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Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour of Washington DC: Monuments, Landmarks and Memorials

Washington, United States
icon1 hour to 1 hour 45 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 10 more

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icon1 hour to 1 hour 45 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 10 more


Explore the most popular sites in Washington, DC on this hop-on hop-off bus tour. Visit many of the top attractions in the nation’s capital — like the White House, Washington Monument, the National Mall, historic Georgetown, Arlington National Cemetery and more. Select a 1- or 2-day pass, for access to three separate routes and get to know the city in custom fashion, with live and recorded narration.
  • All-loops hop-on hop-off bus tour of Washington DC
  • Travel across the city on three different sightseeing loops
  • Stop at the White House, Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial or the US Capitol
  • See Georgetown and stroll along the waterfront promenade
  • Hop off to visit Arlington National Cemetery
  • Upgrade to the 48-hour pass to see DC after dark on a night tour
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24- or 48-hour hop-on hop-off pass for three loops
Night tour (48-hour pass only)
National Ferry Cruise (48-hour pass only)
Onboard commentary
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks

Departure Point

You may start this tour at any of the stops listed.

Departure Time

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Return Details

You may disembark at any of the available stops.
Get to know the city of Washington, DC and its top attractions in convenient and economical fashion on this entertaining and educational hop-on hop-off tour.

It all begins with a hop-on, of course, at any of the stops on three separate routes. Board one of the red, open-top buses and enjoy the view with a live and recorded narration of interesting facts and stories from an expert guide who knows the city inside and out. Learn about the history and happenings of the nation’s capital as the bus rolls along from one location to the next. Hop-off at any of the attractions for a closer look, then hop back on when it’s convenient. 

On the Monuments & Landmarks Loop, discover the White House, the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, the Smithsonian Institution, Washington National Cathedral, the United States Capitol, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Union Station, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and more. There are 16 stops in all and the entire loop takes 90 minutes to complete.

On the Washington National Cathedral & Georgetown Loop, visit Georgetown, Washington National Cathedral and 14 other stops. This loop takes 80 minutes to complete.

There is also a Arlington National Cemetery & Pentagon Loop, highlighted by Arlington National Cemetery and the Lincoln Memorial among others. This loop takes 30 minutes to complete.

