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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
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Updated 05/09/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Face shields provided for travelers without masks To encourage social distancing and to allow for additional space - all tour vehicles are running at 50% of the max allowable capacity
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Updated 05/09/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Overview
Save time and avoid hassles with this full-day Washington DC tour that provides priority access to landmarks such as the United States Capitol and the National Archives Building. Focus on the sights and your guide's commentary instead of traffic and directions as you shuttle in a luxury bus between Lincoln Memorial, the White House, and other important destinations. Seasonally, a Potomac River cruise and lunch are included.
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    68 First St SE
    68 First St SE, Washington, DC 20004, USA
    LIBRARY OF CONGRESS | Jefferson Building at Neptune Fountain
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  • 1
    White House Visitors Center
    Stop: 15 minutes - Admission included
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  • 2
    White House
    Stop: 15 minutes
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    Pass by
    The National Archives Museum
    U.S. Capitol
  • 3
    National World War II Memorial
    Stop: 15 minutes
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  • 4
    Jefferson Memorial
    Stop: 15 minutes
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  • 5
    Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
    Stop: 15 minutes
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  • 6
    L'Enfant Plaza
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
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  • 7
    Potomac River
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
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  • 8
    Lincoln Memorial
    Stop: 15 minutes
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  • 9
    Korean War Veterans Memorial
    Stop: 15 minutes
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  • 10
    Vietnam Veterans Memorial
    Stop: 15 minutes
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Highlights
  • Priority access to National Archives and US Capitol Building saves time 
  • Transportation around DC landmarks eliminates the need to rent a car 
  • Comprehensive tour of city highlights allows an overview of DC in one day 
  • In-depth guide commentary teaches much more than you may learn on your own
What to Expect
Exploring Washington DC can be overwhelming. This guided tour, which includes priority access to two popular sights, allows you to get a comprehensive overview of the nation's capital in a single day. Meet your group at the US Capitol Visitor Center, where you'll enjoy a skip-the-line walking tour of the Senate and House of Representatives. See the Crypt, Rotunda, and National Statuary Hall, as well as a film about the history of US government. Back on the shuttle, pass the White House on the way to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, United States Navy Memorial, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, and Korean War Veterans Memorial. At each stop, hop out to have a look around, take photos, and listen to informative commentary from your guide. Midday, head over to the Potomac River for a leisurely cruise (seasonal, mid-March to mid-October). Lunch of your choice is available at L'Enfant Plaza. The day's last stop is the National Archives Building, where you'll have priority access to see the Declaration of Independence, United States Constitution, the original Bill of Rights, and Public Vaults. Please note that the National Archives Bldg and Capitol Bldg are currently closed for indoor tours. We currently offer a reserved entry into the International Spy Museum and an inside tour of the White House Visitor Center as replacements.
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Important Information
Departure Point
68 First St SE, Washington, DC 20004, USA
Duration
8h 30m
Return Details
700 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20408, USA
Inclusions
  • Luxury Tour Bus
  • at the newly renovated L'Enfant Plaza
  • Tickets to the U.S. Capitol Building (currently closed - see additional notes))
  • Tickets to the National Archives Building (currently closed - see additional notes)
  • English-Speaking Live Tour Guide (on and off the bus)
  • Boat Cruise on the Potomac River
  • Walkthrough of the White House Visitor Center
  • Reserved Entry Into the International Spy Museum
  • Entry/Admission - White House Visitors Center
  • Entry/Admission - L'Enfant Plaza
  • Entry/Admission - Potomac River
  • Entry/Admission - International Spy Museum
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • 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
  • Best of DC - VIP Tour Might Be Sold Out on Busy Days (We Strongly Suggest Taking Our DC Deluxe Tour as Alternative)
  • Tour Departure Times Are Subject to Change Due to Local Traffic Conditions
  • Please Arrive at the Meeting Point No Later Than 8:00 AM For Check-In
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • To encourage social distancing and to allow for additional space - all tour vehicles are running at 50% of the max allowable capacity
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Please note that the US Capitol and the National Archives Buildings are currently closed for indoor tours. We currently offer a reserved entry into the International Spy Museum and an inside tour of the White House Visitor Center as replacements.
