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Welcome to Washington DC

The bustling US capital, Washington DC, bustles with attractions for those craving a look at history, art, and architecture, not to mention a hip nightlife scene. Join a walking or coach sightseeing tour to admire the famous monuments, including the United States Capitol, White House, Washington Monument, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, and Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. Lounge on the National Mall, and get ready to explore the city’s bounty of museums. Choose from the Smithsonian, National Air and Space Museum, National Museum of Natural History, and National Museum of American History. Small-group tours with knowledgeable guides help you experience the history within all these attractions. Get a glimpse into the city’s contemporary culture on one of the many culinary and brewery tours in DC’s hip neighborhoods, such as Georgetown, Shaw, and Dupont Circle; or cruise down the Potomac River at sunset to see the city skyline light up. Just across the river lies charming Old Town Alexandria; take a walking tour to learn the history of the neighborhood’s Georgian, federal, and Greek Revival buildings. Round out a day trip with a tour of George Washington’s home at Mt. Vernon and a visit the Arlington National Cemetery.

Top 10 attractions in Washington DC

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

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The man whose dream changed America lives eternally in Washington DC. The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial opened in October 2011, a few months after the 48th anniversary of Dr. King’s “I have a dream" speech. Set in the greater National Mall area, the memorial occupies four acres of land in West Potomac Park and looks out over Tidal Basin near the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial.The site includes both a commanding 30-foot statue of Dr. King and a 450-foot granite inscription wall, featuring 14 excerpts from King's speeches, sermons and other public addresses.More
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The White House

The White House

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The official residence of each US president since 1800, the 132-room White House in Washington DC draws visitors from around the world. Admire from afar; stop by the White House Visitor Center; or request access for a self-guided tour of the East Wing, State Dining Room, China Room, and the White House Rose Garden.More
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U.S. Capitol

U.S. Capitol

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The U.S. Capitol dome towers above the Roman columns and manicured gardens of this iconic heart of American government. Topped by the bronze Statue of Freedom, the Capitol is the political and geographic center of Washington D.C. The building houses the legislative branch of Congress, with the Senate meeting in the north wing and the House of Representatives in the south wing. When Congress is in session, visitors can watch politicians debate all flavors of legislative issues, as they’ve done here since 1800.More
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Lincoln Memorial

Lincoln Memorial

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A 19-foot-tall (5.7-meter-tall) marble statue of President Abraham Lincoln dominates the Lincoln Memorial, situated at the edge of the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool on the National Mall in Washington DC. The most visited National Park Service site in the city is an homage to the 16th president of the United States, who helped to preserve the Union during the Civil War and delivered the Gettysburg Address and the Emancipation Proclamation.More
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Washington Monument

Washington Monument

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Erected in honor of the nation’s first president, the Washington Monument is the tallest building in Washington DC, reaching 555 feet (169 meters) high. The white, marble obelisk is also one of the capital’s most famous structures, made even more remarkable when seen with its mirror image reflected in the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool.More
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Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Vietnam Veterans Memorial

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The Vietnam Veterans Memorial, one of Washington DC’s most visited landmarks, is comprised of three parts—the Three Soldiers statue, the Women’s Memorial, and the main attraction, the Maya Lin–designed Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, engraved with the names of some 58,000 fallen and missing Vietnam War soldiers. Visitors arrive to pay their respects and leave notes and mementos at the wall.More
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Thomas Jefferson Memorial

Thomas Jefferson Memorial

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The Thomas Jefferson Memorial, commissioned by Franklin D. Roosevelt, is a tribute to the third president of the United States, founder of the University of Virginia, and key drafter of the Declaration of Independence. Its Pantheon-esque facade and bronze statue of Thomas Jefferson overlook the Tidal Basin and Washington Monument.More
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National World War II Memorial

National World War II Memorial

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Set at the heart of the National Mall, the World War II Memorial honors the 16 million American soldiers who served in World War II. The site’s pillars represent each state and territory; it’s arches are dedicated to victories; and more than 4,000 stars symbolize the sacrifices made.More
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Korean War Veterans Memorial

