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Washington DC Day Trip from New York City
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Washington DC Day Trip from New York City

By Empire Vacations Day Tours - New York
Getting from New York City to Washington DC can be expensive and troublesome on your own. Skip the hassle with this Washington DC tour, perfect for those with only a day to spend in the US capital. The trip includes round-trip transport and entrance to Arlington Cemetery. It also takes you to the highlights, such as memorials, monuments, and Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History (while Air and Space Museum is closed due to renovations)
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$169.00
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$169.00
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Ages 0-99, max of 54 per group
Duration: 11–13 hours
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Mobile ticket
German, Chinese, Portuguese, Japanese, English, Italian, French, Spanish

Highlights
  • Travel to Washington DC from New York City without renting a car
  • See popular US attractions during this Washington DC tour 
  • Stay entertained on the ride with free onboard Wi-Fi
  • Includes visits to Arlington National Cemetery and the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History (while Air and Space Museum is closed due to renovations)

  • Professional tour guide
  • Transportation by 15-passenger van or a full-sized bus
  • Free Wi-Fi on bus only
  • Entry/Admission - National Air and Space Museum
What's not included
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

After you get picked up in NYC for this Washington DC tour, sit back and relax on the ride to the US capital city. Your vehicle has onboard Wi-Fi and air conditioning to keep you cool on hot days. You can also watch as Delaware, New Jersey, and Maryland pass by. Once you arrive in the District of Columbia, your guide takes you to Arlington Cemetery, where admission is included with your tour price. Roam the grounds, and catch sight of JFK’s grave. Then, hop back in your vehicle for a ride around the city to see its main attractions, including Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History (while Air and Space Museum is closed due to renovations), the White House, Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and the Korean War Veterans Memorial. Your tour ends with drop-off back in New York City. Help create a better planet for everyone to travel and explore. We have partnered with One Tree Planted to plant one tree for every passenger that travels with us along with an extra tree for anyone that books multiple trips.

Departure details
  • 330 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036, USA 6:30 AM Departure In front of Port Authority side entrance Bus Terminal Building on 42nd Street (between 8th & 9th Avenue)
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 3857DC1

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible; please advise at time of booking if wheelchair assistance is required
  • Depending on the rules on the day, sometimes a stop can be made for photographs from outside the fence
  • Time at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum is approximately 1.5-hours
  • For tours with fewer guests, vans may be substituted - wifi and restrooms on full size buses only.
  • Tours can be bilingual/multilingual as they are offered in many different languages
  • Children under the age of 2 are free, please advise at time of booking if infant is traveling
  • Due to security, there is no entry to the White House
  • Due to security a passport or U.S. ID will be required to enter Arlington Cemetery
  • Air and space Museum is currently under renovations - entrance is not guaranteed
  • Whatsapp Number +1-201-233-8201
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • 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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 54 travelers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

What you can expect during your visit
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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How much is Washington DC Day Trip from New York City?
Washington DC Day Trip from New York City price starts from $169.00. Discover and book Washington DC Day Trip from New York City on Tripadvisor
What is the Washington DC Day Trip from New York City cancellation policy?
Washington DC Day Trip from New York City cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Washington DC Day Trip from New York City on Tripadvisor
Which company provides Washington DC Day Trip from New York City?
Washington DC Day Trip from New York City is hosted by Empire Vacations Day Tours - New York. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Empire Vacations Day Tours - New York on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Washington DC Day Trip from New York City on Tripadvisor

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 3857DC1

Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    330 W 42nd St
    330 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036, USA
    6:30 AM Departure In front of Port Authority side entrance Bus Terminal Building on 42nd Street (between 8th & 9th Avenue)
    See address & details
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    Empire Vacations Day Tours - New York
    Stop: 15 minutes
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    Arlington National Cemetery
    Stop: 45 minutes
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  • 3
    U.S. Capitol
    Stop: 20 minutes
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  • 4
    White House
    Stop: 20 minutes
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  • 5
    National Air and Space Museum
    Stop: 90 minutes - Admission included
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  • 6
    Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
    Stop: 75 minutes
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  • 7
    Vietnam Veterans Memorial
    Stop: 20 minutes
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  • 8
    Lincoln Memorial
    Stop: 30 minutes
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  • 9
    Korean War Veterans Memorial
    Stop: 20 minutes
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  • You'll return to the starting point
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About the operator

