Welcome to Washington, DC

Museums & Monuments

There’s nothing quite like the Smithsonian Institution, a collection of 19 behemoth, artifact-stuffed museums, many lined up in a row along the Mall. The National Air and Space Museum, National Museum of Natural History, National Museum of African American History and Culture, Reynolds Center for American Art & Portraiture – all here, all free, always.Alongside the museums, Washington’s monuments bear tribute to both the beauty and the horror of years past. They’re potent symbols of the American narrative, from the awe-inspiring Lincoln Memorial to the powerful Vietnam Veterans Memorial to the stirring Martin Luther King Jr Memorial.

Arts & Culture

Washington is the showcase of American arts, home to such prestigious venues as the National Theatre, the Kennedy Center and the Folger Theatre. Jazz music has a storied history here. In the early 20th century, locals such as Duke Ellington climbed on stages along U St NW, where atmospheric clubs still operate. Go-go (an infectiously rhythmic dance music) and punk also have deep roots in DC.The city hosts several adventurous small theaters, like Arena Stage and Studio Theatre, that put on works by nontraditional writers. Busboys & Poets' open-mic nights provide another outlet for progressive new voices.

Political Life

The president, Congress and the Supreme Court are here, the three pillars of US government. In their orbit float the Pentagon, the State Department, the World Bank and embassies from most corners of the globe. If you hadn’t got the idea, power is why Washington emits such a palpable buzz.As a visitor, there’s a thrill in seeing the action up close – to walk inside the White House, to sit in the Capitol chamber while senators argue about Arctic drilling, and to drink in a bar alongside congresspeople likely determining your newest tax hike over their single malt Scotch.


A lot of history is concentrated within DC’s relatively small confines. In a single day, you could gawp at the Declaration of Independence, the real, live parchment with John Hancock’s signature scrawled across it at the National Archives; stand where Martin Luther King Jr gave his ‘I Have a Dream’ speech on the Lincoln Memorial’s steps; prowl around the Watergate building that got Nixon into trouble; see the flag that inspired the ‘Star Spangled Banner’ at the National Museum of American History; and be an arm’s length from where Lincoln was assassinated in Ford’s Theatre.

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Washington DC Monuments by Moonlight Night Tour by Trolley

Onboard your trolley, you'll see 100 of Washington DC's most popular monuments and points of interest, including the Capitol Building, the White House, the Jefferson Memorial and the Washington Monument.The trolley also makes night-time stops at the FDR Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and the Korean War Veteran's Memorial, allowing you to see these impressive monuments floodlit by night.While you tour, your guide provides entertaining anecdotes and historical information about the sights, along with a sprinkling of bewitching ghost stories about the spirits who haunt the nation's capital.

$54 Tours & Sightseeing

Washington DC 'Monuments and Memorials' Guided Night Tour

See all the major sights and monuments of Washington DC lit up for the night on this comprehensive tour of the nation’s capital.While touring the city in a luxury coach, accompanied by your professional tour guide, enjoy guided photo stops at some of Washington DC’s major attractions dramatically floodlit at night: the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Marine Corps War Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial and more.Washington DC’s monuments and buildings are particularly impressive when illuminated at night, so don’t miss this opportunity to tour the city on a small-group evening tour!

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Washington DC Hop-On Hop-Off, Arlington National Cemetery Tour

The Washington DC Hop-on Hop-off Trolley Tour is the easiest way to get around town. You can hop on and off at any of the 25 stops as often as you like. Trolleys depart every 30 minutes. With an exclusive foreign language app, you can choose to have the tour narrated in your choice of French, Spanish, German, Portuguese, Italian, Chinese, or Japanese. Once you purchase your ticket, you can download the app and then just sit back, relax, and enjoy every sight and sound of the fully-narrated tour through the Nation’s Capital. Earbuds are available for purchase. Trolley route:The Mall, Museums, and Arlington National Cemetery Tour - Blue LoopComprised of 25 total stops, includes the Monuments and the mall (15 stops) plus the Red Loop which will be a transfer to the Arlington National Cemetery (10 stops weekdays/7 stops weekends)

