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Best of DC Tour - With Access to US Capitol & National Archives Buildings provided by USA Guided Tours

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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from €106.76 per adult
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Last updated: 9 May 2021
A note from Best of DC Tour - With Access to US Capitol & National Archives Buildings
Face shields provided for travelers without masks To encourage social distancing and to allow for additional space - all tour vehicles are running at 50% of the max allowable capacity
What you can expect during your visit
Regular temperature checks for staff
Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
What you can expect during your visit
Regular temperature checks for staff
Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Gear/equipment sanitised between use
Face masks required for travellers in public areas
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Face masks provided for travellers
About
Save time and avoid hassles with this full-day Washington DC tour that provides priority access to landmarks such as the United States Capitol and the National Archives Building. Focus on the sights and your guide's commentary instead of traffic and directions as you shuttle in a luxury bus between Lincoln Memorial, the White House, and other important destinations. Seasonally, a Potomac River cruise and lunch are included.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 8h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 8h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
Priority access to National Archives and US Capitol Building saves time 
Transportation around DC landmarks eliminates the need to rent a car 
Comprehensive tour of city highlights allows an overview of DC in one day 
In-depth guide commentary teaches much more than you may learn on your own
What to expect
Exploring Washington DC can be overwhelming. This guided tour, which includes priority access to two popular sights, allows you to get a comprehensive overview of the nation's capital in a single day. Meet your group at the US Capitol Visitor Center, where you'll enjoy a skip-the-line walking tour of the Senate and House of Representatives. See the Crypt, Rotunda, and National Statuary Hall, as well as a film about the history of US government. Back on the shuttle, pass the White House on the way to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, United States Navy Memorial, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, and Korean War Veterans Memorial. At each stop, hop out to have a look around, take photos, and listen to informative commentary from your guide. Midday, head over to the Potomac River for a leisurely cruise (seasonal, mid-March to mid-October). Lunch of your choice is available at L'Enfant Plaza. The day's last stop is the National Archives Building, where you'll have priority access to see the Declaration of Independence, United States Constitution, the original Bill of Rights, and Public Vaults. Please note that the National Archives Bldg and Capitol Bldg are currently closed for indoor tours. We currently offer a reserved entry into the International Spy Museum and an inside tour of the White House Visitor Center as replacements.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 6349VIPDC
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
Luxury Tour Bus • at the newly renovated L'Enfant Plaza • Tickets to the U.S. Capitol Building (currently closed - see additional notes)) • Tickets to the National Archives Building (currently closed - see additional notes) • English-Speaking Live Tour Guide (on and off the bus) • Boat Cruise on the Potomac River • Walkthrough of the White House Visitor Center • Reserved Entry Into the International Spy Museum • Entry/Admission - White House Visitors Center • Entry/Admission - L'Enfant Plaza • Entry/Admission - Potomac River • Entry/Admission - International Spy Museum
Exclusions
Gratuities • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Duration
8h 30m
Departure details
68 First St SE, Washington, DC 20004, USA LIBRARY OF CONGRESS | Jefferson Building at Neptune Fountain
700 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20408, USA NATIONAL ARCHIVES BUILDING (INSIDE TOUR)
Inclusions
Luxury Tour Bus • at the newly renovated L'Enfant Plaza • Tickets to the U.S. Capitol Building (currently closed - see additional notes)) • Tickets to the National Archives Building (currently closed - see additional notes) • English-Speaking Live Tour Guide (on and off the bus) • Boat Cruise on the Potomac River • Walkthrough of the White House Visitor Center • Reserved Entry Into the International Spy Museum • Entry/Admission - White House Visitors Center • Entry/Admission - L'Enfant Plaza • Entry/Admission - Potomac River • Entry/Admission - International Spy Museum
Exclusions
Gratuities • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Departure details
68 First St SE, Washington, DC 20004, USA LIBRARY OF CONGRESS | Jefferson Building at Neptune Fountain
700 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20408, USA NATIONAL ARCHIVES BUILDING (INSIDE TOUR)
Duration
8h 30m
Return details
700 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20408, USA NATIONAL ARCHIVES BUILDING (INSIDE TOUR)
Additional information
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Not wheelchair accessible
Walking is involved to get an up-close look at the monuments; comfortable shoes are recommended.
