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Best of DC Plus US Capitol and National Archives Reserved Entry

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  • 8 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

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, 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.
  • Enjoy reserved, priority entrance to two of Washington DC's most sought-after attractions
  • See Washington DC’s major sites on a coach tour with guided walks for photo opportunities
  • Enjoy a leisurely cruise down the Potomac River (mid-March to mid-October)

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

VIP-style entry to outside US Capitol and National Archives makes this the ideal tour for politics and history buffs.

What's Included

  • Luxury Tour Bus - Closed-Top or Glass-Top/Open-Top Convertible Bus
  • Tickets to the National Archives Building
  • English-Speaking Live Tour Guide (on and off the bus)
  • Boat Cruise on the Potomac River (Seasonal: April 1 to October 15)
  • Reserved Entry to US Capitol Building
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Lunch

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Neptune Fountain
    68 First St SE, Washington, DC 20004, USA

Start time

10:00 AM

End point

  • National Archives Museum
    701 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20408, USA

What To Expect

Meet the guide and the rest of the tour group at the US Navy Memorial Plaza to begin this full-day tour of the US, a National Archives tour and a best of DC tour rolled into one.

Enjoy reserved entry into the United States 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, 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 boat cruise along the Potomac River (mid-March to mid-October only).

A choice of lunch options (included) are available at L'Enfant Plaza.

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 US Navy Memorial Plaza.

Please note that the US Capitol Building is currently closed for indoor tours. Guests will be able to view the exterior building and grounds. However, entry is not included until further notice from the Architect of the Capitol and United States Capitol Visitor Center.

United States Navy Memorial and Naval Heritage Center

The tour starts and ends at the US Navy Memorial Plaza at 701 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

U.S. Capitol

Reserved entry to this glorious park and centerpiece of the capital city.

1 hour Admission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Walking is involved to get an up-close look at the monuments; comfortable shoes are recommended.
  • Strollers may not be accommodated on tour.
  • Security restrictions at the National Archives prevent any food or drinks being brought through security.
  • During peak season, security lines are long. As such, arriving ahead of time is highly encouraged.
  • Tour Departure Times Are Subject to Change Due to Local Traffic Conditions.
  • Please Arrive at the Meeting Point No Later Than 9:30 AM For Check-In.
  • No food allowed on buses (snacks are fine!)
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Convertible buses switch from open-tops to glass-tops between Oct 15 - Apr 1 due to colder temperatures.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Traveler Tips


It is expensive it is eight hours but you get what you paid for.
If you take this tour note the night tour of the memorials is not needed.
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Exceeded expectations
Danyelle_H, Jan 2023
This was our introductory tour of D.C. Nick and Evan were our guides and navigators. They were EXCEPTIONAL!! Most notably, they were very approachable, extremely knowledgeable, humorous, and congenial. They respected all the varieties of persons in the tour group. We have plenty of time at each stop, too. Nick introduced us to D.C's "Go-Go" music, too, which was really ENJOYABLE! We can not say enough how blown away with this tour we were. THANK YOU, Nick and EVAN for a very positive introduction to D.C. :D
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The trip was 7 hrs but it...
Luis_L, Dec 2022
The trip was 7 hrs but it went fast. The narrator was great and the monuments wants to make you believe there is still hope for the world
Response from Host, Jan 2023
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Brittany and Maggie were...
Aaron_J, Dec 2022
Brittany and Maggie were great! Brittany was very knowledgeable and we thoroughly enjoyed our tour! Aaron and Stacy J
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Britney was very...
Tais_A, Dec 2022
Britney was very friendly, knowledgeable and attentive to the whole group. Overall a great experience.
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Squeaky bus
Mary_C, Dec 2022
The bus squeaked so much We could not hear the tour guide. Furthermore, the tour guy did not speak loud enough for those of us at the back of the bus to hear. The tour guide, however, was fine.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
We are sorry to hear your vehicle was not up to the standard we aim for. If you would email us with your reservation information to reservation@usaguidedtours.com, we will see what we can do about remedying this situation.
The BEST tour & guide!
Stacy_M, Dec 2022
Nick was our tour guide!! He was absolutely amazing! He was so knowledgeable of everything DC & the surrounding areas. This tour helped us see so many memorials & the top sites all in one day. I would recommend to anyone coming to DC!
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Amazing memory
Tiffany_M, Dec 2022
The tour guide Terri was very knowledgeable and on point with keeping up with everyone!! Maggie the driver was very sweet at making sure everyone took water and watch their steps while getting off the bus. This is an awesome company U.S.A. Guided Tours.
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Tour was awesome and I...
Leticia_N, Dec 2022
Tour was awesome and I really enjoyed the informative tour. I would highly recommend everyone to attend.
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DC in a day
Jennifer_P, Nov 2022
This was a great tour! I’ve been to DC multiple times, but learned so much this time on this tour. Our guide Joey was amazing.
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Best trip ever
Dianne_N, Nov 2022
Everything was amazing a big shout up to the tour guide Nick amazing and smart on the information and the history we found out many history that we didn’t know
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Joey our tour guide and...
Emily_W, Nov 2022
Joey our tour guide and Curtis our driver were a good team. Joey was full of knowledge about the landmarks while Curtis kept us safe and comfy during our ride.
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Would do again and again
Rose_B, Nov 2022
Mr Parker the driver and out tour guide were awesome. I didn’t feel rushed and learned a lot of information at each stop. They even made provisions for the very cold day!
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Fun
Kate_R, Nov 2022
We had lots of fun. The weather was great as were the inside Information on the subject Mr Nick discussed.
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GREAT TOUR!!!
Sheree_W, Nov 2022
GREAT guide!!! She was VERY KNOWLEDGABLE AND we learned a lot! WE LOVED THE TOUR! I would recommend this tour to everyone who comes to D.C.
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Great day!
Alison_H, Nov 2022
Terrific tour! Very interesting. Our guide was very personable and knowledgeable. Our driver was very pleasant and helpful.
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Awesome guided tour!
Henry_R, Nov 2022
The Founding Father's memorial sites were very impressive. The guide was very knowledgeable of each sites
Response from Host, Nov 2022
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Was shown lots of sites but quite rushed
jayne_j, Oct 2022
The tour guide was very knowledgeable but I felt even though we booked the 7 hour trip we did not have much time when allowed off the bus to view and take in monuments etc.
Response from Host, Nov 2022
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Excellent driver and tour...
LindaFink_F, Oct 2022
Excellent driver and tour guide. Enjoyed all the tour offered. Would recommend to family and friends.
Response from Host, Nov 2022
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Must see tour
Dona_H, Oct 2022
Cool facts and history about DC, monuments, museums, and more. Tour guide Edgar was energetic, fun, knowledgeable, and passionate about DC and US history. Great tour!!
Best of DC!
Dana_F, Oct 2022
We had a great experience with our tour guide Nick who was very knowledgeable and made the whole experience fun, interesting and exciting!
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