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At the heart of the eastern seaboard, DC is an ideal base for seeing some of the US’ most fascinating cities and historic sites. Whether you want to step back in time or visit a city that never sleeps, here are our top picks for day trips from DC.

Arlington, VA — 5 miles (8 km) away
With military memorials and long lines of gravestones, Arlington National Cemetery is this city’s most important and moving destination, but visitors to Arlington can also stop by the Pentagon, headquarters of the United States Department of Defense.

Mount Vernon & Alexandria, VA — 16 miles (26 km) & 8 miles (13 km) away
Martha and George Washington lived on an elegant plantation by the Potomac River known as Mount Vernon, and visiting is a glimpse of 18th-century life—tours of the estate explore the President’s rye distillery, home, and slave quarters. Just upstream from Mount Vernon, Old Town Alexandria is full of Revolutionary-era landmarks and architecture in a quaint, walkable downtown.

Gettysburg, PA — 87 miles (140 km) away
Visit the site of a legendary Civil War battle on a trip to Gettysburg National Military Park. The battlefield is now a peaceful landscape of rolling fields, but the fighting is remembered in a series of monuments, museum exhibits, and a 360-degree cyclorama painted in vivid colors.

New York City, NY — 226 miles (364 km) away
The Big Apple's skyscrapers and boroughs need no introduction and are a quick trip from DC by plane or a longer day excursion by rail. Bus tours, guided tours, and attraction passes are great ways to get your bearings as you spend the day shopping 5th Avenue, exploring NYC highlights, or cruising to the Statue of Liberty and Brooklyn Bridge.
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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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$74.00
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$74.00
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Mount Vernon and Old Town Alexandria Day Trip from Washington DC

Mount Vernon and Old Town Alexandria Day Trip from Washington DC

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Explore some of the most famous landmark locations around Washington, DC on this guided, half-day sightseeing tour. Travel to Mount Vernon, George Washington's popular plantation in Virginia and one of the nation’s most beloved historic sites. Learn about his life and tour his home of more than 40 years. Then enjoy a guided bus trip around Old Town Alexandria. See the many historic 17th- and 18th-century homes, hear colorful stories about this founding father and discover little known facts about all the monuments, statues and buildings in the area.
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  • 5 hours
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$81.17
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Mount Vernon Day Tour from Washington DC

Mount Vernon Day Tour from Washington DC

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Visit George Washington’s historic home and estate with a 6-hour tour of Mount Vernon from Washington, D.C. Get a glimpse of the President’s life and work as you explore an elegant mansion furnished with period antiques and Washington’s personal belongings. Browse education exhibits at the onsite museum, and visit the tomb where George and Martha Washington were buried. Learn about the legacy of slavery at Mount Vernon in the slaves’ quarters, then tour the beautifully landscaped gardens and grounds before returning to D.C.
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  • 5 hours
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$86.10
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Private Washington DC Day Trip from New York

Private Washington DC Day Trip from New York

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Visit Washington, D.C., on a private, full-day trip from New York City with a chauffeured minivan that accommodates up to six passengers. Enjoy the ride in comfort and style, then spend a day exploring the capital’s most important sites. See the United States Capitol and the moving tombs of the Arlington National Cemetery, then continue to the White House and Presidential memorials. Visit the museums and monuments that line the National Mall before returning to New York.
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  • 15 hours
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$1,199.00
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Customized, Private Guided Tour of Washington, DC

Customized, Private Guided Tour of Washington, DC

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THIS COST OF THIS TOUR IS BY GROUP. Concierge Tours ensures that all our guests, no matter the size of the group, see exactly what they want in the time they are in the Washington, DC area. A customized itinerary will be created and reviewed so that our guests know exactly what sights they will visit on the day(s) they spend on tour. Concierge Tours also caters to children! We keep them entertained and engaged during the tour.
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  • 4 to 8 hours
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$438.36
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Private Tour of Washington DC

Private Tour of Washington DC

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I offer very personal guided tours of Washington DC, in French, Spanish and English.  I am a professional guide, member of the Guild of Guides in Washington DC. When not guiding, I work as an archaeologist and as a cultural heritage consultant internationally. A curious urban explorer, passionate about art, history and D.C.’s hidden tales, I arrange customized boutique tours for international visitors, local diplomats, corporate small groups and private families. Let's transform your time in Washington DC into an unforgettable experience. Contact me now !
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  • 2 to 10 hours
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$65.00
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Luxury Tours of Mount Vernon

Luxury Tours of Mount Vernon

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Up to five guests are picked up in a luxury SUV at Alexandria, Arlington, or National Harbor hotels or at metro stops for a private tour of George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate and/or other nearby historic sites. Tours are tailored to the guests individual interests, preferences, and endurance.
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  • 5 to 9 hours
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$100.00
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Private Customized Washington DC City Tour by Van

