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Take a hop-on hop-off Washington DC trolley tour to explore the nation’s capital at your own pace. There are three routes to choose from that encompass the city’s top attractions, including the National Mall, the White House, National Cathedral, Lincoln Memorial and Arlington National Cemetery. Just hop off at any stop when you want to explore, and then hop back on the trolley to continue around the city. When booking, select between a 1- and 2-day pass and the routes you wish to use.

Highlights

  • Washington DC Trolley Tour
  • Hop on and off at any of the 20 stops as often as you like
  • Explore Washington DC at your leisure with a one-day ticket on the DC trolley
  • See the most popular sights of Washington DC at your own pace
  • Washington DC trolley is the easiest way to get around town
  • Upgrade to the 2-day pass

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Great for first-time visitors! The trolleys travel three different routes to all the biggest sights and depart regularly throughout the day. A simple, flexible and inexpensive way to explore the city.

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What You Can Expect

Washington DC Hop-on Hop-off Trolley Tour

Washington DC Hop-on Hop-off Trolley Tour

When booking your hop-on hop-off Washington DC trolley tour, select either a 1-day or 2-day pass, and choose access to the Orange and Red loops only or the all-loop pass to include the Green line. Then board the trolley at any of the stops (see the Itinerary for a list) to begin your independent sightseeing around DC; trolleys depart approximately every half hour.

With easy transportation, you can see the attractions that most interest you at your own pace. Plus, enjoy the trolley system’s GPS tracking, allowing you to find out nearby trolley stops and the next arrival and call in if you need assistance (no phone app is required).

Orange loop: National Mall and Downtown
Traverses the National Mall with stops at all of the Smithsonian Museum buildings, plus Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, Washington Monument, FDR Memorial, the US Capitol and the Supreme Court

Green loop: National Cathedral and Uptown
Travels uptown to the National Zoo and National Cathedral, and stops at the White House and White House Visitor Center

Red loop: Arlington National Cemetery Shuttle (10- to 15-minute ride)
Shuttles between Arlington National Cemetery and Lincoln Memorial; the last return shuttle from the cemetery is 4:30pm

Itinerary

Washington DC hop-on hop-off trolley tour stops:
  1. Washington Welcome Center: Ford's Theatre, Petersen House, International Spy Museum
  2. White House Visitors Center: the White House Visitor Center, the White House, National Aquarium
  3. National Archives: National Archives, National Gallery of Art East and West Buildings, Marian Koshland Science Museum, US Navy Memorial
  4. Union Station, Smithsonian National Postal Museum
  5. US Capitol, US Supreme Court, Library of Congress
  6. Air and Space Museum, Museum of the American Indian, Hirshhorn Museum, US Botanic Gardens
  7. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Bureau of Engraving and Printing
  8. Jefferson Memorial, George Mason Memorial, Tidal Basin - paddle boats, FDR Memorial
  9. Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Korean War Memorial, World War II Memorial, Shuttle to Arlington Cemetery
  10. Museum of American History, Washington Monument
  11. Museum of Natural History, Old Post Office Pavilion and Bell Tower
  12. Newseum, National Gallery of Art - West Building, Marian Koshland Science Museum
  13. White House Gifts
  14. National Geographic Museum, Charles Sumner Museum and Archives
  15. Dupont Circle, Woodrow Wilson House, Textile Museum, Phillips Collection
  16. Woodley Park Shopping and Dining Neighborhood, Adams Morgan Shopping and Dining Neighborhood, National Zoo
  17. National Cathedral (open daily 10am-4pm; tours available daily)
  18. Stephen Decatur House, Lafayette Park, White House grounds, Eisenhower Executive Office Building, Octagon House, Renwick Gallery, Corcoran Gallery
  19. Chinatown, National Museum of Women in the Arts, National Portrait Gallery, American Art Museum

Customer Reviews

maggie g

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

It was great being able to see all the important stops and to be able to get off and on right where we wanted. It was very worth the extra money maid the trip so much easier.

Tedi R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Excellent job. Duchess and especially Sooner Steve did a fantastic job. Thank you!

Ginger M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

The tour guides were so knowledgeable! It was so worth the price. Maybe the only thing you could add to the list of pickup spots is the intersection that they are located.

Judith S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

The professor, Legacy, sooner Steve were full of information and entertaining.

Lillian M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

The tour guides are fun and knowledgeable. There are plenty of trolleys so you don't have to wait much between stops. The trolleys are comfortable and shelter you from the sun.

Shirley B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

5 Star Rating......Very helpful, very timely. Great way to navigate DC

Dennis h

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was amazing!

Ronnie H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

We were able to utilize this service for 1 day only but it was well worth the cost especially being able to go to Arlington and the National Cathedral. Staff were extremely helpful and cordial.

Suzanne T S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Narration by the drivers was excellent. Buses were on schedule.

MICHAEL W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Our driver/guide was fantastic. He made the whole experience much better. We were on the orange line at around 12:00 noon.

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