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3 Days in Washington DC: Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, April 2014

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To some, Washington DC means white marble, verdant lawns, and the colorful, ritualistic pageantry of American politics: the Capitol dome; limousine processions on Inauguration Day; the mournful, somber, stately changing of the guard at Arlington National Cemetery. To others, D.C. is a bustling metropolis, filled with chic bars, ethnic diversity, and a soft undercurrent of the American South. To those that know, it is all these things.

Day 1: Welcome to D.C.

There are so many things to do in Washington D.C., where does one begin? Best bet is to sate that cultural craving and head off to see some sites either guided by day, by night, or by hop-on-hop-off trolley. Depending on what option you choose, you might consider purchasing a Power Pass in order to save some money.

Day 2: Mount Vernon

Your bearings made, spend today in Mt. Vernon, the land of America’s first president, general George Washington. A half-day tour of the mansion and farm of this widely-loved icon will give you a good sampling of the beautiful Virginian land and how life was lived those two-hundred odd years ago. Take lunch and consider spending the afternoon shopping in Georgetown, before heading back to DC for a relaxing and scenic dinner cruise.

Day 3: Relax and Sightsee

With so many things to do in DC, you might be feeling overwhelmed, but there’s no reason to (you’re on vacation, after all!). Washington DC will share its majesty with you whether you’re taking a morning jog down the famous Potomac, or Segwaying your way through its many monuments, or stopping in on some of its famous restaurants and bars. The Round Robin bar in the Willard Hotel is famous for its history of notable guests, knowledgeable bartenders, and tasty mint juleps. Highly recommended.

Tours & Tickets

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Washington DC Hop-on Hop-off Trolley Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 596 Reviews

Discover Washington DC at your leisure with a one-day ticket on the Hop-on Hop-off Trolley Tour. Create your own itinerary to see the most popular sights of ...  Read more

Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $39.00
$45.00 Save $6.00

Viator VIP: Best of DC Including US Capitol and National Archives Reserved Access, the White House and Lincoln Memorial

Experience Washington DC’s most sought-after attractions like a true VIP insider. Beat the long entrance lines and enjoy reserved entry to the US Capitol ...  Read more

Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $125.00

Washington DC Supersaver: Mount Vernon and Arlington National Cemetery Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 31 Reviews

Take a full-day tour from Washington DC to Mount Vernon and Arlington National Cemetery, two of Virginia’s most popular attractions! On this great-value day ...  Read more

Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $65.00

Washington DC Guided Night Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 11 Reviews

Take a guided evening tour of Washington DC’s monuments and memorials -- majestic by day and spectacular when floodlit at night! See the Jefferson Memorial, ...  Read more

Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $44.10
$49.00 Save $4.90

Washington DC in One Day: Guided Sightseeing Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

See the very best of Washington DC in one day! Aboard a state-of-the-art, luxury 30-passenger coach for a narrated 6-hour tour, see the White House, the ...  Read more

Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $62.10
$69.00 Save $6.90

Washington DC in a Day Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 143 Reviews

Soak up the best of Washington DC on this full-day tour that combines informative narration with free time to explore popular sights. Step off your coach to ...  Read more

Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $45.00

Washington DC National Gallery of Art Tour Including West Building and Sculpture Garden

Get the most out of your visit to the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC with this small-group tour guided by an art historian. See the highlights of the ...  Read more

Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Duration: 2.5-hrs to 3-hrs

From USD $39.00

Washington DC Tour of Ford's Theatre, FBI Headquarters and International Spy Museum

Take a break from all the monuments and memorials in Washington DC with this fascinating tour on secrets and spying led by a passionate guide. Learn all about ...  Read more

Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $42.00

Independent Day Trip to Mount Vernon and Old Town Alexandria from Washington DC

4.5 star rating: Recommended 101 Reviews

Make a half-day pilgrimage to the Mount Vernon, the home of America's founding father, George Washington. Along the way you'll see sights both old and new ...  Read more

Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $55.00

Washington DC Monuments by Moonlight Cruise

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 3 Reviews

See Washington DC like never before on a mesmerizing nighttime cruise along the Potomac River. Admire DC’s most famous monuments and landmarks including the ...  Read more

Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $23.00

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