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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.

History

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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$43 Cultural & Theme Tours

Washington DC Monuments by Moonlight 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. The tour begins at the U.S. Navy Memorial at 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW - halfway between the White House and the U.S. Capitol - and will bring you a unique and breathtaking look at our nation's capital! On your way to the U.S. Capitol Building (the first stop) you pass the National Archives, which houses historic U.S. documents - the original Declaration of Independence, The Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. In route, you will also see the Newseum, the Canadian Embassy, and the National Gallery of Art. Emerging in sight will be the U.S. Capitol, where you'll take in a memorable, two-mile long, panoramic view of the Smithsonian Museums (the largest museum complex in the world), and the Washington Monument (the tallest, freestanding stone structure in the world), flooded with lights – creating an unforgettable experience. On your way to the White House, you'll pass the U.S. Botanic Garden, Grant's Memorial, The U.S. Navy Memorial, the Robert F. Kennedy Department of Justice, and the J. Edgar Hoover Federal Bureau of Investigation. When arriving at the White House, you'll see the Executive Residence of the President and his family, as well as the Dwight D. Eisenhower Executive Office Building. This stop also includes a walk past Lafayette Park, honoring the Marquis de Lafayette, leader of French forces. Next, your next stop is the National World War II Memorial. Along the way, you will see the headquarters of the American Red Cross, the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Organization of American States (OAS). Once finished at the World War II Memorial, you will visit the beautiful Jefferson Memorial – which was built from 1938 –1943 – on the Tidal Basin, lined with cherry trees that were a gift of friendship to the People of the United States from the People of Japan. Across the Tidal Basin you'll visit the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial – dedicated in 2011; quite a sight, at night! On the walking part of the tour, you will visit the Korean War Veterans Memorial, and via a nice stroll along the tree line, you will emerge in front of the Lincoln Memorial and Vietnam Veterans Memorials. On the way to the last stop at the U.S. Navy Memorial, you will, once more, be able to take in a twinkling, and spectacular view of the Washington, DC landscape.

$13.50 Cultural & Theme Tours

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. Enjoy onboard narration in English or, with our exclusive foreign language app, you can choose to have the tour narrated in 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 at the Neptune Fountain, outside the Library of Congress, where you'll meet your tour guide. You will be escorted across the street, to begin your reserved entry into the U.S. Capitol Building for a 45-minute tour of one of the most symbolically important and architecturally impressive buildings in the nation. On your guided walking tour of the Capitol, you will see the Crypt, the Rotunda, and National Statuary Hall, and also spend time at the U.S. Capitol's Visitor Center. On your way to the next stop (the White House), you will pass the Newseum, the Canadian Embassy, and the National Gallery of Art. When arriving at the White House, you will see the Executive Residence of the President and his family, as well as the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. This stop also includes a walk past Lafayette Park, honoring the Marquis de Lafayette, leader of French revolutionary forces. Your next stop is the National World War II Memorial. Along the way, you will see the headquarters of the American Red Cross, the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), and the Organization of American States (OAS) - representing the U.S., Canada, and 35 Latin American countries. Onward, to the Jefferson Memorial. Once you have marveled at the Jefferson Memorial and have taken photos, we will visit the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial – dedicated in 2011 – just across the Tidal Basin. On the walking part of the tour, you will visit the Korean War Veterans Memorial, and via a nice stroll along the tree line, you will emerge in front of the Lincoln Memorial and Vietnam Veterans Memorial. For a unique experience, this tour offers a leisurely cruise on the Potomac River (Seasonal: March 24 to October 16) with your guide, who will answer any questions you might have. Lunch will be provided onboard (cost included in the tour price). In the winter months, we forego the cruise and visit a local indoor market, for lunch. The second to the last stop is the Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) Memorial, which will transport you back in time to the years of 1933-1945. For our last stop, we arrange reserved entrance into the National Archives Building. Your guide will lead you pass long lines for a unique viewing of the original Bill of Rights, Declaration of Independence, and the U.S. Constitution. We return to the U.S. Navy Memorial at the end of the tour.

$74.99 Tours & Sightseeing

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.

$59 Tours & Sightseeing

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 Capitol • White House • WWII Memorial • Thomas Jefferson Memorial • Franklin Roosevelt Memorial • Martin Luther King Memorial • Korean War Memorial • Abraham Lincoln Memorial • Vietnam Veteran's Memorial • Marine Corps Memorial • Air 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 Center • Embassy Row • National Cathedral