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DC: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour by Open-top Bus

1. DC: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour by Open-top Bus

Explore the grandeur of the Nation's capital in style with Big Bus Hop-on Hop-off Tours. With an entertaining and engaging audio commentary, you can sit back and relax on an open-top double-decker sightseeing bus as you journey through Washington, DC's rich history and daily life. Immerse yourself in the city's most iconic and historic memorials, monuments, and museums. Hop off at any stop to explore at your leisure. Make the most of your day with the flexibility to plan your own itinerary. Choose to do one full loop to see the city or hop off and have your photo taken with Abraham Lincoln at the Lincoln Memorial. Look out over the Reflecting Pool at the Washington Monument, just as Martin Luther King Jr. did as he delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech from that very spot. With buses arriving regularly throughout the day, you have the freedom to explore at your own pace. Experience all that Washington DC has to offer, from the White House to the US Capitol Building and Capital Hill to the Korean and WWII War Memorials, Arlington National Cemetery, and the MLK and FDR monuments along the beautiful Tidal Basin. Big Bus is the official tour operator of the National Mall, giving you the closest access to world-famous, free museums including the National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, African-American History Museum, The Holocaust Memorial, National American-Indian History, National Portrait Gallery, and more. Complete your DC experience with the 3-Day Explore option and enjoy a scenic 45-minute cruise along the Potomac River between the The Wharf and Georgetown. Admire breathtaking views of iconic landmarks, including the Jefferson Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Washington Monument, from the comfort of a climate-controlled vessel. Explore Georgetown's historic colonial neighborhood, with its cobblestone streets, charming shops, and unique restaurants. Alternatively, visit The Wharf for its trendy restaurants, boutiques, concert venues, and on-the-water activities, plus easy access to downtown DC and the National Mall. Ticket is valid for a one-way journey in either direction.

Washington, DC: Old Town Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley City Tour

2. Washington, DC: Old Town Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley City Tour

Named "Washington's Best Tour" by the Washingtonian Magazine and one of the top 10 hop-on hop-off tours in the world by Forbes, the Old Town Trolley offers the most comprehensive tour of the nation's capital. Relax while expert tour guides help you discover the beauty and majesty of Washington, D.C. This popular tour covers Washington's major attractions such as the Lincoln Memorial, the White House, the museums of the Smithsonian Institution, and Vietnam Veteran's Memorial. Expert guides share colorful anecdotes, humorous stories and well-researched historical information. Upgrade to include a trolley tour of Arlington National Cemetery, an enduring tribute to those who’ve dedicated their lives to defending the nation. You’ll be transported to some of the most notable graves and memorials. DC City Tour Trolley stops: 1. 1001 E. St. NW: Washington Welcome Center/Ford's Theatre/Peterson House 2. 1401 Pennsylvania Ave: The White House/The White House Visitor Center/WWI Memorial 3. 701 Constitution Ave NW: National Archives (West/East Gallery of the NGA, Navy Memorial) 4. 400 New Jersey Ave NW: Japanese American Memorial/Hyatt Regency 5. 50 Massachusetts Ave NE: Union Station and the Smithsonian Postal Museum 6. 1st St. NE: US Capitol (Botanic Gardens, Supreme Court and Library of Congress) 7. 600 Independence Ave SW: Air/Space Museum, Museum of the American Indian/Eisenhower Memorial 8. Maine Ave SW at 9th St. SW: The Wharf 9. 700 L'Enfant Plaza SW: International Spy Museum 10. 1398 Independence Ave SW: Washington Monument, Smithsonian Museums and Castle, Holocaust Memorial Museum 11. 16 E Basin Dr SW: Jefferson Memorial/George Mason Memorial 12. 1964 Independence Ave SW: Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial/Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial 13. 2 Lincoln Memorial Cir. NW: Lincoln Memorial/Vietnam Veterans Memorial/Korean War Veterans Memorial/World War II Memorial 14. 1400 Constitution Ave NW: National Museum of American History/National Museum of African American History & Culture/National Museum of Natural History 15. 800 F St. NW: National Portrait Gallery/American Art Museum (temp closed for Holiday Market) Arlington Cemetery Trolley stops: • Arlington National Cemetery • President John F. Kennedy Gravesite • US Coast Guard Memorial • John J. Pershing • The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier • Arlington House • US Marine Corps War Memorial Iwo Jima • Arlington Niche Wall Columbarium Courts

Lincoln's Assassination Walking Tour

3. Lincoln's Assassination Walking Tour

The trajectory of this nation was changed on one night in a small family run theater when President Lincoln was murdered in cold blood. What lead up that moment? Who was behind this coordinated plot? The entire story is stranger than fiction and on this two hour walking tour you will trace the steps of the killers and learn all about this dark night. It is a story filled with intrigue, mystery and betrayal. Join this family friendly tour and see why this is one of our highest rated tours in Washington. You'll learn about the events that led up to the attempted assassination of the Secretary of State and the Vice President, as well as the assassination of President Lincoln. Following in his footsteps from the White House to Ford's Theatre to Peterson's Boarding House, where he took his final breath.

