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Best of DC Tour -With Access to US Capitol & National Archives Buildings

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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 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.
  • 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)
  • Lunch of your choice at L'Enfant Plaza included

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

VIP-style entry to the Capitol and National Archives makes this the ideal tour for politics and history buffs.
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, 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 National Archives Building.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Library of Congress
Your VIP experience begins at the Neptune Fountain, outside the Library of Congress, where you'll meet your tour guide. You will be escorted across the street, to begin your reserved entry into the U.S. Capitol Building for a 45-minute tour of one of the most symbolically important and architecturally impressive buildings in the nation.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
White House
On your way to the next stop (the White House), you will pass the Newseum, the Canadian Embassy, and the National Gallery of Art. When arriving at the White House (outside only), you will see the Executive Residence of the President and his family, as well as the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. This stop also includes a walk past Lafayette Park, honoring the Marquis de Lafayette, leader of French revolutionary forces.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
National World War II Memorial
Guided tour of WWII Memorial.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
U.S. Capitol
On your guided walking tour of the Capitol, you will see the Crypt, the Rotunda, and National Statuary Hall, and also spend time at the U.S. Capitol's Visitor Center.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial
Guided tour of Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) Memorial, which will transport you back in time to the years of 1933-1945.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
Visit the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial – dedicated in 2011 – just across the Tidal Basin.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Jefferson Memorial
Guided tour of Jefferson Memorial.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Korean War Veterans Memorial
Guided tour of Korean War Memorial.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Lincoln Memorial
Guided tour of Lincoln Memorial.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Guided tour of Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Potomac River
For a unique experience, this tour offers a leisurely cruise on the Potomac River (Seasonal: March 15 to October 15) with your guide, who will answer any questions you might have.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
L'Enfant Plaza
Guests have their choice of lunch options (cost included in the tour price) at the newly renovated L'Enfant Plaza in Washington, DC!
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
The National Archives Museum
On your guided walking tour of the Capitol, you will see the Crypt, the Rotunda, and National Statuary Hall, and also spend time at the U.S. Capitol's Visitor Center.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included

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star-5
Nick was fabulous
Melissa_B
, Mar 2020
Nick was awesome, we had my 10 yr old grandson who wouldn’t leave his side. Even though some of the places where closed he still made it knowledgeable and fun. Nick even got us to the museums before they closed them down due to the coronavirus. Kept us informed of all closures that we might see on future date.
star-5
Good tour, great guides!
Agata_D
, Feb 2020
Very nice and comprehensive tour - the guide Nick was great, passionate about DC's history and funny - we also lucked out with a great trainee guide (Chris?) - highly recommended!
star-5
Amazing experience
Zarah_M
, Feb 2020
We had an amazing time. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and did not rush us. My teenagers did not get bored and enjoyed themselves.
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Tour cancelled
mharari18
, Feb 2020
The tour was cancelled due lack of quorum. Just got a call from the tour company a night before, the didn't offer any other alternative to visit D.C. or apologies. Leaving no time to book with other company. They promise to refund to Cr.Card, 3 days after have not got refund yet.
star-5
Edgar was the best tour guide in DC!
katrina5amaya
, Feb 2020
Beyond amazing the tour delivered as promised and our tour guide Tiffany and Edgar were social and knowledgeable! We couldn’t of asked for a better first day in DC! Thank you guys! We didn’t get to leave Edgar a tip because we didn’t have cash on us and it’s killing us we are going to contact Viator to figure out how to go about that!
star-4
Nice, but expensive and not fully honest
Marie-Christine P
, Dec 2019
The tour is great and Christopher, our guide, was very knowledgeable and funny. But $135 per person for a guided tour, which in practice finished at 1am is too expensive. All museum entrances are free in Washington and it is not the $10 lunch voucher which justifies it. We knew that the cruise would not occur due to the season, but we took the precaution to phone and ask if there was an alternative activity. And the answer has been yes. Eventually, there wasn’t any.... that’s not correct.
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Beware
stargaznpat
, Dec 2019
Our experience was horrible. We were told to be in front of the Neptune statue across from the Capital Building at 8:00 a.m. and tour would start at 8:30 sharp. So we stood there in the freezing cold. Others were told 8:15, others at 8:30. We did not get on our bus until after the Capital tour, which was a great tour. At first, tour was good. We were given a voucher for lunch, let out at a food court, told we had about 30 minutes to locate our choice of where we wanted to eat, order, eat and be back on the bus. No food or drink allowed back on bus. At first our guide was good, he went with us and told us interesting things. We were an older group, that was not taken into account. We were rushed through everything. Lots of steps to everything and we were not told there was an elevator at every attraction. Towards the end of the tour, guide stayed on bus and we were told to be back on bus at a certain time. We had to walk to attractions, use restroom if we needed to, be back to bus. We were dropped off at Archives, told that was the end of tour, it was one and one half hour early. Our 8 hour tour was cut short, no explanation as to why. We were told by policeman that it was l long way back to where we started the tour. We did not know how to use bus system or Metro system. Where to change buses, how to get back to Orange Line. All the guide told us was the Green/Blue line was behind us. Then he left us, tired and lost in Washington.
star-5
very nice tour of DC
Martin S
, Dec 2019
taking the Best of DC Tour was well worth the money, me and my sons were able to visit 6 or 7 areas of interest without worrying about finding parking, walking long distances, etc. the tour guide Christopher and Driver "Sunshine" were Excellent! the Capital Building was amazing. all the memorials are something everyone should experience. it is truly a great tour.
star-4
Amazing things in DC
jonasdastn
, Dec 2019
I enjoyed every minute of it. Thanks a zillion. Christopher, the guide was fantastic. On top of that, he was very polite. He knows his stuff too. He deserves a big bonus.
star-5
A good value
Mary M
, Nov 2019
This tour was very comprehensive. There was a lot of walking both indoors and outside but there were also many opportunities to rest and use rest rooms. We did ride in a very nice tour bus after visiting the Capital Building. We had 45 minutes to get lunch at L'Enfant Plaza food court which was adequate. It was convenient to have the bus drop us off and pick us up at each destination. Our guide, Christopher, had a very nice personality and was very knowledgeable about all the sights. We began the tour at 8:30 at the Capital Building and finished at about 2:30 near the Lincoln Memorial. We enjoyed the tour and feel it is a good value for the price.

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