictures from the porch. Ask questions during the tour, as your guides are there to help you understand the significance of the different rooms and the pieces you are seeing. Outside of the mansion, you can explore the backyard and visit the tombs of Washington and his family members.

    Make Reservations for a Meal

    A food court on site allows for a quick bite, but there is also a restaurant with a Colonial-inspired menu. The restaurant gets very busy, so reservations are recommended. Outside of the dining area, you will find Pioneer Farm and the Gristmill & Distillery. You can even pick up a bottle of rye made from Washington’s own recipe.

    Plan your Mount Vernon tour with convenient transit from Haymarket Transportation. We offer a variety of customized tours and charter buses, including school trips and day trips in Washington, DC. Schedule a trip today by calling (571) 748-3084.

  • Touring Baltimore’s National Aquarium

    The National Aquarium in Baltimore is a delightful experience for all ages. If you’re planning a sightseeing tour around Washington, D.C., make a short detour over to Maryland to see this national treasure for yourself. Kids love the Living Seashore exhibit, which gives them a chance to touch harmless sea creatures. The Blacktip Reef is another must-see exhibit. Here, blacktip reef sharks, whiptail rays, wobbegong sharks, and zebra sharks swim alongside a massive, 500-pound green sea turtle.

    Can’t get enough sharks? After visiting Blacktip Reef, head over to Shark Alley. It’s a ring-shaped exhibit that gives visitors the experience of having sharks slowly circle them. Dolphin Discovery and Australia: Wild Extremes are other popular exhibits you should see on your day trip. If you have a future herpetologist in your family, stop by the Amazon River Forest before you leave, and see the emerald tree boas.

    Need transportation for your day trip around Maryland and Washington, D.C.? Call Haymarket Transportation at (571) 748-3084, and ask about our comfortable charter buses.

  • Behind the Scenes at Richmond’s St. John’s Church

    When Virginian delegates were considering raising a militia, they decided to hold the vote at St. John’s Church in Richmond in an effort to avoid interference by the Crown-appointed Lieutenant Governor. The measure passed by a handful of votes, no doubt thanks to Patrick Henry’s passionate “Give me liberty or give me death!” speech. St. John’s Church is a national historic landmark today, and if you’re planning a guided tour in Virginia, it’s a must-see.

    Catch a glimpse behind the scenes at St. John’s when you watch this video. You’ll hear the docent explain the pre-Revolutionary history of the church. He also explains that the delegates decided to hold the convention at St. John’s because it was the largest building in Richmond at the time.

    Haymarket Transportation invites you to join us on a guided tour of Richmond, Virginia , where you can visit the historic St. John’s Episcopal Church. To ask about our guided bus tours, call our Washington, D.C. office at (571) 748-3084.

  • Customizing a Washington, D.C. Tour for Your Group

    No matter what special interests your group has, you’re sure to find the perfect attractions and experiences in Washington, D.C. There’s so much to do and see in this city that the hardest part of planning may be narrowing down your itinerary. You can work with a D.C. guided tour company for help figuring out which customized itinerary will work best for your group.

    Monuments

    Washington, D.C. has no shortage of monuments. Your group can pay their respects at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery. Since 1937, the Tomb has been continuously guarded by a specially trained Sentinel—every minute of every day and night, no matter the weather. It’s considered among the most sacred and honorable of military duties to become a Sentinel. Visitors are expected to conduct themselves with great respect and courtesy. In addition to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, your tour group may wish to visit these well-known monuments:

    • Lincoln Memorial
    • Washington Monument
    • World War II Memorial
    • Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial
    • Korean War Veterans Memorial
    • Vietnam Veterans Memorial
    • Thomas Jefferson Memorial

    Museums

    There are a number of excellent museums in Washington, D.C. that should be on your bucket list. Consider taking your guided tour group to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, which features both permanent and special exhibits, and programs and activities. The museum’s collections database is home to over 270,000 records, including personal stories, historical footage, and photos. Other museums your group might want to visit include:

    • National Geographic Museum
    • National Museum of Natural History
    • National Gallery of Art
    • National Air & Space Museum
    • National Museum of American History
    • National Museum of the American Indian
    • National Museum of African American History and Culture

    Dining

    Don’t forget to include meal breaks in your itinerary! There are plenty of eateries around the National Mall and inside the many museums, but your group might want to expand its options a little. Ben’s Chili Bowl is an iconic restaurant in Washington, D.C. Try their signature dish, the half smoke with chili.

    For exceptional, customized tours of Washington, D.C., you can turn to Haymarket Transportation. We also offer standard and personalized day trips around Maryland and Virginia. Call a friendly representative today at (571) 748-3084, and we’ll work with you to make your group trip memorable!

  • Planning a Kid-Friendly Trip to Jamestown

    Historic Jamestown, Virginia is a family-friendly destination. It’s full of exciting things to do and see, and your kids will have so much fun that they won’t even realize it’s an educational day trip . To make the most of your visit, get in touch with an expert on Virginia guided tours. Some of the highlights you may wish to include on your itinerary are the following.

    Exhibits and Film

    Start at the Visitor’s Center, which is a spacious building that includes a museum, two theaters, and gift shops. Even if you have a tour guide, the film is a great place to begin your visit. It starts every 30 minutes. The film, 1607: A Nation Takes Root offers some solid background information. Seeing this first will help your family make the most of your trip to Jamestown. Before you leave the Visitor’s Center, browse the gallery exhibits. You’ll see hundreds of archaeological artifacts.

    Powhatan Indian Village

    Historic Jamestown is crammed with living history “exhibits.” Take the kids to the Powhatan Indian Village, where they can explore the natives’ way of life in this re-created village. They’ll see the reed-covered houses and ceremonial circle. Your family can also interact with historical interpreters, who demonstrate how the Powhatan Indians made pottery, grew crops, wove fibers, and prepared food. Your kids can also try grinding corn or doing other activities, like gardening.

    Settlement Ships

    Three ships set sail from London in 1606 carrying more than 100 passengers and crew members. It took four months for the Susan Constant , Godspeed , and Discovery to reach the shores of North America. Take the kids aboard the re-creations of these three ships for a demonstration of 17 th century navigation and piloting techniques. The kids can try out a sailor’s bunk, learn to tie knots, and interact with friendly historical interpreters.

    Work with Haymarket Transportation to plan the perfect trip to historic Jamestown, Virginia. Our courteous and knowledgeable guides offer both group and private tours near Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. Call (571) 748-3084.

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