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How to Get Around in Washington DC

How to Get Around in Washington DC

With everything from hop-on hop-off bus tours to Segway excursions, there are numerous ways to explore the capital without dealing with the hassle of traffic. Read on for how to make the journey just as fun as the destination. 

Hop-On Hop-Off Bus and Trolley Tours

Ideal for time-pressed travelers, a hop-on hop-off bus or trolley tour lets you squeeze in all of Washington, DC’s top attractions—which include Capital Hill and the White House—without wasting time walking from one place to the next. Plus, commentary adds context to the sights.

Walking and Biking Tours

Walking or biking allows you to see parts of Washington, DC that you might otherwise miss. By joining a walking tour of the city, you can take in the sights at your own speed and not let small details pass you by. 

Segway Tours

Exploring the nation’s capital on a Segway is a fast and fun way to see the sights; tours let you glide through areas that are inaccessible by car without the exertion of walking or biking. Plus, traveling with a guide means that you don’t have to worry about navigating.

Public Transit

Washington DC’s robust public transport system makes it easy to travel by bus or Metro. While buses are the most affordable option, the underground rail system is simple and efficient, and lets you zip across town without encountering traffic. Just be sure to avoid heading to the Metro during peak commute times, when rides cost more and trains are packed. 

River Cruises

To see the city from a different perspective, hop on a Potomac River cruise. Traveling by water creates a peaceful environment for viewing the monuments, Admiral's Row, and Old Town Alexandria. A brunch or sunset dinner cruise is the ideal escape from the crowds on land. 

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Big Bus Washington DC Open Top Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Big Bus Washington DC Open Top Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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Discover the most popular sights in Washington, DC on this relaxing hop-on hop-off bus tour. Drive past many of the top attractions in the nation’s capital — including the White House, the Washington Monument, the National Mall, historic Georgetown, and Arlington National Cemetery, and choose where you want to get off and explore in more detail. Select a 1- or 2-day pass, then hop on at any of the stops on two different routes and get to know the city with an audio commentary. The 2-day Deluxe option includes a Night Tour.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Capitol Hill and DC Monuments Tour by Electric Cart

Capitol Hill and DC Monuments Tour by Electric Cart

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Explore the famous monuments and war memorials of Washington, DC on this small-group sightseeing tour. Hop aboard a special eCruiser vehicle and enjoy an educational and entertaining narrated history of our nation’s capital. Get a glimpse of the White House and travel around and through Capitol Hill, the Smithsonian museum complex, plus a plethora of famous memorials and monuments — like the Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument — and many other hotspots. This is a great way to see many of DC’s most famous landmarks.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$63.75
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Washington DC in One Day: Guided Sightseeing Tour

Washington DC in One Day: Guided Sightseeing Tour

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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.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$79.00
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Washington DC Sightseeing Trolley Tour with 1 Stop

Washington DC Sightseeing Trolley Tour with 1 Stop

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Depart from the Washington DC Welcome Center and take a 90 minute Washington DC trolley tour to explore the nation’s capital. The route encompasses the city’s top attractions, including the White House, Lincoln Memorial and the National Mall.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$49.00
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Washington DC Monuments Bike Tour

Washington DC Monuments Bike Tour

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See the historical sights of Washington DC with an up-close view of significant monuments on a bike tour by comfortable cruiser. Ride an easy route over flat terrain from the National Mall to the Potomac Tidal Basin and view DC landmarks including the Washington Monument, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, and Jefferson Memorial as you explore the attractions with a knowledgeable guide.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$54.00
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Washington DC Scenic Lunch Cruise

Washington DC Scenic Lunch Cruise

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Enjoy food, fun, and entertainment with a view of Washington DC on this narrated lunch cruise along the Potomac River. Onboard the elegant Spirit of Washington, choose to cruise from three air-conditioned interior decks or the rooftop lounge. Either way, the view is spectacular, there’s a delicious buffet lunch to enjoy and a DJ is spinning the latest Top 40 hits on spacious dance floors. Look and listen as the captain points out DC’s fascinating history while drifting past the Washington Monument, Reagan National Airport and much more.
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  • 2 hours
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$79.67
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Guided Washington DC Tour with Photo Stops & Potomac River Cruise

Guided Washington DC Tour with Photo Stops & Potomac River Cruise

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See the very best of Washington, DC with a 6-hour combination tour that takes in the city by bus, on foot and with a sightseeing cruise of the Potomac River (in season). Choose a longer tour for plenty of time to snap photos at the White House and U.S. Capitol Building, explore DC’s presidential memorials and moving war memorials and browse for souvenirs at the Pentagon City Shopping Mall. Finish the day onboard a Potomac River boat, which is the perfect way to get unobstructed views of key sites.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$82.00
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