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Washington DC Colonial Sites

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Washington DC Colonial Sites
Although Washington DC itself isn’t home to many colonial structures, there’s plenty within reach of the US capital that dates back to the period between the 1600s and 1775 (the beginning of the American Revolution). Outside the city, history lovers will find an abundance of sites and attractions that provide a glimpse at America’s earliest days. Here are a few options.
 
What to See
  • Colonial Williamsburg — At this National Historic Landmark District, located in the city of Williamsburg, Virginia, colonial America comes to life through the 17th- and 18th-century architecture, period costumes, and more. 
  • Mount Vernon and Old Town Alexandria — The 18th-century vacation home that once belonged to George Washington, the first US President, sits just south of Alexandria, a riverside city whose historic Old Town dates back to 1749. 
  • Old Stone House — The oldest building in Washington DC, which dates back to 1765, still stands on its original foundation. Today it’s run by the National Park Service. 
  • Belair Mansion — This estate, built in the mid-1700s, is located outside Bowie, Maryland, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 
 
How to Visit
  • Take an overnight trip to Colonial Williamsburg, located 160 miles (260 kilometers) from Washington DC, to best experience this living museum, which is known for its ambitious historical reenactments.
  • Book a Potomac River boat tour that stops at George Washington’s Mount Vernon, where you can explore the grounds and buildings, and Old Town Alexandria.
  • In Georgetown, one of Washington DC’s toniest neighborhoods, be sure to stop by Old Stone House, the oldest building in the city. 
  • Take a half-day trip to Belair Mansion, just 20 miles (30 kilometers) east of the city, to view colonial architecture and artifacts.
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Best of DC Tour - With Access to US Capitol & National Archives BuildingsFull-day Tours

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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African-American History Tour with Reserved Museum EntryHalf-day Tours

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.
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  • 4 hours
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Washington DC in One Day: Guided Sightseeing TourHalf-day Tours

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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Gettysburg Day Trip from Washington DCDay Trips

Gettysburg Day Trip from Washington DC

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Once you’ve experienced some of America’s greatest icons, take this memorable day trip to Gettysburg to explore some of its deepest historical roots, too. Enjoy the comfort of coach bus transport as you make your way through the countryside of Maryland and Pennsylvania. See Cemetery Ridge, where Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address, and learn about the largest battle ever fought on American soil during a narrated show and a detailed miniature military diorama. This tour includes a stop at the restored home of George Washington Shriver, too.
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  • 10 hours 30 minutes
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Guided Tour of Washington DC with Washington Monument and Seasonal Boat CruiseHalf-day Tours

Guided Tour of Washington DC with Washington Monument and Seasonal Boat Cruise

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Explore the famous landmarks and monuments of Washington DC on this guided, half- or full-day, 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 full-day 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.
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  • 6 hours
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Capitol Hill and DC Monuments Tour by Electric CartHistorical Tours

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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Mount Vernon and Old Town Alexandria Day Trip from Washington DCDay Trips

Mount Vernon and Old Town Alexandria Day Trip from Washington DC

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Explore some of the most famous landmark locations around Washington, DC on this guided, half-day sightseeing tour. Travel to Mount Vernon, George Washington's popular plantation in Virginia and one of the nation’s most beloved historic sites. Learn about his life and tour his home of more than 40 years. Then enjoy a guided bus trip around Old Town Alexandria. See the many historic 17th- and 18th-century homes, hear colorful stories about this founding father and discover little known facts about all the monuments, statues and buildings in the area.
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  • 5 hours
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Arlington National Cemetery Guided Walking TourHistorical Tours

Arlington National Cemetery Guided Walking Tour

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See the moving Changing of the Guards at the Tomb of the Unknowns on a guided walking tour of Arlington National Cemetery. Be perfectly placed for good views of the moving ceremony, then continue to some of the cemetery's most important gravesites and memorials, including places dedicated to John F. Kennedy, the USS Maine, Second World War soldier Audie Murphy, and more, learning the fascinating history of the cemetery as you walk.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
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Private Capitol Hill, Supreme Court and Library of Congress TourPrivate and Luxury

Private Capitol Hill, Supreme Court and Library of Congress Tour

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Get personalized attention and enjoy a flexible itinerary on this walking tour of Washington, D.C. Visit the highlights and landmarks of the nation's capital, such as the Supreme Court, the Capitol Building, the Main Reading Room of Library of Congress, and others.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Washington DC to New York Day Trip by RailDay Trips

Washington DC to New York Day Trip by Rail

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Explore New York City on this full-day adventure from Washington DC. Take a train from the nation’s capital to the Big Apple, then enjoy a day of sightseeing on board a double-decker bus. See many of the city’s famous attractions, from Times Square to the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty. Customize the tour to meet individual needs. Make a stop to shop, visit a museum or attend a concert or theater performance. This tour includes round-trip train fare, a 2-course lunch, plus a headset to hear the guide clearly.
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  • 16 hours
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Gettysburg Battlefield Bus Tour via Enclosed CoachBus Tours