Included with the 2-day pass is a free Night Tour around DC. Join this 3 hour fully narrated Moonlight Tour to The FDR Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Veteran, Korean War Memorials, Iwo Jima Memorial, The White House, Union Station and much more. Also enjoy a mid-day 50-minute cruise where you sail by historic monuments.
1 hour 
Operating Schedule:
  Tour Duration: 60 minutes Frequency: Every 60 Minutes
1411 Jefferson Dr SW
Washington Monument East
Raoul Wallenberg Place Southwest
Bureau of Engraving & Holocaust Museum
1100 S Hayes St
Pentagon City Mall
1 Memorial Ave
1801 N Lynn St
Observation Deck
1064 Wisconsin Ave NW
Georgetown Canal & Potomac Boat cruise
Georgetown Shops
2800 Pennsylvania Ave NW
1 Washington Cir NW
Washington Circle
1730 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Renwick Gallery
The White House
White House North
610 10th St NW
Ford's Theatre & Madame Tussauds
1401 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
The White House & Willard Hotel
Points of interest passed by on this route
1 hour 45 minutes
Operating Schedule:
  Tour Duration: 1 Hour, 45 Minutes Frequency: Every 20-30 Minutes
L'Enfant Plaza
L'Enfant Plaza
100 Maryland Ave SW
U.S Capitol & Botanical Garden
600 Independence Ave SW
Air and Space Museum
800 Maine Ave SW
The Wharf & Potomac Boat Cruise
370 L'Enfant Plaza SW
Spy Museum
1050 Independence Ave SW
Smithsonian Castle
2 15th St NW
Washington Monument West
Raoul Wallenberg Place Southwest
Bureau of Engraving & Holocaust Museum
15 E Basin Dr SW
Jefferson Memorial
121 West Basin Dr SW
FDR and MLK Memorial
100 Daniel French Dr SW
Lincoln Memorial South & Korean War Memorial
2215 Constitution Ave. NW
Lincoln Memorial North & Vietnam Memorial
1750 Independence Ave SW
WWII Memorial
1411 Jefferson Dr SW
Washington Monument East
1300 Constitution Ave. NW
American History Museum
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
Natural History Museum
North-east corner of Penn. Ave & 6th St NW.
610 10th St NW
Ford's Theatre & Madame Tussauds
1401 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
The White House & Willard Hotel
700 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
National Archives & National Art Gallery
415 New Jersey Ave NW
Liaison & Hyatt Hotels
Points of interest passed by on this route
Arlington National Cemetery
The Pentagon
White House
Supreme Court
Jefferson Memorial
Lincoln Memorial
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
National Geographic Society's Explorer Hall
National Museum of American History
Bureau of Engraving and Printing
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
The National Archives Museum
Library of Congress
Ford's Theatre
Union Station
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
Washington Monument
Smithsonian Institution Building
National Museum of African Art
National Gallery of Art
National Mall
National Air and Space Museum
National Portrait Gallery
Korean War Veterans Memorial
National Zoological Park
The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum
The Phillips Collection
Smithsonian Institution Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Dupont Circle
Potomac River
U.S. Capitol
Washington National Cathedral
Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial
United States Botanic Garden
Georgetown University
White House Visitors Center
National Postal Museum
International Spy Museum
National World War II Memorial
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Constitution Gardens
Lafayette Square
Senate and House Office Buildings
Madame Tussauds DC
National Museum of Crime & Punishment
FBI Headquarters
National Geographic Museum
U.S. Capitol Visitor Center
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
National Japanese American Memorial
Petersen Boarding House
Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle
The Capital Wheel
Freedom Plaza
CitySights DC
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro)
Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Once voucher is exchanged for CitySights DC ticket, Big Bus buses may be boarded anywhere on the route
  • Please note: City restrictions prevent bus stop signs at certain locations
  • Buses can accommodate strollers and a limited number of wheelchairs
  • Prerecorded tour narration is available in English, French, Spanish, German, Portuguese, Italian, Mandarin, Japanese, Korean and Russian and Hebrew (not available on the night tour)
  • Wheelchair accessible; please advise at time of booking if wheelchair assistance is required
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • OPERATED BY CitySights DC

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What is the maximum group size during Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour of Washington DC: Monuments, Landmarks and Memorials?
This activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers.

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  • "There was one person manning the booth, there were just 2 people ahead of me, but each one took 20 minutes, and my booking also took 20 minutes, even though we all had printed receipts to start with!" See review


