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  • Location:Washington D.C., District of Columbia
  • Duration:8 hours (approx.)

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

Beat the long entrance lines and experience some of the most popular attractions in Washington, DC like an insider on this full-day sightseeing extravaganza. Enjoy priority entry into the United States Capitol, the home of Congress. Then visit the National Archives Building, where the original Bill of Rights, the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution are on display. In between, see the city’s most famous landmarks and monuments, like the White House, the Lincoln Memorial and more. Lunch and a seasonal 1-hour Potomac River cruise are included.

Highlights

  • Enjoy reserved, priority entrance to two of Washington DC's most sought-after attractions
  • Tour the US Capitol Building and get a look at original historic documents at the National Archives Building
  • See Washington DC’s major sites on a coach tour with guided walks for photo opportunities
  • Visit the outside of the White House, the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial and more
  • Enjoy a leisurely cruise down the Potomac River (March 15 to Oct 6)
  • This Viator exclusive isn't available anywhere else
  • Box lunch is provided on the Potomac River Cruise

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

This is the only tour on Viator that provides reserved entry to the US Capitol Building and the National Archives Building, saving you up to three hours of waiting around the city!

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What You Can Expect

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

Visit the Lincoln Memorial

Meet the guide and the rest of the tour group at the US Capitol Visitor Center to begin this Viator VIP tour — a full-day tour of the US Capitol, a National Archives tour and a best of DC tour rolled into one.

Enjoy reserved entry into the United States Capitol for a guided walking tour of this historic building, home to the Senate and the House of Representatives. Watch a film on the history of government in the US, then continue exploring the building to learn about the country’s legislature. Along the way, see the Crypt, the large circular area on the first floor that supports the Rotunda, a domed, circular room on the second floor; National Statuary Hall, a chamber devoted to sculptures of prominent Americans and more.

Then return to the shuttle to look around and through the nation’s capital. See the outside of the United States Capitol and the White House, with stops at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, the Korean War Veterans Memorial, the Marine Corps War Memorial, the US Navy Memorial and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. Along the way, hear the historic stories and facts that make the city of Washington, DC one of the most popular tourist destinations in the United States.

This tour also features a scenic, seasonal 1-hour boat cruise along the Potomac River (March 15 to October 16). Lunch is available for purchase on board the boat. Outside of those dates, visit the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City for shopping and lunch (own expense).

At the end of the tour, gain priority entrance into the National Archives Building for an up-close look at the original Bill of Rights, the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution. These historic documents are housed in the Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom. Also, enjoy access to the Public Vaults, a permanent exhibit gallery with fascinating original records, like Abraham Lincoln's telegrams to his generals, and much more. 

The tour concludes at the National Archives Building.

Customer Reviews

Tracey C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Our tour was fantastic Chris our tour guy was fantastic could answer any questions that where asked
Chris is an asset to your team in DC

M D L C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Totally exceeded our expectations. Incredible value for money. One of our best tours ever.

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

great tour guide

Spenser S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Christopher and Tony were great!!! Great way to see all the sites.

Anonymous

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

It was great time with full experience guide lady.

Sean M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Definitely worth doing, but as you can imagine, it's a lot to cram into one day. We didn't felt rushed. If you're short on time this tour is great for the highlights. Another thing, the capital is being renovated so there is tons of scaffolding on the outside and inside of the dome. You couldn't see much - not good for pictures.

Flem B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Wonderful, excellent tour. I took my god child 17 and niece 14. During the entire tour they were on their phones so I assumed they were bored. When we retuned home they both gave me the biggest hug and told me it was the best trip ever:.

jbuchan

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This was a great tour covering so many highlights and building details. Hats off to guid Chris and driver Tony. Excellent job.

JS

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Great tour and very knowledgeable tour guides! Highly recommend to everyone!
Vera

Peter P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Great tour ... entertaining and knowledgeable guide!

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