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Best of DC Tour - With Access to US Capitol Grounds & National Archives Building

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icon7 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Beat the long entrance lines and experience some of the most popular attractions in Washington, DC like an insider on this full-day sightseeing tour. Enjoy priority entry into the United States Capitol, the home of Congress. Then visit the National Archives Building, where the original Bill of Rights, the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution are on display. In between, see the city’s most famous landmarks and monuments, like the White House, the Lincoln Memorial and more.
  • Enjoy reserved, priority entrance to two of Washington DC's most sought-after attractions
  • See Washington DC’s major sites on a coach tour with guided walks for photo opportunities
  • Enjoy a leisurely cruise down the Potomac River (mid-March to mid-October)
  • Lunch of your choice at L'Enfant Plaza included

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

VIP-style entry to the Capitol and National Archives makes this the ideal tour for politics and history buffs.
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Luxury Tour Bus
Tickets to the National Archives Building
English-Speaking Live Tour Guide (on and off the bus)
Boat Cruise on the Potomac River (Seasonal: March 15 to October 15)
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Lunch

Departure Point

701 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004, USA

US Navy Memorial Plaza

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Meet the guide and the rest of the tour group at the US Capitol Visitor Center to begin this full-day tour of the US Capitol, a National Archives tour and a best of DC tour rolled into one.

Enjoy reserved entry into the United States Capitol for a guided walking tour of this historic building, home to the Senate and the House of Representatives. Watch a film on the history of government in the US, then continue exploring the building to learn about the country’s legislature. Along the way, see the Crypt, the large circular area on the first floor that supports the Rotunda, as well as National Statuary Hall, a chamber devoted to sculptures of prominent Americans and more.

Then return to the shuttle to look around and through the nation’s capital. See the outside of the United States Capitol and the White House, with stops at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, the Korean War Veterans Memorial, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. Along the way, hear the historic stories and facts that make the city of Washington, DC one of the most popular tourist destinations in the United States.

This tour also features a scenic, seasonal boat cruise along the Potomac River (mid-March to mid-October only).

A choice of lunch options (included) are available at L'Enfant Plaza.

At the end of the tour, gain priority entrance into the National Archives Building for an up-close look at the original Bill of Rights, the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution. These historic documents are housed in the Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom. Also, enjoy access to the Public Vaults, a permanent exhibit gallery with fascinating original records, like Abraham Lincoln's telegrams to his generals, and much more.

The tour concludes at the National Archives Building.

Please note that the US Capitol Building is currently closed for indoor tours. Guests will be able to view the exterior building and grounds. However, entry is not included until further notice from the Architect of the Capitol and United States Capitol Visitor Center.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
United States Navy Memorial and Naval Heritage Center
The tour starts and ends at the US Navy Memorial Plaza at 701 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
U.S. Capitol
CURRENTLY CLOSED! Please note that the US Capitol Building is currently closed for indoor tours. Guests will be able to view the exterior building and grounds. However, entry is not included until further notice from the Architect of the Capitol and United States Capitol Visitor Center.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial
This brand new memorial completed in 2020 is dedicated to massive legacy of President Eisenhower with a large wall depicting the cliffs of Normandy behind the simple memorial designed by iconic American designer Frank Gehry.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
White House
On your way to the next stop - the White House (outside tour only), you will pass the Newseum, the Canadian Embassy, and the National Gallery of Art. When arriving at the White House (outside only), you will see the Executive Residence of the President and his family, as well as the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. This stop also includes a walk past Lafayette Park, honoring the Marquis de Lafayette, leader of French revolutionary forces.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Jefferson Memorial
Guided tour of Jefferson Memorial.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial
Guided tour of Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) Memorial, which will transport you back in time to the years of 1933-1945.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
National World War II Memorial
Guided tour of WWII Memorial.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Lincoln Memorial
Guided stop - Includes walking. This stop is conjoined with the one below. The Korean War Memorial is closed until 2022
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Guided tour of Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Includes walking. This stop is conjoined with the one above.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
Visit the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial – dedicated in 2011 – just across the Tidal Basin.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
The National Archives Museum
Delight in reserved entrance into the National Archives Building!
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • 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
  • Tour Departure Times Are Subject to Change Due to Local Traffic Conditions
  • Please Arrive at the Meeting Point No Later Than 9:30 AM For Check-In
  • To encourage social distancing and to allow for additional space - all tour vehicles are running at 85% of the max allowable capacity
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • The United States Capitol Building is currently closed to the public. Guests will be able to view the exterior building and grounds. However, entry is not included until further notice from the Architect of the Capitol and United States Capitol Visitor Center.
  • No food allowed on buses (snacks are fine!)
  • 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 Best of DC Tour - With Access to US Capitol Grounds & National Archives Building?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Best of DC Tour - With Access to US Capitol Grounds & National Archives Building.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Best of DC Tour - With Access to US Capitol Grounds & National Archives Building?
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 Best of DC Tour - With Access to US Capitol Grounds & National Archives Building.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Best of DC Tour - With Access to US Capitol Grounds & National Archives Building?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Best of DC Tour - With Access to US Capitol Grounds & National Archives Building.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Best of DC Tour - With Access to US Capitol Grounds & National Archives Building?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Best of DC Tour - With Access to US Capitol Grounds & National Archives Building.

