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U.S. Capitol Tours

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U.S. Capitol
The U.S. Capitol dome towers above the Roman columns and manicured gardens of this iconic heart of American government. Topped by the bronze Statue of Freedom, the Capitol is the political and geographic center of Washington D.C. The building houses the legislative branch of Congress, with the Senate meeting in the north wing and the House of Representatives in the south wing. When Congress is in session, visitors can watch politicians debate all flavors of legislative issues, as they’ve done here since 1800.

The Basics
Areas beyond the visitor center are only accessible by guided tour. Options include group or private tours of Washington D.C. that take in the Capitol Building and include reserved tickets. The Capitol also offers official tours; booking far in advance is highly recommended—passes are available 120 days in advance—though a limited number of same-day, guided-tour passes are offered at the visitor center. You can also book reserved entry via a VIP experience.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Areas beyond the visitor center are only accessible by guided tour.
  • Separate passes are required to view a session of Congress or a Congressional committee hearing. US citizens can obtain one from their state senator or representative; foreign visitors can try at the Capitol’s House and Senate appointment desks.
  • When Congress is in session, a flag is raised above the appropriate wing (either the Senate or House). The spectacle is especially impressive when both are in session simultaneously.
  • Capitol tours are family-friendly.
  • No food, drink, or bags larger than 18 inches (46 centimeters) are permitted.
  • A wide range of accessibility services are available to visitors. There is an on-demand shuttle service for those with limited mobility.

How to Get There
The U.S. Capitol is at the far eastern end of the National Mall in Washington D.C. Enter via the visitor center on East Capitol Street at First Street NW. You can easily get to the Capitol by foot, bike, car (though there is virtually no parking nearby), bus, or Metro. The nearest Metro stations are Union Station, Capitol South, and Federal Center SW.

When to Get There
The Capitol Visitor Center is open from 8:30am to 4:30pm Monday through Saturday except for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, and Inauguration Day. Visit in spring to see cherry blossom blooms or in winter to avoid the crowds. DC can be especially humid in summer.

Must-See Sights Near the Capitol Building
Aside from the Capitol Building’s opulent chambers and impressive rotunda, the site overlooks the National Mall and is in close proximity to many other sights of great historic and cultural significance. Many Washington D.C. tours combine a Capitol Building visit with stops at other major landmarks such as the White House, the Lincoln Memorial, the US Supreme Court Building, and the Library of Congress.
Address: 100 Constitution Avenue NE, at 1st Street NW, Capitol Hill, Washington D.C. 20002, USA
Hours: Mon - Sat 8:30am - 4:30pm
Admission: Free
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Presidential Inauguration Preview Tour in Washington DC

Presidential Inauguration Preview Tour in Washington DC

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Walk in the footsteps of many US presidents on this tour of Washington DC. During this 3-hour experience, visit the essential locations in the inauguration process, including the parade route down Pennsylvania Avenue and the US Capitol building, where the new president takes the oath of office. At the White House, see where the president and presidential spouse host the Inaugural Ball, then continue to the Jefferson Memorial and listen to your guide tell historical anecdotes about inaugurations past. Visit the National Building Museum and the National Air and Space Museum to expand your understanding of the inaugural process.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$50.35
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$50.35
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Private Washington D.C. Monuments Tour

Private Washington D.C. Monuments Tour

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Explore the famous sites of Washington D.C. on this private, 4-hour tour. Climb aboard an air-conditioned minivan with just your group and learn more about the nation’s capital with a guide. Customize your itinerary to fit your interests, traveling to the war memorials and monuments of your choosing. Opt to see the White House, the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, and more, along with D.C.’s residential neighborhoods. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$400.00
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$400.00
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Private Family-Friendly DC Tour by Bike

Private Family-Friendly DC Tour by Bike

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Experience Washington, DC’s many sights at your own pace, on a bike with a private tour. Ideal for families, the tour can be customized to suit your tastes with itineraries including kid friendly museums and splash pads. Your guide is a seasoned cyclist with deep knowledge of the best routes for an enjoyable day out. Healthy, kid-friendly snacks and water are provided to keep you energized through the ride.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$532.88
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$532.88
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Private SUV Tour of Washington DC's Highlights

