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Washington DC: Hop-On, Hop-Off Open-Top Bus Landmarks Tour

1. Washington DC: Hop-On, Hop-Off Open-Top Bus Landmarks Tour

Visit iconic and historic landmarks in Washington DC and gain sweeping views on the open-top buses with the freedom to explore and hop on and hop off at any and all stops on the three routes around the city. The Red Loop, the official tour of the National Mall, visits historic sites and landmarks including the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, US Capitol, and many more. Ready to shop and learn more about the history in Washington, DC? The Blue Loop will transport you across the Potomac to visit Arlington Cemetery and through the history (and to the shops + restaurants) of the beautiful Georgetown. Don’t worry about getting to the Blue and Red Loops from popular hotels. The Yellow Loop provides pickups and drop-offs during the times of operation at over half-a-dozen hotels in the area, with stops overlapping the Red and Blue loops for ease of transfer. Only a short stay in Washington, DC? The Classic Iconic Washington, DC Landmarks by Day ticket provides you 1-day hop-on, hop-off access to all three of Big Bus Tours loops on Open-Top buses. Staying a little longer? Choose between the Premium or Deluxe Iconic Washington, DC Landmarks by Day tickets. Both provide you 2-day hop-on, hop-off access to all three of Big Bus Tour loops on the Open-Top buses.  With your Deluxe ticket, enjoy your unlimited 2-day hop-on hop-off access of Big Bus' Tour around the National Mall. With this ticket you'll also be getting a 90-minute panoramic night tour which allows you to see the beautiful landmarks illuminated at night.

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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 | Shallots | Toasted Walnuts | Basil Pesto Oven Roasted Frenched Chicken Breast with Rosemary & Thyme Warm Yukon Gold Potato Salad with Scallions | Haricot Verts | Creamy Cremini Mushroom Sauce Broiled Fresh Salmon Filet Roasted Yukon Potatoes | Steamed Bok Choi | Creamy Vegetable & Fresh Herbs Sauce Braised Beef Short Rib Idaho Potato & Horseradish Mash | Baby Carrots | Pearl Onions & English Peas | Cabernet Sauvignon Sauce Pan-Seared Fresh Pacific Cod Baby Spinach & Potato Mash | Steamed Rock Shrimp | Lemon Beurre Blanc Sauce Desserts (choice of one): New York Style Cheesecake Strawberry Compote Triple Chocolate Mud Pie Orange & Ginger Preservatives Duo of Sorbet Seasonal Sorbet | Fresh Fruit Freshly Cut Fruit and Fresh Strawberries Madagascar Vanilla & Orange Sauce | Fresh Mint Odyssey Signature Warm Butter Cake Vanilla Bean Ice Cream | Blackberry Sauce Menu items are subject to change.

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Washington, DC: Old Town Trolley City Tour

3. Washington, DC: Old Town Trolley City Tour

Climb aboard the Old Town Trolley and enjoy a comprehensive tour of Washington. Listen to the colorful anecdotes, humorous stories, and well-researched historical information your guide has to share. Upgrade to include a tram tour of Arlington Cemetery and a boat cruise on the Potomac River Sit back 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 the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial.  The trolley will make one stop along the tour route at the Abraham Lincoln Memorial. While off the trolley, you can visit the Lincoln Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall. You will have 30 minutes to explore the area while your guide and the trolley wait for you. Please see below the list of attractions and memorials that you will see on the tour: • Washington Welcome Center • The White House • National Archives • National Law Enforcement Museum • Union Station • U.S. Capitol • Smithsonian Air & Space Museum • The Wharf • International Spy Museum • Holocaust Memorial Museum • Jefferson Memorial • FDR Memorial • Lincoln Memorial • National Museum of American History • Smithsonian Museum of Natural History • National Gallery of Art • National Portrait Gallery

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Washington DC: Buffet Lunch or Dinner Cruise on the Spirit

4. Washington DC: Buffet Lunch or Dinner Cruise on the Spirit

See the sights of Washington DC from onboard the Spirit of Washington with a 2-hour lunch or 2.5-hour dinner cruise on the Potomac River. Enjoy a buffet dining experience as you sail, and delight in panoramic views. Board your vessel and receive a personal greeting. Have your photo taken by the ship's photographer to capture the memory before being seated at your private table. Once there, gorge on your lunch or dinner buffet consisting of creative entrees prepared fresh daily and listen to the onboard music. After your meal, visit any of the three climate-controlled decks as you glide by the sights.

