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Washington DC: Multilingual Private Day or Evening SUV Tour

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

Enjoy a private tour in Luxury SUV for your group of up to seven 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 Momument, 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. 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.

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Washington DC Monuments at Night Electric Vehicle Tour

2. Washington DC Monuments at Night Electric Vehicle Tour

Ready to test your night photography skills and see some jaw-dropping views while learning the history of the United States through the National Mall? Hop into the all-electric red Roadsters and get ready for the ride of your vacation. Start your tour at the Smithsonian metro station, where your guide will take you back in time to the city’s origins and give you some tips for exploring the city on your own. As you work your way through the Smithsonian complex, your guide will regale you with the story behind the amazing museums and help you choose which one you will visit during your stay.  Next, you’ll be taken past two of DC’s most incredible monuments, the Washington Monument and the Jefferson Memorial. Afterward, wander through the FDR and MLK memorials and enjoy a stroll along the jaw-dropping Tidal Basin at sunset.  Continue on past the World War I and World War II Memorials to the Lincoln Memorial, where you will be blown away by views of the Potomac River and the National Mall sparkling in the dark.  Be entertained by stories of the city’s history, statues, and famous buildings on your way to the White House, where you’ll see possibly the most iconic American structure. Continue on towards Capitol Hill to be astounded by the Capitol Building. End your tour on a high note by asking your guide for some recommendations for the rest of your stay in the city. RedRoadsters are the personal and comfortable way to tour the National Mall. Equipped with roll-down clear siding they’re the perfect way to sightsee in the rain or wind and come equipped with warm blankets in the winter for your comfort.

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Washington DC: National Archives Building

3. Washington DC: National Archives Building

Discover some of the best highlights the city has to offer on this comprehensive guided tour of Washington, DC. Delight in reserved entrance into the National Archives Building and the U.S. Capitol Building (coming soon). Enjoy a guided tour of the White House (outside only), the National World War II Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) Memorial, and more. For a unique experience, this tour offers a leisurely cruise on the Potomac River (Seasonal: March 15th to October 15th).

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Bike Tour: Capitol Hill, Lincoln Memorial, National Mall

4. 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.

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Washington D.C.: The Ghosts of Washington D.C. Walking Tour

5. Washington D.C.: The Ghosts of Washington D.C. Walking Tour

Enjoy a family-friendly walking tour of Washington D.C. and immerse yourself in the Capital's dark past. Visit some of Capitol Hill's most haunted historical sites and discover the mysterious past of its most prominent residents. Learn more about poltergeists, assassination attempts, and the city's historical architecture as you admire spooky sights such as the Folger Shakespeare Library and Cannon House Office Building.

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Washington: National Mall & Capitol Hill Guided Combo Tour

6. Washington: National Mall & Capitol Hill Guided Combo Tour

Start off with your guide exploring the world-class monuments dedicated to notable figures including George Washington and Abraham Lincoln at the National Mall. Learn about their stories as well as the history behind the many wars immortalized around the National Mall, including World War II, the Korean War, and Vietnam. You might even catch a glimpse of the president and first lady while passing by the White House.   Next, visit some of the most important places in DC, including the stunning exteriors of the Supreme Court, the Library of Congress, and Capitol Hill. Go inside the Thomas Jefferson Library and check out a real Gutenberg Bible. Learn about the judicial system at the Museum of the Supreme Court, and maybe get a peek inside the actual courtroom. There is a possibility to get tickets for a tour of the Capitol’s interior, where politicians and legislatures work tirelessly for the American people. This tour will allow you to see most of the major sights all in one day. Highlights generally include: Lincoln Memorial Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial (the Wall) Washington Monument Korean Veteran's Memorial World War II Memorial Views of the White House  Exterior of the Capitol Exterior of the Supreme Court Museum of the Supreme Court Possible viewing of the Courtroom View of the Main Reading Room of Library of Congress Gutenberg Bible Thomas Jefferson’s library Statue of Freedom Possible tickets to Capitol interior tour

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Washington DC: Capitol Hill Iconic Architecture Walking Tour

7. 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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Washington DC: Capitol Hill - Guided Walking Tour

