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Things to Do in Washington DC This Summer

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Things to Do in Washington DC This Summer
Warm weather energizes Washington DC during the summer months, with long days and plenty of sunshine that make it ideal for exploring. Here are a few ways to experience America’s charismatic capital city in summer, from museum hopping to cruises on the Potomac River.
 
  • Enjoy the breeze on an open-air, hop-on hop-off bus or trolley as you check out the city’s highlights.
  • Skip the heat of the day and take an evening tour of DC landmarks to see the monuments by moonlight.
  • Splash into the Potomac River on a tour by amphibious vehicle.
  • Zip between key spots on a Segway tour of DC highlights.
  • See the Mount Vernon gardens in full bloom by booking a day trip from DC.
  • Catch great views from the water aboard a Potomac River dinner or lunch cruise.
  • Take advantage of cooler evening temperatures with an after-dark bike tour between top sights in DC.
  • Visit the Smithsonian Museums for an afternoon in the air-conditioning.
  • Explore the Washington Monument, using skip-the-line tickets to avoid waiting in the sun.
  • Take a walking tour of Arlington National Cemetery, where summer brings a profusion of blooms.
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DC At Dusk Night Tour

DC At Dusk Night Tour

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Ride a luxury coach past major landmarks on this night bus tour of Washington DC. Gaze at floodlit memorials and monuments, such as the magnificent Lincoln Memorial and the glow of the Jefferson Memorial reflected in the Tidal Basin. After this sightseeing tour, you’ll understand why the nation’s capital is considered one of the world’s most beautiful cities at night.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$58.00
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Best of DC Tour - With Access to US Capitol & National Archives Buildings

Best of DC Tour - With Access to US Capitol & National Archives Buildings

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Beat the long entrance lines and experience some of the most popular attractions in Washington, DC like an insider on this full-day sightseeing tour. Enjoy priority entry into the United States Capitol, the home of Congress. Then visit the National Archives Building, where the original Bill of Rights, the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution are on display. In between, see the city’s most famous landmarks and monuments, like the White House, the Lincoln Memorial and more.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$125.00
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Big Bus Washington DC Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Big Bus Washington DC Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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Discover the most popular sights in Washington, DC on this relaxing hop-on hop-off bus tour. Drive past many of the top attractions in the nation’s capital — including the White House, the Washington Monument, the National Mall, historic Georgetown, and Arlington National Cemetery, and choose where you want to get off and explore in more detail. Select a 1- or 2-day pass, then hop on at any of the stops on two different routes and get to know the city with an audio commentary. The 2-day option includes admission to Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$44.10
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Washington DC Monuments by Moonlight Tour by Trolley

Washington DC Monuments by Moonlight Tour by Trolley

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Explore the famous monuments and memorials of Washington DC by moonlight on this narrated sightseeing tour. Hop aboard an open-air trolley and enjoy an educational and entertaining history of the nation’s capital while traveling past each point of interest. Take in the stunning views of an illuminated Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, the White House, and many other landmarks. This is a truly unique look at the iconic monuments of Washington DC by night.
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  • 2 hours to 2 days
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$45.00
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Arlington National Cemetery Guided Walking Tour

Arlington National Cemetery Guided Walking Tour

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See the moving Changing of the Guards at the Tomb of the Unknowns on a guided walking tour of Arlington National Cemetery. Be perfectly placed for good views of the moving ceremony, then continue to some of the cemetery's most important gravesites and memorials, including places dedicated to John F. Kennedy, the USS Maine, Second World War soldier Audie Murphy, and more, learning the fascinating history of the cemetery as you walk.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
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The Smithsonian National Air Space Museum Private Guided Tour

The Smithsonian National Air Space Museum Private Guided Tour

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Get more from your visit to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum on this 2.5-hour private tour. Follow your guide through one of the world’s largest collections of historic aircraft and spacecraft in the world. See items like Buzz Aldrin’s spacesuit, the Apollo 11 module, and real moon rocks brought back form a voyage to Earth’s natural satellite.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$79.50
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Washington DC Sites at Night Bike Tour

Washington DC Sites at Night Bike Tour

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Experience the beauty of Washington, D.C. at night on this monuments at night bike tour of the city. Check out the Jefferson, Lincoln and WWII memorials once the sun goes down and explore the Vietnam War Memorial and the National Mall at night. This popular tour offers travelers the chance to explore on two wheels after dark when monuments are less crowded.
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  • 3 hours
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$51.00
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Day Trip to Mount Vernon from Washington DC

Day Trip to Mount Vernon from Washington DC

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Mt. Vernon is one of America's most historic and important sights, and this tour takes you right to the heart of the country estate that President George Washington called home. From Washington DC you'll cross the Potomac and enter the state of Virginia, and seemingly travel back in time as you wander the 18th Century mansion's spectacular rooms and gardens. In the comfort of a luxurious, climate controlled coach you'll also visit the boyhood home of General Robert E Lee, as well old town Alexandria where Washington worshiped and dined.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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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
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$79.00
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Washington DC Odyssey Dinner Cruise

Washington DC Odyssey Dinner Cruise

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Enjoy delicious cuisine and live entertainment with a view of Washington, DC on this 2.5-3 hour dinner cruise along the Potomac River. On board the elegant Odyssey cruise ship, choose from one of three exquisitely decorated glass atrium dining rooms or head to the open-air observation deck to admire the view. Dine on a delicious 3-course meal, then dance the night away or see the famous sites of the nation’s capital — like the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, Reagan National Airport and much more under a moonlit sky.
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  • 3 hours
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$99.62
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Spirit of Washington DC Scenic Lunch Cruise

Spirit of Washington DC Scenic Lunch Cruise

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Enjoy food, fun, and entertainment with a view of Washington DC on this narrated lunch cruise along the Potomac River. Onboard the elegant Spirit of Washington, choose to cruise from three air-conditioned interior decks or the rooftop lounge. Either way, the view is spectacular, there’s a delicious buffet lunch to enjoy and a DJ is spinning the latest Top 40 hits on spacious dance floors. Look and listen as the captain points out DC’s fascinating history while drifting past the Washington Monument, Reagan National Airport and much more.
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  • 2 hours
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