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Washington, DC

The US capital offers up plenty of famed monuments and museums for your touring pleasure.

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  • Washington DC: 2-Hour National Mall Tour by Electric Vehicle

    1. Washington DC: 2-Hour National Mall Tour by Electric Vehicle

    Glide around the streets of Washington DC on a guided tour by a battery-operated eCruiser. See all the major monuments of the US capital, like the Capitol Hill, the White House, and the Lincoln Memorial.

    Start your tour at the impressive Smithsonian complex and pass the famous monuments to Jefferson, Lincoln, and Washington. Pay tribute to the veterans of World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.

    Continue past the most famous Washington landmark of all – the White House. As you meander, listen to stories and tales of Washington’s history from your guide. Get tips and advice on any upcoming events you might be interested in.

    Finally, feast your eyes on the buildings of Capitol Hill and learn the history behind them. End your tour on a high note by asking your guide for an amazing lunch spot before exploring the rest of DC...

    Shaina, Our guide was amazing, entertaining, knowledgeable, interesting, and funny. I would recommend the electric car tours and our guide, Shaina, to everyone I know.

  • Washington DC:Gourmet Brunch or Dinner Cruise on the Odyssey

    2. Washington DC:Gourmet Brunch or Dinner Cruise on the Odyssey

    Cruise on the Potomac River and see the sights of Washington DC from a luxury boat, The Odyssey. Board the boat and enjoy a personal greeting. Smile for the ship's photographer to capture the memory, then embark on an elegant dining cruise along the Washington DC shoreline. After being seated at your private table, tuck into your gourmet brunch or 3-course dinner consisting of creative meals prepared fresh daily by the on-board executive chef. After your meal or relax on any of the 3 climate-controlled decks as you watch the monuments glide by. Sample Dinner Menu Starters (choice of one): Caesar Salad Buttermilk Caesar Dressing | Shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese | Herb Croutons | Italian Parsley Lobster Soup Brioche Croutons | Scallions Main Course (choice of one): Jumbo Forest Mushroom Ravioli Spanish Red Lentils & Sage | Arugula |...

    The boat ride was amazing!!! Me and my husband enjoyed ourselves and are looking forward to returning.

  • Washington DC Monuments at Night Electric Vehicle Tour

    3. Washington DC Monuments at Night Electric Vehicle Tour

    Ready to test your night photography skills and see some jaw-dropping views while learning the history of the United States through the National Mall? Hop-on the all-electric red Roadsters and get ready for the ride of your vacation. You’ll start your tour at the Smithsonian metro station, where your guide will take you back in time to the city’s origins and give you some tips for exploring the city on you own. As you work your way through the Smithsonian complex, your guide will regale you with story behind the amazing museums and help you choose which one you will visit during your stay.  Next, you’ll be taken past two of DC’s most incredible monuments, the Washington Monument and the Jefferson Memorial. Afterwards, you’ll be able to wander through the FDR and MLK memorials and enjoy a stroll along the jaw-dropping Tidal Basin at sunset. Continue on past the World War I and World War ...

    Unfortunately our taxi dropped at us wrong place so we were panicking and knew we couldn’t make to stop but Juliana called us and rest assured us we could get on tour next day no problem. It was a huge relief! Then our guide was fantastic. He had just moved from Wisconsin after graduating and wanted to try to get into history/politics. He was so nice and informative. All great customer experiences!

  • Washington: Haunted History Ghost Tour

    4. Washington: Haunted History Ghost Tour

    Visit the capital city's most haunted locations in the company of a knowledgeable and experienced guide. Kick off your tour with an introduction to the dark history of the nation's capital before embarking on a haunted route to 8 locations located near the White House. After an introduction into general history and hauntings of DC, walk through the dark streets to President's Park and listen to stories and eyewitness accounts of personal hauntings, like St. John's Episcopal Church, also known as the President's Church. From there, head to the most important haunted house in the country, the White House. Learn about Lincoln's ghost that greets each incoming President when they take office, and hear how he still tries to help the leaders of the free world from the grave. You will then visit a host of other haunted locations where you will hear, in gripping detail, the history and eyewitn...

    the tour guide was informative, answered all questions and engaged the group. My group with 4 seventeen year old girls really enjoyed the tour.

  • Washington DC: See the City Segway Tour

    5. Washington DC: See the City Segway Tour

    All tours begin with a 30-minute training session on how to operate the Segway. Watch a brief video and presentation, then receive one-on-one instruction from the experienced staff. Don't be nervous! Many of the visitors are first-time riders and most people get the hang of it within a few minutes.  Once everyone is comfortable, you will do a quick soundcheck and off you go!  The first stop is the White House, just across the street from your starting point! From there, continue to explore as many of the following sites as possible: US Treasury Blair House Constitution Gardens Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool Vietnam Veterans Memorial Korean War Memorial DC War Memorial Tidal Basin WWII Memorial Washington Monument Smithsonian Museums National Gallery of Art US Capitol Canadian Embassy Newseum National Archives US Navy Memorial FBI Building And more! Bring your camera! There is a bag...

    Raphy was informative and entertaining. Loved seeing and hearing about all the sights around DC via Segway.

