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Washington DC: 1-2-Day Hop-On Hop-Off City Sights Bus Tour

1. Washington DC: 1-2-Day Hop-On Hop-Off City Sights Bus Tour

Visit iconic and historic landmarks in Washington, DC and enjoy sweeping views from open-top buses. Take advantage of the freedom to explore and hop on and hop off at any and all stops on the 2 routes around the city. The Red Loop, the official tour of the National Mall, visits historic sites and landmarks including the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, US Capitol, and much more. Ready to shop and learn more about the history in Washington, DC? The Blue Loop will transport you across the Potomac to visit Arlington Cemetery and through the history (and to the shops and restaurants) of the beautiful Georgetown. Only a short stay in Washington, DC? The Classic Iconic Washington, DC Landmarks by Day ticket provides you 1-day hop-on, hop-off access with 1-hour free bike rental. Staying a little longer? Choose between the Premium or Deluxe Iconic Washington, DC Landmarks by Day tickets. Both provide you 2-day hop-on, hop-off access to all Big Bus Tour loops. With your Deluxe ticket, enjoy your unlimited 2-day hop-on hop-off access of Big Bus' Tour around the National Mall. With this ticket you'll also get a 90-minute panoramic night tour which allows you to see the beautiful landmarks illuminated at night.

Washington, DC: ARTECHOUSE Immersive Art Experience Ticket

2. Washington, DC: ARTECHOUSE Immersive Art Experience Ticket

Pre-book your entry ticket to ARTECHOUSE DC and immerse yourself in multi-sensory digital art. Augment your experience by downloading the complimentary ARTECHOUSE XR app which brings virtual art to life. ARTECHOUSE DC was the first ARTECHOUSE location to open. Located just off the National Mall and nearby Smithsonian museums, ARTECHOUSE DC brings a new kind of art experience to the nation’s capital. Experience the nation’s first multi-sensory innovative art destination with evolving immersive exhibits by artists who intersect art, science, and technology. See experiential large-scale installations and witness creative innovation without limits in unique art spaces designed for curiosity-seekers of all ages. You can also enjoy a cocktail, beer, or wine at the ARTECHOUSE Extended Reality Bar located inside the exhibit space. Powered by the ARTECHOUSE app, the XR Bar features a menu of exclusive cocktails inspired by the current exhibition, which also come to life in extended reality through the app. Download the ARTECHOUSE XR App (download information found in your confirmation voucher) and use it to enrich your experience while exploring the digital playgrounds. Staff is on-hand to explain the uses of the app during your visit. Pixelbloom: Jump into a Cherry Blossom Metaverse (March 11 – May 30, 2022): Part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, this exhibit merges the digital and physical worlds in a one-of-a-kind dynamic experience inspired by nature’s beauty. With floor-to-wall surround projection and a spatialized audio system, it breathes new life into cherry blossoms in peak bloom through an explosion of vibrant colors and textures, intensifying the cherry blossoms’ allure in a way that is only possible in a virtual environment.  

Washington DC: Monuments by Moonlight Nighttime Trolley Tour

3. Washington DC: Monuments by Moonlight Nighttime Trolley Tour

See the most popular monuments of the U. S. capital illuminated at night on a 2.5-hour trolley tour! The route follows streets that have been traveled by presidents and make stops at the Lincoln Memorial, the Martin Luther King Memorial, and the World War II Memorial A professional tour guide will entertain and inform you with stories about the Capitol’s colorful past. You’ll hear tales about the curse of the Hope Diamond and the restless spirits who make the city their home. You’ll also hear about the Medal of Honor winner whose leg was amputated. He donated the leg to a museum and would frequently go to the museum to visit it! Trolley stops:  • FDR Memorial  • Lincoln Memorial  • Vietnam Veteran Memorial  • Korean War Memorial  • Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial  • World War II Memorial Washington turns into a very different place after dark, and with the Monuments, by Moonlight tour you’ll see the city in just the right light!

