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icon7 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

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, 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.
  • Enjoy reserved, priority entrance to two of Washington DC's most sought-after attractions
  • See Washington DC’s major sites on a coach tour with guided walks for photo opportunities
  • Enjoy a leisurely cruise down the Potomac River (mid-March to mid-October)

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

VIP-style entry to outside US Capitol and National Archives makes this the ideal tour for politics and history buffs.
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Luxury Tour Bus
Tickets to the National Archives Building
English-Speaking Live Tour Guide (on and off the bus)
Boat Cruise on the Potomac River (Seasonal: March 15 to October 15)
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Lunch
US Navy Memorial Plaza , 701 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004, USA

US Navy Memorial Plaza

10:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
Meet the guide and the rest of the tour group at the US Navy Memorial Plaza to begin this full-day tour of the US, a National Archives tour and a best of DC tour rolled into one.

Enjoy reserved entry into the United States 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, 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 boat cruise along the Potomac River (mid-March to mid-October only).

A choice of lunch options (included) are available at L'Enfant Plaza.

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 US Navy Memorial Plaza.

Please note that the US Capitol Building is currently closed for indoor tours. Guests will be able to view the exterior building and grounds. However, entry is not included until further notice from the Architect of the Capitol and United States Capitol Visitor Center.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
United States Navy Memorial and Naval Heritage Center
The tour starts and ends at the US Navy Memorial Plaza at 701 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
U.S. Capitol
Outside only. Enjoy this glorious park and centerpiece of the capital city.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial
This brand new memorial completed in 2020 is dedicated to massive legacy of President Eisenhower with a large wall depicting the cliffs of Normandy behind the simple memorial designed by iconic American designer Frank Gehry.
Stop At:  
National World War I Memorial
The newest memorial in Washington, DC has been long in the making. A beautiful plaza and water feature outside the historic Willard Hotel & the Treasury Department.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
White House
When arriving at the White House (outside only), you will see the Executive Residence of the President and his family, as well as the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. This stop also includes a walk through the Elipse, otherwise known as the South Lawn.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
National World War II Memorial
Guided tour of WWII Memorial.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial
Guided tour of Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) Memorial, which will transport you back in time to the years of 1933-1945.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Jefferson Memorial
Guided tour of Jefferson Memorial.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Georgetown
Our seasonably offered boat cruise (March - October) departs from Georgetown Harbor after time for lunch. Please note: In the winter months, guests enjoy lunch and sightseeing by the Pentagon.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
Visit the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial – dedicated in 2011 – just across the Tidal Basin.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Guided tour of Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Includes walking. This stop is conjoined with the one above.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Korean War Veterans Memorial
A stunning memorial steps away from the Reflecting Pool depicts lifelike statues walking through moss along a wall carved with images in a design inspired by the Penisula itself.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Lincoln Memorial
This stunning landmark celebrates its centennial this year.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
The National Archives Museum
Delight in reserved entrance into the National Archives Building!
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Walking is involved to get an up-close look at the monuments; comfortable shoes are recommended.
  • Strollers may not be accommodated on tour
  • Security restrictions at the US Capitol Building and National Archives prevent any food or drinks being brought through security.
  • Please note: during peak season, security lines are long. As such, arriving ahead of time is highly encouraged
  • Tour Departure Times Are Subject to Change Due to Local Traffic Conditions
  • Please Arrive at the Meeting Point No Later Than 9:30 AM For Check-In
  • Please note that you will be able to view the exterior of the US Capitol Building and grounds. Entry is not included.
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • No food allowed on buses (snacks are fine!)
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
  • OPERATED BY USA Guided Tours
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.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Best of DC - With Visit to US Capitol Grounds & Access To National Archives?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks provided for travelers
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Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Best of DC - With Visit to US Capitol Grounds & Access To National Archives?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Best of DC - With Visit to US Capitol Grounds & Access To National Archives.
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What is the social distancing policy during Best of DC - With Visit to US Capitol Grounds & Access To National Archives?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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  • "It is expensive it is eight hours but you get what you paid for." See review
  • "If you take this tour note the night tour of the memorials is not needed." See review

