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

2-Day Grand Tour of Washington DC

Explore the most famous landmark locations in and around Washington, DC on this guided, 2-day sightseeing tour. Visit popular attractions like the White House Visitor Center, the United States Capitol and the National Air and Space Museum, to name just a few. Then travel to Mount Vernon, George Washington's beloved plantation in Virginia and Arlington National Cemetery to witness the Changing of the Guard. Along the way, hear colorful stories and learn little known facts about all the monuments, statues, buildings and locations in and around DC.

Highlights

  • 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

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Both days of this 2-day tour begin at Union Station in Washington, DC. Climb on board a luxury motor coach for the historical sightseeing adventure of a lifetime, exploring the most famous landmark locations in and around our nation’s capital, Washington, DC.

During the morning of the first day, drive by the Washington Monument, the Tidal Basin and the J. Edgar Hoover Building from the coach. Make stops at the National World War II Memorial, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial and the White House Visitor Center, and receive a guided tour of the US Capitol Building (Mondays through Saturdays only).

After a lunch break (own expense), spend the afternoon at the National Air and Space Museum, featuring the largest collection of historic aircrafts and spacecrafts in the world; or the National Museum of Natural History, with exhibits on geology, biology and natural history, plus an IMAX theater.

The first day of the tour ends with a return trip to Union Station.

On the second of two days in Washington, DC, travel from Union Station to Mount Vernon, George Washington's beloved plantation in Virginia. Tour the mansion and the Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center, featuring 23 galleries and theaters where visitors learn about Washington through interactive displays, an action adventure movie, short films produced by the History Channel and more. 

Then proceed to the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery for the Changing of the Guard ritual by members of the U.S Third Infantry. Stop to see the John F. Kennedy Eternal Flame, then continue on to a number of important memorials — the Lincoln Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, the Women in Military Service for America Memorial Foundation, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the Korean War Veterans Memorial.

The tour ends with a return trip to Union Station around 5 p.m.

Customer Reviews

Colleen S

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!

David C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

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

James Z

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.

Aimee M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

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

stevenp9

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.

Clifford R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Highly enjoyable with enough time to visit each attraction.

Helen N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

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

Roubadan

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.

Jonathon F

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.

phyllisdidyoung

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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