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Washington DC: Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

1. Washington DC: Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

Visit iconic and historic landmarks in Washington, DC, and enjoy sweeping views from open-top buses. Take advantage of the freedom to explore and hop on and hop off at any stop on two routes around the city. Venture out and discover Washington D.C on an incredible multi-sensory digital art service with Artechouse or take an adventure on two wheels on a bike where you can leisurely ride along the city. The Red Loop, the official tour of the National Mall, visits historic sites, monuments, and landmarks including the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, US Capitol, and much more. The Blue Loop transports you across the Potomac to visit the venerable Arlington Cemetery. See the iconic sights of DC including: • The White House • Washington Monument • Lincoln Memorial • US Capitol • Jefferson Memorial • National Cathedral • Arlington Cemetery

Washington, DC: African American History Tour

2. Washington, DC: African American History Tour

Go back in time to some of the most iconic moments from the civil rights movement with this fascinating African American history tour of Washington DC. Discover some of history's most captivating moments and allow your guide to paint a picture of the city from the African American perspective. Get picked up at the U.S. Navy Memorial and head to monuments such as the Emancipation Statue, Howard Theatre, and vibrant local black communities. Stand where Martin Luther King stood when he gave his famous "I have a dream" address and feel the weight of the world on your shoulders. After taking a glimpse into the past at the Home of Frederick Douglas, proceed to Howard University - one of the oldest black universities in the United States. On the way to Howard University, you will drive by Lincoln Park to visit the statue of educator, activist, and founder of the National Council of Negro Women - Mary McLeod Bethune. Following your visit to the beautiful Howard University campus, drive through Le Driot Park, Shaw Neighborhood, and Historic “U” Street. Home to the largest urban African American community in the United States in the early 1900’s, it created its own “Black Broadway” - a home to entertainment legends from the past and present.  Next, see the African American Civil War Memorial and Museum to discover how the course of the Civil War was impacted by these disenfranchised soldiers. You will then take a journey into downtown DC to the sites of the national headquarters of the National Council of Negro Women, Freedom Plaza on Pennsylvania Avenue, the White house and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. Once downtown, enter the Logan Circle historic district to see the historic Metropolitan AME Church and the Mary McLeod Bethune Council house. Finish the tour at the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Enter inside and explore the absorbing artifacts and exhibits at your leisure.

Washington DC Monuments by Night Bike Tour

3. Washington DC Monuments by Night Bike Tour

Bike to the major sights of Washington, D.C. on a guided tour after dark. Enjoy America’s capital city at night, when the air is cooler, the monuments are crowd-free, and the illuminated views are magnificent. As dusk sweeps the city and the memorials and monuments light up magnificently, your guide will take you through the National Mall and around the Tidal Basin near the Washington Monument, the war memorials, the Lincoln Memorial, the FDR Memorial, and the Jefferson Memorial. Along the way you’ll have the opportunity to learn about each of the sights, and also a few minutes to walk through the memorials and experience them on foot. This 4-mile ride is rated as easy, covering mostly flat terrain. All riders are provided with reflective vests and safety lights.

Washington DC: Small-Group 3-Hour Night Tour

4. Washington DC: Small-Group 3-Hour Night Tour

Experience the history and culture of the nation’s capital on this comprehensive, 3-hour, small-group tour. You will travel in a comfortable vehicle, complete with phone chargers, umbrellas, and a flat-screen TV. This tour is lead by a Professional Guide. You will encounter such sites as the US Capitol building, the White House, the National Mall, Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial & World War II Memorial. You will also drive past several Smithsonian Museums, the FBI Headquarters, the US Treasury, and much more.

Washington DC: Sightseeing Segway Tour

5. Washington DC: Sightseeing Segway Tour

Segway the sites in Washington, D.C. on this guided tour. Experience an overview of all the important places in the nation's capital city, via your own personal Segway. Zip around the sidewalks and streets of downtown Washington, D.C. on this two-wheeled motorized vehicle. After a 30-minute introduction to operating your Segway, strap on your helmets and set off on your adventure. Learn about the sites, history, and stories behind the National Mall, Capitol Hill, and surrounding area as you pass by the White House on a ride down Pennsylvania Avenue. Continue on to see the various memorials, and receive some tips on fun off-the-mall places to check out. Enjoy the fresh air and explore the history and architecture of DC at a leisurely pace.

Washington DC: National Mall Night Bus Tour

6. Washington DC: National Mall Night Bus Tour

Admire the atmospheric landmarks of the capital from an open-top or glass-top bus as the sun sets on Washington, DC. Take a trip to the twilight zone with mesmerizing views of the city highlights at dusk. See the most famous monuments lit up, casting a glimmering glow over the city. Begin at the U.S. Navy Memorial, before heading through the half-light to capture views of the White House, the Korean War Memorial, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. Each monument features special illuminations at night, with regular opportunities to hop off and see the spectacular sculpture work up close, along with countless photo opportunities. Marvel at the full shimmering skyline at the start and endpoint of your tour, which also includes views of the twinkling Tidal Basin and Thomas Jefferson Memorial. Night tours don’t get much more magical than this, and pair perfectly with a day tour the following day.

