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Welcome to Washington DC

The bustling US capital, Washington DC, bustles with attractions for those craving a look at history, art, and architecture, not to mention a hip nightlife scene. Join a walking or coach sightseeing tour to admire the famous monuments, including the United States Capitol, White House, Washington Monument, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, and Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. Lounge on the National Mall, and get ready to explore the city’s bounty of museums. Choose from the Smithsonian, National Air and Space Museum, National Museum of Natural History, and National Museum of American History. Small-group tours with knowledgeable guides help you experience the history within all these attractions. Get a glimpse into the city’s contemporary culture on one of the many culinary and brewery tours in DC’s hip neighborhoods, such as Georgetown, Shaw, and Dupont Circle; or cruise down the Potomac River at sunset to see the city skyline light up. Just across the river lies charming Old Town Alexandria; take a walking tour to learn the history of the neighborhood’s Georgian, federal, and Greek Revival buildings. Round out a day trip with a tour of George Washington’s home at Mt. Vernon and a visit the Arlington National Cemetery.

Top 10 attractions in Washington DC

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The White House

The White House

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The official residence of each US president since 1800, the 132-room White House in Washington DC draws visitors from around the world. Admire from afar; stop by the White House Visitor Center; or request access for a self-guided tour of the East Wing, State Dining Room, China Room, and the White House Rose Garden.More
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U.S. Capitol

U.S. Capitol

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The U.S. Capitol dome towers above the Roman columns and manicured gardens of this iconic heart of American government. Topped by the bronze Statue of Freedom, the Capitol is the political and geographic center of Washington D.C. The building houses the legislative branch of Congress, with the Senate meeting in the north wing and the House of Representatives in the south wing. When Congress is in session, visitors can watch politicians debate all flavors of legislative issues, as they’ve done here since 1800.More
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Potomac River

Potomac River

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From its source in West Virginia to where it empties out in Chesapeake Bay, the Potomac River is rich in American history; in fact, it's even referred to as "the Nation's River." George Washington, the first president of the United States, was born along the river, and the entirety of Washington DC—the nation's capital city—lies within the watershed.More
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Lincoln Memorial

Lincoln Memorial

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A 19-foot-tall (5.7-meter-tall) marble statue of President Abraham Lincoln dominates the Lincoln Memorial, situated at the edge of the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool on the National Mall in Washington DC. The most visited National Park Service site in the city is an homage to the 16th president of the United States, who helped to preserve the Union during the Civil War and delivered the Gettysburg Address and the Emancipation Proclamation.More
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Washington Monument

Washington Monument

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Erected in honor of the nation’s first president, the Washington Monument is the tallest building in Washington DC, reaching 555 feet (169 meters) high. The white, marble obelisk is also one of the capital’s most famous structures, made even more remarkable when seen with its mirror image reflected in the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool.More
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National Museum of African American History and Culture

National Museum of African American History and Culture

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The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum in the United States devoted to the African American experience. Its unique architectural structure—wrapped in an ornamental bronze-colored metal lattice—houses 12 galleries and 13 interactive exhibits. The 36,000-object collection tells the American story through the African American lens, covering themes from history, politics, religion, slavery, and segregation to music, sports, fashion, and art.More
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Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Vietnam Veterans Memorial

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The Vietnam Veterans Memorial, one of Washington DC’s most visited landmarks, is comprised of three parts—the Three Soldiers statue, the Women’s Memorial, and the main attraction, the Maya Lin–designed Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, engraved with the names of some 58,000 fallen and missing Vietnam War soldiers. Visitors arrive to pay their respects and leave notes and mementos at the wall.More
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Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

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The man whose dream changed America lives eternally in Washington DC. The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial opened in October 2011, a few months after the 48th anniversary of Dr. King’s “I have a dream" speech. Set in the greater National Mall area, the memorial occupies four acres of land in West Potomac Park and looks out over Tidal Basin near the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial.The site includes both a commanding 30-foot statue of Dr. King and a 450-foot granite inscription wall, featuring 14 excerpts from King's speeches, sermons and other public addresses.More
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The Smithsonian

The Smithsonian

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With 19 museums, nine research centers, and the National Zoological Park, it's no surprise the Smithsonian Institution is one of the most famous collections of museums in the United States and around the globe. Whether you're a history buff, a science lover, or an art enthusiast, you'll definitely want to spend at least a few hours—or maybe even a few days—in these world-renowned collections.More
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Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery

