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Washington DC: Hop-On, Hop-Off Open-Top Bus Landmarks Tour

1. Washington DC: Hop-On, Hop-Off Open-Top Bus Landmarks Tour

Visit iconic and historic landmarks in Washington DC and gain sweeping views on the open-top buses with the freedom to explore and hop on and hop off at any and all stops on the three routes around the city. The Red Loop, the official tour of the National Mall, visits historic sites and landmarks including the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, US Capitol, and many more. Ready to shop and learn more about the history in Washington, DC? The Blue Loop will transport you across the Potomac to visit Arlington Cemetery and through the history (and to the shops + restaurants) of the beautiful Georgetown. Don’t worry about getting to the Blue and Red Loops from popular hotels. The Yellow Loop provides pickups and drop-offs during the times of operation at over half-a-dozen hotels in the area, with stops overlapping the Red and Blue loops for ease of transfer. Only a short stay in Washington, DC? The Classic Iconic Washington, DC Landmarks by Day ticket provides you 1-day hop-on, hop-off access to all three of Big Bus Tours loops on Open-Top buses. Staying a little longer? Choose between the Premium or Deluxe Iconic Washington, DC Landmarks by Day tickets. Both provide you 2-day hop-on, hop-off access to all three of Big Bus Tour loops on the Open-Top buses.  With your Deluxe ticket, enjoy your unlimited 2-day hop-on hop-off access of Big Bus' Tour around the National Mall. With this ticket you'll also be getting a 90-minute panoramic night tour which allows you to see the beautiful landmarks illuminated at night.

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Washington DC: Walking Tour and African American Museum

2. Washington DC: Walking Tour and African American Museum

Meet your guide at the White House and begin your tour of Washington DC. From the outside, learn about the history of the White House and the people who inhabited it. Your local guide will share stories about America’s history and the influence of African Americans in DC. Next, see the Capitol One, one of the most architecturally impressive buildings in the world. Hear about the neoclassical United States Capitol, which is home to the House of Representatives and Senate. Finally, your guide will take you to the Washington Monument. Made of white marble and 550-feet tall, the obelisk is an iconic Washington DC landmark. After the walking tour, use your reserved entry tickets to visit the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Explore the museum on your own at your own pace.

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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History Guided Tour

3. Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History Guided Tour

Let your guide help you navigate through the over 145 million specimens at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History with on this tour. Discover an extensive collection of human artifacts, dinosaur bones, preserved plants, and animals. Meet your tour guide outside of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and begin your tour. Go directly to the collection highlights without getting lost. Save time and energy by visiting with a guide that knows the museum well. Listen to additional commentary on exhibits from your guide. See the world's most extensive collection of natural history specimens and human artifacts. View dinosaur remains and tools used by early humans. Admire unusual gemstones and ancient mummies.

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From NYC: Spanish Language Day Trip to Washington DC

4. From NYC: Spanish Language Day Trip to Washington DC

Journey from NYC to Washington on a full-day trip to see the sights of the nation’s capital with a Spanish-speaking guide. Visit the most important monuments, memorials and buildings you’ll recognize from TV and films. Head down South from NYC in a comfortable air-conditioned bus, passing through New Jersey and Delaware, with a stop in Delaware to stretch your legs and use the restrooms. Continue on past Maryland until Arlington, Virginia. The tour starts properly at Arlington National Ceremony, where the tour guide will take you to Kennedy’s grave and explore with you the lush grounds. Then, head to the Iwo Jima memorial, with time to take photos. During the whole journey, your guide will tell you interesting facts about the city.   Next, head to Washington DC across the Potomac River. Pass along Constitution Avenue where you’ll see the State Department, the Institute of Peace, and the Albert Einstein Memorial. Go to the National Mall and walk with your guide to places that have been featured in movies and TV series. See the Korean War Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Vietnam War Memorial. You’ll recognize the Reflecting Pool from Forrest Gump. You’ll also see the most-visited monument in the city, the World War II Memorial.   Back on the bus, you’ll continue to view offices of important organizations such as the Organization of American States, the American Red Cross, and the Treasury Department until you finally reach the White House. Take some time to take pictures in the gardens before continuing on to see the FBI buildings, the National Archives, and more. Your final stop will be the Air and Space Museum, where you’ll have some free time to visit the exhibits, have lunch, and take photos of the Capitol Building. On the way back to NYC, you’ll be treated to a night-time panoramic view of NYC from New Jersey. 

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Washington DC: Monuments by Moonlight Nighttime Trolley Tour

5. Washington DC: Monuments by Moonlight Nighttime Trolley Tour

See the most popular monuments of the U. S. capital illuminated at night on a 2.5-hour trolley tour! The route follows streets that have been traveled by presidents and makes stops at the Lincoln Memorial, the Martin Luther King Memorial, and the Iwo Jima Memorial. A professional tour guide will entertain and inform you with stories about the Capitol’s colorful past. You’ll hear tales about the curse of the Hope Diamond and the restless spirits who make the city their home. You’ll also hear about the Medal of Honor winner whose leg was amputated. He donated the leg to a museum and would frequently go to the museum to visit it! Trolley stops:  • FDR Memorial  • Lincoln Memorial  • Vietnam Veteran Memorial  • Korean War Memorial  • Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial  • Iwo Jima Marine Corps Memorial  Washington turns into a very different place after dark, and with the Monuments by Moonlight tour you’ll see the city in just the right light!