  • Washington DC: 2.5-Hour Sightseeing Segway Tour

    6. Washington DC: 2.5-Hour Sightseeing Segway Tour

    Segway the sites in Washington, D.C., with a 2.5-hour Segway adventure! On this tour, you will experience an overview of the all the important places in the nation's capital city, via your own personal Segway. This two-wheeled motorized vehicle is perfect for zipping around the sidewalks and streets of downtown Washington, D.C. After a 30-minute introduction to operating your Segway, you will set off on your 2-hour-long tour. Learn about the sites, history, and stories behind the National Mall and surrounding area as you pass by the White House on a ride down Pennsylvania Avenue. Continue on to see the various memorials, and receive some tips on fun off-the-Mall places to check out.

    We had a great time! Emily was a great guide! It was a lot easier than we thought it would be. A really fun way to see the city.

  • Washington DC: 6-Hour Sightseeing Tour

    7. Washington DC: 6-Hour Sightseeing Tour

    Washington D.C. has so many monuments that sightseeing can be bewildering. But on this guided sightseeing bus tour, tour guides will take you up close and personal to treasured monuments while expert drivers navigate Washington traffic. Explore history and learn important facts with your guide throughout the tour, and have a chance to get off at each of the following stops to take pictures and get a closer look: • U.S. Capitol (exterior only) • White House (exterior only) • Martin Luther King, Jr Memorial • Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial • Korean Memorial • Vietnam Memorial • Vietnam Women's Memorial • World War II Memorial • Potomac River Cruise (included from March 25–October 15. When boat does not operate, the Jefferson Memorial will be added as a stop.) • Lincoln Memorial

    Good way to see all the important sites without worrying about driving/parking/crowds.

  • Washington, DC: Open Top Bus Tour By Night

    8. Washington, DC: Open Top Bus Tour By Night

    Experience the beauty of Washington DC at night on a fully-narrated 2-hour bus tour. Discover the grandeur of the US capital after dark at dozens of historic landmarks. Climb aboard a double-decker bus for a drive down the dramatic National Mall, flanked by the White House and Jefferson Memorial. From the dome of the US Capitol Building to the World War II Memorial, you'll see Washington DC at its most enchanting. Discover how the city changes dramatically when the monuments and memorials are illuminated with floodlights. Sit back and relax as you learn the history of Washington from the entertaining and informative commentary.

    The route was a good one and the driver was professional. Overhanging branches were at times a problem. Vary the music. Add historical facts. At Washington Monument, discuss George Washington’s contribution rather than explosives that did not go off.

  • Washington DC Monuments by Night Bike Tour

    9. Washington DC Monuments by Night Bike Tour

    Enjoy America’s capital city at night, when the air is cooler, the monuments are crowd-free, and the illuminated views are magnificent. You’ll bike to the major sights of Washington, D.C. on this 3-hour tour. As dusk sweeps the city and the memorials and monuments are light up magnificently, your guide will take you through the National Mall and around the Tidal Basin near the Washington Monument, the war memorials, the Lincoln Memorial, the FDR Memorial, and the Jefferson Memorial. Along the way you’ll have the opportunity to learn about each of the sights, and also a few minutes to walk through the memorials and experience them on foot. This 4-mile ride is rated as easy, covering mostly flat terrain. All riders are provided with reflective vests and safety lights.

    Fun and informative! Second time we’ve done it. Brought our kids this time. Everyone loved it.

  • Washington, D.C. Day Trip from New York

    10. Washington, D.C. Day Trip from New York

    Visit the political center of the world on a full-day trip to the Capital City of Washington DC. Departing from central New York, you will head south to Washington in comfortable air-conditioned buses or minivans. Pass through the states of New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland before arriving in the nation's capital. Start with a visit to the Arlington National Cemetery where you can visit the Kennedy family gravesite, then it is on to Capitol Hill. See the Capitol, Senate, and White House, and understand the core of the US government. Continue to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, before visiting the Lincoln, Korea, and Vietnam Memorials. In the late afternoon, embark on a panoramic city tour before your departure back to New York for an early evening arrival. 

    The tour was nice! The guide, Brian was funny and knowledgeable about all the sites. I would recommend this tour to others. Thanks!

Frequently asked questions about Washington, DC

Planning Your Visit

  • White House Tickets

    Make a reservation through your congressional office up to six months in advance and no less than 21 days. The self-guided tour takes place Tuesdays - Thursdays from 7:30AM to 11:00AM; Fridays from 7:30AM to 12:00PM; Saturdays from 7:30AM to 1:00PM. You must bring your government-issued identification on the day of the tour. Non-US citizens must contact their embassy in Washington DC for assistance. Admission is free.

  • US Capitol Tickets

    It's recommended to book the free, 90-minute tour well in advance either through your senator's or representative's office. You can also make a reservation online yourself. The Visitors' Center is open Monday through Saturday from 8:30AM to 4:30PM. Admission is free.

  • Washington Monument Tickets

    Due to the limited number of visitors allowed each day, tickets are issued on a first-come, first-served basis. You can either pick up your tickets at the Washington Monument Lodge on 15th Street or reserve your ticket in advance online for a fee of $1.50 per ticket. Every ticket indicates a specific entry time. Opening hours are daily from 9:00AM to 10:00PM (Memorial Day through Labor Day), otherwise from 9:00AM to 5:00PM. Admission is free.

  • What else is for free?

    It's free to visit the memorials, the Smithsonian Museums, and the National Zoo. Admission is also free to enter the US National Archives, but it's advised that you make a reservation in advance at a fee of $1.50 per ticket.

Good to know

  • Language
    English
  • Currency
    USD ($)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (-05:00)
  • Country Code
    +1
  • Best time to visit
    Spring - it's just getting warmer and it may not be as crowded as the summer!

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