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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.

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 (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 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 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.

Itinerary

Customer Reviews

bonnie yilin m

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Nickolas McCall was the best tour guide ever . Very young but extremely knowledgeable. The 6 hrs tour was excellent we learnt a lot.

Cheryl B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This is a full day of all the major monuments in Washington, D.C. Tour guide Christopher was very knowledgeable. As a life long resident of the city, he was able to add some personal facts along the way. He had us laughing at his anticdotes. Highly recommend this tour, especially for first time visitors.

Carl F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Had a great time with our group. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable of the area. I was under the impression that we were supposed to have lunch on the ferry however a little late but worth the wait. Lunch was given to us and it was filling and very delicious. We will definitely use Viator for our next tour booking.

ambmpa

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This was a GREAT Tour. Our Tour Guide Chris and Driver were absolutely wonderful. Chris was extremely insightful, courteous, funny and professional. We will definitely use Viator, again!

Gary C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Excellent. Wish it had included pick at Senate and House chambers but all n all great value. Our guide Nick was the best. It's great to see someone who so enjoys their work. Nich was extremely knowledgeable and a true professional. For the Capital tour we had Sophia who was also very good and I think she knew every person working in the Capital. Highly recommend this tour. Oh yeah our driver Tony was also great.

Mr C J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

We took this tour on the first day of our 3 week holiday in the Washington region, and it was a great way to orientate ourselves with the city. Our driver Tony and guide Nick were really excellent. The tour was both informal and informative, which is exactly what we wanted. Nick had a great sense of humour too, and was great at answering questions. We were looked after well, particularly with water! This was very welcome, as the tour lasted the full day, and it was unseasonably hot for the time of year.
Thanks for a great day! It was very memorable! :-

Mary F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

My fit bit was counting away. We got our exercise in plus bus rides and boat ride. The Capitol was wonderful with very short line. We saw lots of monuments and I was happy to see FDR which I had never seen before. Nick was a wonderful guide as was the new bus driver. Nick kept us laughing.

Lilian M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

A very good day out. Nick was the guide and was very courteous, enthusiastic and knowledgeable. We started off at the Houses of Congress which includes a short tour. Security is tight and you should be pe prepared for airport standards. So do not take liquids, expensive perfumes and gels etc. you will have to bin them or not enter there is no exceptions. We did all the stops on the tour and Nick was knowledgeable with all the sights along with tit bits of gossip. The lunch was really good U.S. Brits are not used to such large portions. We had a massive sandwich freshly made in front of you a packet of crisps a drink and if we remember correctly a chocolate bar. We did most of the war memorials and famous statues learning along the way with Nick. We finished in the National Archive which was interesting. We did this tour after the night tour, you should do both as the monuments and memorials are different in the day light. Nick said he has been doing this for three years and is still learning. He spends a lot of his spare reading up and researching his tours. All in a a great day out and Nick was excellent.

Retired

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Even though it rained 90 of our tour it was still an enjoyable experience. We had a great guide name Nick, he was professional, knowledgeable and very funny. The only portion of the tour that did not meet my expectation and was disappointing was the lunch boat ride down the Potomac River, but did get us off our feet for 45 min. If you book this tour try to sit facing the captain on the boat so when he points out topics of interest you won't be looking the wrong way.

john h

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Excellent tour, Chris was a wonderful guide-

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