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Stay in the Heart of History

Take a Historic Road Trip

As the winter settles in, look ahead to a season in bloom. Both Washington, D.C., and Williamsburg, Virginia, offer incredible springtime experiences, from picture-worthy cherry blossoms to living history in national parks. Plan now for a post-winter road trip, where you can see it all and rest your head in the heart of iconic cities laced with tradition and history.


Begin your spring getaway at Marriott Vacation Club Pulse® at The Mayflower, Washington, D.C. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this landmark property originally opened in 1925. Throughout the years, it saw a vibrant social scene, secret treasure, and visits from both presidents and celebrities. Now, it serves Owners and guests who wish to experience the history of both the building and the city itself.

Marriott Vacation Club Pulse at The Mayflower, Washington D.C.

When you stay, expect hotel-style accommodations able to host 2–4 people with co-located dining options at The Mayflower Hotel, Autograph Collection®. The property is located near Dupont Circle, a historic neighborhood home to eclectic eateries, bookstores, and coffee shops, about a block from The White House.


A sea of cherry blossoms coats Washington, D.C., in shades of pink throughout spring. The annual bloom of the cherry trees dates back to 1912, when the mayor of Tokyo gifted 3,000 trees to the United States to mark the friendship between the Japanese and American people.

While the blossoms can be seen from several spots, including the Japanese Lantern monument and the less-crowded Hains Point Loop trail, the Tidal Basin is the most popular destination to view the blooms. As an Owner, you can enjoy a guided audio tour of the blossoms and several of the state’s historic monuments via Marriott Vacation Club® Activities Powered by PlacePass.

As you enjoy the spring weather outdoors, you can also soak in the city’s history through its national parks and waterfront. Rock Creek Park is reminiscent of New York City’s Central Park, but over twice the size. Here, you’ll find miles of trails to hike and the picturesque Peirce Mill, where you may even catch a milling demonstration. If you prefer to explore green spaces closer to the action, the Constitution Gardens rests between the Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial, serving as both an urban nature preserve and a living legacy of the U.S. Constitution. And on the waterfront, you can stroll the King Street Mile surrounded by centuries-old architecture, explore dining and shopping on The Wharf, or embark on a water-focused adventure in National Harbor.


To continue your historic tour, take a scenic drive to Williamsburg, Virginia, about two hours south of Washington, D.C. Your springtime retreat awaits at Marriott’s Manor Club at Ford’s Colony, a historic hideaway surrounded by woodlands.

Marriott's Manor Club at Ford's Colony

Elegantly appointed accommodations include studios, 1-bedroom, and 2-bedroom options, so you can visit as a couple or with the family. The resort offers a golf club, an outdoor pool, and grounds carved with walking and biking trails.

Nearby, you’ll find plenty to explore outdoors, from the Berkeley Plantation to Colonial Williamsburg, where historic shops, homes, and gardens offer a glimpse into the past. To make the most of your visit, catch all of the city’s most charming spaces during a “Best of Williamsburg” walking tour via Activities Powered by PlacePass. Prefer to explore nearby nature? Your accommodations put you near three national parks: Historic Jamestowne, the Yorktown Battlefield, and Colonial Parkway.

No matter what sights you plan to see, you’ll find history around every turn on your spring road trip.


  • Points and Enrolled Owners may use Vacation Club Points to reserve any number of nights at these resorts and properties.
  • If you are a Marriott Vacation Club Weeks Owner, you can use your Week(s) to place an exchange request with Interval International® for 1-week stays at these resorts and properties.