Strollers may not be accommodated on tour
Security restrictions at the US Capitol Building and National Archives prevent any food or drinks being brought through security.
Please note: during peak season, security lines are long. As such, arriving ahead of time is highly encouraged
Best of DC - VIP Tour Might Be Sold Out on Busy Days (We Strongly Suggest Taking Our DC Deluxe Tour as Alternative)
Tour Departure Times Are Subject to Change Due to Local Traffic Conditions
Please Arrive at the Meeting Point No Later Than 8:00 AM For Check-In
Service animals allowed
Near public transportation
Infants must sit on laps
To encourage social distancing and to allow for additional space - all tour vehicles are running at 75% of the max allowable capacity
Please note that the US Capitol and the National Archives Buildings are currently closed for indoor tours. We currently offer a reserved entry into the International Spy Museum and an inside tour of the White House Visitor Center as replacements.
Most travellers can participate
This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travellers
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    68 First St SE
    68 First St SE, Washington, DC 20004, USA
    LIBRARY OF CONGRESS | Jefferson Building at Neptune Fountain
    See address & details
  • 1
    White House Visitors Center
    Stop: 15 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 2
    White House
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
    Pass by
    The National Archives Museum
    U.S. Capitol
  • 3
    National World War II Memorial
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
  • 4
    Jefferson Memorial
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
  • 5
    Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
  • 6
    L'Enfant Plaza
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 7
    Potomac River
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 8
    Lincoln Memorial
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
  • 9
    Korean War Veterans Memorial
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
  • 10
    Vietnam Veterans Memorial
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
See 2 more stops
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csboulger
Milltown, NJ3 contributions
DC in a day
Jun 2021 • Couples
Brittany & Thomas were wonderful, we covered a lot on the tour and I’d highly recommend ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️, great day
Written 8 June 2021
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Jeinne
1 contribution
Wonderful
Dec 2020 • Couples
Great and wonderful
Thank you for the great offer and stuff
Recommended to everyone really enjoyed
Kenni
Written 11 December 2020
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USAGuidedTours
Good Morning Jenne, Thank you very much for the kind words. Our team is one of the best and we are extremely proud and thrilled your tour experience with us was a great one; we hope you will tour with us again soon! We will save a seat for you, safe travels. Best Regards, Elizabeth M.
Written 12 December 2020
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Hong Kong, China699 contributions
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Written 4 April 2020
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Nicole K
1 contribution
Fabulous tour guides
Feb 2020 • Family
Fantastic tour guide! I highly recommend! My boys absolutely loved it. Chris was funny and interesting and made the entire trip feel like a 10 star experience!
Written 16 March 2020
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We're glad to hear you had a 10-star experience. Thanks for joining us.
Written 19 March 2020
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Sarah P
Plano, TX5 contributions
Great overview
Took this tour yesterday with 6 yr, 13 yr and 16 yr. It was a great tour. Just enough time at each location. Lots of information. Chris and Thomas were great.
Written 8 March 2020
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So glad to hear you all enjoyed it.
Written 19 March 2020
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SweetPea801
Findlay, OH40 contributions
Mr. Washington DC!!!
OMG...if you are looking for the complete Washington DC your, book this one!!! Also, ask for Nick!!! He was so full of information and I’m quite sure we just tapped the surface of his knowledge!!! He’s also quite funny!!! My husband and I gave him the nickname, Mr. Washington DC!!! You will see all the sights and learn a lot if you’re along with Nick for the tour!!! We had 1 days that the 4 in our travel party were available for a tour (1 had meeting all week) and we chose this tour so that he would get to see as much of DC as possible! Well, mission accomplished!!! Thanks for the memories!!!
