• Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
  • Duration: 8 hours (approx.)
From USD $ 125.00 View price calendar

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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.

Highlights

  • 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 (mid-March to mid-October)
  • Box lunch is provided

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

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.

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 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 (mid-March to mid-October only). Lunch (included) is available on board the boat. Outside of those dates, visit the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City for shopping and lunch (price of lunch included).

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.

Customer Reviews

Jeffrey B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Our tour guide from USA guided tours was the best I've had, Chris and his driver Tony were fun to be with for the day, Chris's right to the point facts about DC without being long winded or scripted are so refreshing, the monument stops were short less than 30 minutes which I like we learned a lot. It was Winter plus a government shutdown, but Chris still pulled off a good visit, the driver Tony was always waiting for us after a long walk. not sure we got our money's worth only because by our choice it was Winter, Capitol was closed, river cruise obviously wasn't running, water features and fountains that highlight the memorials etc. aren't on this time of year so maybe should have been cheaper for those reasons, but Chris and his driver Tony were very professional, told many short quick facts and stories that I will retain.

vitusbartes

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

will do it again if possible

Joan S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Outstanding tour. Our tour guide, Nick, was great. Highlight of my trip to Washington, DC.

Tina W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

We have taken many tours offered on Viator, and they have all been worth 5 stars. This one is no exception. Our tour guide, Christopher, was very knowledgeable. He had so much to say about everything we saw - even talking about buildings, statues, etc as we rode by them in our small but comfortable shuttle. He also sprinkled the facts with a lot of humor which made it that much more enjoyable. The shuttle would drop us off at one location and pick us up at the end of our walk so we didn't need to turn around and walk back the way we came - that made the tour more efficient. Plenty of opportunities for photos also. The one critique I have is the lunch venue didn't seem to fit with the feel of the tour. We went out of our way to a mall food court and had 45 minutes to get what we wanted. It was okay, but it would have been just as good to stop at a deli along our route.

Clayton H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Brilliant. New to the US and DC, it was a great experience.

brianmcm

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Our tour guide for this tour was fantastic, he was about to put a lot of passion into his tour, and the result was that you managed to learn stuff.
There was a lot to see, we were there during winter, but this did not really stop you getting on and off the buss
I would lightly recommend this tour

Ian

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

This tour was the highlight of our visit to Washington. Our tour guide Joey seamlessly wove us through the architecture and history of Capitol Hill and then led us through a most engaging visit to the main historical monuments on the National Mall. This included the White House, the WWII memorial, Jefferson memorial, Vietnam memorial and the Lincoln memorial, to name a few. The weather was perfect which helped, but our engaging tour guide made the real difference on this tour.

VS

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Very interesting tour! Well organized!

Liza K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

This tour was amazing!

jose antonio a

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Great Tour. Had a wonderful time with family. Our host Christopher was great, very easy going guy and had much information about all sites we visited. We highly recommend.

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