$125 Tours & Sightseeing

VIP DC: Capitol, National Archives Priority Entry; Sights Tour

Your VIP experience begins outside of the Library of Congress, where you’ll meet your guide for a 45-minute reserved entry and tour of the US Capitol Building. With your VIP experience comes no chance of the Capitol tour being sold out, so save time and gain immediate entrance to one of the most symbolically important and architecturally impressive buildings in the nation.On your guided walking tour of this historic building -- home to the Senate and the House of Representatives -- watch a film about the history of government in the US and then peruse the building to learn about the country’s legislature. You’ll see the Crypt, the Rotunda and National Statuary Hall, and your tour begins and ends at the Capitol Visitor Center.Next, you will join up with our fantastic city sightseeing tour on a comfortable, air conditioned coach. See all of DC’s major monuments and memorials up-close; take about 10 to 15-minutes at each stop to hop off the coach for walks with your guide. Highlights include the outside of the White House, Washington Monument, the World War II, Vietnam Veterans, Lincoln, Jefferson, Korean War Veterans and US Navy Memorials, and Iwo Jima Statue. Next, it’s time for a leisurely cruise down the Potomac River (mid-March to mid-October only). Lunch is available on the boat (included). Sit back, relax and enjoy a cruise along the Potomac River with your guide, who’ll answer any questions you have. Off-season, visit the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City for shopping and lunch (price of lunch included).After the sightseeing tour, you’ll gain reserved entrance to the National Archives Building. Your guide will lead you past long lines that often wrap around the building and allow you to enjoy immediate entrance for a unique chance to view the original Bill of Rights, Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution at your own pace. These historic documents are housed in the Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom. You’ll also have access to the Public Vault permanent exhibit gallery, the Lawrence F O'Brien temporary exhibit gallery, the Boeing Learning Center and the William G McGowan Theater.Your tour concludes at the National Archives Building.

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Washington DC Segway Tour

Your tour begins with a 30-minute training session to learn the basics of maneuvering the Segway scooter. Once under way, visit Washington D.C. highlights, including: the U.S. Capitol Building, the White House, the National Museum of Natural History, Ford's Theater, the National Air and Space Museum, the Washington Monument, and many more!Your tour guide also takes you past the White House, United States Capitol, Washington Monument, Smithsonian Castle, Lincoln Memorial, Pennsylvania Avenue, National Galleries of Art, Vietnam Memorial, WWII Memorial, Korean Memorial, Old Executive Office Building and The National Mall. Throughout the tour, the guide provides both the history and stories surrounding the sites and makes sure plenty of photo opportunities are available.All tours are limited in size with 1 guide so you can count on a great, intimate experience. Discover what it's like to be a celebrity as everyone turns to watch you glide by!All riders must be at least 16 years of age to participate.

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Epic Washington DC Evening Tour: Small-Group Van Tour

These evening small group bus tours in Washington DC by this local tour operator strive to give the best guest experience possible! They do everything possible to make sure guests don't feel like they are being herded around. On this evening tour of DC, you won't have to worry about keeping up with your guide or a crowded tour. Our guides share stories that grandparents & grandchildren will enjoy, as well as our visitors from other countries, plus they have a number of ways to engage guests throughout every tour because the last thing they want is for people to feel like they are stuck in a rolling classroom. These guides excel in helping guests get all the pictures they want, yet still provide the time & freedom to explore on their own at most locations even on a night tour. At the following locations, your DC tour guide will share the stories that keep everyone entertained & engaged at the beginning of each visit to these American treasures. Most stops last 10-20 minutes and after hearing some great American history, guides will help take any photos our guests want, then allow a few minutes to wonder on your own. These locations are only visited from the outside during this evening tour. US CapitolWhite HouseWWII MemorialThomas Jefferson MemorialFranklin Roosevelt MemorialMartin Luther King MemorialKorean War MemorialAbraham Lincoln MemorialVietnam Veteran's MemorialMarine Corps MemorialAir Force Memorial Due to the nature of our small groups, sometimes we get to change the itinerary based on the desires of the guests that day, especially if your family, friends, or group are the only ones touring that evening! At times, the following locations may be included during the tour: Kennedy CenterEmbassy RowNational Cathedral