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Washington DC in One Day: Guided Sightseeing Tour

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


Experience the sights and sounds of Washington, DC in one day on this guided walking and riding sightseeing tour around the nation’s capital. Visit the city’s historic, iconic landmarks and monuments, like the White House, the United States Capitol, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and the Lincoln Memorial. See and learn about the memorials of famous American leaders who helped shape the United States, like Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, and Martin Luther King, Jr., to name a few. Includes a seasonal Potomac River cruise.
  • Hop off for guided walks around the US Capitol Building, the Washington Monument, and Lincoln Memorial
  • Learn about the sights you see from your knowledgeable guide
  • Travel aboard state-of-the-art luxury 30-passenger coach

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This tour’s river cruise and guided walking portions provide extra photo ops and insight.

What's Included

  • Transport by luxury bus - closed-top or glass-top/open-top bus
  • English-Speaking Live Tour Guide (on and off the bus)
  • On-board narration
  • Boat Cruise on the Potomac River (seasonal: April 1 to October 15)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities
  • Lunch

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 701 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
    701 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004, USA

    U.S. Navy Memorial

Start time

10:00 AM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Meet the guide and the rest of the tour group at a central meeting point.

From the comfort of an air-conditioned coach, drive past the White House, the many Smithsonian museums, the National Mall and much more. Enjoy an entertaining and educational narrative from the expert local guide, with frequent photo-op stops of the historic and iconic landmark locations.

Also, experience guided walks around the United States Capitol, the Lincoln Memorial, the World War II Memorial, and the Korean War Veterans Memorial. Along the way, learn about the history of these famous monuments and examine them up close.

This tour also features a scenic, seasonal boat cruise along the Potomac River (March 15 to October 16). We'll spend some time at beautiful Georgetown Waterfront Park for a lunch break, and after this, we re-board the bus to visit the Iwo Jima Memorial - with spectacular views of Arlington Cemetery and the Washington, D.C. landscape.

The tour concludes back at the original departure point.

United States Navy Memorial and Naval Heritage Center

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

White House

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

National World War II Memorial

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Jefferson Memorial

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Korean War Veterans Memorial

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Lincoln Memorial

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Vietnam Veterans Memorial

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Georgetown Waterfront Park

1 hour Admission Ticket Free

Potomac River

1 hour Admission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Small carry-on bags are allowed, however it is recommended that you ravel lightly. Due to security concerns, the tour operator reserves the right to search any bags or purses you bring on board. Many of the attractions in Washington DC are equipped with metal detectors at the entrances. Traveling without bags or purses is recommended
  • Due to time restrictions, you cannot go inside any of the monuments, however you can spend about 15-20 minutes at each stop to enjoy up-close views
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • No food allowed on buses (snacks are fine!)
  • The boat cruise is seasonal from March 15 to October 15
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Convertible buses switch from open-tops to glass-tops between Oct 15 - Mar 15 due to colder temperatures
  • 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

Be prepared for walking on the tour as many of the monuments requires getting off the coach and getting there by foot.


