Washington DC Colonial Sites

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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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Washington DC Holiday Lights Sightseeing Tour

See Washington DC light up for the season with a 3-hour, holiday lights sightseeing tour of the city’s most important landmarks. Visit the evergreen ‘People’s Tree’ at the U.S. Capitol, and then take in the National Christmas Tree at the White House Ellipse. Walk through the State and Territory trees that celebrate traditions from around the United States, and enjoy a festive atmosphere with a model train village, Santa’s workshop, and holiday music. Finish your tour at the Lincoln Memorial for unforgettable nighttime views of the Capitol Building and Washington Monument.
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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.
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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
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Washington DC in One Day: Guided Sightseeing Tour

Experience the sights and sounds of Washington, DC in one day on this guided, 6.5-hour, 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 Marine Corps War 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 1-hour Potomac River cruise.
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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.
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Four-Hour Private DC Highlight Tour by Van

Make the most of your time in Washington, D.C., on a 4-hour, private tour of the city’s highlights with a professional guide. Kick off the day at Capitol Hill, and see the important landmarks in the legislative and judicial branches of the American government. Cruise the National Mall while hearing insider stories and facts, and pause to take in some of D.C.’s most iconic monuments and museums. Finish the day with presidential views at the north gate of the White House, adjacent to the famous West Wing.
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Dynamite Day Tour: Small-Group DC Bus Tour

Explore the famous monuments and war memorials of Washington DC on this guided, 7-hour, 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.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Mount Vernon and Old Town Alexandria Day Trip from Washington DC

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.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Private DC Tour with Customized Itinerary

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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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.
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Washington DC City Tour

Take in Washington, D.C.’s essential sights on a 3-hour tour in a comfortable vehicle with live commentary from an experienced guide. See the landmarks of the Washington political world, from the White House to the U.S. Capitol Building, and visit the city’s most important presidential and war memorials. Hear stories about Washington’s history and landmarks as you pass the FBI building, the Justice Department and the National Archives, with 15 minutes at each stop to explore with your guide.
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Washington DC Brewery Tour

Learn about Washington, DC’s thriving brewpub scene and taste a variety of award-winning beverages on these guided, 5-hour, daytime and evening brewery tours. Get an inside look at how beer is made and chat with brewery owners about their operations. Visit four of DC’s top brewpubs that may include Public Option, Capitol City Brewing Company, Port City Brewing Company, Bardo, DC Brau Brewing Company, District ChopHouse and Brewery or Hellbender Brewing Company. Enjoy food pairings for lunch or dinner, depending on the tour selected. Round-trip transportation by bus is included.
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See DC Small-Group Half Day Tour

Experience the history and culture of the nation’s capital on this comprehensive, 4-hour, 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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Washington DC Sites at Night Bike Tour

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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Private Customized Washington DC City Tour by Van

Experience the very best of Washington, DC, on a fully-customizable, 7-hour 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.
  • Duration: 5 to 6 hours
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Downtown DC Tour with Tickets to Fords Theater Historic Site

Explore Washington DC's historical highlights without getting lost on this walking tour, a great choice for first-time visitors. An in-the-know guide whisks you around the nation's capital to see the places that shaped American history, including the Capitol, the White House, the National Mall, the FBI Building, and the Washington Monument. Admission to Ford's Theater National Historic Site is also included.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Private DC Sightseeing Tour for 6-14 Travelers

Explore Washington D.C.’s most important destinations with a fully-customizable, 4 or 5-hour private sightseeing tour for your group of 6 to 14 people. Work with an experienced guide to tailor the itinerary to your interests, and visit the city’s landmarks, memorials and museums. Enjoy convenient hotel pick-up and drop-off within the D.C. beltway and beyond in a comfortable minibus. Finish your tour with return transfer to your hotel, or make the most of your time in the capital by heading directly to one of the D.C. airports.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Old Town Alexandria Historical Walking and Food Tour

Explore Old Town Alexandria, focusing on its food and its history, during this walking tour. Follow your guide to some of the area's historical highlights, learning about the nearly three-century history as you travel. Stop at several family-owned restaurants for regional seafood, Italian fare, fusion cuisine, and hand-crafted desserts. Tastings add up to make a full meal.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Capitol Hill Guided Small-Group Walking Tour

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, the Supreme Court, and the Folger Shakespeare Library. This tour goes inside each destination for a guided tour, and highlights include reserved-entry at the U.S. Capitol, a look at Thomas Jefferson's own book collection, and entry to the Supreme Court, with a guide to help bring Capitol Hill's fascinating politics and history to life.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Small-Group Tastes of Georgetown Walking Tour

Discover the rich history of Georgetown on an afternoon food tour, capped at 8 people or fewer to ensure a memorable and tailored experience. Rather than plan and navigate on your own, accompany a guide to 4 of the neighborhood’s best eateries for complimentary tastings and little-known stories about the oldest neighborhood in Washington DC.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Presidential Inauguration Preview Tour in Washington DC

Walk in the footsteps of many US presidents on this tour of Washington DC. During this 3-hour experience, visit the essential locations in the inauguration process, including the parade route down Pennsylvania Avenue and the US Capitol building, where the new president takes the oath of office. At the White House, see where the president and presidential spouse host the Inaugural Ball, then continue to the Jefferson Memorial and listen to your guide tell historical anecdotes about inaugurations past. Visit the National Building Museum and the National Air and Space Museum to expand your understanding of the inaugural process.
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DC Rickshaw Monuments Tour

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.
  • Duration: 1 hour 20 minutes
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Small Group Moonlight Tour of DC

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 on a 3-hour, guided, small-group night tour that includes transport between locations.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Washington DC Capital Sites Bike Tour

Washington, D.C. is full of historical sites and while it’s easy to explore on foot or by bus, this two-wheel tour option gives travelers access to some of the city’s most popular landmarks. Check out the Lincoln Memorial, White House, Supreme Court and the Capitol on this three-hour Capital Sites Bike Tour. Your friendly guide will share plenty of history, facts and city knowledge on this easy bike ride through the nation’s capital.
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