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Traveler Tips


  • "It is expensive it is eight hours but you get what you paid for." See review
  • "If you take this tour note the night tour of the memorials is not needed." See review

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1,193 Reviews

Reviews by Viator travelers

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star-5
History Buffs
Mathew_R
, Jan 2022
Awesome tour for anyone looking to visit the Capitol. Highly suggested if you want to see a lot of stuff in one day.
star-5
Great Job!
Kim_F
, Jan 2022
Me freezing, lol! I’m from south Texas and here in January. But our tour guide, Nick, was excellent and accommodated the tourist’s requests. Sights of course were amazing.
star-5
Best day tour!
Kelsey_S
, Jan 2022
Nick was a wonderful tour guide! We left on time and he gave wonderful information and kept it fun. We didn’t feel rushed and saw so many things it would have been difficult to see on our own in a day. Highly recommend USA Tours. It was booked easily via Viator and the whole thing was a breeze.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Thanks for the kind words, Kelsey_S! We set a high bar for ourselves to deliver a wonderful and unique tour experience for each of our guests. It's always nice to hear that we delivered on our promise. Hope to see you again soon.
star-5
Viator tours made it so easy!
Nicole_S
, Dec 2021
7hrs flew by and was never bored despite the 36F temp. day. Larry our tour guide has that uncanny sense of humor that didn't get old one bit. Full of info, native of DC, he kept us engaged especially with the breakdown by no. of minutes we spent at each step. I wish we had seen the front of the Captial building and maybe closer views to the Washington monument and White house, but still, so much seen in one day. Believe the reviews about viator tours, booked their Arlington tour and was just as great!
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Nicole_S, we are thrilled you had a great experience with one of our best team members! It is feedback like yours that makes us number one. Thank you for the opportunity to share our fine city with you. We hope you'll visit again soon.
star-5
Excellent tour!
Nadia_M
, Dec 2021
This tour was excellent! It was everything and more than we expected! Larry, our tour guide, was the BEST! He was awesome! He was very knowledgeable, friendly, patient and professional! The information he provided us at each stop was great. Larry kept us engaged and answered all of our questions! This is a wonderful tour to see all the most important sites in the city. I would recommend it!
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Thanks for the feedback Nadia_M! Our people are what sets us apart and it sounds like you experienced the great service we are famous for. Larry is one of our best and we will share your compliments with them. Safe travels.
star-5
Washington DC 7 Hour Tour 12/2021
Douglas_R
, Dec 2021
When booking a 7 hour tour you right away wonder if it’s gonna drag or not be entertaining. But this was not the case. This tour was amazing. Not only did we see so many attractions. We had an amazing tour guide in Joey and our driver Milton was amazing. The knowledge Joey had of everything and anything about Washington DC was amazing. She was the perfect tour guide. We enjoyed the whole tour and could have gone even longer if she wanted. It was the best day. Plus your not on the bus a lot. You do a decent amount of walking which really makes the tour perfect. 5 stars and a huge shout out to Joey & Milton !!!!!!!!
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Thank you for the kind words, Douglas_R! We are happy to hear you had a great tour with Joey and Milton. They are two of our best and we are so proud of them. They definitely make seeing The nation's capital a fun and informative experience. Hope to see you again soon! We will save a seat for you.
star-5
Loved this Tour!
Brittany_M
, Dec 2021
Our tour guide was AMAZING! Best tour I’ve been on by far. Nick was very knowledgeable and funny. Thanks for a great time!
star-5
Book it!!
Barbara_K
, Dec 2021
Not like any history class you’ve Ever taken! Nick our guide was wonderful. Managed the tour group, elements and kept us entertained. Highly recommend the six hour tour. We had a nice stop for lunch at the Washington Harbor instead Of a food court.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Thanks for the feedback! Our people are what sets us apart and it sounds like you experienced the great service we are famous for. Nick is one of our best and we will share your compliments with them. Safe travels.
star-5
Best tour ever
Kristi_B
, Dec 2021
Christopher was an amazing tour guide. He had so much knowledge of everything and was happy to answer any questions you had.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Thank you very much for the kind words! Christopher is one of our best and we are extremely proud of him. We are thrilled your tour experience with him was a great one. We hope you will tour with us again soon! We will save a seat for you. Safe travels.
star-5
Great Adventure
Allen_B
, Nov 2021
Nick, the tour guide was great, he had an enormous amount of historical facts about whatever monument we were visiting. For older folks be careful this adventure entails about 8500 steps. Some up and down stairs, as in the Lincoln Memorial.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Thanks for the feedback Allen_B! Our people are what sets us apart and it sounds like you experienced the great service we are famous for. NAME is one of our best and we will share your compliments with him. Safe travels.

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