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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 lines and enjoy reserved entry to the US Capitol Building for a 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 see famous DC landmarks including the White House and the Lincoln Memorial. Halfway through the day, recharge with 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 16 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 August 2015

Our guide, Christopher, really made it exceptional. The transportation was great, nice overview of key sights and exceptional commentary punctuated with humor. Highly recommend.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

The first part in the Capitol Building could have been better if the guides had explained what was going on but the second guide who took us on the bus tour was great. We saw a lot of the Washington landmarks and had details explained. The time allotted for each venue was also just right too.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

The perfect tour when you don't have a lot of time to spend and don't know the area. We were only in DC for a couple of days so we tried to see as much as possible. The 'Best of DC' tour fit the bill. Chris was our tour guide and was very funny and entertaining. We toured the Capitol, saw the White House, toured the National Archives and saw the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights and the Constitution. We saw monuments and memorials and learned many details about them that we were unaware of before. The WWII memorial was amazing. I even found the 'Kilroy was here' drawing that was etched into a secluded place at the memorial. Very cool. The lunch on the boat cruising Potomac was really fun too. Some cool relief on a very hot day. It does take much of one day and there is a lot of walking, but well worth it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

What a wonderful tour. We only had a short time in DC so this was the best way to see all the main sights. The tour guide was both informative and also humorous which made for a good day. The subway lunch box on the boat was a very good idea. We did the hop on and off bus tour the day before but it wasn't half as good as this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

We had limited time to spend on touring DC and this was an excellent tour for us. We loved all of the landmarks we saw and enjoyed seeing so many, we could not have done this on our own not knowing the area. Chris our guide was great, informative and great sense of humor. We knew that there was walking on our part, however there was a lot more than we expected. After we got back to the hotel our phone walking app reported that we had walked 11 miles on this tour! That did include our short hike back and forth from the hotel to the Metro and Union Station to the first and last venue, but that is a lot of walking! Loved the Potomac boat cruise with lunch, but did not appreciate waiting for others not with our tour to take the cruise with us, if others come along they should be there when we were scheduled to leave. Overall happy with the tour and have recommended to a family member for their future trip to DC this fall.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Outstanding! Our guide, Chris was entertaining and informative. The tour itself was wonderful! We toured the Capitol, saw the White House, toured the National Archives where we saw the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights and the Constitution. We saw monuments and memorials and learned things we had never heard before. Lunch on the Potomac was also great. I highly recommend this tour to anyone who is traveling to our Nation's Capitol

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

My friend and I really did enjoy this trip! Our tour guide was a young man named Chris and he was very knowledgeable, friendly, funny and interesting. He taught us many things about Washington DC that we did not know before we went on this tour. I do not think the tour would have been HALF as interesting if Chris had not been our tour guide. We will definitely recommend this trip to all of our friends. Thank you!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

It was a great tour really enjoyed all the information we were told tour guide made sure we were able to view all we asked to and payed to see thank you so much

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

it was amazing our tour guide made sure we seen all we could and made sure we learned things we did not know it was a great trip

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Andy is very knowlagable and was very funny.

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