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Washington DC in One Day: Guided Sightseeing Tour

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Washington DC in One Day: Guided Sightseeing Tour

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icon6 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Experience the sights and sounds of Washington, DC in one day on this guided walking and riding sightseeing tour around the nation’s capital. Visit the city’s historic, iconic landmarks and monuments, like the White House, the United States Capitol, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and the Lincoln Memorial. See and learn about the memorials of famous American leaders who helped shape the United States, like Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, and Martin Luther King, Jr., to name a few. Includes a seasonal Potomac River cruise.
  • Hop off for guided walks around the US Capitol Building, the Washington Monument, and Lincoln Memorial
  • Learn about the sights you see from your knowledgeable guide
  • Travel aboard state-of-the-art luxury 30-passenger coach

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This tour’s river cruise and guided walking portions provide extra photo ops and insight.
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Transport by state-of-the-art luxury coach
English-Speaking Live Tour Guide (on and off the bus)
On-board narration
Boat Cruise on the Potomac River (seasonal: March 15 to October 16)
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Gratuities
Lunch
701 Pennsylvania Avenue NW , 701 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004, USA

U.S. Navy Memorial

10:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
Meet the guide and the rest of the tour group at a central meeting point.

From the comfort of an air-conditioned coach, drive past the White House, the many Smithsonian museums, the National Mall and much more. Enjoy an entertaining and educational narrative from the expert local guide, with frequent photo-op stops of the historic and iconic landmark locations.

Also, experience guided walks around the United States Capitol, the Lincoln Memorial, the World War II Memorial, and the Korean War Veterans Memorial. Along the way, learn about the history of these famous monuments and examine them up close.

This tour also features a scenic, seasonal boat cruise along the Potomac River (March 15 to October 16). We'll spend some time at beautiful Georgetown Waterfront Park for a lunch break, and after this, we re-board the bus to visit the Iwo Jima Memorial - with spectacular views of Arlington Cemetery and the Washington, D.C. landscape.

The tour concludes back at the original departure point.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
United States Navy Memorial and Naval Heritage Center
Starts/Ends
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
U.S. Capitol Visitor Center
Guided Walking Tour of the U.S. Capitol Building (outside only)
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
White House
Guided Walking Tour of the White House (outside only)
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
National World War II Memorial
Guided Walking Tour of WWII Memorial
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Jefferson Memorial
Guided Walking Tour of Thomas Jefferson Memorial
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial
Guided Walking Tour of FDR Memorial
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
Guided Walking Tour of MLK Memorial
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Korean War Veterans Memorial
Guided Walking Tour of Korean War Veterans Memorial
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Lincoln Memorial
Guided Walking Tour of Lincoln Memorial
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Guided Walking Tour of Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Georgetown Waterfront Park
We'll spend some time at beautiful Georgetown Waterfront Park for a lunch break.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Potomac River
Seasonal: March 15 to October 15. For a unique experience, this tour offers a leisurely cruise on the Potomac River with your guide, who will answer any questions you might have.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Small carry-on bags are allowed, however it is recommended that you ravel lightly. Due to security concerns, the tour operator reserves the right to search any bags or purses you bring on board. Many of the attractions in Washington DC are equipped with metal detectors at the entrances. Traveling without bags or purses is recommended.
  • Due to time restrictions, you cannot go inside any of the monuments, however you can spend about 15-20 minutes at each stop to enjoy up-close views
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • No food allowed on buses (snacks are fine!)
  • The boat cruise is seasonal from March 15 to October 15.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
  • OPERATED BY USA Guided Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • 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 experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Washington DC in One Day: Guided Sightseeing Tour?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks provided for travelers
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Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Washington DC in One Day: Guided Sightseeing Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Washington DC in One Day: Guided Sightseeing Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Washington DC in One Day: Guided Sightseeing Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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  • "Be prepared for walking on the tour as many of the monuments requires getting off the coach and getting there by foot." See review

