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  • Location:Washington D.C., District of Columbia
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Big Bus Washington DC Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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Book the 2-day ticket option and receive a FREE extra day on your tour! Valid for travel dates November 1, 2015 - February 29, 2016.

Explore Washington DC at your own pace on an extensive Big Bus hop-on hop-off itinerary through the heart of the nation's capital. The buses are open top which allows you to enjoy full 360-degree panoramic views as you travel along your route. Whether you are a first time visitor or a repeat visitor there are many things to discover on this informative tour, including the White House, Washington Monument, Smithsonian, and many more.


  • Explore the city at your own pace with a Big Bus Washington DC hop-on hop-off bus tour
  • Visit the National Mall, historic Georgetown, Arlington Cemetery and much more
  • Travel easily between landmarks like the Smithsonian, Washington Monument and the White House
  • Experience unparalleled views from the vantage point of an open top double-decker Big Bus
  • Hop on and off at any of the 57 city-wide stops, and tour four different routes
  • Choose from a 24-hour or 48-hour pass

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What You Can Expect

Big Bus Washington DC Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

See Iconic Landmarks on the Washington DC Hop-on Hop-off Tour

The buses are equipped with a state-of-the-art technology. Guided commentary is provided throughout the tour. Enjoy the views from the open top double-decker observation level or the comfort of the climate-controlled lower level cabin. Either way, this tour allows you to enjoy Washington DC at your own pace and explore your areas of interest such as the White House, Washington Monument, and the Smithsonian. Choose from a 24-hour or 48-hour ticket to ride on an open-top, double-decker Big Bus, with commentary from your on board guide.

The double-decker bus departs Union Station every 30-minutes giving you plenty of opportunities to explore each stop in detail. The buses on the Red Loop, encompassing the city's most popular sites, run every 20 to 30-minutes.

Have the freedom to explore every corner of Washington DC on the four routes around the city. Ride along the Red Loop, the official tour of the National Mall visiting the city's iconic landmarks; cross the Potomac on the Blue Loop and visit Arlington Cemetery and the Pentagon; on the Yellow Loop, discover historic Georgetown and a variety of museums; or hop aboard a traditional trolley to the National Cathedral on the Green Loop

For a list of stops see Itinerary below:


Washington DC Hop-On Hop-Off tour stops:

Red Loop
1. Union Station
2. U.S. Capitol
3. U.S. Capitol & Botanical Garden
4. American Indian Museum
5. Air & Space Museum
6. Hirshhorne Museum
7. L'Enfant Plaza
8. Smithsonian Castle
9. National Mall
10. Washington Monument
11. Bureau of Engraving & Holocaust
12. Jefferson Memorial
13. FDR & MLK Memorial
14. Lincoln Memorial & Korean War Memorial
15. Vietnam Memorial
16. WWII Memorial
17. American History Museum
18. Natural History Museum
19. National Portrait Gallery
20. Ford’s Theater
21. White House
22. National Aquarium
23. National Archives & National Art Gallery
24. Liaison & Hyatt Hotel
25. Union Station

Yellow Loop
26. Union Station
27. Ford’s Theater
28. White House
29. US Treasury
30. White House North
31. Mayflower
32. Dupont Circle
33. Washington Hilton
34. Georgetown Inn
35. Georgetown Canal/Shops
36. Georgetown Harbor
37. Four Seasons
38. Hotel Stop
39. Lincoln Memorial
40. WWII Memorial
41. American History Museum
42. Natural History Museum/Old Post Office
43. Marriott Metro Center
44. Convention center
45. Union Station

Green Loop
46. Washington Hilton
47. Woodley Park/National Zoo
48. Washington National Cathedral
49. Embassy Row
50. Washington Hilton

Blue Loop
51. Washington Monument
52. White House
53. WWII Memorial
54. Lincoln Memorial
55. Arlington Cemetery
56. Pentagon City Mall
57. Washington Monument

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Our party of 4 enjoyed a great tour of all the major sights in Washington DC with the help of Henry, our live tour guide. With his charming commentary, even we long-term residents of the the city learned new things about it. Although we did not take advantage of the hop-on hop off feature on this tour, we will repeat the tour next year and do so. Recommended!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

The bus tour guide was very good.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

We loved our tour. I wish I had asked how long the tour would be because we only got off at one stop in fear of being late. Next time we go, Lord willing, we will be better prepared. Loved the tour and highly recommend it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Excellent way to see the main attractions in Washington.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

It was a wonderful way to get around.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Best way to see DC. Tour guides were funny and knowledgable, stops were perfectly convenient, really a fantastic way to explore a new city. I'll definitely do this again!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Great Tour of the city and monuments! Would not have seen as much as we did without the tour. Staff very friendly and helpful. Didn't realize DC would be such a great trip. Will be back to see more!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Taking the hop on hop off trolley is very well done. The recording was very informative and detailed. We came away much more informed. The staff are very friendly and most helpful. This is a great way to tour the city and learn the heritage.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Great way to see the main sights of Washington when you're short on time. Really friendly staff too

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Excellent - will recommend to others willingly.

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