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Washington, DC: African American History Tour

6. Washington, DC: African American History Tour

This tour will explore the rich and often untold history of African Americans in the nation’s capital. This tour highlights significant areas starting with a drive to Cedar Hill in the historic community of Anacostia - home of the famous freed slave and abolitionist Frederick Douglass, a renowned civil right activist, lawyer, and writer during his life. 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. The tour ends in front of the African American History and Culture Museum where you will learn about Civil Rights heroes and icons who changed the history of this Nation.

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Washington DC: Museum of the Bible Exclusive Early Admission

7. Washington DC: Museum of the Bible Exclusive Early Admission

Steps from the National Mall, the Museum of the Bible is an innovative, global, and educational institution with the purpose to invite all people to engage with the Bible. Showcasing rare and fascinating artifacts spanning 3,500 years of history, the museum offers visitors an immersive and personalized experience with the Bible, and its ongoing impact on the world. Admission includes access to 7 floors of informative and interactive displays and exhibits including a 12-minute film immersing viewers in the remarkable story of how the followers of Jesus grew into a thriving community and a 30-minute Hebrew Bible experience, where viewers encounter significant narratives including the stories of Noah's ark, the burning bush, and the Passover. This ticket allows you to explore the museum without the crowds with exclusive early access to the Museum from 9 AM, 1 hour before the Museum is open to the General Public at 10 AM (except on Sundays, when there is no Early Access). You also have the option to upgrade your ticket to include the 6-minute “Washington Revelations” Flight Simulator video. Take a dazzling, multi-sensory tour, "flying" past biblical references in and around Washington, D.C., from the Lincoln Memorial to the Library of Congress. Guests must be at least 42” in height to purchase this option.

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Washington DC: 2-Hour National Mall Tour by Electric Vehicle

8. Washington DC: 2-Hour National Mall Tour by Electric Vehicle

Glide around the streets of Washington DC on a guided tour by a battery-operated eCruiser. See all the major monuments of the US capital, like the Capitol Hill, the White House, and the Lincoln Memorial. Start your tour at the impressive Smithsonian complex and pass the famous monuments to Jefferson, Lincoln, and Washington. Pay tribute to the veterans of World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. Continue past the most famous Washington landmark of all – the White House. As you meander, listen to stories and tales of Washington’s history from your guide. Get tips and advice on any upcoming events you might be interested in. Finally, feast your eyes on the buildings of Capitol Hill and learn the history behind them. End your tour on a high note by asking your guide for an amazing lunch spot before exploring the rest of DC on your own.

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Washington DC: Night Under the Stars Bus & Walking Tour

9. Washington DC: Night Under the Stars Bus & Walking Tour

See the city of Washington lit up with the dreamy glow of the stars on this exclusive 3-hour night guided night bus/walking tour. As you travel in comfort through the streets of DC and walk through its most important sights, hear the tales of its fascinating history from your knowledgeable live guide. From the Capitol to the White House and Lincoln Memorial and most everything in between, you'll experience Washington lit up at its nighttime best — with the beautiful structures and reflections of light on the water for which this beautiful city is known.  The memorials and monuments you will get off the bus with your tour guide include: • U. S. Capitol ( Exterior photo stop only) • White House ( Exterior photo stop only) • Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial • Korean Memorial • Lincoln Memorial • Vietnam Memorial • World War II Memorial • Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial

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Washington DC: African American History Museum Family Tour

10. Washington DC: African American History Museum Family Tour

Give your family a fantastic taste of African American History and Culture with a professional tour guide. Learn how before the creation of the National Mall and the nation’s capital, much of the land that is now Washington, D.C. was worked by enslaved Africans, your tour guide will take you then for a private tour at The National Museum of African American History and Culture. Your tour guide will focus on important highlights to keep children engaged and stop them from becoming overwhelmed and losing interest. During the tour, see how the stories, histories, and cultures of African Americans are shaped and informed by global influences. With your family, explore what it means to be an American and discover how American values like resiliency, optimism, and spirituality are reflected in African American history and culture.

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What people are saying about Washington, DC

Nur was extremely versed in the subject matter, friendly, attentative, and timely. We loved his level of customer service and would highly recommend him

Chris the driver and Tyrone the guide were as amazing as you could ask for! This was really a great time! Thanks big time to Chris and Tyrone!

Nur was an great tourist!! We loved learning and moreover how he taught history to us!!

SUPER great tour guide and great way to see the DC memorials in one day!

Great tour. Very interesting and fun too! Recommend.