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Most Popular Washington DC Tours & Attractions

Listed below are the most popular Washington DC sightseeing tours, shows, activities, attractions, transfers and passes. They were selected from the complete collection of tours and attractions that are available for this destination. These are the most popular, the best-sellers, the ones people purchase and enjoy time after time.

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#1 RATED
Washington DC Hop-on Hop-off Trolley Tour
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Discover Washington DC at your leisure with a one-day ticket on the Hop-on Hop-off Trolley Tour. Create your own itinerary to see the most popular sights of Washington DC at your own pace. Upgrade to the 2-day pass!

The Washington DC Hop-on Hop-off Trolley Tour is the easiest way to get around town. You can hop on and off at any of the 20 stops as often as you like. Trolleys depart every 30 minutes.

There are three trolley routes:

National Mall and Downtown - Orange Loop
The orange line traverses the National Mall with stops at all the Smithsonian Museum buildings, as well as the national monuments and memorials: Lincoln, FDR, Washington, Jefferson, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, United States Capitol and Supreme Court buildings.

National Cathedral, Uptown and Georgetown - Green Loop
The green line travels uptown to visit the National Zoo and Washington National Cathedral. It then takes you through "Embassy Row" on its way to historic Georgetown, Washington's oldest neighborhood and a mecca for shopping and dining. Finally, the green line stops at the White House and White House Visitor Center.

Arlington National Cemetery Shuttle - Red Loop (10 - 15 minute ride)
The Arlington Cemetery line shuttles between the Lincoln Memorial and Arlington Cemetery.
* The last return shuttle from Arlington National Cemetery is at 4:30pm.

Click "View Additional Info" to see a map of the trolley route.

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Washington DC Monuments by Moonlight Night Tour by Trolley
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You haven't seen Washington DC until you've seen it at night! On this narrated evening tour, you'll enjoy the sights and sounds of Washington DC, and see first-hand how Washington turns into a different city when the sun goes down!

Onboard your trolley, you'll see 100 of Washington DC's most popular monuments and points of interest, including the Capitol Building, the White House, the Jefferson Memorial and the Washington Monument.

The trolley also makes night-time stops at the FDR Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Korean War Veteran's Memorial and the Iwo Jima Memorial, allowing you to see these impressive monuments floodlit by night.

While you tour, your guide provides entertaining anecdotes and historical information about the sights, along with a sprinkling of bewitching ghost stories about the spirits who haunt the nation's capital.

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Gettysburg Day Trip from Washington DC
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Journey into the picturesque countryside of Maryland and Pennsylvania on a day trip from Washington DC devoted to the historic battlefield of Gettysburg. You'll gain rich insights into an important part of America's heritage, and learn the story of the largest battle ever fought on US soil.

As you travel to Pennsylvania, relax and listen to as your guide identifies local points of interest.

When you arrive at Gettysburg you'll have time to explore the sights on your own. You'll see the Gettysburg Diorama, one of the largest miniature military dioramas in the country, for a narrated history of the Battle of Gettysburg, accompanied by sound and light effects.

While you tour the site, expert guides can provide essential background to the history of the famous battle.

Other highlights include:

  • The restored home of George Washington Shriver
  • The site where Confederate sharpshooters were killed
  • The site where Civil War bullets and medical equipment were discovered 133 years later

This tour is seasonal and operates from March to November

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Washington DC Duck Tour
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See Washington DC from the land and water on a unique duck tour! Traveling in an original WWII amphibious vehicle, this 90-minute tour takes you to the famous monuments of Washington DC before splashing down into the Potomac River for the most unusual ride of your vacation!

From Union Station you'll waddle down to the Mall, where you'll see the awe-inspiring monuments and fabulous Smithsonian Museums. Then at the Potomac River, splash down for a different look at the nation's capital. From the land to the water, you'll travel in the same vehicle!

Along the way, your wise-quacking captain will entertain you with anecdotes and well-researched historical facts.

