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  • Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
  • Duration:  8 hours (approx.)
Experience Washington DC’s most sought-after attractions like a true VIP insider. Beat the long entrance lines and enjoy reserved entry to the US Capitol Building for a guided tour of the home of Congress, plus gain priority entry into the National Archives Building for an exclusive look at the original Bill of Rights, Declaration of Independence and US Constitution. You'll also take a guided sightseeing tour of DC’s most famous landmarks and monuments including the outside of the White House, the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Halfway through your day you will take a break from sightseeing and enjoy a boxed lunch while cruising the Potomac River. This exclusive Viator tour can’t be booked anywhere else!

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

Your VIP experience begins outside of the Library of Congress, where you’ll meet your guide for a 45-minute reserved entry and tour of the US Capitol Building. With your VIP experience comes no chance of the Capitol tour being sold out, so save time and gain immediate entrance to one of the most symbolically important and architecturally impressive buildings in the nation.

On your guided walking tour of this historic building -- home to the Senate and the House of Representatives -- watch a film about the history of government in the US and then peruse the building to learn about the country’s legislature. You’ll see the Crypt, the Rotunda and National Statuary Hall, and your tour begins and ends at the Capitol Visitor Center.

Next, you will join up with our fantastic city sightseeing tour on a comfortable, air conditioned coach. See all of DC’s major monuments and memorials up-close; take about 10 to 15-minutes at each stop to hop off the coach for walks with your guide.

Highlights include the outside of the White House, Washington Monument, World War II Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, Iwo Jima Statue, Korean War Veterans Memorial and US Navy Memorial. Your guide will entertain you with interesting trivia and historical facts about DC’s most famous sites.

Instead of cramming a quick lunch at some mall food court, it’s time for a leisurely cruise down the Potomac River (March 15 to October 6 only). Sit back, relax and enjoy a cruise along the Potomac River with your guide, who’ll answer any questions you have. A box lunch will be served on board; you'll have the choice of a sandwich with chips and a cookie. (In the winter, when it’s colder, you’ll instead visit a local indoor market for lunch.)

After the sightseeing tour, you’ll gain reserved entrance to the National Archives Building. Your guide will lead you past long lines that often wrap around the building and allow you to enjoy immediate entrance for a unique chance to view the original Bill of Rights, Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution at your own pace, without needing to follow the tour group around. These historic documents are housed in the Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom. You’ll also have access to the Public Vault permanent exhibit gallery, the Lawrence F O'Brien temporary exhibit gallery, the Boeing Learning Center and the William G McGowan Theater.

Your tour concludes at the National Archives Building.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

I HIGHLY Recommend this tour! We had taken a train from NY to Washington to do this for the day. We saw many memorials such as WWI, Vietnam and the Korean War memorials. There were many vets around and we saw many shaking their hands thanking them for their service. We saw the White House, the Capital, Lincoln Memorial and the Archives. We also saw the Martin Luther King Memorial. Our guide Andy was the best. He was EXTREMELY knowledgeable about Washington DC and was VERY passionate throughout the tour. We saw several people stop that were doing their own sightseeing to listen to what he was sharing about what we were seeing at the time. It was the experience of a lifetime.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

it rained but it was well done

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