Reviews

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star-5
Excellent guide who was...
Phil_L
, Jun 2022
Excellent guide who was friendly and had good knowledge. Time at the monuments could have been a little longer as you had to rush to see them in as much detail but overall a great experience
star-5
So glad we did this tour!
Jamie_W
, Jun 2022
Our guide Brittany was amazing. So knowledgeable, attentive, personable and funny! Felt very safe in her hands.
star-4
Good to see a lot in a short time
Susan_J
, Jun 2022
The glass top bus tour was actually an open air van. Because the weather was warm the roof was retracted. Wear sunscreen! No a/c but the breeze while driving was nice. The group size was very small compared to the regular bus tours. The tour guide told us information while driving, then let us off to explore on our own for a very short time at each stop. One time we had to run. She only got out at one stop to explain as we walked around, unlike what the website describes. Overall would recommend.
star-5
Best Tour and most knowledgeable guides in Washington DC
Teresa_W
, Jun 2022
Dion, our tour guide was the best tour guide of Washington DC I have ever had. I have been on two other tours and this was beyond my expectation. I picked it because it seemed a smaller group, nice bus and included the boat trip and I was more than impressed by all we saw during the tour. Again, Dion is what made the tour exceptional. He filled in so many "blanks" in my knowledge of the monuments we saw that had not been covered. I couldn't thank him enough (but I did tip accordingly as I hoped everyone else on the bus did). Everyone on the bus enjoyed the day with Dion. Thank you and I will tour again.
star-5
Alicia was such an...
Ditipriya_C
, Jun 2022
Alicia was such an amazing tour guide. She’s so energetic and enthusiastic about the tour and she is so knowledgeable!
star-5
Nice way to visit the monuments.
Brittany_W
, Jun 2022
A good way to see a lot of the National Mall. It was well worth the money. The guide was very knowledgeable about the history of the area.
star-3
Washington DC in One Day:...
Judith_H
, Jun 2022
Washington DC in One Day: Guided Sightseeing Tour Discover DC Glass-Top Bus In the description doesn’t say that it’s open top and no air conditioning in the bus We couldn’t enjoy very much because of the heat
star-5
Memorial tour of DC
Bette_H
, Jun 2022
Excellent tour and guide. Had a small group (14) on a minibus. Easy on/off at each place. Interesting commentary and statistical facts.
star-5
Exceeded Expectations!
Thomas_L
, Jun 2022
Viet Nam memorial and MLK’s Our tour guide Alicia was most informed and gracious of all tours we have ever taken!
star-5
Dre was very informative...
Margie_D
, Jun 2022
Dre was very informative and gave us a great tour of Washington DC and all of it's monuments. I would recommend this your especially if you have never been to the area
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you for your comments, we are very happy that you enjoyed the tour, we invite you to review our different tour offers, we have a modern fleet of buses, experienced drivers, and friendly tour guides that will make you feel very comfortable.
star-5
Excellent guide and...
Joyce_W
, Jun 2022
Excellent guide and driver, Josh and Thomas, made the tour informative and flowing from stop to stop. Enjoyed the trivia also.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you for your comments, we are very happy that you enjoyed the tour, we invite you to review our different tour offers, we have a modern fleet of buses, experienced drivers, and friendly tour guides that will make you feel very comfortable.
star-4
I enjoyed the boat tour...
Art_T
, Jun 2022
I enjoyed the boat tour the best. To improve I would suggest a driver AND a guide. The driver should be focused on driving only
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Dear Customer thank you for sharing your experience. Our tour guides are examined on their knowledge, are licensed, and are fine representatives of their prestigious tradition. We strive to make your experience the best possible and are always looking for ways to improve. We appreciate you taking the time to share your experience.
star-5
Great tour
Leslie_T
, Jun 2022
The tour guide and driver were amazing. We saw so much of DC and had the best time. We would definitely recommend to friends and family. Even the pizza for lunch was really good!!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you, Leslie for sharing your experience, we are very happy that you enjoyed the tour, we invite you to review our different tour offers, we have a modern fleet of buses, experienced drivers, and friendly tour guides that will make you feel very comfortable.
star-3
We were disappointed that...
Chris_P
, Jun 2022
We were disappointed that a tour guide did not accompany us at the stops as promised. The information provided by the driver while enroute to different destinations was informative but very difficult to hear.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hi Chris, All of our tour guides are supposed to get off the bus with the guests at each stop. I am saddened to hear that didn't happen on your tour. Can you reach out to us at reservations@usaguidedtours.com with the Guide's name and any other information on your tour (like your booking number) so we may follow up with our staff at our next check-in? Thank you for your assistance. Additionally, we check our microphones before each tour to ensure they are working. Was it difficult to hear because, in this case, it did not work properly? Thanks,
star-5
Great Guide, Andre. We saw so much.
Marian_G
, Jun 2022
Great guide, Andre. We saw sooo much. Nice to have free water, since it was like 95 degrees temperature and humidity.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you, Marian, for sharing your experience, we are very happy that you enjoyed the tour, we invite you to review our different tour offers, we have a modern fleet of buses, experienced drivers, and friendly tour guides that will make you feel very comfortable.
star-5
Mr. John Freeman was great.
Mark_D
, Jun 2022
The passion Mr. John Freeman had while narrating the tour. You couldn’t help but feel the history of our young nation as it formed.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you Mark for your comments, we are very happy that you enjoyed the tour, we invite you to review our different tour offers, we have a modern fleet of buses, experienced drivers, and friendly tour guides that will make you feel very comfortable.
star-5
The best guide ever met....
Krishna_P
, Jun 2022
The best guide ever met. Dion knowledge of these attractions was outstanding. There wasn’t any boring moment.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Dear Krishna thank you for sharing your experience, we are very happy that you enjoyed the tour, we invite you to review our different tour offers, we have a modern fleet of buses, experienced drivers, and friendly tour guides that will make you feel very comfortable.
star-5
Great guide
Nancy_A
, Jun 2022
Deon was a fantastic guide. He was knowledgeable, funny. And helpful . We were traveling with out grandkids and they had a great time
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you Nancy for your comments, we are very happy that you enjoyed the tour, we invite you to review our different tour offers, we have a modern fleet of buses, experienced drivers, and friendly tour guides that will make you feel very comfortable.
star-5
Worth the money.
Samantha_R
, Jun 2022
This was a great tour. We loved our tour guide. She was very informative and very nice. Had plenty of time at all the monuments.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you, Samanta for sharing your experience, we are very happy that you enjoyed the tour, we invite you to review our different tour offers, we have a modern fleet of buses, experienced drivers, and friendly tour guides that will make you feel very comfortable.
star-5
Excellent tour
LisaRodriguez
, Jun 2022
Very nice bus tour very informative excellent host. Thanks. The boat ride was an excellent touch. Very enjoyable.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you for your comments, we are very happy that you enjoyed the tour, we invite you to review our different tour offers, we have a modern fleet of buses, experienced drivers, and friendly tour guides that will make you feel very comfortable.

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