8. Washington DC: Capitol Hill - Guided Walking Tour

This is the best way to cover the US capital's political highlights, passing by the buildings where the biggest decisions of this country were taken. Let a local expert English-speaking guide help you get the most out of your time at Capitol Hill, making sure you see all the highlights. Your guide will not only be an expert on Capitol, but they will also share a mix of historical and political information, background stories and surprising details with you. At the end, you’ll have enjoyed yourself so much that you won’t even realize how the hours have passed and you’ll be on your way to becoming an expert on the US Capitol yourself. With so much to see on Capitol Hill, you’ll be thankful to your guide for navigating you. More than just storytellers, your passionate and engaging guide will approach touring in a different way. They will bring a personal touch to each tour, adding their own favorite anecdotes and tips along the way. They are there to listen to you, to answer your questions and to create a dialogue – unlike other tours where they tend to lecture you as you go along. That’s the whole reason why the private and small group tour options are offered - to make sure you get the most out of your experience.  On this tour, highlights include: - The stunning exterior of the Supreme Court, - The majestic exterior of the Library of Congress and the interior of the Main Reading Room. - The iconic exterior of the Capitol building. - The Statue of Freedom - Going inside the Thomas Jefferson library and checking out a real Gutenberg Bible. - Learn about the judicial system at the Museum of the Supreme Court and maybe get a peek inside the actual courtroom. - There is a possibility to get tickets for a tour of the Capitol’s interior, where politicians and legislatures work tirelessly for the American people.

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National Archives Building & Capitol Hill: Guided Combo Tour

9. National Archives Building & Capitol Hill: Guided Combo Tour

This 5-hour combination tour starts with the National Archives, the neoclassical building considered a temple to American history. Your local English speaking guide will not only be an expert on the archives, but will also share a mix of historical & political information, background stories and surprising details with you. Visit the National Archives Rotunda to learn about the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution while reading the perfectly-preserved documents from the 17th and 18th centuries. You will also see the Bill of Rights and the Federalist Papers featuring the signatures of world-famous statesmen like Alexander Hamilton. Discover the Public Vaults Exhibits, where letters written by presidents including George Washington and John F. Kennedy are on display. Have a look at the Emancipation Proclamation, which helped end slavery in the 19th century. Study a citation issued to civil rights activist Rosa Parks and examine even older documents like the Magna Carta of 1297 in the Rubenstein Gallery. After a break, the tour explores Capitol Hill on foot - the epicenter of activity in Washington DC. Your knowledgeable local guide will show the exteriors of the Supreme Court, the Capitol building and the Library of Congress as well as the interior of the Main Reading Room. In addition, admire the Statue of Freedom and the Thomas Jefferson library with a real Gutenberg Bible. You can also learn about the judicial system at the Museum of the Supreme Court and maybe get a peek inside the actual courtroom.

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Washington DC: Best of Capitol Hill Guided Bike Tour

10. Washington DC: Best of Capitol Hill Guided Bike Tour

Learn your civics by cycle. Visit the 3 branches of the US Government—Executive (White House), Legislative (Congress), and Judiciary (Supreme Court). See the Capitol Building from all angles and take a photo in front of the majestic Supreme Court Building. See where America's most important political decisions get made before cruising down Capitol Hill towards the most famous avenue in the city, Pennsylvania Avenue, where there is a protected bike lane all the way to the White House. Learn about the movers and shakers of American politics—past and present. Where do presidents go out to eat? Where do foreign dignitaries stay when they come to DC? Who put the Capitol on that hill? Find the answers to all these questions and more. See the new Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial and get tips for visiting newly re-opened Smithsonian Museums. Get insider anecdotes and fun facts from your guide as you take in all the sights on this high-energy, 2-hour guided bike tour. This tour has some uphill routes to be aware of. Please feel free to upgrade to an electric bike if you want an easier ride.

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What people are saying about Library of Congress

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 625 reviews

Everything was perfect - the bikes; our guide, Beth; the tour route; even the weather. Best way ever to get an overview of the DC Capital area to start our vacation.

Our guide was very knowledgeable and the pacing was well done. We had a great time and would highly recommend!

Enjoyable. Our tour guide (and driver) Sam, was very knowledgeable, courteous and professional.

Seeing Washington at night was a real treat. It’s beautiful.

Thank you to Nick and his team! It was a great tour!