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    Highlights of Maryland's National Road

    Last updated 4 days ago

    The mid-Atlantic region of the United States is a beautiful stretch of country that’s full of history and fascinating landmarks. Though the area is far from sparsely populated, there are still testaments to a time gone by all over Maryland. The Maryland National Road is a National Scenic Byway that covers more than 700 miles from Baltimore through Maryland, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois to east St. Louis, Missouri. It’s a part of the country that should be seen from the comfort of a charter bus. Keep reading to learn more about Maryland’s National Road. 

    The Road’s Origins

    The U.S. Congress approved the establishment of a road from Cumberland, Maryland, to the Ohio River in 1806. It was an important part of America’s westward expansion, and was sometimes referred to as the National Turnpike or Cumberland Road. The initial road recommended for the National Road was rejected because it was too steep in parts. Soon, the new road gave the Maryland General Assembly the idea to create a turnpike that connected Baltimore and Cumberland. It was paid for by local banks, and was known as the Baltimore National Pike.

    Main Street

    As towns grew along the National Road, developers largely used the Main Street model to create a linear town with a main street and a few streets running parallel to it. There are five official Main Streets on the road today, located in Mt. Airy, Frederick, Middletown, Cumberland, and Frostburg. Ellicott City and Baltimore’s Inner Harbor are today recognized as essential parts of the National Road’s communities.

    On the Road

    There are many scenic and historic places to stop along the National Road, with museums, theaters, shops, and more to be enjoyed on the route. Whether you and your group are interested in the history of the various communities or the natural beauty of the area, you’ll be amazed at what the National Road has to offer you.

    Travel the National Road in style by chartering a bus with Haymarket Transportation, the Maryland leader for motor coach rentals. Call us at (888) 928-4048 to discuss your travel plans, and we’ll take you exploring through one of the country’s most interesting areas. 

    Getting to Know Maryland's Unique Regions

    Last updated 12 days ago

    When you have a vacation, it’s up to you to make the most of it. Check out this video for a look at the distinct regions of Maryland, and start planning your next trip.

    Though Maryland is a relatively small state, it is home to five unique regions that have something for everyone. Skiers and outdoor enthusiasts will love exploring Mountain Maryland, while the more cosmopolitan-minded will get a kick out of the Central Region. The Capital Region is home to great shopping and thrilling amusement parks. Southern Maryland and the Eastern Shore are perfect places to relax, breathe deep, and enjoy the local culture and natural beauty.

    Make your next Maryland trip stylish, comfortable, and convenient by calling Haymarket Transportation at (888) 928-4048. Our fleet includes sedans, SUVs, limousines, motor coaches, and more so you can start enjoying your vacation instead of worrying about driving or getting lost. 

    Tips for Planning Your Trip to Times Square

    Last updated 19 days ago

    New York City is one of the most exciting places in the world, and must be visited in person to truly experience everything it has to offer. One of the most iconic spots in Manhattan is Times Square, home to massive billboards, throngs of people, and plenty to see and do. Traveling to New York City is much easier when you have a charter bus rental so you don’t have to deal with driving in traffic. Keep reading for more tips on planning your trip to Times Square. 

    Madame Tussauds New York

    New York City is famous for many things, including being home to many different celebrities, actors, and musicians. While you might be able to catch a glimpse of a star in person, you can see all of the biggest names under one roof at Madame Tussauds New York. In this wax figure museum, you’ll find over 200 replicas of some of the most famous people in the world. Actors, athletes, politicians, and musicians all hang out together in this mind-bogglingly real museum. Inside the 85,000-square-foot facility, you’ll find interactive exhibits and a 4D cinema to elevate your experience.

    Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

    If this is your first visit to Times Square, you might have a hard time believing what you see as soon as you enter from the comfort of your charter bus. Aside from the spectacles out on the street, you also won’t believe your eyes inside Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Times Square Odditorium. Housing over 20 different galleries of exhibits with strange artifacts, bizarre relics, and historic memorabilia, Ripley’s is an essential part of any visit to Times Square.

    Rockefeller Center

    Come back to reality and stray just three blocks from Times Square, and you’ll find the iconic Rockefeller Center. Built in the 1930s, this building is home to shops, cafes, and, of course, the popular NBC Studio Tour. Don’t forget to take the elevator up to the Top of the Rock to see incredible views of Central Park and beyond.

    Haymarket Transportation is here to take you on a trip to New York City that you’ll never forget. Contact us at (888) 928-4048 to inquire about reserving your charter bus, and let us help you plan your next trip away from Northern Virginia. 

    Benefits of Booking a Charter Bus for Your School Field Trip

    Last updated 27 days ago

    Field trips are an essential part of every student’s school experience, no matter what grade he or she is in. The mid-Atlantic region is one of the best areas for school field trips because you and your class can see and do a lot without having to travel very far. Booking a charter bus with Haymarket Transportation is a safe and economical way of transporting your class around, and we even have licensed tour guides on staff to make the most of your students’ educational experience. Haymarket Transportation can help you plan your entire field trip, from chartering a motor coach to scheduling meals and sightseeing tours. We can even help you make hotel arrangements for overnight trips. You can focus on what you want your students to get out of the trip, and we’ll handle all of the details that can make planning a field trip so overwhelming.

    Trust Haymarket Transportation to provide safe, efficient service and professional drivers that value the importance of courtesy for your next field trip. Call us at (888) 928-4048 for assistance with all of your field trip planning needs, or visit us online to learn more about our tours of Northern Virginia, Washington, D.C., and beyond. 

    Springtime Events in Washington DC

    Last updated 1 month ago

    There’s no shortage of things to see and do in DC this spring, and a charter bus tour can help you see everything with everyone you care about. From film festivals and St. Patrick’s Day celebrations to the return of America’s favorite pastime, the question isn’t what to do in DC this spring, but how to do it all. To help you plan our your charter bus tour around DC this spring, here are some of the must-do events happening in the nation’s capital in the coming months. 

    Film Festivals

    There’s no shortage of things to see in DC this spring, especially if you look up on the big screen. From March 18-30, the Environmental Film Festival takes overs DC’s movie theaters, embassies, libraries, and museums. This festival not only screens films about the environment, but also films shot with environmentally friendly and responsible methods. Then, in April, Filmfest DC will sweep cinephiles off their feet with its array of short and feature-length films from around the world. 

    ShamrockFest

    You don’t have to be Irish to get a kick out of St. Patrick’s Day. In fact, most people who attend ShamrockFest each year aren’t! Held at the RFK Stadium grounds, ShamrockFest features beer trucks, dozens of food vendors, an interactive “Irish Village,” and more than 40 DJs and rock groups performing across nine different stages.

     Jazz Festival

    If party and rock anthems aren’t your thing, mark your calendars and reserve your charter bus for the DC Jazz Festival in late June. With more than 100 performances sweeping through dozens of historic jazz venues across the District, you can get your jazz fix in the city that helped to define the jazz sound.

    Carpooling can be hard with a large group, and taking a taxi can be expensive, so let Haymarket Transportation help get you and your loved ones around DC this spring. And if you don’t live in the DC area, you can rent a charter bus from Virginia or Maryland. To learn more about our charter bus rentals, visit our website or call us today at (888) 928-4048. 

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