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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 Capitol, 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)
  • Lunch of your choice at L'Enfant Plaza included

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

VIP-style entry to the 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

This activity will end right where it started.
Meet the guide and the rest of the tour group at the US Capitol Visitor Center to begin this full-day tour of the US Capitol, a National Archives tour and a best of DC tour rolled into one.

Enjoy reserved entry into the United States Capitol 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 National Archives Building.

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:  
White House
On your way to the next stop - the White House (outside tour only), you will pass the Newseum, the Canadian Embassy, and the National Gallery of Art. 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 past Lafayette Park, honoring the Marquis de Lafayette, leader of French revolutionary forces.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
U.S. Capitol
CURRENTLY CLOSED! 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.
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:  
Jefferson Memorial
Guided tour of Jefferson Memorial.
Duration: 15 minutes
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:  
Potomac River
Seasonal: March 15 to October 15 For a unique experience, this tour offers a leisurely cruise on the Potomac River with your guide, who will answer any questions you might have.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Lincoln Memorial
Guided tour of Lincoln Memorial.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Korean War Veterans Memorial
Guided tour of Korean War Memorial.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Guided tour of Vietnam Veterans 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: 15 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
  • To encourage social distancing and to allow for additional space - all tour vehicles are running at 85% of the max allowable capacity
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • The United States Capitol Building is currently closed to the public. 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.
  • 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 Tour - With Access to US Capitol Grounds & National Archives Building?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Best of DC Tour - With Access to US Capitol Grounds & National Archives Building.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Best of DC Tour - With Access to US Capitol Grounds & National Archives Building?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

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

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Best of DC Tour - With Access to US Capitol Grounds & National Archives Building.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Best of DC Tour - With Access to US Capitol Grounds & National Archives Building?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Best of DC Tour - With Access to US Capitol Grounds & National Archives Building.

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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
Just do it!
Jon_H
, Oct 2021
Fast past because I’m not used to walking. So I was always bringing up the rear. But the tour was great, the guides are awesome having great humor. This tour was very much worth the priced paid. Do it!
star-5
Excellent tour!
Anthea_P
, Oct 2021
Our Tour guide Christopher did not disappoint! This was fun, informative, and the tour bus was comfy as well. There were jokes, great stories that you don’t get from just any tour, and a great way to see DC sights. Would highly recommend.
star-5
Great tour for everyone.
Laurie_E
, Oct 2021
Seeing the Lincoln Monument was very moving. It was bigger than we expected. We also were very impressed with FDRs monument. Unique and uplifting. We were very pleased with our tour guide Nd the driver. Excellent team, very professional and entertaining.
star-5
The best tour guide! Very...
Josh_S
, Oct 2021
The best tour guide! Very well informed and funny. Well worth the extra money the lunch was delicious
star-4
A Must with the Best of DC Tour
Obsum23
, Oct 2021
Many monuments seen in the alotted time. Narrator was good. Enjoyed the lunch served as we took the ferry ride. Overall the Best of DC Tour was pleasant and interesting. Money well spent!
star-5
Our Washington Tour
Steve_H
, Oct 2021
My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed this tour. Our tour guide Nick was extremely knowledgeable of all the sites and stops. Our lunch was absolutely delicious. The tour was one that I would highly recommend to everyone.
star-5
Our guide Christopher was...
Robert_C
, Oct 2021
Our guide Christopher was exceptional, very knowledgeable, entertaining and friendly while still maintain group continuity. Genuinely an ASSET!
star-5
Great tour
Armando_G
, Oct 2021
Christopher was very knowledgeable and humorous. The over tour was great and would highly recommend.
star-5
Romanians in Washington DC
Madalina_U
, Oct 2021
Washington DC is an amazing city. And Christopher our guide made the tour a good memory for us. Thank you for all your great work and dedication!🤗🇺🇸
star-5
Joey was a great guide....
Brittany_S
, Oct 2021
Joey was a great guide. We learned a lot. Good balance of both sitting and walking. Felt like we really saw the high points.

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