Washington DC: Museum of the Bible Exclusive Early Admission

4. Washington DC: Museum of the Bible Exclusive Early Admission

Steps from the National Mall, the Museum of the Bible is an innovative, global, and educational institution with the purpose to invite all people to engage with the Bible. Showcasing rare and fascinating artifacts spanning 3,500 years of history, the museum offers visitors an immersive and personalized experience with the Bible, and its ongoing impact on the world. Admission includes access to 7 floors of informative and interactive displays and exhibits including a 12-minute film immersing viewers in the remarkable story of how the followers of Jesus grew into a thriving community and a 30-minute Hebrew Bible experience, where viewers encounter significant narratives including the stories of Noah's ark, the burning bush, and the Passover. This ticket allows you to explore the museum without the crowds with exclusive early access to the Museum from 9 AM, 1 hour before the Museum is open to the General Public at 10 AM (except on Sundays, when there is no Early Access). You also have the option to upgrade your ticket to include the 6-minute “Washington Revelations” Flight Simulator video. Take a dazzling, multi-sensory tour, "flying" past biblical references in and around Washington, D.C., from the Lincoln Memorial to the Library of Congress. Guests must be at least 42” in height to purchase this option.

Washington, DC: Full-Day Tour with a Scenic River Cruise

5. Washington, DC: Full-Day Tour with a Scenic River Cruise

Discover all the delights of Washington DC with this day-tour around the city, hitting hotspots such as the White House, the U.S. Capitol Building, and the Thomas Jefferson Memorial. Board your glamourous, climate-controlled, panoramic bus at the U.S. Navy Memorial. Head to all the major highlights of regular sightseeing tours and enjoy a lunch break and an opportunity to travel through the Tidal Basin. Learn about some of the most fascinating landmarks in the USA, including the White House, U.S. Capitol Building, and National Archives, plus breathtaking memorials of Thomas Jefferson and Franklin Roosevelt. After lunch, summer brings the opportunity for a boat ride through Georgetown and the DC Waterfront. In winter, this Washington bus tour culminates with a visit to the Pentagon and several more fascinating war memorials. During your tour learn from your live tour guide who hops off the bus with you to ensure you receive an intimate and personalized experience of each attraction.  Your guide will educate you on the important details of each monument. From March through September, take in the fresh air on a scenic 1-hour cruise along the Potomac River. The full itinerary of this tour includes: • Jefferson Memorial • U.S. Capitol Building • FDR Memorial • World War II Memorial • Iwo Jima Memorial • Vietnam Memorial • Martin Luther King Memorial • Lincoln Memorial • White House • Korean War Memorial

Washington DC: Buffet Lunch or Dinner Cruise on the Spirit

6. Washington DC: Buffet Lunch or Dinner Cruise on the Spirit

See the sights of Washington DC from onboard the Spirit of Washington with a 2-hour lunch or 2.5-hour dinner cruise on the Potomac River. Enjoy a buffet dining experience as you sail, and delight in panoramic views. Board your vessel and receive a personal greeting. Have your photo taken by the ship's photographer to capture the memory before being seated at your private table. Once there, gorge on your lunch or dinner buffet consisting of creative entrees prepared fresh daily and listen to the onboard music. After your meal, visit any of the three climate-controlled decks as you glide by the sights.

Washington, DC: International Spy Museum Voucher For Entry

7. Washington, DC: International Spy Museum Voucher For Entry

Visit Washington DC's International Spy Museum and test your spy skills on missions that explore the mysterious world of espionage. Exchange your voucher onsite for a timed entry (dependent on museum availability) and view the largest collection of international espionage artifacts ever placed on public display. During periods of heavy volume, guests may not have access or may receive a timed entry for a later date and/or time. The International Spy Museum is the only public museum in the world to provide a global perspective on the vital role intelligence has played throughout world history and continues to play today. Take a shot at code-cracking, think like an analyst, and learn how key decision-makers use intelligence around the globe. Situated two blocks from the National Mall and The Wharf, discover the newly-reopened facility features completely-reimagined exhibits and never before seen artifacts. Visitors are invited to step into the shoes of a spy and test their spy skills through state-of-the-art interactive and immersive RFID technology.

