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Union Station, Washington, DC

Union Station, Washington, DC

Union Station, Washington, DC: Our most recommended tours and activities

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

1. 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

Washington DC Day Trip by Bus from New York City

2. Washington DC Day Trip by Bus from New York City

Discover the monuments of Washington DC on a day trip from New York City. Learn about the government and dive into key historic moments like the American Revolution and Civil War. See sights like Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and Arlington Cemetery.  Depart New York City and travel in a spacious and air-conditioned bus to Washington DC. Relax on the scenic drive and head to Capital Hill once your get to DC to find out where congress meets.  Stop outside the White House for a photo opportunity and hear more from your guide about the inner workings of the building.  Admire the memorials to Jefferson, who wrote the Declaration of Independence, and Lincoln who ended slavery in 1860. Visit the Iwo Jima and Vietnam Veterans Memorials to understand how these events changed the country. Visit Arlington Cemetery where over 200,000 soldiers since the Civil War and the Kennedys were buried. Finally, spend some time at the magnificent Union Station.

Bike Tour: Capitol Hill, Lincoln Memorial, National Mall

3. Bike Tour: Capitol Hill, Lincoln Memorial, National Mall

Take a guided bike tour in Washington, D.C. to see all the city’s important sights and landmarks. The tour route includes Capitol Hill and the National Mall, Union Station, the Lincoln Memorial, and more. Along the way you’ll see the Smithsonian museums, the Washington Monument, and the war memorials. You’ll learn about the city's history and current events from your guide as you cycle past the major monuments and memorials. You'll also get some practical touring tips for later use! Take in the Library of Congress, the Supreme Court, the White House, the World War II Memorial, and many more important sights. This cycling tour is rated as easy and covers approximately 7 miles on level terrain.

Washington DC: Multilingual Private Day or Evening SUV Tour

4. Washington DC: Multilingual Private Day or Evening SUV Tour

Enjoy a private tour in Luxury SUV for your group of up to six passengers. Explore Washington DC at your own pace and customize your trip to the attractions that you would like to see. Your driver will be there to provide basic information about the monuments, memorials and sights around the city. You will be able to make stops at some of the most important monuments for pictures. The itinerary is the following: US Capitol, Supreme Court, Library of Congress, Union Station, Pennsylvania Avenue, The White House, Washington Monument, Smithsonians Museums, Tidal Basin, Jeferson Memorial, FDR Memorial, MLK Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Korean Memorial, Vietnan Memorial, World War II Memorial, Kennedy Center, Watergate Complex, Rock Creek Parkway, National Cathedral, Embassy Row, Dupont Circle, Georgetown, Arlington Cemetery, Iwojima Memorial and The Pentagon, Mount Vernon and Old Town Alexandria. Alternatively, choose the Night Tour option and take this wonderful opportunity to see Washington DC at night. Enjoy the monuments, memorials, and sights illuminated all night with your private specialized driver and guide in a luxury car. This 4-hour tour can be adapted as needed.

Washington,DC: Union Market Private Food Tour

5. Washington,DC: Union Market Private Food Tour

Embark on a culinary adventure through the diverse neighborhoods of Washington, D.C. In this 3-hour tour, you'll unravel the hidden gems of Union Station, Capitol Hill, Swampoodle, NoMa, and Union Market, all just steps away from each other. Along the way, indulge in carefully selected food and drink samples, showcasing the very best of our beloved local establishments. This neighborhood food and drink tour is a celebration of Washington, D.C.'s dynamic culinary landscape. It's an opportunity to go beyond the tourist hotspots and immerse yourself in the authentic, local flavors that define the city. Led by a passionate guide who calls D.C. home, you'll gain a deeper appreciation for the rich tapestry of neighborhoods that make this city truly special.

Best of DC: Big Bus Cherry Blossom Tour & 2-Hour Sunset Tour

6. Best of DC: Big Bus Cherry Blossom Tour & 2-Hour Sunset Tour

Big Bus is the official preferred tour of the Cherry Blossom Festival. No one gets you closer to the natural beauty of the Nation's Capital. Experience the magic of Washington, DC with a combo offering a captivating daytime tour of DC's most iconic sights and a sunset tour of the capital city's spectacular landmarks, accompanied by professional digital commentary onboard. Prepare for a sunset adventure as you board an open-top double-decker bus. Journey through a city illuminated by night. Gaze at the radiant Washington Monument under the stars, the Iwo Jima Memorial in all its glory, and take in the colonial vibe of the Georgetown neighborhood. During the day, embark on an immersive tour, witnessing DC's rich history and breathtaking sights on a 2-hour journey through the vibrant heart of the nation's capital. Marvel at the grandeur of the White House, Lincoln Memorial, and the U.S. Capitol building. Feel the spirit of the city as you cruise past the bustling streets of Chinatown and soak in the natural beauty of the Tidal Basin. With digital commentary, dive into the story of DC from the Founding Fathers to current events and beyond.

Washington, DC: Monuments and Memorials Photography Lesson

7. Washington, DC: Monuments and Memorials Photography Lesson

Learn how to use your camera live in the field rather than a classroom on this DC photography tour. Perfect for all skill levels, this monuments and memorials photo safari provides basic instruction on all aspects of travel photography, including F-stops, shutter speeds, white balance, ISO settings, and composition techniques. Learn how to improve your photography skills by making all the crowds disappear, capturing the perfect shot of some of the country’s most famous spots. Your professional photo instructor will takes you to some of DC’s most popular attractions, including the White House, Lafayette Park, the Einstein, Lincoln, Korea, and Vietnam Memorials, and finally to Union Station. While you create photographic memories that will last a lifetime, pick up facts, history, and local insight into the US capital. With options for half- and full-day group or private lessons, cater the experience to your preferences and budget.

Washington DC: Capitol Hill Iconic Architecture Walking Tour

8. Washington DC: Capitol Hill Iconic Architecture Walking Tour

Learn all about the history, design, and controversy surrounding these famous buildings as you stroll around Washinton DC. Your guide will tell you the story of the construction of the Capitol grounds as you get up close and personal with these world-famous buildings. Meet your guide in the sumptuous Great Hall at Washington's famous Union Station. Begin by learning about this impressive building, before walking over to the US Capitol grounds. Once there, immerse yourself in its history as well as that of the surrounding buildings. Learn all about the architecture of famous structures like the Supreme Court and Library of Congress. Hear fascinating stories about the tumultuous politics behind their planning and development. Discover the secrets behind the architecture and its designers including Thomas Jefferson and Frederick Law Olmstead.

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What people are saying about Union Station, Washington, DC

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4.4
(669 reviews)

Our guide Birdy was knowledgeable, funny, informative, and a total pro. She clearly told us what to expect, laying out guidelines that made the experience better for all. We loved her narration so much that we didn't want to get off the trolley at the second-to-last last stop as we had planned! We learned so much, and had so much fun. This was my third visit to DC, and I feel like I know more now than I ever did before. Thank you!

Really great value for money. This is a long day but wrings every bit out of the time available. Our guide was extremely professional and would thoroughly recommend to anyone staying in New York to make the most of their visit.

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”!!

David tells passionately and impressed with his knowledge! We had the pleasure of spending a nice morning with him.

Excellent day trip! Really liked our guide Alan!!! Can definitely recommend!