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Washington DC Must See Sights Half-Day Tour

1. Washington DC Must See Sights Half-Day Tour

Washington D.C. showcases some of the most majestic monuments and memorials in America. With so much to see this sightseeing bus tour makes for a great orientation option, especially for those with little time. Tailored to offer you a historic journey through the rich heritage of the United States, the tour is a quick and efficient way to learn the history of the capital. Ride past the essential monuments, museums, and attractions to relive the history of America on a 3-hour tour. You will stop at the following memorials and monuments on your tour to take pictures: • U. S. Capitol (exterior only and a photo stop only) • White House (exterior only and a photo stop only) • World War II Memorial • Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial • Franklin Delano Memorial • Korean Memorial • Vietnam Memorial • Vietnam Women's Memorial • Lincoln Memorial (tour ends at this memorial)

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Washington DC: Night Under the Stars Bus & Walking Tour

2. Washington DC: Night Under the Stars Bus & Walking Tour

See the city of Washington lit up with the dreamy glow of the stars on this exclusive 3-hour night guided night bus/walking tour. As you travel in comfort through the streets of DC and walk through its most important sights, hear the tales of its fascinating history from your knowledgeable live guide. From the Capitol to the White House and Lincoln Memorial and most everything in between, you'll experience Washington lit up at its nighttime best — with the beautiful structures and reflections of light on the water for which this beautiful city is known.  The memorials and monuments you will get off the bus with your tour guide include: • U. S. Capitol ( Exterior photo stop only) • White House ( Exterior photo stop only) • Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial • Korean Memorial • Lincoln Memorial • Vietnam Memorial • World War II Memorial • Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial

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Washington DC: Full-Day Tour of Washington Monuments

3. Washington DC: Full-Day Tour of Washington Monuments

Hop onboard a climate-controlled bus that will take you around Washington D.C. — perfect for first-time visitors or those who want to make the most of their day. Throughout the tour, your guide will enlighten you about what life in D.C. is like now and in its exciting historic past. The tour includes photo stops at the U.S. Capitol and White House. You will also be able to get out and explore with World War II Memorial, the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam War Memorial, the Korean War Memorial, the Iwo Jima Memorial, and Air Force Memorial. From the bus or boat, you’ll see the National Archives, the National Mall, numerous Smithsonian Museums, the Jefferson Memorial, the Pentagon, the Kennedy Center and so much more. Break up your day with a lunch stop at the DC Wharf or Georgetown in the colder months, or the Potomac River Cruise in the warmer months.

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DC: Monuments Tour with Optional Arlington National Cemetery

4. DC: Monuments Tour with Optional Arlington National Cemetery

Make the most of your visit to Washington, DC with this morning tour. Take in the most important and iconic monuments of the nation's capital.  If you are pressed for time, you can book the option without the morning visit to Arlington National Cemetery. Enjoy a 3-hour comprehensive tour of the city's most important monuments, meeting the tour guide in downtown Washington DC. Your journey ends around 1:30 PM at the Lincoln Memorial, which is convenient to reach the National Mall, Georgetown, Foggy Bottom, the Kennedy Center, and more. If you choose the Arlington National Cemetery option, your morning will start with a 2-hour walk through this solemn site with an expert guide. in the cemetery, you will have the opportunity to visit John F. Kennedy's grave and see the Eternal Flame lit by Jackie Kennedy over 50 years ago. Then you will continue along to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers and witness the Changing of the Guard, a long-running ceremony.  Once done with your Arlington Tour, you will be picked up and taken to Downtown Washington, DC to start the next portion of your tour. You will visit many of the top sights of the city including the White House and Lincoln Memorial, with an air-conditioned coach bus to take you from one sight to the next. See the entire National Mall from the bus, learning about Washington and its history, then step out at select locations for a guided walk through the memorials. On this 5-hour tour you will see all of DC's most important sites and understand their significance.

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Washington DC: National Archives Building

5. Washington DC: National Archives Building

Discover some of the best highlights the city has to offer on this comprehensive guided tour of Washington, DC. Delight in reserved entrance into the National Archives Building and the U.S. Capitol Building (coming soon). Enjoy a guided tour of the White House (outside only), the National World War II Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) Memorial, and more. For a unique experience, this tour offers a leisurely cruise on the Potomac River (Seasonal: March 15th to October 15th).

