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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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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
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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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Extended Monuments & Memorials Tour

Extended 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 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$780.28
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$780.28
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Monumental Electric Bike Tour

Monumental Electric Bike Tour

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Washington DC’s historic center spans a large area and can be difficult to see on foot. This electric bike tour allows you to cover more ground and cycle past highlights such as the Smithsonian museums, the Capitol Building, the White House, and Tidal Basin. With a motor to assist as you pedal, you’re free to concentrate on the city’s notable sights and listen as your guide points out hidden treasures you might not notice on your own.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$79.00
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$79.00

Guided DC City Bus Tour W/ Potomac River Cruise & Washington Monument Admission

Guided DC City Bus Tour W/ Potomac River Cruise & Washington Monument Admission

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See the very best of Washington, DC with a 6-hour combination tour that takes in the city by bus, on foot and with a sightseeing cruise of the Potomac River (in season). Choose a longer tour for plenty of time to snap photos at the White House and U.S. Capitol Building, explore DC’s presidential memorials and moving war memorials and browse for souvenirs at the Pentagon City Shopping Mall. Finish the day onboard a Potomac River boat, which is the perfect way to get unobstructed views of key sites.
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  • 6 hours
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$94.00
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20 Passenger H2 Hummer Private Limo DC Tours

20 Passenger H2 Hummer Private Limo DC Tours

Please call Presidential Limousine DC directly to receive a 10% discount! Looking for Washington DC private tours in a stretch H2 Hummer limousine? Explore DC with Presidential Limousine. This Hummer Limo Tour seats up to 20 passengers. We provide pick up and drop off at any desired place in Washington DC, Virginia and Maryland. Distinguish customer service, modified limos and reliability shape our Tour Quality. Capture yourself in front of most of the historical buildings in the shortest possible time.
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  • 3 hours
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$796.24
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Private Hummer Limo DC Tours

Private Hummer Limo DC Tours

Looking for Washington DC private tours? Explore DC with World’s Five Star Limo Service. This Hummer Limo Tour is for up to 15 people. We provide pick up and drop off at any desired place in Washington DC, Virginia and Maryland. Distinguish customer service, modified limos and reliability shape our Tour Quality. Capture yourself in front of most of the historical buildings in the shortest possible time.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$854.80
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Stretch Limo private DC Tours

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Stretch Limo private DC Tours

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Looking for Washington DC private tours? Explore DC with World’s Five Star Limo Service. This Stretch Limo Tour is for up to 14 people. We provide pick up and drop off at any desired place in Washington DC, Virginia and Maryland. Distinguish customer service, modified limos and reliability shape our Tour Quality. Capture yourself in front of most of the historical buildings in the shortest possible time.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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Private Town Car DC Tour

Private Town Car DC Tour

Looking for Washington DC private tours? Explore DC with World’s Five Star Limo Service. This Town Car Tour is for up to 4 people. We provide pick up and drop off at any desired place in Washington DC, Virginia and Maryland. Distinguish customer service, modified limos and reliability shape our Tour Quality. Capture yourself in front of most of the historical buildings in the shortest possible time.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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$383.57
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Downtown DC Tour for Small or Large Groups

Downtown DC Tour for Small or Large Groups

Explore Washington DC's historical highlights without getting lost on this walking tour, a great choice for first-time visitors. An in-the-know guide whisks you around the nation's capital to see the places that shaped American history, including the Capitol, the White House, the National Mall, the FBI Building, and the Washington Monument. Admission to Ford's Theater National Historic Site is also included.
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  • 4 hours
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DC Christmas on Wheels Segway Tour

DC Christmas on Wheels Segway Tour

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Visit Washington, D.C. at its most sparkling and spirited with a 2.5-hour Segway tour of the city’s Christmas sights. Learn to steer your gyroscopic ride, then glide alongside your guide to see the Christmas tree at the U.S. Capitol building and the National Tree at the White House Ellipse, which fills with a bustling holiday village. See the elegant decorations at the Willard Hotel and the Botanical Gardens Holiday showcase, with plenty of time to stop for photos and warm up with hot chocolate.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Essential Monuments & Memorials Tour

Essential Monuments & Memorials Tour

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Take the strain off your visit to Washington D.C. This private pedicab tour lets you avoid the crowds and hassle of bus tours while minimizing the amount of walking you have to do—ideal for those with mobility issues. At your own pace, see the most important monuments and memorials, including the Washington Monument, Jefferson, FDR, MLK, and Lincoln Memorials, and Korean, Vietnam and WWII War Memorials.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$297.00
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4 Hour Amazing DC Tour

4 Hour Amazing DC Tour

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Maximize your time in Washington DC by hopping on a private tour that takes you to city highlights such as the White House and national monuments. Ideal for busy travelers who want to see as much as possible in one day, this tour includes efficient private transportation. That way, you don’t waste time walking, navigating public transportation, or waiting on other tourists on a group tour.
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  • 4 hours
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$450.00
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$450.00
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Washington DC Day Star Tour

