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National Archives Museum
The flagship of the US Government's National Archives and Records Administration, this Greek Revival building in DC's Federal Triangle was created in 1934 to house records of America's military, civic and diplomatic origins and activities. Home to the Charters of Freedom (the Declaration of Independence, Constitution and Bill of Rights) the Archives offer a comprehensive visitor experience that includes the charters themselves, as well as a peek into the public research vaults and a film about the relationship between public records and democracy.

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The public entrance is located at the corner of Constitution Avenue and 9th Street; visitors without advanced reservations line up here to await admission. Advanced reservations for entrance and guided tours (held at 9:45 a.m., Monday-Friday) can be made. The onsite Charter Café is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The archives offer no dedicated public parking, but the site is directly across the street from the Metrorail's Archives-Navy Memorial station, which serves the yellow and green lines.
Address: 700 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20408, USA
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Best of DC Including US Capitol, National Archives Reserved Access, White House and Lincoln Memorial

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.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$125.00 USD
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Moonlit Motor Coach Tour of the National Mall with Pick-Up

See Washington, DC’s best sites light up after dark on a 3-hour, nighttime tour of the National Mall and monuments. Listen to an entertaining narrated history of the capital city, then stop to explore the most important destinations, from moving tributes to America's 20th-century wars to inspiring presidential landmarks. Take in the White House and the U.S. Capitol building at their most picturesque and get the perfect orientation and overview of Washington, DC.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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$69.00 USD
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Morning Monuments Tour of Washington DC

See Washington, DC’s iconic monuments in a single morning on a 3-hour, guided tour with an experienced guide. Choose a tour that combines walking and travel by air-conditioned coach so you can cover lots of ground with time to see the DC sights up close. Hear insider stories about DC’s politicians and historic figures as you explore their moving war memorials, Presidential sites and government buildings, and get the perfect introduction to America’s capital city.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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$69.00 USD
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Arlington Cemetery and National Mall Monuments Bus Tour

This half-day tour of Arlington National Cemetery and the monuments of Washington, D.C. highlights some of the nation's capital's top attractions. Witness the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns and visit the grave of John F Kennedy while you listen to informative commentary and get plenty of history and context from your expert guide.This experience also includes a guided bus tour of the National Mall and stops at major landmarks like the Korean War Veterans Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, White House, State Capitol building and more. This informative tour is the ideal way for first-time visitors to take in the sites and learn about the history, attractions and memorials that make Washington, DC a top destination for travelers from across the globe.
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Duration: 5 hours
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$85.00 USD
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Guided DC City Bus Tour Plus Potomac River Cruise

See the very best of Washington, DC with a 6-hour combination tour that takes in the city by bus, on foot and with a sightseeing cruise of the Potomac River (in season). Choose a longer tour for plenty of time to snap photos at the White House and U.S. Capitol Building, explore DC’s presidential memorials and moving war memorials and browse for souvenirs at the Pentagon City Shopping Mall. Finish the day onboard a Potomac River boat, which is the perfect way to get unobstructed views of key sites.
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Washington DC Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley, plus Arlington National Cemetery

Take a hop-on hop-off Washington DC trolley tour to explore the nation’s capital at your own pace. The route encompasses the city’s top attractions, including the White House, Lincoln Memorial, and Arlington National Cemetery. This is the only tour to take you into the 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.
  • Duration: 2 to 16 hrs
  • Duration: 2 to 16 hrs
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$46.95 USD
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Washington DC Essential Hop-On Hop-Off plus Bonus Tour

With this hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour through Washington, DC, travelers can choose to see the city at their own pace. Linger longer at some sites while skipping others entirely. With 20 stops, you’ll have access to the US Capitol Building, National Mall, Lincoln Memorial, and more. Hear live narration, and choose between 1-day pass or 2-day pass with a bonus night bus.
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Duration: 2 days
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$42.00 USD
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Washington DC After Dark Wonder Tour