Private SUV Tour of Washington DC's Highlights

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Experience the history and grandeur of the nation’s capital on a private 3-hour tour. Work with your personal guide and driver to curate the ideal tour incorporating your must-see spots or rely on their local expertise to create a fascinating tour. Go inside the House and Senate Galleries and see where the nation’s laws are debated. See the White House, Supreme Court and much more. This tour is ideal for visitors looking for a personalized experience
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$275.00
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$275.00
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Private Tour of Washington DC

Private Tour of Washington DC

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Crown Limo Service provide extensive tour of Washington DC at affordable rates. ​ Our professionally trained tour guides will take you to explore the beauty of DC. Experience the best tour service with exotic limos at lowest rates. We are #1 Rated tour operator in Washington DC.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$383.57
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$383.57
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3 Hour-Kid Friendly DC private night tours!

3 Hour-Kid Friendly DC private night tours!

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From the White House to the Jefferson Memorial, you can marvel at the top sights in Washington DC lit up at night with this family-friendly private tour. After convenient hotel pickup, you're whisked through the city by your personal guide, who's ready to offer insightful commentary about each monument you pass. Highlights include stops at the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and more.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$295.00
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$295.00
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DC the Lights - an Unforgettable Night Tour!

DC the Lights - an Unforgettable Night Tour!

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This is the highest-rated and longest-running night tour in Washington DC. This tour makes more stops than any other, and the top-rated tour guides will hop off with you at each stop to narrate your experience. You will truly experience all that Washington DC has to offer at night on this four. FREE bottled water is included on the bus. You will be on the same bus for the tour, so you can leave your personal belongings on the bus at stops. Climate-controlled buses and comfortable, padded seats instead of hard plastic, make this tour more enjoyable.
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  • 3 hours 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$60.27
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$60.27

DC Highlights Tour

DC Highlights Tour

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See top sites in Washington, DC on a four-hour tour that explores memorials and landmarks in the heart of the capital city. Setting out from the United States Navy Memorial, you'll visit DC highlights, from the exterior of the White House to the Lincoln Memorial, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and more. Travel in the comfort of a climate-controlled mini coach as you wind through DC, with photo stops and a guide to share the stories behind each destination.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$55.48
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$55.48
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DC Monuments and Memorials Tour

DC Monuments and Memorials Tour

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Maximize your limited vacation time with a comprehensive 3-hour sightseeing tour to Washington DC’s top monuments. Comfortable transportation by bus allows you to visit a long list of attractions without getting worn out or overexposing yourself to unpleasant elements. Take photos at the Lincoln Memorial, White House, World War II Memorial, and more. Along the way, learn about the eventful history of the nation's capital.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$49.00
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$49.00
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Dynamite Day Tour: Small-Group DC Bus Tour

Dynamite Day Tour: Small-Group DC Bus Tour

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Explore the famous monuments and war memorials of Washington, DC on this guided, small-group sightseeing tour. Climb aboard a Dodge Sprinter van and enjoy an educational and entertaining narrated history of the US nation’s capital. Travel around and through the plethora of famous monuments and memorials, featuring the White House, the United States Capitol, the Lincoln Memorial, the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and many other landmark locations. A variety of lunch options (own expense) will be made available.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$81.17
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Deluxe Half Day Tour of DC with Reserved US Capitol Entry

Deluxe Half Day Tour of DC with Reserved US Capitol Entry

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See the U.S. Capitol Building and Washington DC landmarks on a half-day guided tour in a climate-controlled shuttle bus. Save time with reserved entrance to the Capitol building, take in the sites along the National Mall, see the White House, and pass a series of iconic presidential and war memorials. This DC tour begins and ends at central locations by the National Mall, and offers a great introduction to the city’s highlights.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$89.00
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$89.00
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DC Monuments Tour with Washington Monument Admission Included