Washington DC Day Star Tour

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Explore the famous monuments and war memorials of Washington DC on this guided, 3-hour sightseeing tour. Climb aboard an air-conditioned minivan and enjoy an educational and entertaining narrated history of the US nation’s capital. Travel around and through the plethora of famous war memorials and monuments, featuring the White House, the United States Capitol, the Lincoln Memorial, the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, the Washington Monument, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Korean War Veterans Memorial and many other landmark locations.
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  • 3 hours
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Become A DC Tour Guide

Become A DC Tour Guide

HOW TO BECOME A TOUR GUIDE IN WASHINGTON DC An Intensive Six Weeks Course TG. 100 ( 2 weeks) Introduction to Tour guide Course Description This is an introductory course that will be based on the principles and practice of tour guide. This course will focus mainly on preparing the students to pass the Washington DC tour guide license test. This is going to be hands-on experience. Students will also be taught some the historical facts about Washington DC. TG. 101. Tour Guide Principles ( 2 weeks) Course Description This course will explore the concept and skills of being a tour guide in Washington DC. The skills of being the driver and the tour guide at the same time will be taught to students. There will also be groups tutoring sessions, Use of the tourism vans and buses, and the road infrastructure. TG 102. Tour Guide Communication ( 2 weeks) Price is $100 per week!
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  • 2 days
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1-Day Washington D.C. Tour ( Washington D.C Departure ) ( DC1 )

1-Day Washington D.C. Tour ( Washington D.C Departure ) ( DC1 )

1. Visit the heart of superpower country: the White House (outside), inside Tour of U.S. Capitol and the Library of Congress. 2. Tour in Lincoln Memorial, Korean War Memorial and Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Visit National Air& Space Museum. 3. Be on the Sightseeing National ferry cruise of Washington D.C.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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$65.00
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$65.00

Day Tour: Private Luxury Tour of Washington DC

Day Tour: Private Luxury Tour of Washington DC

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See all the main sights in Washington DC with your private chauffeur aboard a late model SUV( Chevy Suburban or GMC Yukon). Maximum passengers 7. Sample itinerary: (not in order) - The White House - Thomas Jefferson Memorial - Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial - Lincoln Memorial/Korean War Veterans Memorial/Vietnam Veterans Memorial - National World War II Memorial - Washington Monument - United States Capitol Since this is a private tour you have the ability to skip or add other locations. Keep in mind that the tour cost is for 4 hours only.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$524.94
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$524.94
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Private Tour of Washington DC at Night with a Chauffeur.

Private Tour of Washington DC at Night with a Chauffeur.

See all the main sights in Washington DC with your private chauffeur aboard a late model SUV( Chevy Suburban or GMC Yukon). Maximum passengers 7. Sample itinerary: (not in order) - The White House - Thomas Jefferson Memorial - Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial - Lincoln Memorial/Korean War Veterans Memorial/Vietnam Veterans Memorial - National World War II Memorial - Washington Monument - United States Capitol Since this is a private tour you have the ability to skip or add other locations. Keep in mind that the tour cost is for 4 hours only.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$524.94
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$524.94
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Private SUV Night Tour of Washington DC

Private SUV Night Tour of Washington DC

This private tour that accommodates up to 4 guests includes transportation from site to site and pickup within 3 miles of the White House. Your guide will safely and efficiently navigate your group around Washington, DC. During your tour, we will share the history of the city and give you details about each of the sites that you will visit. Iconic Washington DC sites you may want to visit: US Capitol Building, World War II Veterans Memorial, Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Iwo Jima, United States Air Force Memorial, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Washington Monument, and the White House (grounds).
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$275.00
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$275.00
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Private Washington DC Jeep Tour

Private Washington DC Jeep Tour

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Tour Washington DC at your own pace on this private tour in a customized 4-wheel-drive vehicle. You and your group of up to four people will enjoy personalized attention and commentary from a private guide, who will work together with you to determine your itinerary. Choose to hit all of the highlights or focus on an aspect of history and politics that interest you.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$508.57
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Customized Private 5 Hour Tour From Pick Up to Drop Off

Customized Private 5 Hour Tour From Pick Up to Drop Off

Create a unique touring experience of your own with the Custamized Private Tour! The tour features a guaranteed private experience for just your group or family. Visit anywhere in D.C! The itinerary is flexible and extendable at your request. Extra pay applies after 5 hours locked down.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$103.58
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Open Top Convertible Bus Tour of DC

Open Top Convertible Bus Tour of DC

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Make the most of your trip to the US national capitol with this 3.5-hour SkyVue convertible tour of the Washington DC area. From the comfort of a SkyVue vehicle, take in panoramic views as you drive to some of the most well-known spots on America’s east coast. Stop to explore the White House, Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, US Marine Corps War Memorial, and US Air Force Memorial. Plus visit Maryland’s National Harbor, and choose to take a ride on the 180-foot (54.9-meter) Capitol Wheel (own expense).
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$69.00
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$69.00
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Washington DC 3 Hour Day Tour

Washington DC 3 Hour Day Tour

This tour is a quick way to learn about Washington, DC for those with limited time. You will be with the same driver guide the entire tour. Maximum 6 passengers.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$200.00
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$200.00
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