66 Reviews
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, Dec 2020
We purchased tickets for a tour that didn’t exist until Thursday we purchased for a Monday tour took a cab to the departure site and no one ever picked us up. I called and was told they don’t run until Thursday.
No air conditioner and our tour was cut very short!
, Jul 2019
The tour bus was in poor condition. The air conditioning was not working. We were driven to the area around the Washington monument then abruptly it was announced that several stops could not be accessed and we could get off. We did and when we were ready to return we had no idea where to go as no bus stop locations were visible and we had not been told where to go. Before we disembarked we were listening to the narration on the earphones. It was a canned voice and it was not in sync with what we were seeing. It did not indicate whether the building was on the left or right and everyone was looking around in confusion. Later a nice woman driver from the company just happened to be driving back and saw us stumbling around and hot, we flagged her down and she allowed us to board. We then got off a second time by the white house. We boarded again and a stop or two later the female driver stopped and said it was time for her break, she gave the option to go to another bus but we decided to wait because we only wanted to return to our original location. Another driver got on after a few minutes. We asked him if he was going back to Union station. He said no in an annoyed way and we got off. Eventually we made our way back to the train and went back to our hotel. Very unpleasant, disorganized and unfortunate trip. I will not use their service again. Also the young lady that exchanged our ticket in the morning was unfriendly and behaved like she did not like her job or the customers. Well you can count me as one less customer.
Great tour, terrible communication before the tour
Robert K
, Jun 2019
Once we were on the bus, the tour was awesome. The speakers were knowledgeable, riding on the top of the bus was great, getting on and off was great. BUT, we almost didn't get on. We had booked our tour ahead of time and had a printed receipt, which needed to be redeemed for the bus ticket once we got there. The website said we could redeem them at Macy's in DC, however, after walking from the Metro to Macy's, we were told they no longer do that. We were told to go to Union Station. We had to ask around to figure out how to get there, so we ended up taking a city bus to Union Station, then in that huge station, we didn't know where to go to find help for the tour! Finally we found a small booth where tickets were being redeemed. There was one person manning the booth, there were just 2 people ahead of me, but each one took 20 minutes, and my booking also took 20 minutes, even though we all had printed receipts to start with! Also, there was the promise of a river cruise with this tour, but we had to figure out where to go and ask when the cruises started and basically figure it all out. Please add a brochure that tells you exactly where to go each step of the way, thank you
Hop on Hop Off Bus tour of DC
, Mar 2019
I wish the tour went out to the National Cathedral. The night tour was very nice, the day was just ok. We had a few different guides, Chris Lee was great and funny and answered questions. Cassie was good at night. The blue line had a recording and we wanted the Observatory and it did not say where to get off, so that whole loop was a BIG waste of our tie. Wax museum was a hit with kids.
City Tour
, Aug 2018
The service was very good, information about the tour was very well presented. Aids were professional , helpful and pleasant.
Firstly encountered problem getting...
Hilary C
, Nov 2017
Firstly encountered problem getting our tickets from their desk in Union Station. Presented are printed voucher as told and the bar code didn't scan, then asked for the original email to scan that bar code which also didn't scan and told by the agent we had to ring New York to get it sorted! After about 15 mins another agent appeared, asked what the problem was and said that he would accept the voucher as it had all the details on it, so not a good start. Spent first day on the red line and the night tour with two great guides, Joan and Alicia and enjoyed both tours. The second day we went to pick up the purple route at the address on their brochure, Pentagon City. We asked an employee of another bus tour if our bus company stopped there she said that they don't have their signs on any bus stop and just pick up where ever they like, we were standing at the correct address. We waited at the stop for 35 mins and no bus came only the other tour. So we had to go and find metro to take us to Arlington Cemetery where we had hoped the bus would take us. By the time we got to Arlington and did our tour the bus had finished operating for the day, last bus was at 3pm! I would not use this company again if I went back to Washington D.C. and wouldn't recommend them to others based on first experience and second day.
Had a hard time understanding our...
Joe B
, Oct 2017
Had a hard time understanding our female tour guide. Bad grammar and garbled.
We so enjoyed our 48hours. We saw so...
Philippa F
, Sep 2017
We so enjoyed our 48hours. We saw so much in this time. However we might of been able to see more if the buses were a little more frequent and not so long allowed at stops on the night tour. Despite this we enjoyed it all.
All of the guides were pretty good...
Ellen N G
, Sep 2017
All of the guides were pretty good however, trying to connect in a timely manner with the purple and yellow lines was difficult. There is only one bus on both of these lines so they don't run very frequently. It's also confusing to pick up the bus if you're going directly to a stop by walking, e.g., trying to find the Ferry Cruise. The red line is the best and does go to most popular sites. We want to give very highl marks to the driver, Smokey. He was on the purple line and was most helpful in directing us to the Pentagon Memorial and how to get back if we missed the bus to return.
Frequency of buses not enough, so...
Yolanda L
, Aug 2017
Frequency of buses not enough, so long waits for the buses to come. Audio guides ok in the city itself but the extensión to Georgetown was very unsatisfactory: audio guides not working, bus at high speed without even a warning for the very low branches of the beautiful Georgetown alleys. A real pity especially considering we come from very far and cannot take this trip again son.

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