Explore the famous monuments and war memorials of Washington, DC by the light of night on this guided, 3-hour 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.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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$49.00 USD
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Washington DC Twilight Tour

There's a certain magic to Washington DC when the sun gets low in the sky, and the pale orange glow of evening twilight begins to change into night. On this twilight Washington DC open top double-decker bus tour, grab your camera and hop on board to tour America's capital, as we cruise by bus around the memorials, monuments, and US Capitol. You'll also have time to snap a photo while standing outside the White House, and pay your respects at war memorials from Korea and World War II.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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$45.00 USD
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Half-Day Grand Tour of Washington DC

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, Iwo Jima Memorial, the outside of the White House, Washington Monument and the National Mall, the Watergate building, Arlington National Cemetery and the Smithsonian buildings.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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$49.00 USD
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Guided Tour of Washington DC

Explore the famous landmarks and monuments of Washington, DC on this guided, 3- or 6-hour, walking and riding sightseeing tour. Hop aboard a deluxe motor coach and enjoy an educational and entertaining narrated history of the nation’s capital. Stop at the White House and the United States Capitol, plus the Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial and much more. The 6-hour tour features more than 30 sites with visits to at least 12. It’s a great way to see many of DC’s popular attractions.
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Duration: 6 hours
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$64.00 USD
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Private Customized Tour of Washington DC with US Veteran

Delve into the nation’s military history with a twenty-year Navy veteran as your guide on a private tour. Choose from an extensive list of museums, monuments, memorials, battlefields, cemeteries, and even the Pentagon (90 day advanced notice required) on an exclusive tour of Washington, DC and surrounding areas. Get unmatched insights and history and spend the day walking through the pages of a real life history book.
  • Duration: 12 hours
  • Duration: 12 hours
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$240.00 USD
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New York City to Washington DC Day Trip with Spanish Guide

Visit Washington, D.C. with a Spanish-speaking guide during this day-trip from New York. Visit the memorial to Martin Luther King, Jr. and the monument to Thomas Jefferson. Then take a tour of the monuments to the Korean War, President Lincoln, the Vietnam War and President Washington. See the prestigious Georgetown University and stop at the White House, then have free time for lunch (own expense) and a visit the Air and Space Museum. Travel aboard a comfortable, air-conditioned bus with a restroom and onboard WiFi. All entrance fees are included.
  • Duration: 15 hours
  • Duration: 15 hours
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$99.00 USD
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Washington DC Legend Daytime Comprehensive Tour

Explore the most famous monuments and war memorials of Washington, DC on this comprehensive, guided, full-day sightseeing tour. Climb aboard a mini bus with a small group and enjoy an educational and entertaining narrated history of the US capital. Travel around and through the plethora of famous memorials and monuments, with stunning views of the United States Capitol, the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, the White House, Arlington Cemetery, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial and many other landmark locations. Hotel pickup and drop-off included.
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Duration: 7 hours
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$75.00 USD
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Skip-the-Line & Private Guided Tour: DC National Archives Building & Capitol Hill

Learn about America’s history on a half-day private tour of the National Archives and Capitol Hill. Peruse the Archives and get a closer look at some of the nation’s most important original documents like the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Then stroll through the Capitol Hill area and listen to your guide recount the history of D.C., from a swamp to the capital of the United States of America.
  • Duration: 300 to 330 minutes
  • Duration: 300 to 330 minutes
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$95.00 USD
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Skip-the-line National Archives Building Guided Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max

Make the most of your National Archives visit on a small-group tour that highlights both famous documents and smaller gems often missed by visitors. Going with a guide is recommended, as you’ll learn historical facts and hear anecdotes you won’t find on plaques or in guidebooks. A small group size of 8 or fewer ensures ample time for questions and a personal experience.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Duration: 2 hours
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$59.00 USD
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Sites by Segway In Washington DC

