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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. Lunch and a seasonal 1-hour Potomac River cruise are included.


  • Enjoy reserved, priority entrance to two of Washington DC's most sought-after attractions
  • Tour the US Capitol Building and get a look at original historic documents at the National Archives Building
  • See Washington DC’s major sites on a coach tour with guided walks for photo opportunities
  • Visit the outside of the White House, the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial and more
  • Enjoy a leisurely cruise down the Potomac River (March 15 to Oct 6); lunch is included
  • This Viator exclusive isn't available anywhere else

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

This is the only tour on Viator that provides reserved entry to the US Capitol Building (Rotunda will be closed throughout August 2016) and the National Archives Building, saving you up to three hours of waiting around the city!

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What You Can Expect

Viator VIP: Best of DC Including US Capitol and National Archives Reserved Access, the White House and Lincoln Memorial

Visit the Lincoln Memorial

Meet the guide and the rest of the tour group at the US Capitol Visitor Center to begin this Viator VIP tour — a full-day tour of the US Capitol, a National Archives tour and a best of DC tour rolled into one.

**The rotunda for the US Capitol will be closed for the month of August 2016 and will not be able to be visited.**

Enjoy reserved entry into the United States Capitol for a guided walking tour of this historic building, home to the Senate and the House of Representatives. Watch a film on the history of government in the US, then continue exploring the building to learn about the country’s legislature. Along the way, see the Crypt, the large circular area on the first floor that supports the Rotunda, as well as National Statuary Hall, a chamber devoted to sculptures of prominent Americans and more.

Then return to the shuttle to look around and through the nation’s capital. See the outside of the United States Capitol and the White House, with stops at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, the Korean War Veterans Memorial, the Marine Corps War Memorial, the US Navy Memorial and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. Along the way, hear the historic stories and facts that make the city of Washington, DC one of the most popular tourist destinations in the United States.

This tour also features a scenic, seasonal 1-hour boat cruise along the Potomac River (March 15 to October 16). Lunch is available for purchase on board the boat. Outside of those dates, visit the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City for shopping and lunch (own expense).

At the end of the tour, gain priority entrance into the National Archives Building for an up-close look at the original Bill of Rights, the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution. These historic documents are housed in the Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom. Also, enjoy access to the Public Vaults, a permanent exhibit gallery with fascinating original records, like Abraham Lincoln's telegrams to his generals, and much more.

The tour concludes at the National Archives Building. See lunch options below and specify your desired selection at checkout. All lunch options include a beverage and chips.


  • Roasted turkey and provolone cheese on hero roll 
  • Honey ham and cheddar cheese on kaiser roll 
  • Homemade tuna salad on kaiser roll 
  • Roasted chicken on hero roll
  • Roasted vegetable wrap with hummus on flour tortilla
  • Peanut butter and jelly sandwich 
  • Seasonal kale salad with carrots, cucumbers, dried cranberries, and balsamic vinaigrette
  • Classic chicken caesar salad 

Customer Reviews

Guido V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Very good indeed. We saw everything there is to see under the skillful guidance of Nick, the one and only.Recommended.

Audrey C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Excellent tour!! The guides were friendly, knowledgeable, funny and personable. The tour itself went beyond my expectations. I recommend this tour to anyone who is a first time visitor or even a native.

Mitchell Travel

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

One of the best trips of my life. Be prepared to do some serious walking. Great tour if you want to see a lot of DC in a day. Ideal for a short DC trip. I was glad we booked this one. Tour guide was funny and kept track of everyone. I highly recommend.

William C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

A very good and complete tour of the monuments and capital. Esau our tour guide was great.
Highly recommended to get a great feel for the city.

Jackie W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

WOW!!! My son and I did this tour on Wednesday July 13. The tour was fabulous!!!! The tour guides were very informative. The bus was so comfy!! They provided water for the group the entire day. I was worried about access to restrooms throughout the day. There were plenty of facilities. The boat ride down the Potomac with lunch was so much fun....very relaxing!! I would highly recommend this tour!!! You actually see much more than is listed. I was surprised at all the memorials/monuments that we visited. You won't go wrong with this tour!!!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Nick was excellent - the tour guides give you background to this great city that you would otherwise miss out on - cheerful and engaging and just made our trip fab


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour is good if you are short on time. You get to see a lot and get a lot of information. I would recommend this.

Nabil N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

All in all excellent Whistle-stop tour of Washington DC. Professional, comprehensive and entertaining. Great tour guide, Nick.
Just two comments: Boat trip was not as exciting as expected. Ended up without food, for some reason our choices were not registered which cost us 16 to buy our own.

Tony R Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Great tour including the Capital and all the monuments and White House. Very well knowledgeable guide and given enough time to see everything. Great job.

hunnee United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016


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