DC Monuments Tour with Washington Monument Admission Included

Washington DC has a lot to offer to a visitor. With so many monuments to see in DC, sightseeing can be bewildering. With our bus tour you will be able to see all Washington DC monuments and attractions with live narrative that will captivate you. Then at each stop, the tour guide will hop off with you and walk you through each memorial, giving you information you may otherwise miss.
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$65.00
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$65.00

Private, Exclusive DC City Tour

Private, Exclusive DC City Tour

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See the best of DC on this private city tour. Visit the White House, the Capitol, the National Mall, and memorials dedicated to Thomas Jefferson, Franklin Roosevelt, Martin Luther King, Abe Lincoln, and the Korean and Vietnam Wars. Your licensed guide will share historical information at each spot and you’ll have ample time to take photos and shop for souvenirs.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$328.77
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Washington DC Twilight Tour

Washington DC Twilight Tour

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There's a certain magic to Washington DC when the sun gets low in the sky, and the pale orange glow of evening twilight begins to change into night. On this twilight Washington DC open top double-decker bus tour, grab your camera and hop on board to tour America's capital, as we cruise by bus around the memorials, monuments, and US Capitol. You'll also have time to snap a photo while standing outside the White House, and pay your respects at war memorials from Korea and World War II.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$45.00
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$45.00

Washington Monument Reserved Admission with DC Landmarks and Memorials Tour

Washington Monument Reserved Admission with DC Landmarks and Memorials Tour

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Get to know some of the most popular landmarks in Washington, DC on this guided sightseeing tour onboard an air-conditioned coach. See iconic landmarks the White House, the United States Capitol, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Thomas Jefferson Memorial, and more. Then, take a self-guided tour inside the Washington Monument where you can enjoy panoramic views from the 500-foot-high (152-meter) observation deck.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$79.00
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$79.00
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US Capitol Tour with Monuments and Washington Monument Admission

US Capitol Tour with Monuments and Washington Monument Admission

The US Capitol tour with Monument including admission to Washington Monument is the most complete, fun-filled way to experience the city's best sights - including guaranteed entrance to the US Capitol, Washington Monument and a seasonal Potomac cruise - all in one single day!!
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$99.00
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$99.00

Skip-the-Line National Archives & Capitol Hill Tour - 8ppl Max

Skip-the-Line National Archives & Capitol Hill Tour - 8ppl Max

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Immerse yourself in United States history with a visit to the National Archives and a walking tour of Capitol Hill. Explore with a small group (max 8 people) and a guide. See the Bill of Rights and the Federalist Papers, and personal letters written by George Washington and John F Kennedy. Then embark on guided tour of Capitol Hill taking you past the Capitol Building and the Supreme Court. This tour goes beyond the tourist sights and offers visitors in depth context and history.
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  • 5 hours to 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$143.10
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DC National Mall and Capitol Hill Guided Walking Combo Tour - Private Tour

DC National Mall and Capitol Hill Guided Walking Combo Tour - Private Tour

Pack in tons of sights all in one day with this private, 5-hour tour of the National Mall and Capitol Hill. Make stops at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, National WWII Memorial, White House, Korean War Veteran Memorial, and Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Afterward, head to the Capitol Hill area, and see the Capitol, Supreme Court, Library of Congress, and Statue of Freedom.
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  • 5 hours to 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$121.90
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$121.90
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Private 3 Hour Tour of DC

Private 3 Hour Tour of DC

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Are you busy taking care of your business and don’t have much time to spare, but would love to enjoy a guided tour of DC to see some of the most fascinating sites? Then this is the DC tour for you! The Anytime Private Tours are usually in a van with a group of people on the move to the sites or in a private vehicle! It’s amazing how many guests only have 2-3 hours of free time when scheduling a trip to DC, now Loba Tours can help fill this time with a quick tour in DC.
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  • 3 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$81.77
Price varies by group size
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$81.77
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DC Monuments By Morning

