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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.


  • 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); lunch is included
  • This Viator exclusive isn't available anywhere else

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

This is the only tour on Viator that provides reserved entry to the US Capitol Building (Rotunda will be closed throughout August 2016) 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.

**The rotunda for the US Capitol will be closed for the month of August 2016 and will not be able to be visited.**

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. See lunch options below and specify your desired selection at checkout. All lunch options include a beverage and chips.
  • Roasted turkey and provolone cheese on hero roll 
  • Honey ham and cheddar cheese on kaiser roll 
  • Homemade tuna salad on kaiser roll 
  • Roasted chicken on hero roll
  • Roasted vegetable wrap with hummus on flour tortilla
  • Peanut butter and jelly sandwich 
  • Seasonal kale salad with carrots, cucumbers, dried cranberries, and balsamic vinaigrette
  • Classic chicken caesar salad 

Customer Reviews

Scott J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Our guide, Chris was fantastic! His knowledge of the city and the sites was excellent. Our bus driver Tony was also outstanding. Overall great experience.

Heidi R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was amazing!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

We got to spend our day with John A. He was wonderful! Perfect combination of ideas and insight for both the adults and kids in our group. We really felt like we had a backstage pass to everything we saw. So glad we started our vacation with this tour!

Patricia H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Enjoyable experience for a full day tour. Besides the bus, a break for lunch on the Potomac River was relaxing before engaging more touring on the bus. Our guide, Ray, was entertaining as well as informative. Used Aviator in Paris and will use them again in future trips.

Ellen W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

We had Chris and Tony for our tour guide and bus driver - excellent tour, definitely would recommend this to everyone.

Fatma S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was amazing!

Monica T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

The tour was amazing and we and #39;ll worth the money. Elizabeth reminded everyone that Shelia was a service dog and not to bother the dog. She also got an elevator pass and a shuttle for my mom at the Capitol. Andrew and Mary also were very helpful. John even held Shelia so we could see the Bill of Righ

Daniel F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

The guides were outstanding.

Anand M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Worth the money. We got to see the national archives, capitol building, a ferry tour, and most of the memorials. The tour guide made it so entertaining and informative. We loved it. He's an asset to the business. He's a people person.

Robin Jill S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Excellent guide and only way into Capitol that weekM

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