Ducks depart hourly from Union Station.

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Washington DC in a Day Tour
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You'll see so much of Washington DC on this DC in a Day Tour! Pay your respects to fallen heroes at the World War II Memorial and see some of DC's famous landmarks. From history to science, this Washington DC tour has it all!

Explore all of DC on this one day guided tour! Visit the Capitol Building, one of the most beautiful buildings in the world. Don't forget your camera for a photo stop at the White House (south lawn) - you might even see the President! Also, you'll visit the White House Visitor Center, which houses the same decor and information about past and present Presidents. 

Head to the new World War II Memorial to see the tribute to this country. See this beautiful structure and the wonderful water works that make this memorial one to remember. Spend time visiting the world famous Smithsonian Museums. You won't want to miss the Air and Space Museum or the newly renovated American History Museum. 

Also, you'll see the FBI Building, Federal Triangle, Ellipse, Tidal Basin, National Archives, Washington Monument, House and Senate Office Building, U.S. Botanical Gardens, National Gallery of Art, U.S. Navy Memorial and Grant Memorial.


Site that you will step off and visit:

  • Capitol Building
  • White House Visitor Center
  • Smithsonian Museums
  • Air and Space Museum
  • American History Museum
  • World War II Memorial

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In the Footsteps of George Washington: Day Cruise to Mount Vernon
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Seeking an activity in Washington DC that offers culture, history, sightseeing and a lot of fun, all in one package? This round-trip cruise from Washington DC to Mount Vernon is an exciting 6.5-hour cruise offering a narrated Potomac River tour and admission to Mount Vernon.

Your Mount Vernon tour boards at 8am in Washington DC. Sit back and relax onboard the cruise vessel's outdoor decks and enjoy the fresh breeze and spectacular views along the Potomac River. While sailing, you'll enjoy a narrated tour of the Potomac River and its famous landmarks.

Arriving at Mount Vernon you'll be fascinated by the sheer beauty of the grounds and come to understand why the beloved home of George and Martha Washington has been declared a National Historic Landmark. You'll get to retrace the footsteps of George Washington by visiting the main mansion, slave quarters, kitchen, stables and greenhouse.

Your Mount Vernon visit will be for three hours so don't forget to stroll the four gardens, hike the Forest Trail, and explore the George Washington Pioneer Farmer site. For your dining pleasure this spectacular estate also hosts a range of restaurants.

This day cruise to Mount Vernon is a sightseeing tour from Washington that should not be missed, so book now for a cultural, historical and fun activity!

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Washington DC Dinner Cruise
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Come aboard Washington's premier dining ship! This 3-hour dinner cruise takes you along the Potomac River for panoramic views of the nation's greatest monuments as you dine on a freshly prepared 3-course dinner.

The boat's unique design allows you to travel beneath the historic bridges spanning the Potomac River, while the glass-atrium dining rooms offer spectacular views.

Dressed in your most festive attire, arrive early and enjoy a cocktail. You'll discover the ship's unique elegance is merely a taste of the experience to come. The Captain and crew will greet you as you step aboard, and the ship's photographer will record the moment for your party. Once on deck, your hostess will greet you and escort you to your private table, where your wait staff will introduce themselves and give you the opportunity to decide how you'd like them to pace your service.

The boat has three climate-controlled dining rooms, an open-air deck to explore and a distinctive atmosphere that's reminiscent of the European canal ships. Be sure to visit the Captain's bridge, open to all passengers throughout most of the cruise.

The menu of creative seasonal starters, entrees and desserts is freshly prepared onboard daily, perfectly complemented by an excellent wine list. With soft piano music, spacious dance floors and live music provided by a five-piece band, the entertainment doesn't end until well after the ship returns to the marina. Dance to everything from classic jazz to contemporary favorites.

As you depart, feeling relaxed and refreshed, you'll find your boarding photo ready for purchase.

