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  • Location:Washington D.C., District of Columbia
  • Duration:Varies

On this Big Bus hop-on hop-off tour through the heart of Washington DC, you can explore the monuments and museums on your own schedule. Take in the panoramic, 360-degree views while riding in an open top bus, and when it’s time to visit your next stop—whether it’s the White House, the Washington Monument, or the Smithsonian—it’s easy to exit and re-board the bus at any time.


  • 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 hop-on hop-off buses all have state-of-the-art technology and an on-board guide. The double-decker bus allows you to enjoy the sun on the top level, or relax in the climate-controlled, lower level as you move between Washington DC sights. Explore must-see places like the White House, Washington Monument, and the Smithsonian at your own pace.

Choose either a 24-hour or 48-hour ticket. The buses leave Union Station every 30 minutes, allowing for ample time to discover each attraction. The Red Loop, which includes the city’s top sights, runs every 20 to 30 minutes.

Explore all the corners of Washington DC at your leisure on the four routes options. The Red Loop visits the city's classic landmarks, or try the Blue Loop, where you’ll cross the Potomac River and see Arlington Cemetery and the Pentagon. On the Yellow Loop, check out the historic city of Georgetown, plus several museums; or, on the Green Loop, you’ll have the chance to board a traditional trolley to the National Cathedral.

For a full list of Washington DC stops, see the 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 September 2015

GREAT TOUR!! friendly professional employees

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Great way of seeing the city - mostly buses ran to schedule but we did have one wait of 25 minutes. Otherwise highly recommend and commentary en route interesting without information overload.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Loved it! First time in a helicopter for our 4 kids aged 10-16 and they absolutely loved it!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

the tour was great but the traffic in and out of DC was horrible

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

I enjoyed the tour. Drop off and pick up sites were convenient. We were on a bus with a live tour guide which made the morning enjoyable.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

It was great

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Informative and easy! Enjoyed the recorded audio of the tour!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Excellent tour, very friendly staff, very accommodating.
Saw all the main attractions and a great means of transportation.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was amazing!

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