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Washington DC: Bus Tour to the Highlights of the Capital

1. Washington DC: Bus Tour to the Highlights of the Capital

Capitalize on your time in the capital with this whistle-stop city tour of Washington DC. Board one of our luxury buses at the U.S. Navy Memorial before cruising past the National Archives to the U.S. Capitol Building. Let your guide give you the lowdown, from the original Declaration of Independence to the Constitution and Bill of Rights. Take in incredible views of the two-mile-long Smithsonian Museum and imposing Washington Monument, which is the tallest freestanding stone structure in the world. You’ll have the chance to stretch your legs with stops at the White House and Lincoln Memorial, where you can climb the stairs to see the famous statue of America’s 16th President. Then, take an informative guided walk around the beautiful WW2 Memorial. The tour takes a loop from the United States Navy Memorial, stopping at memorable sites, such as the Vietnam Memorial, US Capitol Building and Lincoln Memorial. An experienced guide will explain every significant detail of each monument and memorial, and give you the most comprehensive and intimate tour experience DC has to offer. Marvel at the many Smithsonian museums, National Mall, Freedom Plaza, and much more from on board the bus. Then, learn the history of the White House, Capitol Building, FDR Memorial, and Martin Luther King Memorial during short guided walks.

Washington DC: Full-Day Tour of Washington Monuments

2. Washington DC: Full-Day Tour of Washington Monuments

Hop onboard a climate-controlled bus that will take you around Washington D.C. — perfect for first-time visitors or those who want to make the most of their day. Throughout the tour, your guide will enlighten you about what life in D.C. is like now and in its exciting historic past. The tour includes photo stops at the U.S. Capitol and White House. You will also be able to get out and explore with World War II Memorial, the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam War Memorial, the Korean War Memorial, the Iwo Jima Memorial, and Air Force Memorial. From the bus or boat, you’ll see the National Archives, the National Mall, numerous Smithsonian Museums, the Jefferson Memorial, the Pentagon, the Kennedy Center and so much more. Break up your day with a lunch stop at the DC Wharf or Georgetown in the colder months, or the Potomac River Cruise in the warmer months.

Washington D.C: Self-Guided Walking Tour with GPS and Audio

3. Washington D.C: Self-Guided Walking Tour with GPS and Audio

Spend the day exploring Washington D.C., listening to the history narrated by professional voice artists, and reading the information curated by creative writers. See the iconic monuments and buildings of this historic city on this self-guided tour. Begin next to Pershing Park, right across from the White House south lawn. From here, make your way to the White House itself, admire the seat of American power, and learn some facts about its construction.  From here, head south toward Constitution Gardens and pick up some insight into D.C.’s complicated history along the way. Through the gardens, find what was once the city’s most controversial monument: The Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Next, head to the Lincoln Memorial, and then the Korean War Veterans Memorial. Hear about the fraught political struggle which wracked the White House during this bloody conflict. Discover the aftermath of the War of 1812, and how D.C. grew into what it is today. The next monument will be the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, honoring the nation’s most revered civil rights leader. Then cross the Kutz Bridge and learn why the Potomac River is so significant to this city’s history. From this bridge, see the Thomas Jefferson Memorial. Then, reach the National Mall. Here’s you’ll get an up-close look at the Washington Monument and learn the history of George Washington’s connection to this important city. Along this route, pass many museums. This includes the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, and the National Gallery of Art.  On the final leg of the tour, arrive at three of the most crucial buildings in the city: The Library of Congress, the Capitol Building, and the Supreme Court of the United States. The tour will conclude here, amid these three awe-inspiring structures.

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What people are saying about White House Visitor Center

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 55 reviews

Our guide (Sally) and driver (Zuma) were amazing! This tour is really six hours and every minute is worth it. It’s fast paced so make sure you bring comfy shoes, water and snacks. If there are too many people out touring, you may miss out on some of the sites but whatever you get to experience is worth it. The boat ride at the end helps end the tour in a relaxing way. Book this day adventure - no regrets here!

Tour guide and driver were exceptional. We did not feel too rushed—you covered important monuments and actually the boat ride was a relaxing end to the day. The bus was comfortable and clean. I would, and already have, recommended this tour!

Great 6 hour tour with Tyrone. Nice ride, nice driver, nice tour guide. - they made DC is a wonderful place to visit during the Cherry Blossom Festival.

Amazing. I am glad we booked with this company. Perfect amount of time at each stop and boat ride was amazing.

Tyrone and Chris were great. Tyrone made everyone feel lighthearted and made it fun. Great sense of humor.