• Planning a Visit to Jamestown

    Voyage To Jamestown

    More than a decade before the Pilgrims made landfall in Massachusetts, America’s first permanent colony was founded by the English at Jamestown, Virginia. The date of the settlement was April 1607. The first inhabitants of Jamestown chose a promising area for their colony, but soon faced considerable problems. You can learn all about them when you make your own voyage to Jamestown. While you’re planning your trip, consider booking transportation through an educational tour company.

    Historic Jamestowne

    You can see the site of the original settlement at Historic Jamestowne. The area is still under an active archaeological dig, and your group can visit! Check out the interactive map of discoveries, including the latest artifacts found in the area. It can help you narrow down exactly which sites you’d like to visit here. Kids in particular love to watch ongoing excavations and ask questions of the archaeologists as they work. There are lots of scheduled activities and programs, so be sure to check out the website as you plan your visit. You should also set aside time for the Visitor Center, which exhibits more than 1,000 artifacts and has an informative film that introduces the history of the region. If those 1,000-plus artifacts weren’t enough, stop by the Nathalie P. & Alan M. Voorhees Archaearium—an award-winning museum with more than 4,000 artifacts!

    Jamestown Settlement

    After your stop at Historic Jamestown, swing by the Jamestown Settlement. It provides an immersive experience into the world of the colonists. There are year-round exhibits and events at this living history museum. Watch the introductory film in the museum theater and tour the extensive gallery exhibits. Then, tour the grounds outdoors and check out the historical interpreters. They explain life during the 1600s. Visit the Powhatan Indian Village to explore the culture of the original inhabitants of the area. Then, stop by the re-created James Fort and the re-creation of one of the ships that brought the colonists to Virginia’s shores.

    Make the most of your visit to Jamestown by booking your charter bus through Haymarket Transportation. We provide fun and educational tour services for Washington, D.C., Virginia, Maryland, and the surrounding areas. Give us a call today at (301) 778-2007, and be sure to ask us about our school field trips!

  • Planning a Casino Trip? Get There in Style with a Coach Charter

    Hollywood Casino In West Virginia

    Day trips to casinos are a popular choice among families, friends, and social organizations like senior citizen centers. There are several options in Washington, D.C. and the surrounding areas, such as the Horseshoe Casino in Baltimore, the Maryland Live Casino, and the Hollywood Casino in West Virginia. Fun excursions like these should be as relaxing and hassle-free as possible, which means the last thing you want to worry about is transportation.

    When you choose Haymarket Transportation for your casino day trip, you can sit back, relax, and let us take care of the details for you! We’ll get your group to your destination in style with our luxury charter bus. With comfortable seats and spacious interiors, our charter bus will help your group get into a celebratory mood before your arrival at the casino. All of our buses are driven by courteous professionals who will make every effort to make your experience positive and pleasant.

    Book your charter bus for Washington, D.C. or the surrounding areas today! Call Haymarket Transportation at (301) 778-2007.

  • How to Plan a Fun and Educational Overnight Field Trip

    Some of the most impactful and memorable learning experiences can take place outside the classroom. School field trips are a meaningful way for teachers to bring the curriculum to life for their students. In many cases, itineraries are limited to locations near the school district. This is unfortunate because students may miss out on fun and educational destinations farther away. Instead, consider planning an overnight field trip that includes a guided tour of D.C., or key locations in Virginia or Maryland.

    Send out a questionnaire far in advance.

    Even before you hammer out the final details of the itinerary, you’ll need to send a questionnaire home with the kids. You’ll need to know about the kids’ dietary needs and preferences, medical conditions (such as allergies and asthma), and emergency contact information. Print this information and plan to bring it with you so it’s easily accessible, just in case.

    Separate the kids into groups.

    It’s likely that for most of the activities the kids will be together in one big group. But certain circumstances call for division into smaller groups. Plan each small group carefully to ensure a harmonious mix of personalities and friendships. Likewise, choose a chaperone for each small group that would be best suited to look after those particular kids. Unless each kid will be getting his or her own hotel room, you’ll also need to sort out smaller groups to share hotel rooms.

    Give the kids a meaningful assignment.

    School field trips should be fun, but also educational. Before departing on the trip, each kid should have an assignment or two. Perhaps you could have your students keep journals of what they see and what they learn. You might also instruct your students to write an essay about one thing they saw or learned about on the trip.

    Teachers can count on Haymarket Transportation to coordinate logistics for overnight school field trips in Washington, D.C., Virginia, and Maryland. We provide regional transportation on our comfortable charter buses, and can even offer educational tour guide services. Get started today by calling (301) 778-2007.