Please see below for sample dinner menu.

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Washington DC Segway Tour
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As you cruise through the Nation's Capital, past the monuments, White House and American icons, you will receive a great orientation, informative historical and current-day information, heaps of unique and fascinating stories, fantastic photo ops and superb personal service from your guide. The Segway is the first of its kind - It's new, it's cool and a ton of fun!

Your tour begins with a 30-minute training session to learn the basics of maneuvering the Segway scooter. Once under way, visit Washington D.C. highlights, including: the U.S. Capitol Building, the White House, the National Museum of Natural History, Ford's Theater, the National Air and Space Museum, the Washington Monument, and many more!

Your tour guide also takes you past the White House, United States Capitol, Washington Monument, Smithsonian Castle, Lincoln Memorial, Pennsylvania Avenue, National Galleries of Art, Vietnam Memorial, WWII Memorial, Korean Memorial, Old Executive Office Building and The National Mall. Throughout the tour, the guide provides both the history and stories surrounding the sites and makes sure plenty of photo opportunities are available.

All tours are limited in size with 1 guide so you can count on a great, intimate experience. Discover what it's like to be a celebrity as everyone turns to watch you glide by!

All riders must be at least 16 years of age to participate.

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Washington DC Sunset Dinner Cruise with Buffet
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Experience the Potomac River on a sunset dinner, dancing and sightseeing cruise, where you'll see Washington DC's famous skyline from a luxury boat. As your journey down the river, you'll enjoy a delicious, all-you-can-eat buffet, a cabaret-style revue and a DJ spinning your favorite songs.

Board this sleek, five-deck, luxury cruise ship and cruise for a fun night of dinner, dancing and sightseeing in Washington DC. As you journey down the waters of the Potomac River, you'll be treated to Washington DC's magnificent sunset views.

Enjoy the all-you-can-eat, fine-dining buffet in an elegant dining room while being entertained by a cabaret performance captivates of song, dance and comedy.

After dinner, feel free to wander the ship's decks and take a romantic stroll to enjoy more of the twinkling DC skyline. Or hit the dance floor as the DJ spins your favorite songs. Along the way, you'll pass by Washington DC's popular attractions like the Washington Monument, the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, the Admiral's Row colonial town homes and more.

Bring your camera – the views on this Washington DC sunset cruise are not to be missed.

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Washington DC Power Pass™
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See more, save more with the Washington DC Power Pass! For one low price, you will receive free entry to all of the most exciting attractions and tours in town - with a combined value of over US$500 in admission fees.

Your Washington DC Power Pass also includes a colorful guide with maps, travel instructions, attraction descriptions and operating hours.

Washington DC Power Pass includes free admission to (subject to change):

  • The International Spy Museum - now featuring "Exquisitely Evil: 50 Years of Bond Villains"
  • National Building Museum
  • Crime Museum in Washington, DC.
  • Madame Tussauds
  • The Newseum
  • Open Top Sightseeing Hop on Hop off - Yellow Route
  • Bike and Roll Bike Rental*
  • Woodrow Wilson House
  • Potomac River Boat*
  • Tudor Place
  • AudioSteps MP3 Audio Tours
  • Washington DC TV and Movie Sites Bus Tour*
  • Shop and Play at Tysons Corner Center
  • Dulles Golf Center
  • Discovery Creek Children's Museum, The Stables at Glen Echo Park
  • The Phillips Collection
  • Guided Washington DC Walking Tours
  • The Kreeger Museum
  • Marian Koshland Science Museum
  • The Textile Museum
  • The Corcoran Gallery of Art
  • Allsports Grand Prix Go Kart Racing

How it works
You can purchase a Washington DC Power Pass for one, two, three or five days, valid on consecutive days only. Present your Washington DC Power Pass at the ticket window of each attraction or tour. Each participating location can be visited once per day, and your pass will be activated at the first participating location visited.

* These items are seasonal and may not be available year-round.

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