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History Guided Tour

8. Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History Guided Tour

Let your guide help you navigate through the over 145 million specimens at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History with on this tour. Discover an extensive collection of human artifacts, dinosaur bones, preserved plants, and animals. Meet your tour guide outside of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and begin your tour. Go directly to the collection highlights without getting lost. Save time and energy by visiting with a guide that knows the museum well. Listen to additional commentary on exhibits from your guide. See the world's most extensive collection of natural history specimens and human artifacts. View dinosaur remains and tools used by early humans. Admire unusual gemstones and ancient mummies.

Washington, DC: African American History Tour

9. Washington, DC: African American History Tour

Go back in time to some of the most iconic moments from the civil rights movement with this fascinating African American history tour of Washington DC. Discover some of history's most captivating moments and allow your guide to paint a picture of the city from the African American perspective. Get picked up at the U.S. Navy Memorial and head to monuments such as the Emancipation Statue, Howard Theatre, and vibrant local black communities. Stand where Martin Luther King stood when he gave his famous "I have a dream" address and feel the weight of the world on your shoulders. After taking a glimpse into the past at the Home of Frederick Douglas, proceed to Howard University - one of the oldest black universities in the United States. On the way to Howard University, you will drive by Lincoln Park to visit the statue of educator, activist, and founder of the National Council of Negro Women - Mary McLeod Bethune. Following your visit to the beautiful Howard University campus, drive through Le Driot Park, Shaw Neighborhood, and Historic “U” Street. Home to the largest urban African American community in the United States in the early 1900’s, it created its own “Black Broadway” - a home to entertainment legends from the past and present.  Next, see the African American Civil War Memorial and Museum to discover how the course of the Civil War was impacted by these disenfranchised soldiers. You will then take a journey into downtown DC to the sites of the national headquarters of the National Council of Negro Women, Freedom Plaza on Pennsylvania Avenue, the White house and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. Once downtown, enter the Logan Circle historic district to see the historic Metropolitan AME Church and the Mary McLeod Bethune Council house. Finish the tour at the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Enter inside and explore the absorbing artifacts and exhibits at your leisure.

Washington DC: National Mall Tour by Electric Vehicle

10. Washington DC: National Mall Tour by Electric Vehicle

Glide around the streets of Washington DC on a guided tour by a battery-operated electric cart. See all the major monuments of the United States capital, like Capitol Hill, the White House, and the Lincoln Memorial with an onboard guide. After getting comfortable onboard, head first towards the Smithsonian complex. Admire the size of the largest museum and research complex in the world.  Next, discover three of the most well-known monuments in Washington DC. Admire the monuments to Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and George Washington, arguably the three most beloved presidents of the U.S. From here, take a moment to pause and remember those who lost their lives in battle as you visit various war memorials. Pause at the memorials to World War I, World War II, the Korean War Veterans, and Vietnam War Veterans memorial sites.  Get your camera ready for when you pass by one of the most recognizable landmarks in the whole world, the White House, the home of the U.S President. Finally, feast your eyes on Capitol Hill, home to the United States Congress.

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This is a great way to see the sites. We bought the two day pass. Our 1st hop on we did the full two hour loop so we could see the city and take it all in. We then hopped on/off to see the sites and did some walking between monuments. We used the bus as our “ride home” at the end of the day once we learned the stop closest to our hotel. We never waited long for the bus to arrive at a stop, they were clean, and the narration easy to listen to. Most of the drivers and staff were great (we had one grumpy guy.) Our flight got delayed in Chicago and with a few hours to kill we immediately went online to find a big bus tour. Unfortunately the timeline didn’t work for our layover. Definitely a great way to take in the city, and cheaper than Lyft for getting around town!

Riding the Segway around the city was fun . It is easy to use and safe. I would say it took me 5 minutes to get used to it. Absolutely loved the experience. We were able to get to places that would have otherwise taken hours to get to. The guide was friendly and funny. Great way to spend 2.5 hours of your day in DC .

Zuma was an amazing guide. And the tour really hit key spots for a quick trip. Obviously spending more time at each spot would be nice but I liked getting the basics and especially at night.

Amazing tour, got to see so much in a small amount of time. DJ the tour guide was absolutely incredible.

Very knowledgeable guide with a great sense of humor