Experiencing the Countryside of Washington, DC

If you’re wondering where to stop after your Washington, DC, sightseeing tour, there are a host of great destinations just a short trip outside of the city. Whether you’re a wine fanatic or a history buff, the outskirts of Washington, DC, provides a range of options for visitors. As one of the area’s leading tour companies, DC Trails offers expansive sightseeing tours and they’ve collected some of their favorite areas to take travelers below.

Manassas National Battlefield Park

If you’re looking to experience some unforgettable history, Manassas National Battlefield Park won’t disappoint. After you’ve seen it all on your Washington, DC, sightseeing tour, head west on I-66 to the battlefield. You can ride the loop train while soaking in the scenery and imagining yourself transported back more than a century ago, as Confederate soldiers tested the Union Army’s resolve during the Battle of Bull Run.

Loudoun County

For those who are a fan of the grape, a visit to nearby Loudoun County is worth your while. Although the area surrounding Washington, DC, isn’t known for its wineries, the countryside boasts nearly 40 of them. Only an hour drive from the White House, the expanding Virginia wine scene is as somewhat well-kept secret now but will certainly grow in popularity in years to come.

Mount Vernon & Alexandria

Many choose to extend their Washington, DC, sightseeing tour with a trip to magical Mount Vernon, President George Washington’s historic residence. Approximately 30 miles from the White House, the mansion and surrounding property offer a glimpse of the colonial way of life, all with the backdrop of the Potomac River and Martha Washington’s beautiful gardens. On your way home, stop in Alexandria while passing through Fairfax County. The area offers great antique shopping and some breathtaking colonial architecture.

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Have you been inspired to visit Washington, DC, and explore the surrounding Virginia countryside? If so, DC Trails would love to meet you. Contact our team today for more information about our tour packages and hop-on hop-off excursions.