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    Tips for Planning Your Holiday Trip to NYC

    Last updated 5 days ago

    There is no place like New York City during the holidays. If you and a group are planning to take a charter bus to the Big Apple this winter, use the following tips to ensure that you plan a fun and safe trip:

    Make Time for Rockefeller Plaza

    With its infamous tree and outdoor ice-skating rink, Rockefeller Center Plaza should definitely be on your to-do list this winter. Take a trip to the plaza in the morning and one at night to see the beautiful decorations and lights at different times of the day. You might not want to actually skate, though, because the rink is more expensive and more crowded than others in the area. Be sure you dress warmly enough to handle the winter weather in the city.

    Check Out a Holiday Show

    Whether you want to see a new holiday show or a traditional celebration like the Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall, you should definitely make time for a holiday show. New York City is one of the best places to check out live theater and it definitely does not disappoint during this holidays. Find a show that you like and buy tickets early.

    Do Some Window Shopping

    From Macy’s to FAO Schwarz, New York City stores go all out during the holidays. Whether you are planning to do some actual shopping or you just want to see all of the amazing displays, you should definitely spend some time window-shopping across the city. If you want to do some real shopping, you should try to avoid the stores on the weekends or in the late afternoon so you do not get stuck in the crowds.

    Haymarket Transportation can help you plan your upcoming trip to New York City. Our charter bus rentals make it easy to travel in and around Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and Northern Virginia. To learn more about our bus rentals and bus tour services, visit us online or call (571) 748-3084.

    Highlights of the Virginia Guided Tour

    Last updated 12 days ago

    As one of the nation’s oldest areas, Virginia has plenty of amazing sights to see. Keep reading to see what you can expect from a guided tour of this beautiful and historical state:

    The tour leads you down through Old Town Alexandria where you can check out some antique shops, art galleries, and historical landmarks. Travel down to historic Jamestown to learn more about the beginnings of the country. As the tour leads you down to Williamsburg, you can step back in time with some of the most beautiful and traditional displays of American history in the area. Not only will you get to see new parts of the country, but you can also learn more about how the country has developed through the centuries.

    Haymarket Transportation is here to help you travel around Northern Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Maryland in comfort and style. From bus tours to charter bus rentals, we provide the transportation you need for any kind of trip. To learn more about our services and bus tours, visit us online or call (571) 748-3084.

    Getting the Most Out of Your Trip to the Smithsonian Institution

    Last updated 19 days ago

    Visiting any museum can be an enriching educational experience. However, the Smithsonian has the capability to alter your entire worldview with artifacts and exhibits you will not be able to find elsewhere. Located in Washington, D.C., it is an essential part of any trip to our nation’s capital. By planning what to do before, during, and after the trip, you can assure that you and your kids will get the most out of your visit to the Smithsonian. 

    Before the Trip

    Before stepping foot inside the Smithsonian, you can brainstorm specific exhibits and museums to see. For example, if your children have a keen interest in animals, seeing the renowned Giant panda exhibit will be well worth it. Another idea is to find out what they are learning in school, and visit the areas of the Smithsonian that relate to their curriculum.

    During the Trip

    Upon arrival, retrieving a map of the complex will help you plan your day around which parts you and your kids want to see. While walking around, playing fun, educational games is a great way to make it more interactive and engaging for everyone. For example, you could play quintessential games like I Spy or activities that the Smithsonian provides. Lastly, no trip would be complete without a stopover in the gift shop.

    After the Trip

    The learning doesn’t have stop when you leave the Smithsonian. Creating a notebook that details favorite parts of the museum is a great way for kids to further explore their favorite subjects. In addition, there are plenty of online resources about the institution that your kids can visit to learn more.

    Are you and your family planning a trip to Washington, D.C.? Let Haymarket Transportation take care of you. We provide motor coaches, charter buses, and much more to fit your transportation needs. Call us at (571) 748-3084, or visit our website for more information.

    Plan Your Wedding With This App!

    Last updated 26 days ago

    Planning a wedding can be a stressful experience for any couple, but it doesn’t have to be. My Wedding by New Gravity Ventures, Inc. makes the process painless. There are preloaded to-do lists that will help get you started to prepare for your special day. Tasks are broken up by category, and you can even add and delete tasks to make your to-do list completely your own. Check out the app for more details on how to plan the wedding of your dreams.

    At Haymarket Transportation, one of the many services we specialize in is wedding transportation. We offer luxurious limos for the bride and groom, as well as charter buses and other options for the rest of the wedding party. If you are planning a wedding in Washington, D.C., or the surrounding area, call us today at (571) 748-3084.

    Amazing Facts About Mt. Vernon

    Last updated 1 month ago

    As the plantation house of our nation’s first president, Mt. Vernon has a lot of exciting history. It is located on the banks of the Potomac River, just south of Washington, D.C. Before planning your visit to this National Historic Landmark, it could help to review some of Mt. Vernon’s incredible story.

    How It Got Its Name

    Originally called Little Hunting Creek Plantation, its name was changed to Mt. Vernon to honor a British admiral. Lawrence Washington, the oldest half-brother of George Washington named it after his commanding officer, Edward Vernon, in the Battle of Cartagena.

    Its Colonial Architecture

    The piazza that faces the Potomac River was designed by George Washington himself. It is an exemplary representation of Colonial-style architecture that has since been reproduced in American homes all across the country.

    The Dove Weathervane

    On top of the small dome on Mt. Vernon, there is a weathervane in the shape of a dove. Washington appointed Joseph Rakestraw, a Philadelphia architect, to make the weathervane dove-shaped to give it the appearance of being in flight when the wind blows.   

    Political Neutrality

    Mt. Vernon has always stood as a beacon of hope and freedom, rather than being associated with any particular political party. This was especially the case during the Civil War, when Mt. Vernon was considered neutral ground for both sides.

    Its Current Owner

    As visitations to the property increased after George Washington’s death, the property began to decay. The Mt. Vernon Ladies Association took over as official custodian of the property in 1860, in order to restore the treasured landmark.

    If you’re interested in visiting Mount Vernon Estate, look no further than Haymarket Transportation. We offer guided bus tours of Washington, D.C., Virginia, Maryland, and more. Call (571) 748-3084 to schedule one today.

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