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star-5
Great time
Chuck_P
, Aug 2022
Great tour, Nick was the best tour guide. Full of knowledge and great jokes. I would recommend. Ask for Nick
star-5
Great experience
Jun_L
, Aug 2022
We had a great time in the tour. It was a very time efficient event. We learned a lot history here. The cruise was very short and not really worth to take. Prepare to walk a lot.
star-5
Great Tour
Peter_B
, Aug 2022
Very good tour and a great guide. All of the key sites were visited and the commentary was really good.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Awesome Tour!
Lindsay_J
, Aug 2022
This tour was well worth it. You will see all the DC sights that you want to see. The tour guide Christopher made the tour fun and was very knowledgeable about the history and the DC area! Definitely recommend this tour!!
star-5
Our guide Dion. We would...
Chris_G
, Aug 2022
Our guide Dion. We would never have been able to visit that many monuments without the experience of our knowledgeable guide.
star-4
Easy way to travel to all...
Jennifer_B
, Aug 2022
Easy way to travel to all major monuments. Could have skipped the boat portion. Travel guide was ver knowledgeable
star-5
Great tour!
Michele_B
, Aug 2022
Brittney was an amazing source of knowledge throughout our entire 6 hour tour. It was great having a local as our guide. She made the entire tour worth the time.
star-5
Great Tour with Brittany as your Tour Guide
Lynda_H
, Aug 2022
This was a great tour. We had plenty of time to visit the historic sites and Brittany was amazing. She had so much knowledge and made sure that everyone was always accounted for. I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone wanting to maximize their time and schedule and visit the national monuments.
star-5
We had an enjoyable time!...
Marci_H
, Aug 2022
We had an enjoyable time! Our tour guide Brittany was awesome!! The driver did a good job as well and the AC was welcomed!
star-5
Outstanding!
Clementine_W
, Aug 2022
Nick was amazing and soo knowledgeable, very customer friendly, provided valid information, and ensured the tour was enjoyable and educational for all in attendance.
star-5
DC Monuments in a jam packed day
LauraLee_J
, Jul 2022
My friend and I enjoyed our tour of DC with Nick as our tour guide and Bryan as our driver. Nick brought the energy level and humor reminiscent of Kevin Hart. We saw so many monuments. Nick was very knowledgeable about everything we saw. Only negative things I can say is that there wasn't time to visit the Washington Monument and that I would have like 10 more minutes at the Vietnam War Memorial and the Korean War Memorial. There just wasn't time. This tour was the highlight of our trip.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Thank you for your comments, we are very happy that you enjoyed the tour, we invite you to review our different tour offers, we have a modern fleet of buses, experienced drivers, and friendly tour guides that will make you feel very comfortable.
star-5
Britney was an amazing...
Ida_K
, Jul 2022
Britney was an amazing tour guide She was friendly and knowledgeable Our driver Ed was amazing too Great experience
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Thank you, Ida_K for sharing your experience, we are very happy that you enjoyed the tour, we invite you to review our different tour offers, we have a modern fleet of buses, experienced drivers, and friendly tour guides that will make you feel very comfortable.
star-5
Great
Janice_M
, Jul 2022
Brittany is a great guide . There was more walking then we thought. Saw several of the monuments. 😄
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Thank you, Janice_M, for sharing your experience, we are very happy that you enjoyed the tour, we invite you to review our different tour offers, we have a modern fleet of buses, experienced drivers, and friendly tour guides that will make you feel very comfortable.
star-5
Can’t recommend this enough!
Caleb_J
, Jul 2022
Tory and Nick were absolutely incredible! Tory was the best driver and Nick was extremely knowledgeable, made the experience so fun and really took care to make sure we had the best experience. Cannot recommend them enough! Our two young kids never once got bored and had a blast! Best money we spent on this whole trip!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Dear customer, thank you for sharing your experience, we are very happy that you enjoyed the tour, we invite you to review our different tour offers, we have a modern fleet of buses, experienced drivers, and friendly tour guides that will make you feel very comfortable.
star-3
OK but not great
Michael_v
, Jul 2022
We did a tour with Viator in New York which was great, the Washington tour wasn’t as good, we expected to have a tour of the capital building which did not happen our driver guide was very a very inpatient driver and did some dangerous manoeuvres particularly at the National Archives and when the tour was over we expected to be dropped of where we were picked up but the tour finished at the National Archives which was not made clear to us.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Dear customer, we regret that your experience has not been entirely good, we invite you to review our different tour offers, we have a modern fleet of buses, experienced drivers, and expert and friendly guides that will make you feel very comfortable.
star-5
Excellent tour on a hot summer day
Danielle_L
, Jul 2022
This comprehensive tour really was the best of DC! Travel in style on a comfy tour bus as they take you to all the must-see monuments. Our tour guide was great! Super knowledgeable and fun!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
DC in a day.
Justin_H
, Jul 2022
Nick was the best tour guide. Up beat and kept us going with his bad to worst jokes! Definitely would recommend this tour and tour guide!
star-5
Really loved this tour; highly recommend it
Korina_S
, Jul 2022
It was great to see most of the highlights of the city (monuments and then straight into national archives). It was well organized, we learned so much about the symbolism in artistic meaning of the monuments themselves as well as fun facts and history. It was a lot to take in but totally worth it (having seen and appreciated most of the monuments by myself before, I actually appreciated this tour because our amazing tour guide gave us better understanding and appreciation of what we were seeing/experiencing). Thank you for how well organized everything was and I recommend this tour for the ease of getting to everything.
star-5
Great tour
Miriam_L
, Jul 2022
Our tour guide, Nick, was very knowledgeable and funny. We had enough time to see everything. Highly recommend this tour.
star-5
Great
Gissely_C
, Jul 2022
I really like the Lincoln Memorial Museum and The Martin Luther King. And I love the tour in the boat.

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