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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)
  • 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 (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.

Customer Reviews

Rochelle A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

We loved this tour! Guide was very knowledgeable and professional! It was a great way to experience D.C. and many of its wonderful monuments and buildings! Also, the tour company you used was very clean and comfortable and the driving was superb! Excellent!

Karen K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Excellent tour, highly recommended. Guide Chris was very informative with a few jokes thrown in.

Susan E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Fabulous tour and guides. Cherry blossoms were in peak bloom on Friday, March 25 when we took our tour. Highly recommend! Susan Eki

D'Ann R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This was an excellent tour. You got to see everything and had enough time at each location. I would highly recommend this tour. It is well worth the price. Chris the guide was excellent.

Terry E A United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Even though it was a very cold day, my daughter and I had a wonderful time. Our Guide Christopher was funny and seemed to know the city very well. This is the second time I have used Viator on a full day tour. I would continue to use them in the future. This tour was a must see!

snowflakes16 Singapore

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

The guide Esau was entertaining and provided a good narration of the city's sights. The tour picked out the most significant memorials and monuments for us to visit. Was a good introduction to Washingon D.C.

Annette B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Viator VIP is truly VIP. I had an amazing time during my tour. I give my tour experience 5 STARSL
Learned a lot my experience was very positive and exciting. the tour is a MUST Do.

David P USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Very worthwhile tour. Very Informative. Our guide new his stuff. Great way too see where we wanted to spend further time at.

Christopher E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Excellent tour, our guide Chris was funny as well as informative, and the sites we saw were brilliant. Highly recommended!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Pay Christopher well or i'll hire him
Well spoken young man great tour guide.
Marco was great at maneuvering the bus thru traffic.
Good fast paced tour.

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