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Thomas Jefferson Memorial Tours

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Thomas Jefferson Memorial
The Thomas Jefferson Memorial, commissioned by Franklin D. Roosevelt, is a tribute to the third president of the United States, founder of the University of Virginia, and key drafter of the Declaration of Independence. Its Pantheon-esque facade and bronze statue of Thomas Jefferson overlook the Tidal Basin and Washington Monument.
 
The Basics
As one of Washington DC’s top landmarks, the Jefferson Memorial is included on most DC monument tours that circuit through the National Mall. Walking and Segway tours typically include access to the inner chamber as well as time to explore, while Potomac River cruises and bus and van tours offer long-range views of the memorial and surrounding cherry trees.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Restrooms are located beneath the memorial in the visitor center, accessible by elevator.
  • The inner chamber is wheelchair accessible through the visitor center.
  • The National Park Service has rangers on duty from 9:30am to 11pm daily.
 
How to Get There
Public transport is the easiest way to reach the memorial. Take a 15-minute walk from the Smithsonian Metro station stop to the Tidal Basin, hop on the National Mall Circulator bus, or grab a Capital Bikeshare bike from multiple locations around the National Mall. Book a tour with round-trip transport to avoid the hassle of navigating.
 
When to Get There
The Jefferson Memorial is open 24 hours a day, year-round. Though the hours between 6pm and 9pm are the busiest, going in the evening is worth the crowds for sunset views. Visit in the morning to beat the crowds, or take an evening bus tour for views of the memorial illuminated at night. The memorial and surrounding Tidal Basin are popular among visitors during peak cherry blossom season, from late March to early April.
 
White House Connection
Sit on the steps of the Jefferson Memorial. Now, spot the White House. When President Franklin Roosevelt got to Washington, he lobbied for a memorial of the predecessor he idolized. When the plans were finally approved, Roosevelt chose the site on the Tidal Basin because he wanted a direct view of his creation from the White House—so much so that he ordered trees to be cut for a better view.
Address: 900 Ohio Drive SW, National Mall, Washington D.C., District of Columbia 20024, USA
Admission: Free
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Best of DC Tour - With Access to US Capitol & National Archives Buildings

Best of DC Tour - With Access to US Capitol & National Archives Buildings

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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 tour. 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.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$125.00
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DC At Dusk Guided Night Tour

DC At Dusk Guided Night Tour

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Ride a luxury mini-coach past major landmarks on this night bus tour of Washington DC. Gaze at floodlit memorials and monuments, such as the magnificent Lincoln Memorial and the glow of the Jefferson Memorial reflected in the Tidal Basin. After this sightseeing tour, you’ll understand why the nation’s capital is considered one of the world’s most beautiful cities at night.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Washington DC in One Day: Guided Sightseeing Tour

Washington DC in One Day: Guided Sightseeing Tour

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Experience the sights and sounds of Washington, DC in one day on this guided walking and riding sightseeing tour around the nation’s capital. Visit the city’s historic, iconic landmarks and monuments, like the White House, the United States Capitol, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and the Lincoln Memorial. See and learn about the memorials of famous American leaders who helped shape the United States, like Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, and Martin Luther King, Jr., to name a few. Includes a seasonal Potomac River cruise.
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  • 6 hours
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Washington DC Sightseeing Trolley Tour with 1 Stop

Washington DC Sightseeing Trolley Tour with 1 Stop

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Depart from the Washington DC Welcome Center and take a 90 minute Washington DC trolley tour to explore the nation’s capital. The route encompasses the city’s top attractions, including the White House, Lincoln Memorial and the National Mall.
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$49.00
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Washington DC Monuments by Moonlight Tour by Trolley

Washington DC Monuments by Moonlight Tour by Trolley

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Explore the famous monuments and memorials of Washington DC by moonlight on this narrated sightseeing tour. Hop aboard an open-air trolley and enjoy an educational and entertaining history of the nation’s capital while traveling past each point of interest. Take in the stunning views of an illuminated Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, the White House, and many other landmarks. This is a truly unique look at the iconic monuments of Washington DC by night.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Capitol Hill and DC Monuments Tour by Electric Cart