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Arlington National Cemetery contains graves of soldiers from every war the United States has fought since the American Revolution. It is a resting place for such notable American leaders as President John F. Kennedy, jurist Oliver Wendell Holmes, and civil rights activist Medgar Evers. With some 400,000 graves, famous and otherwise, the 624-acre (252-hectare) site has become a must-see historical site for any trip to Washington DC.More

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Recent reviews from experiences in Washington DC

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Worth going on
michael_k, Dec. 2021
Professionally Guided Small Group Day Tour Of The National Malls Top Attractions
But I felt that we were unable to see one or two monuments do to tour guide decided to take us to other locations in Washington DC.
star-5
Enjoyable and educational.
PatriciaJohnson, Nov. 2021
African American History Tour with Museum of MAAHC Admission Ticket
We stopped and got out with enough time to see the sights.
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Great little tour!
Debra_C, Oct. 2021
Capitol Hill and DC Monuments Tour by Electric Cart
The 2 hour tour took us to several top sights and the guide was great.
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DC in a day!
Cindie_L, Oct. 2021
Washington DC in One Day: Guided Sightseeing Tour
We would never have been able to see the attractions on our own and learn so much!
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Highly Recommended
Erika_V, Sep. 2021
Day Tour: Private Luxury Tour of Washington DC
We got to see all of Washington DC and he made the best effort to get us as close as possible to areas that were blocked due to a rally.
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Michelle was so...
Richard_A, Sep. 2021
Private Washington DC Guided Tour
She met our requests for driving by other sites we had wanted to see and answered all our questions we had.
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The perfect way to see DC!
Tina_S, Aug. 2021
Washington DC in One Day: Guided Sightseeing Tour
This was a wonderful way to see the sites of Washington DC.
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All the best of Washington DC in 4 hours!
Alexander_F, Dec. 2021
Private Washington DC Guided Tour
We saw so many of the memorable monuments, buildings and landmarks of DC, even with time to see the Changing of the Guard at Arlington.
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Washington DC 7 Hour Tour 12/2021
Douglas_R, Dec. 2021
Best of DC Tour - With Access to US Capitol Grounds & National Archives Building
Not only did we see so many attractions.
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Loved this tour!!
Pamela_T, Nov. 2021
Best of DC Tour - With Access to US Capitol Grounds & National Archives Building
While on the road he pointed out many points of interest and made recommendations for other spots to see that required more time.
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Great experience
Remsh_A, Oct. 2021
Sightsee DC with 10+ Stops & Seasonal Potomac River Cruise or Jefferson Memorial
My family and I highly recommend this to her to anyone who would love to visit and learn about the history of Washington DC and our country.
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DC in a Day
Sheila_T, Sep. 2021
Sightsee DC with 10+ Stops & Seasonal Potomac River Cruise or Jefferson Memorial
The best part of this tour was being able to see so many iconic Washington DC landmarks in a short time.
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Nice day out :-)
Deepali_G, Sep. 2021
Mount Vernon and Old Town Alexandria Day Trip from Washington DC
Plenty of time to see the place - pick up your audios at the visitor centre and then head to do the Mansion Tour (20min) after that you can walk to see the outbuilding/tombs and the gardens.
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Melisa_T, Jul. 2021
African-American History Tour with Reserved Museum Entry in Washington DC
After that tour me and my kids decided that we will revisit Washington DC again, because we had learn so much more on the tour and want to visit the places we learned about.
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My family has a good time.
Jaime_P, Jul. 2021
Professionally Guided Small Group Day Tour Of The National Malls Top Attractions
All attractions were great!
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Great for all ages!
Katy_B, Jul. 2021
3-Hour Washington DC "Monuments By Night" Guided Night-Time Sightseeing Bus Tour
Great way to see the highlights of Washington DC and learn more about the town and architecture of monuments.
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Definitely the way to see Washington DC
Tammie_R, Jun. 2021
Washington DC After Dark Wonder Tour
This was definitely the way to see Washington DC.
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Great way for a tour!
Derrick_D, May 2021
Washington DC "See the City" Guided Sightseeing Segway Tour
This is a great way to see a lot of history and monuments in Washington DC.
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Wonderful
Maryann_I, Nov. 2019
Washington DC Sightseeing Trolley Tour with 1 Stop
Used the trolley in Washington DC it was awesome got to see so much we all really enjoyed our vacation
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Beautiful Tour
MarkASchweitzer, Jul. 2019
DC At Dusk Guided Night Tour
The night tour is a great way to see the top sites of Washington DC.
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