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Washington, DC: Full-Day Tour with a Scenic River Cruise

1. Washington, DC: Full-Day Tour with a Scenic River Cruise

Discover all the delights of Washington DC with this day-tour around the city, hitting hotspots such as the White House, the U.S. Capitol Building, and the Thomas Jefferson Memorial. Board your glamourous, climate-controlled, panoramic bus at the U.S. Navy Memorial. Head to all the major highlights of regular sightseeing tours and enjoy a lunch break and an opportunity to travel through the Tidal Basin. Learn about some of the most fascinating landmarks in the USA, including the White House, U.S. Capitol Building, and National Archives, plus breathtaking memorials of Thomas Jefferson and Franklin Roosevelt. After lunch, summer brings the opportunity for a boat ride through Georgetown and the DC Waterfront. In winter, this Washington bus tour culminates with a visit to the Pentagon and several more fascinating war memorials. The tour price includes a boat cruise, and tourists will have the opportunity to purchase lunch at one of several waterfront restaurants in the summer. During your tour learn from your live tour guide who hops off the bus with you to ensure you receive an intimate and personalized experience of each attraction.  Your guide will educate you on the important details of each monument. From April through October, take in the fresh air on a scenic 1-hour cruise along the Potomac River. The full itinerary of this tour includes: • Jefferson Memorial • U.S. Capitol Building • FDR Memorial • World War II Memorial • Iwo Jima Memorial • Vietnam Memorial • Martin Luther King Memorial • Lincoln Memorial • White House

Washington, DC: African American History Tour & Museum Entry

2. Washington, DC: African American History Tour & Museum Entry

Gain a fascinating insight into the most significant moments and landmarks related to the civil rights movement on a guided African-American history tour of Washington DC. Pass by the Emancipation Statue, Lincoln Park, and visit the National Museum of African American History and Culture Meet your guide at the U.S. Navy Memorial and travel to monuments such as the Emancipation Statue and Howard Theatre. Make your way to the Lincoln Memorial and stand where Martin Luther King gave his famous "I Have a Dream" speech in 1963, gazing out over the large reflecting pond. Stop outside the Home of Frederick Douglass, the famed abolitionist, followed by a visit to Lincoln Park. Here you will stop to see the statue of educator, activist, and founder of the National Council of Negro Women, Mary McLeod Bethune. Head next to Howard University, one of the oldest black universities in the United States. Take a stroll around the beautifully maintained campus as you learn more about the civil rights movement with your guide. Next, drive through Le Droit Park, Shaw Neighborhood, and Historic “U” Street. which was once home to the largest urban African-American community in the United States in the early 1900s. Hear about its own “Black Broadway”, home to entertainment legends from the past and present.  Next, stop outside the African American Civil War Memorial and Museum and discover how the course of the Civil War was impacted by the African-American soldiers who perished on the front lines. Explore downtown DC and admire the sights of Freedom Plaza on Pennsylvania Avenue, the White House, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, and the National Council of Negro Women. Enter the Logan Circle historic district and see the Metropolitan AME Church and the Mary McLeod Bethune Council house.  Finish the tour at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. Benefit from reserved entry to the museum and explore the vast collection of artifacts and exhibits at your own pace, learning more about African-American culture and history.

Washington DC: Bus Tour to the Highlights of the Capital

3. Washington DC: Bus Tour to the Highlights of the Capital

Capitalize on your time in the capital with this whistle-stop city tour of Washington DC. Board one of the luxury buses at the U.S. Navy Memorial before cruising past the National Archives to the U.S. Capitol Building. Let your guide give you the lowdown, from the original Declaration of Independence to the Constitution and Bill of Rights. Take in incredible views of the two-mile-long Smithsonian Museum and imposing Washington Monument, which is the tallest freestanding stone structure in the world. You’ll have the chance to stretch your legs with stops at the White House and Lincoln Memorial, where you can climb the stairs to see the famous statue of America’s 16th President. Then, take an informative guided walk around the beautiful WW2 Memorial. The tour takes a loop from the United States Navy Memorial, stopping at memorable sites, such as the Vietnam Memorial, US Capitol Building and Lincoln Memorial. An experienced guide will explain every significant detail of each monument and memorial, and give you the most comprehensive and intimate tour experience DC has to offer. Marvel at the many Smithsonian museums, National Mall, Freedom Plaza, and much more from onboard the bus. Then, learn the history of the White House, Capitol Building, FDR Memorial, and Martin Luther King Memorial during short guided walks.