Private Customized Washington DC City Tour by Van

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Experience the very best of Washington, DC, on a fully-customizable, 4 to 5 hours private tour with a personal van and driver. Create the perfect route for your interests, choosing from over fifty points of interest. See the city’s political, historical and scenic highlights, or focus on a single theme, with plenty of time to explore the sites that appeal to you most. Take in Capitol Hill and the Supreme Court, gardens, Presidential memorials, War Memorials and landmarks, or head outside the city to see Arlington National Cemetery and Mount Vernon Estate.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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$102.74
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Private Customized Tour of Washington DC with US Veteran

Private Customized Tour of Washington DC with US Veteran

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Delve into the nation’s military history with a twenty-year Navy veteran as your guide on a private tour. Choose from an extensive list of museums, monuments, memorials, battlefields, cemeteries, and even the Pentagon (90 day advanced notice required) on an exclusive tour of Washington, DC and surrounding areas. Get unmatched insights and history and spend the day walking through the pages of a real life history book.
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  • 12 hours
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$575.35
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Private US Army and Pentagon Tour in Washington DC

Private US Army and Pentagon Tour in Washington DC

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Explore the military history of Washington, DC, on a 6-hour, private tour of the Pentagon, Fort McNair, the Industrial College of Armed Forces, and Arlington Cemetery. This tour accommodates your group of up to 5 people, and includes round-trip hotel transport, entrance fees, and a personal driver/guide.
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  • 6 hours
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$513.38
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George Washington's Mount Vernon by Potomac Riverboat

George Washington's Mount Vernon by Potomac Riverboat

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Cruise on the Potomac River to Mount Vernon on this day trip from Alexandria. Listen to informative narration on board the boat, and then take a self-guided tour of George and Martha Washington's estate. Admission is included.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$50.00
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Private Marine Corps Tour in Washington DC

Private Marine Corps Tour in Washington DC

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Get acquainted with the history of the United States Marine Corps on this guided, 6-hour, small group tour in Washington DC. From the Marine Corps War Memorial, aka the Iwo Jima Memorial, to the Marine Barracks, Marine Corps Base Quantico, and the National Museum of the Marine Corps, expert guides provide unique and detailed information. This intimate tour provides an incredible historical experience for those with an interest in the US Marine Corps. Lunch, entry fees and a local hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$675.00
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War Memorials and Arlington National Cemetery Tour

War Memorials and Arlington National Cemetery Tour

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Visit Arlington National Cemetery and explore some of the most famous memorials around Washington, DC on this sightseeing tour. At Arlington National, witness the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns, then stop at famous landmark locations like the Marine Corps War Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial and more. Additionally, see the Lincoln Memorial, the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial and many more—even the White House, the United States Capitol and the National Mall.
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  • 5 hours
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$71.74
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Visit Mount Vernon by Bike: Self-guided Ride with Optional Boat Cruise Return

Visit Mount Vernon by Bike: Self-guided Ride with Optional Boat Cruise Return

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Experience the beauty of the Potomac River and Old Town Alexandria on this independent bike tour along the Mount Vernon Trail. Check out the historic estate, which was once home to George Washington, and wander through the grounds, galleries, and hallways of this stately mansion. Opt for a tour upgrade and kick back for your return trip on a narrated Potomac River cruise to Alexandria. This independent tour offers plenty of flexibility and is one of the best ways to explore Mount Vernon.
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  • 4 to 7 hours
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$50.00
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Private Civil War Tour of Washington DC

Private Civil War Tour of Washington DC

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Whether you’re a Civil-War know-it-all or just interested in US history, this Civil War tour of Washington DC takes you to some of the most important sites of that time. Explore Fort Stevens, Lincoln’s Cottage, Fort Ward, and the Robert E. Lee Memorial. Numbers are limited on this tour, ensuring you'll spend an intimate day with a small group of like-minded history buffs.
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  • 6 hours
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$499.00
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Washington DC Grand Tour

Washington DC Grand Tour

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Journal Tour & Travels besides showing off the Nation's Capital wonders, is unique since it's Cross-Cultural Spanish Portuguese tour, delivers the importance of how a multi-ethnic society has contribute in history to set the path of human tolerance and growth towards the twenty first century global vision.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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$61.40
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Luray Caverns, VA Private Tour

