Brits who’ve not yet booked a summer holiday and fancy the idea of a trip across the pond to the US East Coast should head to the state of Maryland to visit the town of Berlin in Worcester County. Voted ‘America’s Coolest Small Town 2014’ by Budget Travel, on the evening of the 17 July, Berlin will host its annual Bathtub Races.
Now in their 26th year, the bathtub races are a highly-anticipated event in the town’s calendar, but participation is not limited to local residents. The races are open to all, meaning that even holidaymakers can compete. While the bathtub vehicles come in all shapes, sizes and designs, there are a couple of important rules. For example, they must hold a minimum of two gallons of water and at least one rider, have brakes and steering, and drivers and riders must be 16-plus. Each team will need a driver, pusher and pit crew and the entry fee for visitors is $100. The team crowned victorious will take home the coveted ‘Winner Takes All’ trophy and gain year-long bragging rights.
Situated two and half hours from Baltimore, Berlin is a classic example of small town America. It has also previously caught Hollywood’s attention, as the backdrop to Julia Roberts and Richard Gere’s 1999-movie Runaway Bride.
Get me there…Maryland package with Purely America
Departing on 14 July 2015, Purely America (0844 80 444 80 / email@example.com) has a seven-night multi-centre trip to Maryland available from £1,679 per person based on two adults travelling and sharing accommodation. The price includes British Airways economy return flights from London Heathrow to Baltimore and economy four-door car hire for pick-up on leaving Baltimore (16 July) including all taxes, insurances, unlimited mileage and breakdown cover. Seven nights’ accommodation is also included with two nights B&B in a suite at The Embassy Suites Inner Harbor in Baltimore, three nights at The Atlantic Hotel in Berlin in a deluxe room on a room only basis and two nights at The Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay in Cambridge in a water view room on a room only basis. Purely America is ATOL protected.
For more information on the bath tub races, visit www.berlinchamber.org/events/bathtub-races/
For further information on Maryland, visit www.visitmaryland.org
To find out more about the Capital Region USA, visit www.capitalregionusa.co.uk