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marycQ1038NS
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Enjoyable trip & chanced snow along the way
Moses was a passionate and knowledgeable guide. It was a pity that it rained and with our agreement we did part of
MH4027
MH4027
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Fun daytrip to Boston!
After consideration we decided to prioritize Boston over Washington DC as our day-trip out of NYC. As academics, we
Deborah M
Deborah M
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A really lovely trip
I am really pleased that I booked this trip. I had arranged it for the first day of my 4 day holiday in New York an
Ali842013
Ali842013
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New driver needed
Fantastic day trip to Philadelphia and Amish country despite being a miserable cold wet day. 2 languages other than
AmyOl
AmyOl
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A Journey of 341 miles made true!
We had a personalized tour for our group, the agency and the tour guide were great. I loved that they try to accomo
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josephpZ1095DZ
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Go elsewhere
The Amish portion of the tour was a very short part (just short of an hour) of the day-long trip. The Amish gentlem
458ana
458ana
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Great Festive getaway!
Amazingly entertaining fun! I guess no one does Christmas better than New York. Though crazy cold, we could still e
Coastal199311
Coastal199311
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Good !
The guides Carlo and Carlton were great ! Long ride wish the bus would’ve had a bathroom but they made a few stops.
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Most Amazing Tour ever!
3 day Grand Canyon Tour was by far the best we have ever experienced. We were with a group a 41 on a full size bus.
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One day Philly and Amish experience
We saw lots of historic sites, and viewed the Amish area. Provided interest for more time to pursue historically i
liti24
liti24
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Great experience
The 3-day tour was a wonderful experience for me. - The attractions were amazing: we went to Grand Canyon, Lower A
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3-days national parks and canyon trip to Utah from Vegas.
Our three days national parks and canyon trip was absolutely wonderful. Our tour guide Lorenzo made our trip like
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Hoo hum
I was so looking forward to this tour. I knew it would be a long day and brief at certain points but I was still le
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Nice sights but…
Nice sights to see but the tour guides weren’t very informative and they were in a extreme rush to get back. Barely
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Maida m
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DAY TRIP TO BOSON!!
My favorite part about the Boston freedom trail day trip was visiting Cambridge . The trip was long however we were
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Justin C
Melton Mowbray, UK14 contributions
Nov 2021
Guide was professional, friendly and knowledgeable and I enjoyed the tour. Didn’t get what I paid for though as I was told when travelling down to DC on the tour bus that the Space Museum was not open and therefore we were not going to visit. Nothing was detailed regarding this via any communication from the tour company. In fact the tour is still advertised as visiting the Space Museum as well as it being on the itinerary. Would of been reasonable if the cancellation was because of a sudden closure due to unforeseen events but evidently the museum has only been open on certain days of the week for a while.
Written November 28, 2021
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Reservations A
Thank you for your feedback, we're glad that you enjoyed the tour and that you liked the tour escort. The air and space museum is available on most departures, unfortunately they have the ability to open and close at their discretion and we cannot control that. we do hope to see you on another tour in the future. Roie Empire Vacations
Written November 29, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Kimberly O
1 contribution
May 2022 • Couples
The tour was great. They took us to all of the popular areas with plenty of time for pictures, food, restrooms, etc. during our tour, one of my aunts had gotten lost by exiting a museum on the opposite side by accident, and was not able to find the bus. One of the tour guides got off the bus to assist us to locate them. That was very helpful of them to do and we deeply appreciate the efforts the entire team did to help in this unfornseen situation.

A recommendation is to inform the guests that there are two different exits for the national history museum to ensure they exit on the correct side.
Written May 5, 2022
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Reservations A
Hi Kimberly! We are so sorry to hear about your aunt. Thank you for your recommendation. We are glad that our team was able to help and at the end of the day you enjoyed the rest of your tour and got to take pictures to capture this memorable trip. We look forward to hosting you again
Written July 15, 2022
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Georgette B
Bronx, NY89 contributions
Long weekend trip to DC/Maryland/Virginia We stayed at the crown plaza in crystal city, Va
15 minutes to all the things we wanted to do and see. Safe hotel needed key to use elevator and get to floor needed key to get in and out of parking garage. Visited all the monuments all were free went to washington zoo also free Went to the national harbour for dinner in maryland. Most of the monuments are open 24 hours and a day 7 days a week. Really a great trip for cples and families.
Written June 8, 2022
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Reservations A
Hi! Thank you for your excellent review. We are glad you enjoyed your trip, the visits to the Monuments and that your stay at the Crown Plaza was exceptional. Our goal is to provide a memorable experience. We look forward to hosting you again. Stephanie Empire Vacations
Written July 20, 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Rosenberger family
3 contributions
Dec 2021 • Couples
1) First it started with that we couldn't find where bus was in the morning and guide didn't call us even if he (german guide) had our number and could speak german perfectly! Then we called by ourselves, but bus was already gone. For what you have a number when you dont call?!
2) Secondly, there was no internet in the bus. But we booked full tour and free internet was included.
3) Thirdly, very poor organisation not only between trips but also inside the bus. So, our german guide was Corona and woman who could speak a bit german put german speaking people to the middle of french speaking and these french speaking were continuosly talking whole the way. For this reason we couldn't sleep and day was exhausted. Poor organisation was also when started trips. We supposed to see air and space museum where we had to spend 2 hours how is it written here in this website. But guide gave us 75 minutes and we couldn't go inside museum at all because of time limit!!! So it was not done how it was written! Because of this short time limit i and my husband couldn't go toilet. Then, we asked italian speaking guide name Andrea if we will do a stop before going New York. He said no and gave us 20 minutes to go toilet in the art museum, which was also stressful running there and to bus back. And then on the way back new york they did a stop!!!