Luray Caverns, VA Private Tour

Join USA Guided Tours on this expedition to the caves of the Shenandoah Mountains. This beautiful region offers a great day trip way from the hustle and bustle of Washington, DC, and presents loads of natural wonders and history dating back to the American Revolution. First discovered in 1878, the Luray Caverns has over 64 acres to explore! Inside the caves formed by ancient rivers exist two bodies of water and ceilings as tall as 140 ft! Outside the caverns are tons of opportunities for fun for the whole family! You can visit the Luray Valley Museum, Toy Town Junction, and even explore the Carriage and Caravan Museum featuring an 1897 Mercedes-Benz, one of the oldest cars in the country still in operating condition. Self-paid lunch options are available and offers easy access from all the activities on site. Travelers can choose how they wish to explore the grounds with a variety of activities all included in the price for your convenience.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$839.00
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Explore DC Guided Day Tour 6hrs - Hotel Pick up/Drop off & Earpieces.

Explore DC Guided Day Tour 6hrs - Hotel Pick up/Drop off & Earpieces.

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This tour highlights the best attractions in Washington DC. River cruise ticket is included. We add to your experience by using Earpiece technology that takes sightseeing to the next level, so it makes it more exclusive and private. We also use Audio/Visual technology during the tour which is why kids and families love this interactive tour. Refreshments and light snack will be served for free! So, climb aboard to our comfortable transportation and make this experience worthwhile in our nation’s capital. So much fun!.
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  • 6 hours
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$69.00
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Mount Vernon Tour

Mount Vernon Tour

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Discover the place that President George Washington called home on a 5-hour tour to Mount Vernon. Relax and enjoy the scenery as provided transportation takes you from the capital into the countryside. Take a guided tour inside the mansion, then explore the 500 acre grounds independently and at your own pace. During the return trip to the city, stop at Christ Church in Alexandria, where Washington attended sermons.
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  • 5 hours
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$79.00
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Monticello, VA Private Tour

Monticello, VA Private Tour

Enjoy a fully-guided private tour of Thomas Jefferson's Monticello and Charlottesville, Virginia. You will travel from Washington, DC, to Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello; passing historic American Civil War battlegrounds as well as Quantico, Virginia – home to the FBI Academy. Upon arrival, you and a knowledgeable tour guide will explore the beautiful estate of the American Founding Father and third US president. Situated atop an 870-foot hill overlooking Nearby-Charlottesville, Monticello genuinely radiates Jefferson’s personality and grace. You will walk through the home skillfully designed by Jefferson himself and observe his beloved vegetable garden. You will also enjoy viewing the surrounding vistas. Following your visit to the Monticello estate, you will have ample time to purchase and enjoy lunch at the historic Michie Tavern before returning to Washington, DC.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$839.00
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Private Mount Vernon Tour

Private Mount Vernon Tour

Discover George Washington’s home and estate guided by a Veteran and trained military historian. Experience the plantation and mansion house at your own pace. Transit to and from Washington in a private luxury SUV.
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  • 5 hours
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$420.00
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6 Hours Northern VA Wine Tour

6 Hours Northern VA Wine Tour

Your chauffeur will greet you promptly at the pickup time and location of your choosing. For best results, we recommend that your group meets at one pickup location. This maximizes the time spent at the wineries. Your chauffeur will wait at each location while you enjoy a sampling of local Virginia wines. You can choose as many wineries as you would like to sample in one day! Prices are based on time as opposed to the number of wineries you visit. Please keep in mind that the average tasting takes 45 minutes to complete. Travel time between wineries varies which is why we have put together the tours listed below. Each group of wineries below are located within relatively close proximity to one another. We hope this will maximize your enjoyment of our wonderful Virginia wine country.
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  • 6 hours
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$919.53
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Virginia Winery Day Tour

Virginia Winery Day Tour

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We will pick you up from DC for a day tour of Virginia's best wineries. We will provide history bits, snacks and water, and behind-the-scenes tour and tastings. We will drop you off back in DC before sunset. We run winery tours on Saturdays and Sundays, on demand. Spirited Tours offers unforgettable experiences in Virginia. Join us on a public group tour and meet new friends, or call us for a private tour tailored to your needs and preferences. ​ Our mission is to provide a safe, relaxed, memorable and very fun day as you get to know the local businesses and take in all the sights. Our team will always 'go the extra mile' to make your trip enjoyable!
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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$163.72
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Private John Wilkes Booth Escape Tour in Washington DC

Private John Wilkes Booth Escape Tour in Washington DC

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Follow in the footsteps of John Wilkes Booth and his accomplice, David Herold, as they attempt to flee the Federal Army on this guided, full-day escape tour in Washington, DC. Transportation, entry fees, and lunch are included. Perfect for military history enthusiasts, particularly Abraham Lincoln assassination buffs.
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  • 8 hours
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$699.00
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