Gettysburg Battlefield Bus Tour via Enclosed Coach

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Visit sites from the Battle of Gettysburg on a bus tour with a guide who tells you about the phases of the 3-day battle, which was a turning point in the American Civil War. See Devil's Den, Little Round Top, the location of Pickett's charge and more. If you're a history or war buff, don't miss this chance to learn about a pivotal piece of the United States' past.
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Private Tour of Washington DCBus Tours

Private Tour of Washington DC

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Crown Limo Service provide extensive tour of Washington DC at affordable rates. ​ Our professionally trained tour guides will take you to explore the beauty of DC. Experience the best tour service with exotic limos at lowest rates. We are #1 Rated tour operator in Washington DC.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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Private SUV Tour of Washington DC's HighlightsHalf-day Tours

Private SUV Tour of Washington DC's Highlights

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Experience the history and grandeur of the nation’s capital on a private 3-hour tour. Work with your personal guide and driver to curate the ideal tour incorporating your must-see spots or rely on their local expertise to create a fascinating tour. Go inside the House and Senate Galleries and see where the nation’s laws are debated. See the White House, Supreme Court and much more. This tour is ideal for visitors looking for a personalized experience
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Capitol Hill Guided Small-Group Walking TourHalf-day Tours

Capitol Hill Guided Small-Group Walking Tour

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Go to the heart of America's Legislative and Judicial branches of government on a small-group tour of Capitol Hill that explores the U.S. Capitol, the Library of Congress, and the Supreme Court. This tour goes inside each destination for a guided tour, and highlights include reserved-entry at the U.S. Capitol and entry to the Supreme Court, with a guide to help bring Capitol Hill's fascinating politics and history to life.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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Washington DC Evening TourHalf-day Tours

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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Moonlit Tour of the National Mall with Pick-UpHalf-day Tours

Moonlit Tour of the National Mall with Pick-Up

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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.
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Washington DC Private Night City TourHalf-day Tours

Washington DC Private Night City Tour

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Travelers that want a special Washington DC experience—that most tourists miss—should prioritize visiting city's monuments at night, with fewer crowds and beautiful lighting. On this private Washington DC sightseeing tour, visit several city monuments in just a few hours. Enjoy stops at the Capitol Building, Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, and Washington Monument. As you traverse the city, learn about the city's sights from your driver, and snap great photos along the way.
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  • 4 hours
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DC Rickshaw Monuments TourPrivate Sightseeing Tours

DC Rickshaw Monuments Tour

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Washington DC’s landmarks are notoriously spread out. Avoid the hassle of walking and navigating on a breezy pedicab tour to the capital’s top monuments, including the White House, Washington Monument, and Lincoln Memorial. Throughout the tour, your pedicab driver guide provides historical background and little-known anecdotes that you’d miss if exploring on your own.
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  • 1 hour 20 minutes
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Washington DC Double Decker Bus Guided Night TourHalf-day Tours

Washington DC Double Decker Bus Guided Night Tour

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There’s nothing quite like Washington DC and it’s iconic highlights under the moonlight. Hop on a double-decker bus on this 3-hour night tour of Washington DC, and catch sight of some of the city’s most iconic landmarks. See places, such as the Washington Monument, Union Station, the White House, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and the Jefferson Memorial. Make specific stops to view the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, and the Iwo Jima Memorial illuminated in the surrounding darkness.
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  • 3 hours
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Arlington Cemetery and DC Highlights TourHalf-day Tours

Arlington Cemetery and DC Highlights Tour

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Visit Arlington National Cemetery and explore some of the most famous monuments and memorials around Washington, DC on this 6-hour, small-group sightseeing tour. At Arlington National, take a self-guided or narrated trolley tour, then stop at famous landmark locations like the Marine Corps War Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial and more. Additionally, see the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, the White House, the United States Capitol and more.
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  • 6 hours
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Washington DC After Dark Wonder TourHalf-day Tours

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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DC National Mall and Capitol Hill Guided Walking Tour - 8ppl MaxPrivate and Luxury

DC National Mall and Capitol Hill Guided Walking Tour - 8ppl Max

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Pack in tons of sights all in one day with this 5-hour combo tour of the National Mall and Capitol Hill. Make stops at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, National WWII Memorial, White House, Korean War Veteran Memorial, and Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Afterward, head to the Capitol Hill area, and see the Capitol, Supreme Court, Library of Congress, and Statue of Freedom.
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  • 5 hours to 5 hours 30 minutes
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Four-Hour Private DC Highlight Tour by VanBus Tours

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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  • 3 to 4 hours
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Three-Hour DC City Night TourHalf-day Tours

Three-Hour DC City Night Tour

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See the sites of Washington, D.C., light up after dark with a tour of the city’s most important landmarks. Capture unforgettable images of the U.S. Capitol building and the White House then visit a pair of moving war memorials. Stand at the base of the softly-lit Abraham Lincoln Memorial, and see the buildings that line Pennsylvania Avenue, from the National Gallery of Arts to the FBI and Freedom Plaza. Enjoy live commentary on board as you explore the city with a guide.
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  • 3 hours
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