DC Monuments By Morning

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Ideal for families, people with minimal time, or the business traveler, this 3 hour guided morning tour is tailored to offer you the essential that you can’t afford to miss. We’ve taken our best-selling tour and packaged it into a compact format that showcases highlights such as the U.S. Capitol, White House and Lincoln Memorial plus so much more. Boarding at 10:15 am outside the Smithsonian Metro, this tours ends at either the National History Museum (mid-Oct-mid April) or Lincoln Memorial (mid-April-Mid Oct) – locations convenient to the museums, public transportation, restaurants and many other attractions. With so much to see and so little time, guests can take a memorable journey through DC that is quick, efficient and entertaining – all in the company of one of our personable and knowledgeable guides. Whether riding on our climate-controlled bus or walking through one of the world-famous sites and attractions, you’ll see it all and still have time to do more in the afternoon.
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  • 3 hours
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$49.00
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$49.00

Private Tour of Washington DC up to 11 Guests

Private Tour of Washington DC up to 11 Guests

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This Private Small-Group Washington DC Tour can accommodate groups up to 11 guests and includes Transportation from site to site, a Professional Driver/Guide, and Hotel Pick-Up within 3 miles of the White House. During your tour, your driver will safely and efficiently navigate your group around Washington, DC.and share the history of the city and details for each of the sites that you choose to visit. Iconic Washington DC sites you may want to visit: US Capitol (grounds), World War II Veterans Memorial, Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Martin Luther King Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Korean War Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Iwo Jima, United States Air Force Memorial, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial and the White House (grounds).
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$400.00
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$400.00
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Grand Monuments & Memorials Tour

Grand Monuments & Memorials Tour

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You can see all Washington DC Monuments and Memorials, the White House and the Capitol at your own pace, with no bus-filled crowding or walking — and no waiting. You'll be protected from the weather, including rain, snow and sun. Kid friendly and your dogs are most welcome! This is the best option for anyone with a mobility impairment. Our most popular tour is the Monuments and Memorials tour. We have done this tour 100+ different ways, depending on our guest's wishes. This is a tour of the entire National Mall on tricycle and includes the Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, FDR Memorial, MLK Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Korean, Vietnam and WWII War Memorials, and the White House, as well as other memorials. We also conduct night tours, which usually include all the amazing lit-up sights (our favorites at night are The White House, World War II, Lincoln, Jefferson, Roosevelt and the Capitol).
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  • 4 hours 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$637.00
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$637.00
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Classic Monuments & Memorials Tour

Classic Monuments & Memorials Tour

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You can see all Washington DC Monuments and Memorials, the White House and the Capitol at your own pace, with no bus-filled crowding or walking — and no waiting. You'll be protected from the weather, including rain, snow and sun. Kid friendly and your dogs are most welcome! This is the best option for anyone with a mobility impairment. Our most popular tour is the Monuments and Memorials tour. We have done this tour 100+ different ways, depending on our guest's wishes. This is a tour of the entire National Mall on tricycle and includes the Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, FDR Memorial, MLK Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Korean, Vietnam and WWII War Memorials, and the White House, as well as other memorials. We also conduct night tours, which usually include all the amazing lit-up sights (our favorites at night are The White House, World War II, Lincoln, Jefferson, Roosevelt and the Capitol).
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  • 3 hours 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$447.00
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$447.00
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Private Tour to see the Monuments and Memorials in Washington DC

Private Tour to see the Monuments and Memorials in Washington DC

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You can see all Washington DC Monuments and Memorials, the White House and the Capitol at your own pace, with no bus-filled crowding or walking — and no waiting. You'll be protected from the weather, including rain, snow and sun. Kid friendly and your dogs are most welcome! This is the best option for anyone with a mobility impairment. Our most popular tour is the Monuments and Memorials tour. We have done this tour 100+ different ways, depending on our guest's wishes. This is a tour of the entire National Mall on tricycle and includes the Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, FDR Memorial, MLK Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Korean, Vietnam and WWII War Memorials, and the White House, as well as other memorials. We also conduct night tours, which usually include all the amazing lit-up sights (our favorites at night are The White House, World War II, Lincoln, Jefferson, Roosevelt and the Capitol).
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  • 3 hours 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$489.87
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$489.87
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