Washington DC: 6-Hour Sightseeing Tour

7. Washington DC: 6-Hour Sightseeing Tour

Washington D.C. has so many monuments that sightseeing can be bewildering. But on this guided sightseeing bus tour, tour guides will take you up close and personal to treasured monuments while expert drivers navigate Washington traffic. Explore history and learn important facts with your guide throughout the tour, and have a chance to get off at each of the following stops to take pictures and get a closer look: • U.S. Capitol (exterior only) • White House (exterior only) • Martin Luther King, Jr Memorial • Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial • Korean Memorial • Vietnam Memorial • Vietnam Women's Memorial • World War II Memorial • The Iwo Jima Memorial (The Marine Corp Memorial) • Potomac River Cruise (included from March 25–October 15. When boat does not operate, the Jefferson Memorial will be added as a stop.) • Lincoln Memorial

Washington DC: Guided DC Bus Tour

8. Washington DC: Guided DC Bus Tour

Explore the best of Washington, DC on this small-group 8-hour tour including a reserved entrance to the U.S. Capitol Building and the National Archives Building! After an in-depth tour of the U.S. Capitol, you'll continue through the city to discover some of DC's most famous landmarks and attractions. Also stop at the Georgetown Waterfront for lunch and then proceed to take a 1- hour boat cruise of the Potomac River. With fully guided walks and plenty of photo opportunities, you'll see the best of DC on this VIP day tour. This tour is conducted in the customized glass-top or open-top convertible Mercedes Sprinter bus - offering unique panoramic views of Washington, DC.

Washington, DC: 3-Hour Holiday Lights Night-Time Bus Tour

9. Washington, DC: 3-Hour Holiday Lights Night-Time Bus Tour

Take in the illuminated beauty of some of Washington DC’s most famous buildings and monuments, with all their festive décor. Be in awe as you travel through the streets of America’s capital city with its twinkling lights. Your tour will be led by a licensed DC tourist guide who will share stories about the history of this national festival and its fun historic local roots. Your first stop will be the West Lawn to view the People’s Tree evergreen Christmas tree, which has been displayed on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol building since 1964. Each year, the lighting of this tree marks the start of the holiday season on Capitol Hill. This majestic illuminated tree shining in front of the U.S. Capitol is a unique and beautiful part of the Capitol’s holiday season. Next stop is the White House Ellipse, where you will disembark the bus to visit D.C.'s own Pageant of Peace, which symbolizes America’s wish for peace around the world. The centerpiece of the Pageant is the National Christmas Tree decorated with thousands of beautiful twinkling lights. With the backdrop of the White House, it is one of the most glorious holiday sites in D.C. Radiating out from the National Christmas Tree are 56 additional Christmas trees, decorated with hand-made ornaments from each state, territory, and the District of Columbia. A life-size nativity scene and 20 foot tall Menorah are also on the Ellipse. There will also be a stop in the historic Georgetown area to visit one of the installations of the GLOW Light Art Exhibition, which is an outdoor multi-site exhibition featuring national and international pieces of art using light in creative and innovative ways. You will also get a glimpse of the holiday decorations along the main shopping street of this exclusive quaint neighborhood, which was founded in the 17th-century. Along the way, you will experience breathtaking views of the National Mall, with a clear view of both the Washington Monument and the U.S. Capitol Building, which is a photographer’s dream.

Washington DC: National Mall & National Gallery Guided Tour

10. Washington DC: National Mall & National Gallery Guided Tour

This tour is one of the best ways to visit DC’s iconic sites including the White House. Explore the history of the nation’s capital, as well as the monuments and memorials of the National Mall that feature figures like George Washington (the Washington Monument) and Abraham Lincoln (the Lincoln Memorial). Your engaging private guide will share the stories about the major players and events in American history that have earned memorials on the Mall, including the Korean War, World War II and Vietnam.  After a break, visit the National Gallery of Art and follow your guide through one of America’s best collections of artwork produced by Renaissance artists, French Impressionists and great American painters. See works from Claude Monet, Raphael, Gilbert Stuart, Vincent Van Gogh and Edgar Degas, as well as more modern artists like Picasso, Pollock, Warhol and O’Keefe, as you learn what’s really behind the creation of some of these pieces. Some pieces you’ll see on this tour include Ginevra de’ Benci by Leonardo da Vinci, Self Portrait by Vincent Van Gogh and Woman with a Parasol by Claude Monet. Listen as your guide fills you in on the techniques behind some of the paintings, as well as some of the history and scandals that happened because of them.

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What people are saying about National Mall

This was a wonderful experience and a great way to see and experience all of the monuments. Our tour guide, Chris, was funny and knowledgeable about everywhere we stopped! Would 10/10 recommend.

The tour was more than I expected. The tour guide, Mr. Que, was phenomenal! It was for my birthday and it was fantastic. I will definitely use tours again!

The Guide was very knowledgeable and explained what we were looking at. The bus was comfortable and took us at interesting places.

Very informative and provides a prospective and experience of the city that couldn’t get otherwise.

It was a great tour I learned lot about Washington DC.