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3 Days in Washington DC: Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, August 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 741 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
$41.95 Save $2.95

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

4.5 star rating: Recommended 42 Reviews

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 78 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 68 Reviews

Take a guided evening tour of Washington DC’s monuments and memorials -- majestic by day and spectacular when floodlit at night! See the Lincoln Memorial and ...  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 47 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 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 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $35.10
$39.00 Save $3.90

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

4 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

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

Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $37.80
$42.00 Save $4.20

Washington DC Sunset Dinner Cruise with Buffet

4 star rating: Recommended 24 Reviews

Experience the Potomac River on a sunset dinner, dancing and sightseeing cruise, where you'll see Washington DC’s famous skyline from a luxury boat. As your ...  Read more

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

From USD $62.11
$110.37 Save $48.26

Washington DC Monuments by Moonlight Cruise

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 5 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 $26.00

Washington DC Monuments by Moonlight Electric Cart Tour

Take in Washington DC’s landmarks at night, including the White House, US Capitol Building and Washington Monument, on a guided tour via an electric cart. ...  Read more

Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $47.00

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