  • Sites You Can Expect to See on Our Presidential Tour

    Every year, millions of people visit our nation’s capital. Washington, D.C. is chock-full of so many exciting things to see and do that it’s impossible to fit it all into one trip. You can make the best use of your time in the city by joining a guided tour. Haymarket Transportation’s Presidential Tour is an all-inclusive look at some of the most significant sites in the area, including the Jefferson Memorial, Iwo Jima Memorial, and Ford’s Theatre.

    Jefferson Memorial

    America’s third President and the author of the Declaration of Independence is honored with a memorial on the National Mall. It was designed in 1925 with the intention of mimicking the Neoclassical architecture of the Pantheon in Rome. Before the memorial stretches the Tidal Basin, and nearby, you’ll see Washington D.C.’s famous cherry blossom trees. Within the structure, the 19-foot bronze statue of Jefferson stands proud, gazing toward the White House.

    Iwo Jima Memorial

    The Iwo Jima Memorial is formally called the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial. Although the event it depicts is the flag raising at Iwo Jima during World War II, the memorial was built to honor the all of the men who gave their lives in the Marine Corps since its inception. The flag raising occurred on top of Mount Suribachi, which was captured after a bloody battle.

    Ford’s Theatre

    Another historic site you’ll see on the Presidential Tour is Ford’s Theatre. It’s the infamous location of President Lincoln’s assassination by John Wilkes Booth. Lincoln had been attending a performance of Our American Cousin on April 14, 1865. As an actor, Booth knew the play well. He timed his gunshot to coincide with a moment when he knew the audience would be laughing loudly. Today, Ford’s Theatre includes a museum. You can also still see performances at the theater.

    The entertaining and personable guides at Haymarket Transportation are committed to giving each of our guests the best possible experience. You can sign up for our Presidential Tour in Washington, D.C. by calling (301) 778-2007. Our transportation company also offers customizable private tours and school field trips.

  • Solving Your Wedding Transportation Problem

    There are so many details to figure out in the months ahead of your wedding date. While it can be difficult to choose the perfect menu or pick the right flower arrangements, transportation is one problem you won’t have to fret over. Haymarket Transportation offers complete wedding transportation solutions in the Washington, D.C. area. Our coordinators will help you plan every detail so that you can focus on enjoying your perfect day.

    You can book a limo for the bride and groom, complete with a professional chauffeur and a full line of amenities. Haymarket Transportation also provides luxury sedans, SUVs, mini buses, and vans to bring your wedding party and guests to the venue. Our fleet can easily accommodate any size of wedding, from small, intimate affairs to large receptions with hundreds of guests.

    To begin the wedding transportation planning process, please call Haymarket Transportation at (301) 778-2007 and speak with one of our expert coordinators. We can also provide transportation solutions for your bachelor and bachelorette parties.

  • What Happened When British Troops Reached the White House?

    People often think of the attack on Pearl Harbor as the first time America was attacked by a foreign nation. But that’s not historically accurate. During the War of 1812, British troops marched on Washington, D.C. and set fire to the White House. You can hear more about this incredible event when you watch the featured video.

    You’ll hear the White House Curator explain how and why the White House was set on fire. Although the dome hadn’t yet been built, a grand hall was burned to the ground. You can still see the original scorch marks in certain areas of the building.

    The White House is one of the stops on Haymarket Transportation’s all-inclusive Presidential Tour in Washington, D.C. For information about our sightseeing tours, give us a call at (301) 778-2007.

  • Spotlight on Our Mount Vernon Estate Tour

    One of the most beautiful places to visit near Washington, D.C. is the Mount Vernon Estate. It was home to President George Washington and his wife, Martha. The estate is located in Mount Vernon, Virginia near the shores of the Potomac River. The best way to see everything that the estate and surrounding area has to offer is to book a guided tour. Haymarket Transportation is pleased to offer an engaging Mount Vernon Tour, which is fun for all ages.

    Touring Old Town Alexandria

    The Mount Vernon Tour begins with a visit to Old Town Alexandria. It’s a charming riverside city with cobblestone streets, red brick sidewalks, and lush shaded trees. Old Town Alexandria is an enchanting destination that offers much to do and see. It boasts over 200 independent boutiques and restaurants. Old Town Alexandria is also home to a number of excellent museums, including the Alexandria Black History Museum and the National Inventors Hall of Fame and Museum. On Haymarket Transportation’s tour, you’ll see Robert E. Lee’s boyhood home, George Washington’s house in town, and the church where both Washington and Lee worshipped.

