We are a couple in our mid-fifties planning a 3-4 week trip to Washington DC and New York starting the last week of March 2013. Our main interests are museums, art galleries and hiking. We are quite fit and enjoy walks of 8-10 miles in a day. We are not interested in shopping or gourmet food but we do enjoy trying local dishes.
Our outline plan is to fly in Washington DC and spend up to a week seeing the sites there. We then plan to hire a car for about ten days to tour out of Washington and visit sites of historic interest especially relating to the Revolution and the Civil War. We prefer to be flexible and change itinerary at the last minute so we do not want to book hotels for the road trip part of our holiday. During spring will be ok just booking hotels the evening or even morning prior to arrival?
We would then drop the car back in Dc and travel to NYC by train, then spend up to a week in NYC again visiting places of interest.
I would really appreciate suggestions for historic locations to visit, Gettysburg is already ‘on the list’, and parks for hiking. We prefer to spend about 2-3 hours driving maximum between locations.
Do we need a hire car while in Washington DC? I’ve already seen in the forums that driving there is not exactly a pleasure (should I ask this question in the ‘DC’ forum?)