Experience Washington DC like never before on this guided, 2.5-hour, small-group Segway tour. Learn about this history of the nation’s capital, and one of the most popular destinations in the US, while gliding around the city. See iconic landmarks like the United States Capitol, the National Mall, the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument and many more — a perfect overview of the city for first-time visitors or anyone wanting to see the sites. Guided Segway training plus bottled water and snacks are included. Dress in weather-appropriate clothes with flat, closed-toed shoes.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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$64.00 USD
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Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour of Washington DC: Monuments, Landmarks and Memorials

Explore the most popular sites in Washington, DC on this hop-on hop-off bus tour. Visit many of the top attractions in the nation’s capital — like the White House, Washington Monument, the National Mall, historic Georgetown, Arlington National Cemetery and more. Select a 1- or 2-day pass, for access to three separate routes and get to know the city in custom fashion, with live and recorded narration.
  • Duration: Flexible
  • Duration: Flexible
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$49.00 USD
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Washington DC Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour and Attractions Pass

This hop-on hop-off Washington DC bus tour includes three different loops with live commentary plus a night bus tour and admission to up to five total attractions. Use your 48-hour pass to explore memorials and monuments such as the US Capitol, Vietnam Veterans Memorial and Lincoln Memorial. Choose entry to attractions including the International Spy Museum and Madame Tussauds, or select a full-day bike rental.
  • Duration: Flexible
  • Duration: Flexible
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$69.00 USD
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Washington DC Super Saver: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley and Monuments by Moonlight Tour

Explore the best of Washington, DC on this narrated, hop-on hop-off trolley tour. Visit more than 100 points of interest among DC’s top attractions — like the White House, the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument, to name just a few. Select the 1-day pass, then board at any of the 14 stops and get to know the nation’s capital in customized fashion, with live onboard commentary from a professional tour conductor. A guided, 2.5-hour, moonlight trolley tour to the same landmark locations, illuminated for the evening, is also included.
  • Duration: 3 to 8 hrs
  • Duration: 3 to 8 hrs
$99.95 USD
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$89.95 USD
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$99.95 USD
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Private Guided Tour of Washington DC

Get a personal introduction to Washington, DC, on a 3-hour, private tour that can be customized to your preferences. Design the perfect route for you with help from the guide, from the city’s monuments and memorials to government buildings, museums, and landmarks. This 3-hour, private DC tour includes pickup and drop-off at DC accommodations, with flat rate pricing available for private groups of 1–5, 6–12, or 13–42 people.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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$540.00 USD
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Skip-the-Line Private Guided Tour: National Archives Building

Explore the works preserved in the National Archives on a private, 2-hour, guided tour. Learn the history and significance of original documents like the Declaration of Independence, the US Constitution, the Bill of Rights and The Federalist papers, and see hand written letters from George Washington and John F Kennedy. This private tour can be customized to suit your interests and goes beyond the normal tourist sights to dig deeper into US History.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Duration: 2 hours
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$59.00 USD
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Washington DC National Mall and Museums Pedicab Tour

Explore Washington DC's must-see sights on a fun pedicab ride. Your informative guide will pedal you past some of the capital city's must-see sights. See the U.S. Capitol, the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument at the National Mall. Pass by the Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Chinatown, the National Archives Building and the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum. Play some trivia games with your guide and small group of fellow travelers for the chance to win a prize.
  • Duration: 40 minutes
  • Duration: 40 minutes
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$97.99 USD
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New York to Washington DC Day Trip by Air

Explore Washington D.C.’s highlights with a full day trip from New York City by air, and make the most of your time in America’s capital city. See the region from the air during the 1-hour flight, then touch down for a hop-on, hop-off bus tour from historic Union Station. Experience DC at your own pace; visit the National Archives and the Smithsonian, pause for a two-course lunch at the Hard Rock Cafe, then continue to the moving Arlington Cemetery and presidential monuments before boarding your return flight to NYC.
  • Duration: 16 hours
  • Duration: 16 hours
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$629.00 USD
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