1,740 reviews
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Learning about American History
amy_r, Jun 2023
The Lincoln Memorial and the presentation given by the tour guide. The entire tour was memorable. especially for people from another country. This review is being given, not by the person who purchased that tour, but by her guest,
Our Guided Tour of DC
Carrie_Y, Jun 2023
We enjoyed visiting all of the memorials. It was very moving to experience these sites. Our favorite was the Lincoln Memorial. The boat ride was relaxing and enjoyable as well. Our guide was very knowledgeable and personable. We would definitely recommend this tour.
Don’t miss Paul and Calvin’s tour!
Christopher_R, Jun 2023
The details our guide, Paul, shared with us as well as fantastic jokes! Our driver, Calvin, was very kind and thoughtful. He had a good sense of humor as well.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Great tour!
Theresa_L, Jun 2023
Dion 13 was super knowledgeable. He prepped us on what was to happen and how to keep on time. He knew extra quirky information and was entertaining. Van was cool and comfy. We were so glad we took this tour!
Poor Sign In Misdirected from Full Day Tour.
Judith_H, Jun 2023
Did not get on the tour due to poor sign in. I was diverted to a different tour which was a complete disappointment. Tour guides should announce and confirm what tour is being conducted to passengers before leaving the pickup location.
Response from Host, Jun 2023
Hi, We are sorry this happened. The sign-in process is digital and in - person staff should only have diverted you if the ticket you provided did not scan into our system. Did our staff member scan your ticket upon arrival? Please contact us as soon as possible with your booking information so we can assist.
High Level visit historical sites
Daniel_R, Jun 2023
Visit to all memorial with great guide. Unfortunately, during the Potomac cruise we didn’t hear the guide comments very well.
Response from Host, Jun 2023
We are sorry you didn't enjoy the boat cruise. We will talk with our boat partner about improving this.
Take the tour so you don’t miss out by driving
Norm_D, Jun 2023
The volume of people that visit Washington on a daily visit. The traffic was insane getting there and driving in Washington itself was stressful. We were really glad we took the tour to see all the main attractions, park our car and enjoy the ride. It is really the way to go if seeing the city for the first time like we were and it wasn’t even the height of tourist season yet.
Myroslav_M, Jun 2023
Loved the tour! It was so interesting and engaging, and the tour guide was so amiable. Would recommend everyone to try it!
Our United States history
Luisa_B, Jun 2023
The Lincoln memorial. We like this tour because take you to most of the important monuments and memorials in one day with all the history.
Response from Host, Jun 2023
We are glad you enjoyed your tour! How could we make this a five star experience? Please email or message us at
My wife booked this tour...
Nikhil_R, Jun 2023
My wife booked this tour for my birthday on 6/2/2023. Our tour guide was Evan and our driver was Maggie. Both did a phenomenal job. Evan not only had a wealth of knowledge about DC, but also made the tour funny and fun. Maggie handled the crazy traffic with ease and got us to each destination perfectly. I would highly recommend a tour with them anytime.
Excellent tour
Mark_S, Jun 2023
Our fantastic, knowledgeable tour guide Dion. He made this tour well worth the money. He keep our grandsons attention at all times.
Most amazing tour!
Eboni_R, Jun 2023
We absolutely loved this tour!! Deon was an amazing tour guide. He is filled with so much knowledge of our nation’s Capitol.
Excellent / great tour …...
Deborah_D, May 2023
Excellent / great tour … a must do .. saw so many memorials and the river cruise was a highlight definitely
Many wonderful places of...
Janelle_G, May 2023
Many wonderful places of historical interest were part of the tour. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and funny.
Great way to explore Washington DC in a day !
Pradnya_P, May 2023
Our family took this tour in May 2023. The tour started exactly on time. The coach was very comfortable; driven by Thomas who was very courteous. We covered all the 'must see' landmarks in Washington DC, including Potomac river boat ride. This is a very historic city with so many monuments and memorials. So being on a comfortable coach really helped. Our tour guide was Joey. She explained the history in detail, with lot of passion. Her enthusiasm was commendable. I would definitely like to recommend this tour to anyone visiting Washington DC for the first time.
1 traveler found this review helpful
The tour was perfect, I...
John_K, May 2023
The tour was perfect, I took the 6 hours tour, It inclauded everything we should see I like it alot, the guide was so polite, same as the driver. Highly recomended.
It was all really great....
Corona_C, May 2023
It was all really great. Christopher was an amazing guide for this trip. Would recommend to everyone as a great way to start the Washington experience.
Response from Host, Jun 2023
We are glad you enjoyed your tour! How could we make this a five-star experience? Please email or message us at
A tour with passionated guide
Yedam_J, May 2023
Paul was a very passionated guide! I like all of his explanation. He kindly guided us and explained it easily and funny. I highly recommend his guide tour.
Loved this tour
Leah_H, May 2023
This tour is the way to go. Air conditioned bus, very knowledgeable and friendly tour guide Evan and the bus driver Sylvia did a wonderful job taking us around. Cold bottled water was provided on the bus which was refreshing
Awesome Tour!
Maria_V, May 2023
Evan and Ms. Silvia were amazing. Evan provided great information and Ms. Silvia was our driver. I enjoyed being able to see so many things all in one day.
The tour is amazing!
Hang_T, May 2023
The tour guide Paul is wonderful and helpful. Thank you Paul. You are amazing! I love this tour and I will come back Viator.
Incredible Time With Viator
MICHAEL_T, May 2023
Our guide Evan was very knowledgeable, well-spoken and a great guide. We would highly recommend this 6-hour tour.
Great tour
Chris_E, May 2023
Evan did a great job as out guide, cheerful and so knowledgeable, Maurice as our driver navigated well and dealt with the DC traffic.
Great experience. Good guide
Pranshu_K, May 2023
The tour was really well organized. Didn’t feel rushed. The guide was well educated and was took all our questions. The bus was nice and comfortable. The cruise is okay. It got hot in summer afternoon on the boat.
So much Washington DC in a day - fabulous
Cheryl_C, May 2023
What a fabulous way to visit so many sites in a day and learn so much. It would have taken us days to do this and we would not have gotten so many facts. Our guide Evan was so knowledgeable and Maurice was a great driver. A perfect pair.
A bargain for memorial DC riches!!
ERRIN_E, May 2023
Evan and Maggie were totally fantastic- they played off of each other and provided us a memorable day in DC. Evan was very timely, paid special attention to those who needed help with pictures and inserted light hearted comments and anecdotes. Definitely recommend to friends who visit!.
Excellent guide. Enjoyed alot
Mobeen_A, May 2023
All sites. Explanation by the guide. Booked more tours coz of this. My one day tour was fruitful. 💐🎊😍😍
Great experience!
Cheri_E, May 2023
Your was just as described online and very organized. Our tour guide Dion was exceptionally knowledgeable, funny, and made learning about our Capitol a great experience. Would def recommend.
Dion was a great tour...
Sherrie_E, May 2023
Dion was a great tour guide full of both historical & current facts! This tour was well worth the money.
Washington DC
Shirley_L, May 2023
Excellent Bus clean. Driver safety conscience. Climate on the bus comfortable. Guide knowledgeable friendly helpful funny when appropriate.


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