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  • Location:Washington D.C.
  • Duration:2 days

2-Day Grand Tour of Washington DC

See the most famous landmarks in Washington DC on this 2-day coach and tram tour. Visit top DC attractions including the White House Visitor Center, US Capitol, Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial and Martin Luther King Jr Memorial, and enjoy in-depth visits to the Smithsonian and Mount Vernon. Then, take a tram ride to Arlington National Cemetery, and witness the Changing of the Guard ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Throughout your tour, hear colorful anecdotes and fascinating trivia about Washington DC's many monuments and memorials from your knowledgeable guides.


  • 2-day overview of Washington DC landmarks
  • See top DC attractions including the White House, US Capitol and Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  • Learn about the history of Washington DC and its best-known sights from your guide
  • Explore a Smithsonian museum on your own
  • Tour Mount Vernon, home of George Washington
  • Take an afternoon tram tour of Arlington National Cemetery

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

If you want to get the most out of a quick visit to Washington DC, this two-day tour makes it easy to cover all the major sights and get some amazing photos!

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What You Can Expect

2-Day Grand Tour of Washington DC


Begin each day of your tour at Union Station at 8am. You may decide which 9-hour tour to do first; you don't even have to take the tours on consecutive days!

White House, US Capitol and Smithsonian Tour

Board your comfortable coach at Union Station, and listen to your driver share stories about the history of Washington DC and facts about its plethora of monuments, museums and memorials. Feel free to ask any questions you might have as you travel around the city.

See the Washington Monument, Tidal Basin and J Edgar Hoover building (FBI headquarters) from your coach, and make photo stops at various sights including the National WWII Memorial, Martin Luther King Jr Memorial and White House. Walk around the White House Visitor Center to learn what the inside of the US President's home looks like. Learn about the inner workings of the US government on your tour of the US Capitol.

Spend the afternoon at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum or the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, where you can take a lunch break (own expense). Explore the massive collections at these spectacular museums on your own until it's time to meet your coach for your return to Union Station. (Sundays only)

Please note: Access is to the White House Visitor Center only. Tours of the White House must be arranged through your Congressional representative.

Mount Vernon and Afternoon Tram Tour

In the morning, travel by coach from Union Station to Virginia to visit Mount Vernon, the elegant plantation home of George Washington. At the Donald W Reynolds Museum and Education Center, learn about the life of the first US president through interactive displays, short films and hundreds of personal effects. Also, in nearby Alexandria you'll visit Christ Church, an 18th-century church that has been visited by several US presidents. Enjoy lunch in Old Town Alexandria (own expense).

In the afternoon, board a tram to Arlington National Cemetery, where thousands of soldiers who fought in US wars are laid to rest. Visit the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and watch the Third United States Infantry Regiment perform the poignant Changing of the Guard ceremony. Your narrated tram tour will also take you to the graves of President John F Kennedy and his brother, Robert F Kennedy.

Finish your day with another coach tour focusing on Washington DC memorials. Drive by the Pentagon and the Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima), Korean War Memorial and Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Return to Union Station at around 5pm.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This was a great way to see most of the DC sights in a short period of time. Our tour guides were nice and informative. There are many times where you are dropped off at a location and told when/where to meet the bus for pickup, so if you are extremely geographically challenged, this is a heads-up. Also, wear comfy walking shoes, even though it's a bus tour, you'll do a ton of walking! Overall a great experience!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Excellent drivers on both days who were very knowledgeable and who made both trips very interesting.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This was an excellent tour. The guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining and we were able to see many of the key Washington landmarks in just two days.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

enjoyed the tour. very informative. pleasant experience overall..

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

the check-in was easy and efficient. Buses very comfortable. Loved what was packed into the 2 days - see a little of everything. This is definitely the best way to visit Washington DC. Day 1 Bus Driver great. He used a headset for speaking and very easy to understanding. Extremely knowledgeable. Day 2 Bus Driver also very good. A little unnerving that he was using an actual microphone in one hand, while driving around the very busy city with the other. Suggest all bus drivers use headsets. Would highly recommend.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Highly enjoyable with enough time to visit each attraction.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Excellent. So much to see. Great drivers/guides.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Great way to get a taste of the city. The guide was great, friendly, informative and fun. Thanks for the great trip - best of all we didn't waste time getting lost if we had been driving.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

THIS TOUR WAS FANTASIC. It was very busy but you went to every major site in Washington. If you have a chance to do this tour I would do it. Had a great time learning about the history of Washington DC.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

Saw all that was advertised. Bus driver had knowledge of all the sites. It was the best way to tour DC

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