Written 7 March 2020
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We appreciate your feedback of "Mr. Washington DC." We're so glad you enjoyed it and have the memories to keep.
Written 19 March 2020
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Marsha F
San Diego, California, United States15 contributions
One of the Best Tours of Washington, DC
Feb 2020
This is one of the best tours of Washington DC. The bus was new with large windows. The guide, Jamal, was one of the best tour guides I have ever experienced. He was super knowledgeable and shared the meaning and history of what we were seeing. I highly recommend USA Tours. It is the best.
Written 26 February 2020
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Thank you for the kind words! We are thrilled you had an enjoyable tour with Jamaal. His knowledge and love for the city allows him to deliver a memorable experience for our guests. We hope you and your family will tour again with us soon. Safe Travels, USA Guided Tours
Written 3 March 2020
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PLMIMom
2 contributions
Christopher and Thomas...The best way to see DC!
Jan 2020
Tour of monuments and memorials: WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, White House, Capitol, and the Archives Museum. Christopher is a wealth of information. Listen close, or you'll miss something. Throws a joke in periodically to keep things light. Really enjoyed the tour. So glad I didn't try to do it on my own... Certainly a must do. Don't forget to tip your driver and guide!! Thanks so much!
Written 26 January 2020
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Thanks for sharing about your great tour with Christopher and Thomas. We appreciate the love.
Written 5 February 2020
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Linda M
2 contributions
Chris and Thomas are the best!
Jan 2020 • Couples
My hubs and I did a short vacay to DC, and opted to do the Best of DC Tour. Chris has a good sense of humor and was very knowledge about DC. He was super chill and answered our questions with a lot of info. Thomas was quiet but a good driver. These guys are the best! A. Must. Do!!!!!!!
Written 25 January 2020
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Thank you for the feedback, at USA guided tours we aim to create an informative yet enjoyable experience for all of our guests. It sounds like you had an incredible tour with Chris & Thomas. I'm sure they will be pleased to hear how much you enjoyed your time with them. Thanks again for the great review! Safe Travels, USA Guided Tours
Written 28 January 2020
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Rachael
Slippery Rock, PA7 contributions
Awesome!
Jan 2020 • Family
It was cold, but the tour was awesome! Chris was so funny and very informative! We learned so much even on the journey to each monument. Tracy was a great driver, and she can sing! Her nickname, “Sunshine” is very fitting!!
Written 19 January 2020
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Thank you for the feedback. Our goal is to provide each of our clients with a special experience full of memories to last a lifetime. It is always great to hear that we did a great job! Chris and Tracy are a fantastic team and we will be sure to pass along your appreciation. Safe Travels, USA Guided Tours
Written 21 January 2020
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Awesome Sighting Seeing Tour! Nick is a Knowledgeable & Hilarious Tour Guide!
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Entertaining & Beautiful Evening Views
This tour was wonderful! Our guide, Nick was entertaining & informative sharing lots of historical anecdotes. The t
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You want this experience!
Yes! This is a great tour to do especially if you don’t want to do a lot of walking! We were in DC for the weekend
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Be ready for non organization and lots of walking.
We walked over 6 miles so be prepared. The tour people are so unorganized at the beginning and waste 35-40 minutes.
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Great tour
Our family of three did this tour last week and we had the best time! Our driver-Tony was great and our tour guide
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Fantastic!!
We loved our tour guide John!! We loved the passion he has for DC, its history, and the people here. He is passiona
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Great tour !
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Great experience
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DC at dusk
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DC tour at night is a must see!
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Unique and interesting
We had pickup and delivery right at our resort hotel. Our driver, Theo was excellent as was our narrator/tour guide
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Informative and engaging
Our tour guide John was very informative/knowledgeable. He also engaged the audience with his wit and sense of humo
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Great Tour with USA Guided Tours
The entire day was amazing. Edgar, our tour guide and driver, was excellent. He took us to Mount Vernon, Arlingto
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Wonderful
Nick was the best tour guide. Would highly recommend him and this tour to anyone wanting to get to know DC
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Best tour guide
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