Washington,DC: Guided Lincoln Assassination Tour

4. Washington,DC: Guided Lincoln Assassination Tour

Step back in time alongside an expert guide as you traverse the pivotal moments that forever altered the course of the nation on that historic night of April 14, 1865, when a U.S. president fell victim to assassination for the very first time. Immerse yourself in the atmosphere of Civil War-era Washington, D.C., as you retrace the footsteps of the infamous assassin and gain insights into life during this tumultuous period. Begin your journey at Ford's Theatre, where history unfolded. Marvel at artifacts from that bygone era, each with its own profound story and significance. Then, visit the very room where President Lincoln drew his last breath at the Petersen House. Your exploration continues through downtown Washington, D.C., where you'll encounter locations once inhabited by historic homes and businesses, some of which remain standing to this day. Follow the path of those intimately linked to the Lincoln assassination, from the conspirators to the victims, while gaining a comprehensive understanding of Washington, D.C., during the Civil War era. Delve into key sites, including John Wilkes Booth's residence, the place where he secured his escape horse, and the former homes of pivotal figures involved in this tragic chapter of history.

Washington, DC: Lincoln Assassination Self-Guided Audio Tour

5. Washington, DC: Lincoln Assassination Self-Guided Audio Tour

Why did America's most popular actor kill the president? And how did he do it? Was John Wilkes Booth a madman exacting revenge for his beloved South or maybe more? Guide Rick Snider, who is a distant relative of Booth and co-conspirator Mary Surratt, takes you through that fateful night's journey. Stroll from the White House to Ford's Theater and many points in between examining many of the sites where assassin John Wilkes Booth stalked President Abraham Lincoln before killing him at the end of the Civil War.

Lincoln's Assassination: A Self-Guided Audio Tour

6. Lincoln's Assassination: A Self-Guided Audio Tour

Why did America's most popular actor kill the president? And how did he do it? Was John Wilkes Booth a madman exacting revenge for his beloved South or maybe more? Guide Rick Snider, who is a distant relative of Booth and co-conspirator Mary Surratt, takes you through that fateful night's journey. Stroll from the White House to Ford's Theater and many points in between examining many of the sites where assassin John Wilkes Booth stalked President Abraham Lincoln before killing him at the end of the Civil War.

Washington Audioguide - TravelMate app for your smartphone

7. Washington Audioguide - TravelMate app for your smartphone

You will feel like you have a tourist guide at your side who will tell you the history, points of interest and curiosities of the city. The audio contents are professionally created by a group of high-level authors and interpreted by professionals from the television and radio fields. The audioguide includes 41 audio content for a total of 125 minutes. These are the points of interest: Washington Introduction The Wonders of local cuisine Air and Space Museum Arlington Cemetery Capitol Building and Capitol Hill Ford'S Theater Hirshhorn Museum Jefferson Memorial Kennedy Center Lincoln Memorial Museum of Natural History National Cathedral National Gallery National Mall Newseum Pentagon Roosevelt Memorial Saam Smithsonian Vietnam Memorial Washington Memorial White House.

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What people are saying about Ford's Theater

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4.0 / 5

based on 67 reviews

Fantastic tour trolley. I thought it would be cheesy to look so touristy but I have to say we were the smart ones to get this tour. We didn’t have to do any driving or parking! No getting lost! Narration was perfect, drivers were so much fun & knowledgeable. We learned a lot. We ended up doing this for 2 days of our trip. The second day was with the Arlington Tour. Plus we plan to do their nighttime monument tour. Highly recommend!!

The tour was very helpful when visiting Washington in times as cold as January. We visited the entire part of Central Mall and only got off at the places that we considered most meaningful to us. The information that the guides give is very interesting.

This tour is worth the money!! Our tour guide tony was amazing! He is very knowledgeable about Lincoln & the washington dc area! He answers questions that you may have.. dont consider this tour.. book it!! You wont regret it

Sarge is the best. He has a good sense of humor and was very knowledgeable about the area!! He even knows how to handle “troublemakers”!!

It was fantastic the drivers are very friendly and knowledgeable too