    Exploring the Mount Vernon Estate

    The Mount Vernon Estate is located near Old Town Alexandria. You’ll disembark to explore the beautiful gardens, mansion, and outbuildings. Washington himself supervised the extensive renovation of the original home. Washington also designed the landscape and planned the gardens, which provided fresh vegetables and fruits for his table. On your tour, you can visit the burial site of Martha and George Washington. You can also explore the hundreds of original artifacts at the onsite museum.

    Visiting Arlington National Cemetery

    The Mount Vernon Tour concludes with a visit to Arlington National Cemetery. You can pay your respects at the burial sites of John, Robert, and Ted Kennedy. You will also witness the famed Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Each Tomb Guard Sentinel is specially chosen and meticulously trained. It is considered among the highest of honors to guard the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

    Get in touch with Haymarket Transportation today to begin planning your day trip to the Washington, D.C. area. Our Mount Vernon Tour in Virginia is among our most popular educational trips, and we look forward to sharing our nation’s history with you. Call (301) 778-2007 to talk to a knowledgeable tour planner.

  • How Our Professional Fleet Can Be Part of Your Vacation

    Washington, D.C. and the surrounding areas are some of the most popular places to vacation in the U.S. The region has a unique blend of recreational and educational opportunities for vacationers. And when you partner with Haymarket Transportation to plan your trip, you can let us handle the logistical details of transportation. From winery tours to casino trips to beach trips, our fleet of luxury vehicles and professional drivers can get your group to your destination in style.

    A charter bus is an efficient way to transport a large group from one attraction to the next. If you have a smaller group, you can book one of our mini buses, vans, or smaller vehicles. Haymarket Transportation offers customized solutions tailored specifically for your group.

    You can book transportation for your group by calling a friendly staff member at (301) 778-2007. Haymarket Transportation works closely with each of our clients to ensure that their day trip in Washington, D.C. or the surrounding areas exceeds their expectations.

  • Learning About the Design Features of the Pentagon

    The Pentagon is the storied headquarters of the U.S. Department of Defense, along with all four branches of the military. This building is a popular attraction on many sightseeing tours. It’s located in Arlington, Virginia, just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C. It was built during the early years of World War II to streamline military operations and consolidate departments. Today, it’s still one of the world’s largest office buildings.

    You can learn about the unique, five-sided construction of the Pentagon when you watch this video, presented by the History Channel. You’ll learn that the Pentagon has an astounding 17.5 miles of corridors. Yet, it only takes seven minutes to walk between any two points in the building.

    The Pentagon is one of the popular attractions included on our Presidential Tour of Washington, D.C. To book transportation or find out more about the Presidential Tour, you can call Haymarket Transportation at (301) 778-2007.

  • A Look at Our Commitment to ADA Compliance

    Ada Compliance

    The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was a landmark piece of legislation that prohibited discrimination against individuals with disabilities. It also enacted accessibility requirements that make everyday life a little easier for people with disabilities. Here at Haymarket Transportation, we remain in full compliance with the requirements of the ADA. We also go above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that each of our guests, regardless of ability, has a hassle-free and pleasant time on our guided tours.

    Priority Seating

    All of our coaches have a designated priority seating area at the front of the vehicles. When an individual with a disability joins us for a sightseeing tour, we may ask other, non-disabled passengers to relocate to non-priority seating. Each coach has a wheelchair securement area available.

    Lift-Equipped Buses

    When you book transportation through our company, you can rest assured that the vehicle is accessible. If you require a lift-equipped charter bus, please notify Haymarket Transportation at least 48 hours prior to your departure time. Our lift-equipped buses each have two wheelchair securement areas.

    Driver Assistance

    Our professional drivers are well-trained to efficiently and sensitively respond to the needs of travelers with disabilities. Please let your driver know if you require assistance with anything during your trip. Note that the drivers are not permitted to provide medical care, or assistance with eating or toileting. The driver can help you safely store your mobility aids. If a mobility aid cannot fit in the overhead compartment, it will be stored in the luggage compartment at no charge to you. The driver will be happy to retrieve your mobility aid when you’re ready to disembark.

    Haymarket Transportation encourages guests with disabilities to contact us directly to discuss their needs. Call (301) 778-2007, and we’ll do everything possible to ensure your experience is a positive one. Our professional and courteous drivers look forward to sharing the best of what the region has to offer via our sightseeing tours in Washington, D.C., Virginia, and Maryland.