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Things to do in Washington DC

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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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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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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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The White House

The White House

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Every year, people from all over the world flock to Washington DC just to get a peek at the 132-room United States White House, which has been the official residence of each US president since 1800.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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Thomas Jefferson Memorial

Thomas Jefferson Memorial

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The Thomas Jefferson Memorial, commissioned by Franklin D. Roosevelt, is a tribute to the third president of the United States, founder of the University of Virginia, and key drafter of the Declaration of Independence. Its Pantheon-esque facade and bronze statue of Thomas Jefferson overlook the Tidal Basin and Washington Monument.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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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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Korean War Veterans Memorial

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The Korean War Veterans Memorial brings together life-like statues of a patrol squad with a walled triangle inscribed with scenes depicting the Korean War. The steel statues and granite walls lead to the center of a reflecting pool. Dedicated in 1995, the memorial honors the 5.8 million Americans who served in the Korean War (1950–1953).More
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National World War II Memorial

National World War II Memorial

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Set at the heart of the National Mall, the World War II Memorial honors the 16 million American soldiers who served in World War II. The site’s pillars represent each state and territory; it’s arches are dedicated to victories; and more than 4,000 stars symbolize the sacrifices made.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, so much so that it's often called "the Nation's River." George Washington, the first president of the United States, was born along the river, and all of Washington, DC, the nation's capital city, lies within the watershed.More

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Top activities in Washington DC

DC At Dusk Guided Night Tour

DC At Dusk Guided Night Tour

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Recent reviews from experiences in Washington DC

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A mini but comprehensive Washington DC Tour
Donald_C, Oct 2020
Washington DC City Day Tour with Stops at 10 Top Attractions
My wife had never been to DC and we were in the area so we both wanted to see as much as we could in a day.
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Wonderful
Mary Ann 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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Great tour
Culture41201208618, May 2019
Deluxe Half Day Tour of DC with Reserved US Capitol Entry
The tour was a great way to visit Washington DC for the first time.
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Incredible See Everything Important in Washington DC in One Day
laurajg2018, Aug 2018
Best of DC Tour - With Access to US Capitol & National Archives Buildings
What an awesome way to see & learn about all the important things of Washington DC in one day.
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Excellent
agbridgmon, Jun 2018
Deluxe Half Day Tour of DC with Reserved US Capitol Entry
So much to see in Washington DC, having the guide was great
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A Must for all Tourist
483declanw, Nov 2018
DC At Dusk Guided Night Tour
Time to see the memorials and take plenty of photo's
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One day loaded with fun & information
Elma M, Aug 2018
Best of DC Tour - With Access to US Capitol & National Archives Buildings
I will absolutely recommend this tour to see Washington DC in one day
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Great way to see Mount Vernon
knorman1, Oct 2018
Half Day Tour to Mount Vernon from Washington DC
We had plenty of time to see everything and have a snack at the restaurant as well.
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Washington DC in One Day: Guided Sightseeing Tour
What a great way to see Washington DC.
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Kathy G, Jun 2017
Big Bus Washington DC Open Top Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
This is the best and easiest way to see Washington DC.
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This tour covers most of the places...
Rosalie H, Aug 2017
Washington DC in One Day: Guided Sightseeing Tour
This tour covers most of the places one wants to see when going to Washington DC.
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Tour was great for our family with...
Rita B, Jul 2017
Washington DC Monuments by Moonlight Tour by Trolley
Tour was great for our family with very little time to see so much in beautiful and historic Washington DC.
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Our segway tour was wonderful in...
Catherine D, Oct 2017
Sites by Segway Tour In Washington DC
The tour gave us a overview of the area so we could find the musuems we wanted to visit and monuments to see again closer.
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This trip was fabulous. It is such...
Umesh P, Jan 2018
Big Bus Washington DC Open Top Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
It is such nice way to see the beautiful city.
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Loved this tour! Gave everyone in...
Jeffrey F, Aug 2017
Capitol Hill and DC Monuments Tour by Electric Cart
Gave everyone in our family the opportunity to see and learn a lot about Washington DC.
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Private Washington DC Day Trip from New York
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Arvind M, Jun 2016
Washington DC Monuments by Moonlight Tour by Trolley
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Brett S, May 2016
Washington DC Capital Sites Bike Tour
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Washington DC Hop-On Hop-Off Plus Night Tour With 2 Day Pass
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