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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

This is the only tour on Viator that provides reserved entry to the US Capitol Building 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.

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

David M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Great tour with a very knowledgeable tour guide. Joey was very personal and quickly demonstrated her knowledge of the DC sites and the history of our country. Tony was our driver. It was a windy, chilly day and he had the tour bus warmed up and ready to greet us throughout the day. I highly recommend this tour!

Peter B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Very good and informative.

karen.tilbury Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

This is a very informative tour of all the major monuments of Washington DC. Filled with facts about the symbolism behind many of the monuments that you would not get to know about if you visited them by yourself. The Capitol building is just one of the highlights, and a must do if your in Washington DC. Our guide was exceptionally funny and informative. The day was very rainy and our driver ensured that he got us a close to drop off points as he could to minimise the amount of rain we had to walk through. A full day tour that is really worth doing to get just some of the history behind this great city.

Gunnar W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

It is a very well organized tour. You will see many of the most well known/important monuments and sites in one day. No lines! Our guide, Christopher, was enthusiastic and helpful. We also had perfect weather! I highly recommend this tour.

Dave F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Andrew was amazing. We loved the tour, and his anecdotes and insights really added to the trip

Michelle S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Saved so much time not waiting in line, fun guide, very knowledgeable.

John G United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Highly recommended

Melissa F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Our tour was fantastic! Informative, organized, and super fun! Our tour guide, Nick, was enthusiastic and helpful. I highly recommend this tour. Melissa and Meka Rucker

Laura R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Great tour guide, Nick. Saw so much. Perhaps just Be a little clearer about the beginning pick up. That was confusing. Over all loved the experience.

Kunal K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

This one-day tour starts with a guided tour of the US capitol tour guide provided by the Capitol visitor center, then quickly takes you through the major memorials in Washington breaking for a free lunch at a mall and finishes at the National Archives.

The tour guide is well informed and tries to dispense as much relevant information as possible about the historical figures and the specific stories connected to the sites you'll visit without making it sound tedious. I am especially grateful for the good service because I was late for the bus more than once first when I was taking a closer look at the Jefferson memorial without realizing the rest of my tour party had left and then when I misplaced my cellphone at the mall. They had to wait for several minutes with some agitated tourists twice on my behalf and were nice enough to not leave me behind.

I should note that if you are the sort of person who likes to get a full tour of the sites you might feel rushed. I don't think this is necessarily the tour operator's fault since they're likely responding to market expectations with the volume of sites they try to include. You may wish to consider privately revisiting a site you felt you didn't get a full measure of the next day or on a future trip.

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