So we give only two stars because german speaking woman gave us hot spot because wi fi in bus didnt work as mentioned above.

We did a day trip to Niagara with another Tour company before Washington and were driving so long way, but that trip didn't do us so exhausted how this short trip to Washington.
Written December 27, 2021
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Reservations A
Thank you for your review, we appreciate all feedback. We have researched all the items in your review and found that you were late to the tour and the guide held the entire group in order to allow you to participate in the activity. Wifi technology is limited to cell reception which can be intermittent in inclement weather. We are happy to hear that our German guide managed to get service on their personal hotspot and provided you the opportunity to connect. Due to the Air and Space museum COVID protocols and the increased traffic during the holidays we are subject to their availability for our visit. We are happy that you were able to enjoy the city of Washington DC on the tour which operated as advertised and hope to host you again on another tour in the future. Best Roie Empire Vacations
Written December 29, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

kaytee001
Yakima, WA39 contributions
Very quick day trip to DC. We hit the mist popular sites while in the city. My only suggestion would be to make the tour of museums 2 hrs to give people a chance to eat and look around. Other than that, it was great. Take water and sunscreen! They do
Stop for 20 minutes a couple hours in and o the way home for food/snacks. We had a great time!
Written July 12, 2022
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Reservations A
Thank you for taking the time to review us! We are glad you enjoyed your Tour. Our goal is to provide a memorable experience. We look forward to host you again soon. Mike Amadeo Team
Written July 15, 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

The Equalizer
175 contributions
I had only one day free to do DC and this tour was the best option. Pick up at 06:30am and we were back at around 8pm due to traffic at the Lincoln tunnel at our time of return. O researched a-lot and train option was faster but would have cost 200$ for a return ticket. Other option was Flexi Bus but would have taken 5 hours per way. So 169$ for this tour was a great value. The only down side is you don’t spend time on your own its always rushing as they only give 25-40 mints max per stop. I skipped the Air space museum to be able to have lunch. We spent 4+ hours per way so total of almost 9 hours on the Road but it’s worth it if you haven’t been to DC before like me so i could tick the White House and Capital visit on my to do list.😎

They were professional and on time.
Written October 28, 2021
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Lee M
London, UK14 contributions
Jun 2022
A long day but so very worthwhile. After being picked up at Port Authority Bus Terminal we proceeded through NJ. DE and MD our guide whose name was Joe was extremely knowledgeable and gave a lot of very detailed information as we worked our way through the itinerary. It was amazing to finally get up close with these places that we'd seen so often on TV and movies they more than lived up to expectations. Thank you for making our first trip to the US all the more special it was worth the year's wait we had to endure thanks to the pandemic.
Written June 30, 2022
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Reservations A
Thank you for taking the time to review our trip. We are delighted to know that our guide provided a knowledgeable experience, making your trip to Washington DC memorable and even exceeding your expectations. This makes us very happy! We look forward to hosting you again soon! Mike Amadeo Team
Written July 15, 2022
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cmcd0n
Padiham, UK7 contributions
We got to see everything we wanted to on this 1 day trip from New York. The guide who i would say is one of the best guides we have ever had gave you all the history and information about the monuments you where about to see ,we had time to take photographs and take everything in .Another one ticked off our list of places to see.It was a long day about 4 hours and 30 minutes each way with a stop in between. We really enjoyed the day 😊
Written July 13, 2022
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Reservations A
Hello! Thank you for an excellent review. We are glad that you enjoyed your trip to Washington DC and that you got to see all the places you wanted. Our goal is to give a memorable experience. We look forward to hosting you again Stephanie, Empire Solutions
Written July 18, 2022
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lisah
Levin, New Zealand4 contributions
A well crafted tour with a guide who is multi lingual and who added humour and extensive knowledge. Overall I thought this was a brilliant tour albeit it’s a long day. However totally worth it and I’m feeling well rested inspite of this.
The sites we visited in Washington DC were spectacular. Wish we had more time at Arlington Cemetery.
Written December 21, 2022
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Reservations A
Hello Thank you so much for your review. We are glad that you enjoyed your trip to Washington DC and that our team was able to bring back to life all the history that this amazing place has to offer. We look forward to hosting you soon. Stephanie Empire Vacations
Written December 21, 2022
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ewancomrie
Greater London, UK31 contributions
Jul 2022 • Solo
What a great way to see DC in 4th July! Tourist areas all pedestrianised….giving our guide Iris the stress of getting us around with minimal bus transport .. she managed brilliantly!
Written July 5, 2022
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Reservations A
Hi! Thank you for your excellent review. We are glad you enjoyed your trip to Washington Dc. Our goal is to provide a memorable experience. We look forward to hosting you again soon! Stephanie, Empire Solutions
Written July 18, 2022
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