Washington DC: See the City Segway Tour

4. Washington DC: See the City Segway Tour

Arrive 30 minutes before the tour time for instruction on how to ride a Segway, then head off on a thrilling guided Segway tour of Washington DC and its main landmarks. Listen as your guide recounts fascinating stories about these iconic locations, narrated via a state-of-the-art radio system. Before departure, receive training and get fitted for your equipment. Watch a brief video and presentation, then receive one-on-one instruction from the experienced staff. Don't be nervous! Many of the visitors are first-time riders and most people get the hang of it within a few minutes.  Once everyone is comfortable, you will do a quick soundcheck and off you go!  The first stop is the White House, just across the street from your starting point! From there, continue to explore as many of the following sites as possible: Lafayette Square US Treasury Constitution Gardens Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool Vietnam Veterans Memorial Korean War Memorial DC War Memorial Tidal Basin WWII Memorial Washington Monument Smithsonian Museums National Gallery of Art US Capitol National Archives US Navy Memorial FBI Building Freedom Plaza and more!

Washington DC: US Capitol Bus Tour with Archives Access

5. Washington DC: US Capitol Bus Tour with Archives Access

Explore the best of Washington, DC on this guided tour, including a reserved entrance to the U.S. Capitol Building and the National Archives Building. After an in-depth tour of the U.S. Capitol Building, you'll continue through the city to discover some of DC's most famous landmarks and attractions. Discover the major points of interest with a knowledgeable guide who will share the stories behind each site. Seasonal variations in the itinerary offer unique experiences. In the summer months, relax with a complimentary boat cruise along the beautiful Potomac River and Georgetown Waterfront after lunch, with the option to purchase a meal at one of the many waterfront restaurants. In contrast, the winter season features an afternoon scenic bus tour through Virginia, showcasing the Pentagon, Air Force Memorial, Iwo Jima Marine Corps Memorial, and Arlington National Cemetery. To finish up, get a fascinating look at the interior of the National Archives.

DC Highlights with Entry to Arlington National Cemetery

6. DC Highlights with Entry to Arlington National Cemetery

Experience Washington DC and Arlington, Virginia on this 6-hour tour. Start your tour at the U.S. Navy Memorial with your personal guide and visit DC’s most famous landmarks and monuments with 10 to 15 minutes at each stop.    Visit the grounds of the U.S. Capitol Building and the White House and make stops at the Vietnam Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Korean War Memorial, World War II Memorial, and Martin Luther King Memorial. In addition, experience a narrated trolley tour of Arlington National Cemetery. The tour of Arlington National Cemetery includes weekday stops near the Ord and Weitzel Gate to see President John F. Kennedy’s grave site, the U.S. Coast Guard Memorial, the U.S. Army Gen. John J. Pershing's grave site, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and the Arlington House. Weekend service includes stops near Sections 55 and 60, as well as the September 11th Memorial. The tour ends at Arlington National Cemetery.  

From DC: Baltimore and Annapolis Day Trip

7. From DC: Baltimore and Annapolis Day Trip

Enjoy the marvels of Maryland with one of our private Baltimore day tours from Washington DC, which also includes a stop at historic Annapolis!. Often dubbed ‘charm city,’ Baltimore is a short 60-minute drive from DC and makes for the perfect day trip from the capital. Enjoy pickup from your DC address in a luxury vehicle, and after a short scenic drive through Maryland, arrive at the first destination, the grave of legendary writer, Edgar Allen Poe and the former home of baseball icon, Babe Ruth. Next, take an informative tour with your guide of the cultural Inner Harbour, complete with entrance to the USS Constellation Ship and Fort McHenry. Here, learn how this place was where Francis Scott Key wrote "The Star-Spangled Banner," and spend the afternoon exploring Annapolis. Enjoy eye-catching architecture downtown before taking a historic Annapolis walking tour of the United States Naval Academy. Don’t forget to grab some of the region’s renowned seafood in a harbourside restaurant before the journey home.

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Firstly the tour was on-time, vehicle was clean and warm. Our tour guide Dre was most amazing, just exceptional. He was informative, courteous, a wealth of knowledge flows from him a gentleman and offered very professional service. I would recommend him as a tour guide any day. It was our first time in Washington and both myself and my girlfriend had a wonderful time on this tour. I highly recommend, value for money, money well spent.

This was an excellent overview of what the National Mall has to offer in terms of the monuments and attractions. The information shared was insightful and can inform what you choose to explore later in more detail.

Driver Ollie and Guide Jessie make a great team- have it down to a science and make you really feel welcome to be on their tour. Excellent facts and some great trivia! Highly recommend

Fun and educational. It was a quick way to check out all of the major monuments without the hassle of navigating and parking.

Nick was Great! He knows his History! Wonderful Job.. keep up the great work