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Take a hop-on hop-off Washington DC trolley tour to explore the nation’s capital at your own pace. There are three routes to choose from that encompass the city’s top attractions, including the National Mall, the White House, National Cathedral, Lincoln Memorial and Arlington National Cemetery. Just hop off at any stop when you want to explore, and then hop back on the trolley to continue around the city. When booking, select between a 1- and 2-day pass and the routes you wish to use.


  • Washington DC Trolley Tour
  • Hop on and off at any of the 20 stops as often as you like
  • Explore Washington DC at your leisure with a one-day ticket on the DC trolley
  • See the most popular sights of Washington DC at your own pace
  • Washington DC trolley is the easiest way to get around town
  • Upgrade to the 2-day pass

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Great for first-time visitors! The trolleys travel three different routes to all the biggest sights and depart regularly throughout the day. A simple, flexible and inexpensive way to explore the city.

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What You Can Expect

Washington DC Hop-on Hop-off Trolley Tour

Washington DC Hop-on Hop-off Trolley Tour

When booking your hop-on hop-off Washington DC trolley tour, select either a 1-day or 2-day pass, and choose access to the Orange and Red loops only or the all-loop pass to include the Green line. Then board the trolley at any of the stops (see the Itinerary for a list) to begin your independent sightseeing around DC; trolleys depart approximately every half hour.

With easy transportation, you can see the attractions that most interest you at your own pace. Plus, enjoy the trolley system’s GPS tracking, allowing you to find out nearby trolley stops and the next arrival and call in if you need assistance (no phone app is required).

Orange loop: National Mall and Downtown
Traverses the National Mall with stops at all of the Smithsonian Museum buildings, plus Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, Washington Monument, FDR Memorial, the US Capitol and the Supreme Court

Green loop: National Cathedral and Uptown
Travels uptown to the National Zoo and National Cathedral, and stops at the White House and White House Visitor Center

Red loop: Arlington National Cemetery Shuttle (10- to 15-minute ride)
Shuttles between Arlington National Cemetery and Lincoln Memorial; the last return shuttle from the cemetery is 4:30pm


Washington DC hop-on hop-off trolley tour stops:
  1. Washington Welcome Center: Ford's Theatre, Petersen House, International Spy Museum
  2. White House Visitors Center: the White House Visitor Center, the White House, National Aquarium
  3. National Archives: National Archives, National Gallery of Art East and West Buildings, Marian Koshland Science Museum, US Navy Memorial
  4. Union Station, Smithsonian National Postal Museum
  5. US Capitol, US Supreme Court, Library of Congress
  6. Air and Space Museum, Museum of the American Indian, Hirshhorn Museum, US Botanic Gardens
  7. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Bureau of Engraving and Printing
  8. Jefferson Memorial, George Mason Memorial, Tidal Basin - paddle boats, FDR Memorial
  9. Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Korean War Memorial, World War II Memorial, Shuttle to Arlington Cemetery
  10. Museum of American History, Washington Monument
  11. Museum of Natural History, Old Post Office Pavilion and Bell Tower
  12. Newseum, National Gallery of Art - West Building, Marian Koshland Science Museum
  13. White House Gifts
  14. National Geographic Museum, Charles Sumner Museum and Archives
  15. Dupont Circle, Woodrow Wilson House, Textile Museum, Phillips Collection
  16. Woodley Park Shopping and Dining Neighborhood, Adams Morgan Shopping and Dining Neighborhood, National Zoo
  17. National Cathedral (open daily 10am-4pm; tours available daily)
  18. Stephen Decatur House, Lafayette Park, White House grounds, Eisenhower Executive Office Building, Octagon House, Renwick Gallery, Corcoran Gallery
  19. Chinatown, National Museum of Women in the Arts, National Portrait Gallery, American Art Museum

Customer Reviews

Fiona S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Convenient way to see the city and very informative

John K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Best way to see everything you want.

George I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Great tool to see the area

Ann W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

We had Sooner Steve for our conductor and he was well worth the trip. Informative and funny. Almost hated to get off at one of our stops. Best way to get around town and see all the sights.

Robert M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Mr. Wonder our guide was wonderful. We viewed everything we wanted to see. The tour was excellent

Kathy P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Miss Sunny was our tour guide and she was excellent!!! She made the tour so enjoyable that we stayed on it for a full 2 rounds. Her enthusiasm and personality made the trip so fun even when it was raining. I also saw her go out of her way to help someone who had gotten on her trolley by mistake.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

the tour was perfect::

Dustin P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Well worth it.

Pam S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Great guides with information. I took 3 trips and learned new information on each trip. I would like longer hours. 9-5 just does not give you enough time. Especially at Arlington.

Eric S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The staff is really what made your tour a memorable experience. They were all amazing full of knowledge. So worth spending the money with this line!!

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