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Washington, DC: National Archives - Guided Museum Tour

6. Washington, DC: National Archives - Guided Museum Tour

Your local English speaking guide will not only be an expert on the archives, but will also share a mix of historical & political information, background stories and surprising details with you. Tour highlights: • The National Archives Rotunda to learn about the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution while standing in front of the perfectly-preserved documents from the 17th and 18th centuries • The Bill of Rights and the Federalist Papers featuring the signatures of world-famous statesmen like Alexander Hamilton • The Public Vaults Exhibits, where letters written by presidents including George Washington and John F. Kennedy are on display • The Emancipation Proclamation, which helped end slavery in the 19th century • A citation issued to civil rights activist Rosa Parks, illustrates how long these racial issues lasted • In the Rubenstein Gallery, examine even older documents like the Magna Carta of 1297 With over half a million artifacts at the National Archives, you’ll be thankful to your passionate, and engaging guide for navigating you, bringing a personal touch to each tour, adding own favorite anecdotes and tips along the way.

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National Archives Building & Capitol Hill: Guided Combo Tour

7. National Archives Building & Capitol Hill: Guided Combo Tour

This 5-hour combination tour starts with the National Archives, the neoclassical building considered a temple to American history. Your local English speaking guide will not only be an expert on the archives, but will also share a mix of historical & political information, background stories and surprising details with you. Visit the National Archives Rotunda to learn about the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution while reading the perfectly-preserved documents from the 17th and 18th centuries. You will also see the Bill of Rights and the Federalist Papers featuring the signatures of world-famous statesmen like Alexander Hamilton. Discover the Public Vaults Exhibits, where letters written by presidents including George Washington and John F. Kennedy are on display. Have a look at the Emancipation Proclamation, which helped end slavery in the 19th century. Study a citation issued to civil rights activist Rosa Parks and examine even older documents like the Magna Carta of 1297 in the Rubenstein Gallery. After a break, the tour explores Capitol Hill on foot - the epicenter of activity in Washington DC. Your knowledgeable local guide will show the exteriors of the Supreme Court, the Capitol building and the Library of Congress as well as the interior of the Main Reading Room. In addition, admire the Statue of Freedom and the Thomas Jefferson library with a real Gutenberg Bible. You can also learn about the judicial system at the Museum of the Supreme Court and maybe get a peek inside the actual courtroom.

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Washington DC: Best of Capitol Hill Guided Bike Tour

8. Washington DC: Best of Capitol Hill Guided Bike Tour

Learn your civics by cycle. Visit the 3 branches of the US Government—Executive (White House), Legislative (Congress), and Judiciary (Supreme Court). See the Capitol Building from all angles and take a photo in front of the majestic Supreme Court Building. See where America's most important political decisions get made before cruising down Capitol Hill towards the most famous avenue in the city, Pennsylvania Avenue, where there is a protected bike lane all the way to the White House. Learn about the movers and shakers of American politics—past and present. Where do presidents go out to eat? Where do foreign dignitaries stay when they come to DC? Who put the Capitol on that hill? Find the answers to all these questions and more. See the new Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial and get tips for visiting newly re-opened Smithsonian Museums. Get insider anecdotes and fun facts from your guide as you take in all the sights on this high-energy, 2-hour guided bike tour. This tour has some uphill routes to be aware of. Please feel free to upgrade to an electric bike if you want an easier ride.

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What people are saying about The U.S. National Archives

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 437 reviews

My husband and I loved this tour! we learned a lot and took great pictures too. We took the 3hrs tour and it was enough to see the most important landmark in town but we felt like we should’ve done the whole day and keep seeing more great places that this town have to offer. The bus was very comfortable and clean + Kris was a excellent driver, also loved our guide Casey.. she provided good information and kept it interesting at all times. Definitely recommending this tour.

I am glad I booked a tour. I would not have seen as much a we did without the help of our tour guide Larry and driver Chris both amazing, friendly, funny knowledgeable. Thank you you guys made my trip to Washington memorable.

Got to see all major attractions in half day… saved time and got to know much detail from guide… used phone for pictures only … not needed to google to have details….

It was an amazing tour, slow and ease. Cassie and Chris were "fantastic".

Amazing! And out tour guide was very informational and fun!