Capitol Hill and DC Monuments Tour by Electric Cart

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Explore the famous monuments and war memorials of Washington, DC on this small-group sightseeing tour. Hop aboard a special eCruiser vehicle and enjoy an educational and entertaining narrated history of our nation’s capital. Get a glimpse of the White House and travel around and through Capitol Hill, the Smithsonian museum complex, plus a plethora of famous memorials and monuments — like the Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument — and many other hotspots. This is a great way to see many of DC’s most famous landmarks.
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  • 2 hours
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Half-Day Grand Tour of Washington DC

Half-Day Grand Tour of Washington DC

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Get a panoramic look at Washington DC on this sightseeing tour that provides a comprehensive introduction to the United States capital and its historical and cultural landmarks. Listen to live narration as you see dozens of attractions, such as Lincoln Memorial, the exterior of the White House, Washington Monument and the National Mall, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, and the Smithsonian buildings.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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African-American History Tour with Reserved Museum Entry

African-American History Tour with Reserved Museum Entry

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Immerse yourself in the history of African-American culture in the United States during this half-day history excursion in the Nation’s Capital. Follow the path of the first African-Americans at Jamestown through the Civil Rights movement, checking out key sites like the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, the vibrant U Street corridor, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the MLK Memorial, plus much more. Due to COVID-19, all Smithsonian institutions are closed.
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  • 4 hours
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Washington DC City Day Tour with Stops at Top Attractions

Washington DC City Day Tour with Stops at Top Attractions

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Experience the history and culture of the nation’s capital on this comprehensive, half-day, small-group tour. Travel in a comfortable vehicle complete with phone chargers, umbrellas, and a flat-screen TV, and see Washington DC’s monuments, museums, and memorials with a guide. See the US Capitol building, the White House, the Mall and more. Avoid the hassles of driving, or navigating public transportation and leave the logistics to your guide.
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  • 4 hours
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$61.65
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Washington DC Night-Time City Tour with Stops at Top Attractions

Washington DC Night-Time City Tour with Stops at Top Attractions

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Washington DC’s monuments and landmarks light up after dark, perfect for dramatic views and memorable photos of the capital city. Explore the sights from the National Mall to the White House and key memorials as your guide provides informative narration about each site. Hop off at select sights to get an up-close look with your small-group and guide. This tour includes transport between locations.
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  • 3 hours
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Washington DC After Dark Wonder Tour

Washington DC After Dark Wonder Tour

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Explore the famous monuments and war memorials of Washington, DC by the light of night on this guided sightseeing tour. Hop aboard an air-conditioned minivan and enjoy an educational and entertaining narrated history of our nation’s capital. Travel around and through the plethora of famous memorials and monuments, with stunning views of an illuminated Washington Monument, the White House, and many other landmark locations. This is a truly unique look at the iconic monuments of Washington DC by night.
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  • 3 hours
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Washington DC Monuments Bike Tour

Washington DC Monuments Bike Tour

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See the historical sights of Washington DC with an up-close view of significant monuments on a bike tour by comfortable cruiser. Ride an easy route over flat terrain from the National Mall to the Potomac Tidal Basin and view DC landmarks including the Washington Monument, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, and Jefferson Memorial as you explore the attractions with a knowledgeable guide.
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Washington DC Sites at Night Bike Tour

Washington DC Sites at Night Bike Tour

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Experience the beauty of Washington, D.C. at night on this monuments at night bike tour of the city. Check out the Jefferson, Lincoln and WWII memorials once the sun goes down and explore the Vietnam War Memorial and the National Mall at night. This popular tour offers travelers the chance to explore on two wheels after dark when monuments are less crowded.
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  • 3 hours
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Washington DC Private Tour with Spanish or Portuguese Option

Washington DC Private Tour with Spanish or Portuguese Option

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Explore the famous sites of Washington DC on this private tour. Choose from a morning or afternoon departure, then climb aboard a luxury vehicle and enjoy an educational and entertaining account of the nation’s capital with a private guide. Travel around and through the plethora of famous war memorials, monuments, and landmarks. From DC’s residential neighborhoods to Arlington, Virginia and back, experience this comprehensive tour of the city. Hotel pickup/drop-off included.
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  • 4 hours
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Dynamite Day Tour: Small-Group DC Bus Tour

