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Top Day Trips from Washington DC

By Viator, June 2017

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At the heart of the eastern seaboard, DC is an ideal base for seeing some of the US’ most fascinating cities and historic sites. Whether you want to step back in time or visit a city that never sleeps, here are our top picks for day trips from DC.

Arlington, VA — 5 miles (8 km) away
With military memorials and long lines of gravestones, Arlington National Cemetery is this city’s most important and moving destination, but visitors to Arlington can also stop by the Pentagon, headquarters of the United States Department of Defense.

Mount Vernon & Alexandria, VA — 16 miles (26 km) & 8 miles (13 km) away
Martha and George Washington lived on an elegant plantation by the Potomac River known as Mount Vernon, and visiting is a glimpse of 18th-century life—tours of the estate explore the President’s rye distillery, home, and slave quarters. Just upstream from Mount Vernon, Old Town Alexandria is full of Revolutionary-era landmarks and architecture in a quaint, walkable downtown.

Gettysburg, PA — 87 miles (140 km) away
Visit the site of a legendary Civil War battle on a trip to Gettysburg National Military Park. The battlefield is now a peaceful landscape of rolling fields, but the fighting is remembered in a series of monuments, museum exhibits, and a 360-degree cyclorama painted in vivid colors.

New York City, NY — 226 miles (364 km) away
The Big Apple's skyscrapers and boroughs need no introduction and are a quick trip from DC by plane or a longer day excursion by rail. Bus tours, guided tours, and attraction passes are great ways to get your bearings as you spend the day shopping 5th Avenue, exploring NYC highlights, or cruising to the Statue of Liberty and Brooklyn Bridge.

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Mt Vernon and Old Town Alexandria Day Trip from Washington DC, Washington DC, null
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Mt Vernon and Old Town Alexandria Day Trip from Washington DC

4 star rating: Recommended 153 Reviews

Learn about the life of George Washington, first president of the United States, on this guided tour of Mount Vernon, Washington’s home of more than 40 years. ...  Read more

Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $78.99
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Gettysburg Day Trip from Washington DC

4.5 star rating: Recommended 330 Reviews

Witness the site of the largest battle ever fought on US soil on this day trip from Washington DC to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Relax on a picturesque drive ...  Read more

Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Duration: 10 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $150.00
Washington DC Supersaver: Mount Vernon and DC Memorials Tour, Washington DC, Day Trips
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Washington DC Supersaver: Mount Vernon and DC Memorials Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 315 Reviews

Take a full-day tour of Washington DC's hot spots and Arlington National Cemetery! On this great-value day trip, you'll stop at some of the top Washington DC ...  Read more

Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $75.00
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Washington DC to New York Day Trip by Rail

4 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

From the Capital of Government to the Capital of Tourism...enjoy a one day trip by rail from Washington DC to New York including sightseeing, dining and ...  Read more

Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Duration: 16 hours (approx.)

From USD $339.00
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Day Tour of Arlington Virginia

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 6 Reviews

This five hour Arlington, VA afternoon tour includes stops at popular sites including the Marine War Memorial, Air Force Memorial, Arlington Mansion/House, ...  Read more

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $69.99
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Washington DC to Philadelphia Self Guided Day Trip

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

What do Edgar Allan Poe and Benjamin Franklin have in common? Both made Philadelphia their home in their contribution to art and science. Your day trip from ...  Read more

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: 14 hours (approx.)

From USD $299.00
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Washington DC to Niagara Falls by Air

Discover the majesty of Niagara Falls on this self guided day trip from Washington DC! Just an 80 minute flight from DC to Niagara, where you'll enjoy ...  Read more

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $629.00
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Virginia Day Trip and DC After Dark Combo

Take a tour from Washington DC to visit Virginia and Mount Vernon, George Washington's home!   End your day with  an evening tour of DC's famous monuments and ...  Read more

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $110.00
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Mount Vernon Day Tour from Washington DC

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Step back into history and enjoy a day tour of George Washington's Estate at Mt. Vernon.

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $79.99
Washington D.C. to New York City Day Trip by Air, Washington DC, Day Trips
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Washington D.C. to New York City Day Trip by Air

On this one-day tour to the city that never sleeps, you will have the opportunity to visit and see many of New York City's famous attractions. You'll visit ...  Read more

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: Flexible

From USD $629.00

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