For an unforgettable vacation full of history, culture, winding roads and lovely scenery, begin driving from Boston on your one-way trip to the U.S. capital. After flying into Boston Logan International Airport, spend some time in one of the oldest cities in America. Boston, or “Beantown,” has cobblestone roads, die-hard Red Sox fans and incredible lobster rolls, which make it the perfect place to start an exciting journey south.
The driving distance between Boston and Washington, D.C., is roughly 440 miles and can be completed in slightly less than eight hours. However, with a one-way car rental, you can easily stretch this drive into a five- to seven-day vacation. Here’s a guide to assist you as you drive and discover this culturally rich region — at your own pace.
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Drive to the heart of Beantown and park in the garage beneath Boston Common. Upstairs you’ll find the first stop of the Freedom Trail. Walk the 2.5-mile trail to come upon 16 historical sites including museums, churches, graveyards, memorials and downtown attractions like Faneuil Hall. The centuries-old marketplace is right on the waterfront and offers a wide variety of food, including local favorites like clam chowder and shepherd’s pie.