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Georgetown: Ghost Story Walking Tour

5. Georgetown: Ghost Story Walking Tour

Meet your guide at the Old Stone House and begin the 1.5-hour walking tour through this pre-revolutionary town with many dark secrets.  Stroll among the historic streets, manicured gardens, and Victorian row houses as you hear stories and deep, dark secrets about DC’s finest neighborhood's forgotten past. End the tour at the Exorcist Stairs featured in the film The Exorcist, which are further down M Street NW from the starting point. This is a family-friendly tour.

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Washington, DC: 3-Hour Holiday Lights Night-Time Bus Tour

6. Washington, DC: 3-Hour Holiday Lights Night-Time Bus Tour

Take in the illuminated beauty of some of Washington DC’s most famous buildings and monuments, with all their festive décor. Be in awe as you travel through the streets of America’s capital city with its twinkling lights. Your tour will be led by a licensed DC tourist guide who will share stories about the history of this national festival and its fun historic local roots. Your first stop will be the West Lawn to view the People’s Tree evergreen Christmas tree, which has been displayed on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol building since 1964. Each year, the lighting of this tree marks the start of the holiday season on Capitol Hill. This majestic illuminated tree shining in front of the U.S. Capitol is a unique and beautiful part of the Capitol’s holiday season. Next stop is the White House Ellipse, where you will disembark the bus to visit D.C.'s own Pageant of Peace, which symbolizes America’s wish for peace around the world. The centerpiece of the Pageant is the National Christmas Tree decorated with thousands of beautiful twinkling lights. With the backdrop of the White House, it is one of the most glorious holiday sites in D.C. Radiating out from the National Christmas Tree are 56 additional Christmas trees, decorated with hand-made ornaments from each state, territory, and the District of Columbia. A life-size nativity scene and 20 foot tall Menorah are also on the Ellipse. There will also be a stop in the historic Georgetown area to visit one of the installations of the GLOW Light Art Exhibition, which is an outdoor multi-site exhibition featuring national and international pieces of art using light in creative and innovative ways. You will also get a glimpse of the holiday decorations along the main shopping street of this exclusive quaint neighborhood, which was founded in the 17th-century. Along the way, you will experience breathtaking views of the National Mall, with a clear view of both the Washington Monument and the U.S. Capitol Building, which is a photographer’s dream.

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Georgetown: Cold War Spies and Civil War Chaos Walking Tour

7. Georgetown: Cold War Spies and Civil War Chaos Walking Tour

Georgetown was key to the founding of the nation’s capital and was a place of bitter contention during the Civil War. It’s a site of political scandal and mysterious deaths, as well as a hotspot for Cold War, WW2, and current espionage. It’s a perfect place for a walking tour of scandal, murder, misbehavior, and intrigue--all surrounded by some of the nation's finest architecture and bistros. The tour starts off with the most haunted home in America and the tragic deaths of the officials who lived there. It will then move on to the strangest home in America, built by a man convinced he'd live forever, and then pays a visit to a site of the Underground Railroad.     Then, stroll by the house of the charismatic woman who gave seances to Mrs. Lincoln at the White House. See a restaurant where John and Jacqueline Kennedy dined and where the C.I.A was founded. Nearby, see another bistro, where a top KGB member defected from the CIA. Then, see "Secessionist Hill," where an old tobacco mansion played a role in a modern, unsolved murder.

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What people are saying about Georgetown

Best brunch and service I have seen in a long time. The staff was excellent the only misguiding info was saying it was a band. It was a Dj however, we enjoyed it.

The red route was great: we saw everything - and more - that we hoped to see. The staff were very helpful. The commentary was very good, informative and timely.

Easy and fun way to view different attractions in DC. The fun facts were interesting! I definitely recommend.

Very good food great service and enjoyable cruise on the Potomac.

It was really a great time with an awesome driver/touir