Dynamite Day Tour: Small-Group DC Bus Tour

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Explore the famous monuments and war memorials of Washington, DC on this guided, small-group sightseeing tour. Climb aboard a Dodge Sprinter van and enjoy an educational and entertaining narrated history of the US nation’s capital. Travel around and through the plethora of famous monuments and memorials, featuring the White House, the United States Capitol, the Lincoln Memorial, the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and many other landmark locations. A variety of lunch options (own expense) will be made available.
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  • 7 hours
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4 Hours Private Moonlight DC City Tour by Van

4 Hours Private Moonlight DC City Tour by Van

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Experience the beauty of America's iconic capital city during this moonlit tour of Washington, D.C. by van. Make your way in a private vehicle through historic landmarks and top attractions. Visit Capitol Hill, the Supreme Court, the Library of Congress and more. It's the perfect way to cap off a day of sightseeing with a relaxing tour at dusk.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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Half-Day Washington DC City Tour with Multi-Lingual Guide

Half-Day Washington DC City Tour with Multi-Lingual Guide

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Washington, D.C.’s rich and storied history runs the gamut of political intrigue, scandals, murders, and some of the greatest moments in U.S. history. This fully narrated tour combines walking and driving to major sites like the White House, the Pentagon FBI building, and the National Archives. Guides narrate the stops as you travel, and the tour is available in Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, or English.
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  • 4 hours
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Four Hour Private DC Highlight Tour by Van

Four Hour Private DC Highlight Tour by Van

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Make the most of your time in Washington, D.C., on a private tour of the city’s highlights with a professional guide. Kick off the day at the White House, then visit the Supreme Court, Library of Congress, Jefferson Memorial, and more of D.C.’s most iconic monuments and museums. Finish the day with a stop at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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Private Customized Washington DC City Tour by Van

Private Customized Washington DC City Tour by Van

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Experience the very best of Washington, DC, on a fully-customizable, 4 to 5 hours private tour with a personal van and driver. Create the perfect route for your interests, choosing from over fifty points of interest. See the city’s political, historical and scenic highlights, or focus on a single theme, with plenty of time to explore the sites that appeal to you most. Take in Capitol Hill and the Supreme Court, gardens, Presidential memorials, War Memorials and landmarks, or head outside the city to see Arlington National Cemetery and Mount Vernon Estate.
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Private Washington DC Day Trip from New York

Private Washington DC Day Trip from New York

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Visit Washington, D.C., on a private, full-day trip from New York City with a chauffeured minivan that accommodates up to six passengers. Enjoy the ride in comfort and style, then spend a day exploring the capital’s most important sites. See the United States Capitol and the moving tombs of the Arlington National Cemetery, then continue to the White House and Presidential memorials. Visit the museums and monuments that line the National Mall before returning to New York.
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  • 15 hours
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War Memorials and Arlington National Cemetery Tour

War Memorials and Arlington National Cemetery Tour

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Visit Arlington National Cemetery and explore some of the most famous memorials around Washington, DC on this sightseeing tour. At Arlington National, witness the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns, then stop at famous landmark locations like the Marine Corps War Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial and more. Additionally, see the Lincoln Memorial, the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial and many more—even the White House, the United States Capitol and the National Mall.
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  • 5 hours
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Morning DC Small-Group Bus Tour

Morning DC Small-Group Bus Tour

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Discover the best of Washington DC on this half-day bus tour. Your guide takes you to some of the U.S. national capital’s most famous spots, such as the WWII Memorial, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, and the White House. Make stops to explore the major landmarks and take pictures, while your guide fills you in on the history behind each place.
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  • 4 hours
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Washington DC Odyssey Brunch Cruise

Washington DC Odyssey Brunch Cruise

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Sip champagne onboard a luxurious yacht on a 2-hour brunch cruise along Washington DC’s scenic shoreline. Cast off from Gangplank Marina then enjoy live jazz and a sumptuous brunch buffet. Capture unforgettable images of the DC skyline while relaxing at your private table, then savor coffee or tea as you enjoy views of the capital city’s elegant cityscape.
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  • 2 hours
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Washington DC Evening Tour

Washington DC Evening Tour

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See Washington, D.C.’s most iconic sites illuminated at night on a 3-hour, small group tour with an experienced guide. Enjoy time to explore the city’s moving memorials to the Marine Corps and Korean Veterans, then see the World War II Memorial and the Pentagon Memorial. Walk around the landmarks dedicated to Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson, and capture unforgettable images of the capital city after dark with time to photograph some of D.C’s most famous views.
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  • 3 hours
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$200.00
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