  • 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
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Jeinne wrote a review Dec 2020
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Great and wonderful Thank you for the great offer and stuff Recommended to everyone really enjoyed Kenni
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Date of experience: December 2020
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Response from USAGuidedTours, Manager at Best of DC Tour - With Access to US Capitol & National Archives Buildings
Responded Dec 12, 2020
Good Morning Jenne, Thank you very much for the kind words. Our team is one of the best and we are extremely proud and thrilled your tour experience with us was a great one; we hope you will tour with us again soon! We will save a seat for you, safe travels. Best Regards, Elizabeth M.
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Nicole K wrote a review Mar 2020
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Fantastic tour guide! I highly recommend! My boys absolutely loved it. Chris was funny and interesting and made the entire trip feel like a 10 star experience!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from Wanderer11482485195, Guest Relations Manager at Best of DC Tour - With Access to US Capitol & National Archives Buildings
Responded Mar 19, 2020
We're glad to hear you had a 10-star experience. Thanks for joining us.
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Sarah P wrote a review Mar 2020
Plano, Texas5 contributions9 helpful votes
Took this tour yesterday with 6 yr, 13 yr and 16 yr. It was a great tour. Just enough time at each location. Lots of information. Chris and Thomas were great.
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Response from Wanderer11482485195, Guest Relations Manager at Best of DC Tour - With Access to US Capitol & National Archives Buildings
Responded Mar 19, 2020
So glad to hear you all enjoyed it.
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SweetPea801 wrote a review Mar 2020
Findlay, Ohio40 contributions29 helpful votes
OMG...if you are looking for the complete Washington DC your, book this one!!! Also, ask for Nick!!! He was so full of information and I’m quite sure we just tapped the surface of his knowledge!!! He’s also quite funny!!! My husband and I gave him the nickname, Mr. Washington
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Response from Wanderer11482485195, Guest Relations Manager at Best of DC Tour - With Access to US Capitol & National Archives Buildings
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We appreciate your feedback of "Mr. Washington DC." We're so glad you enjoyed it and have the memories to keep.
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Discover DC Tour - Get with tour guide “Christopher” and tour driver “Ali”🤙🏾
My husband, nephew and I took this tour yesterday (05/15/21). Our tour guide “Christopher” was AMAZING, knowledgeab
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Can’t recommend enough, fantastic!
Highly recommend it!!! Terry our Guide & Thomas our driver were friendly, funny and had knowledgeable!
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Wonderful learning experience
You absolutely cannot go wrong choosing the DC Highlights tour. Our driver, Thomas, was pleasant, knowledgeable and
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Very good tour
Chris had a lot of knowledge & made the tour very interesting. Thomas was a good driver and very friendly.
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Less than expected
Terry the tour guide was very knowledgeable and pleasent, however she dropped the ball when it came to following co
Ann B
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Washington welcomed us back! Many thanks to Nick.
My husband and I had a wonderful day experiencing DC under the leadership of Nick, our talented tour guide. His de
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Awesome guide!
Bus Tour 39 on Tuesday, May, 11, 2021: Tony our bus driver and Christopher our guide were FANTASTIC!!! We enjoyed t
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A Day Well Spent
We had been to DC several times before but had never taken a tour. We took the 6 hour tour and are glad we did. O
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A must book tour of Washington DC monuments
We had the pleasure of touring today with USA guided tours. Our driver Milton kept us safe on our 5.5 hour driving
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Sunset tour
Tour guide Brittany was the most knowledgeable, well spoken tour guide we have ever encountered. Driver Thomas we
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Great experience!
Our driver Nick was outstanding , he knew the history and story of each landmark we visited along with the history
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Perfect
Tour hit all the DC must sees, appropriate time provided at each. Standout was our guide, Nick, the "Tour God". Liv
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Best tour ever!!
AWESOME A+ tour! Had been to DC other times, so decided to tour at night. Best decision ever! You can’t imagine h
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Fantastic trip
This was a great tour. Our tour guide, Nick, was relaxed, knowledgeable, and funny. There’s no way we could have se
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Washington tour
Chris was a good tour guide. Informative and entertaining. Would have liked to begin at White House. They were not
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