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The Korean War Veterans Memorial brings together life-like statues of a patrol squad with a walled triangle inscribed with scenes depicting the Korean War. The steel statues and granite walls lead to the center of a reflecting pool. Dedicated in 1995, the memorial honors the 5.8 million Americans who served in the Korean War (1950–1953).More
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Potomac River

Potomac River

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From its source in West Virginia to where it empties out in Chesapeake Bay, the Potomac River is rich in American history; in fact, it's even referred to as "the Nation's River." George Washington, the first president of the United States, was born along the river, and the entirety of Washington DC—the nation's capital city—lies within the watershed.More

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Top activities in Washington DC

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Recent reviews from experiences in Washington DC

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Melisa_T, Jul 2021
African-American History Tour with Reserved Museum Entry
After that tour me and my kids decided that we will revisit Washington DC again, because we had learn so much more on the tour and want to visit the places we learned about.
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My family has a good time.
Jaime_P, Jul 2021
Washington DC City Day Tour with Stops at 10 Top Attractions
All attractions were great!
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Great experience 😁
Kenneth_M, Jul 2021
Washington DC in One Day: Guided Sightseeing Tour
Got to see a great deal of Washington DC on this tour.
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Great Tour!
Susie_P, Jul 2021
Washington DC in One Day: Guided Sightseeing Tour
It was a great way to see as much of Washington DC as we could in 1 day.
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Great for all ages!
Katy_B, Jul 2021
3-Hour Washington DC "Monuments By Night" Guided Night-Time Sightseeing Bus Tour
Great way to see the highlights of Washington DC and learn more about the town and architecture of monuments.
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Definitely the way to see Washington DC
Tammie_R, Jun 2021
Washington DC After Dark Wonder Tour
This was definitely the way to see Washington DC.
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A great first look into the city
Jennifer_K, Jun 2021
Washington DC City Day Tour with Stops at 10 Top Attractions
It was our first time in Washington DC and this was an excellent way to experience all the highlights plus get ideas for what to do next.
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Great way for a tour!
Derrick_D, May 2021
Washington DC "See the City" Guided Sightseeing Segway Tour
This is a great way to see a lot of history and monuments in Washington DC.
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Good tour, great guide, wish it went longer
KarenMae_A, Jul 2021
Washington DC "See the City" Guided Sightseeing Segway Tour
Being able to see as many sites as we did.
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Best way to see DC
Susanne_M, Jul 2021
Private Washington DC Guided Tour
By having a private tour, we were able to see so many things in the comfort of an air conditioned vehicle and without having to walk an excessive amount of distance to see all of the Washington monuments.
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Worth the money
Jackie_S, Jul 2021
Washington DC Monuments by Moonlight Tour by Trolley
It's a great way to see Washington DC without traveling on foot.
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Wonderful
Maryann_I, Nov 2019
Washington DC Sightseeing Trolley Tour with 1 Stop
Used the trolley in Washington DC it was awesome got to see so much we all really enjoyed our vacation
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Beautiful Tour
MarkASchweitzer, Jul 2019
DC At Dusk Guided Night Tour
The night tour is a great way to see the top sites of Washington DC.
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Great Tour
Marissa_W, Jun 2021
Washington DC in One Day: Guided Sightseeing Tour
We were able to see all the major must sees for Washington DC without rush!
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Great tour
Danny_O, May 2019
Deluxe Half Day Tour of DC with Reserved US Capitol Entry
The tour was a great way to visit Washington DC for the first time.
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Incredible See Everything Important in Washington DC in One Day
Laura_G, Aug 2018
Best of DC Tour - With Access to US Capitol Grounds & National Archives Building
What an awesome way to see & learn about all the important things of Washington DC in one day.
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One day loaded with fun & information
elma_m, Aug 2018
Best of DC Tour - With Access to US Capitol Grounds & National Archives Building
I will absolutely recommend this tour to see Washington DC in one day
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A Must for all Tourist
483declanw, Nov 2018
DC At Dusk Guided Night Tour
Time to see the memorials and take plenty of photo's
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agbridgmon, Jun 2018
Deluxe Half Day Tour of DC with Reserved US Capitol Entry
So much to see in Washington DC, having the guide was great
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This trip was fabulous. It is such...
Umesh P, Jan 2018
Big Bus Washington DC Open Top Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
It is such nice way to see the beautiful city.
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