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Best Sightseeing Tours in Washington DC


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Washington DC sightseeing tours allow visitors to explore the city and learn about our national treasures while enjoying entertaining anecdotes. Tours are so popular in the nation's capital that there is a wide variety to choose from including everything from neighborhood walking tours to bike tours to personalized shuttles around the city. Here are the best of Washington, DC tours:

Old Town Trolley
Enjoy a narrated tour of Washington DC covering over 100 points of interest, including the Lincoln Memorial, Georgetown, Washington National Cathedral, the White House, the museums of the Smithsonian Institution, and Vietnam Veteran's Memorial. On and off privileges at 17 stops allow you to tour at your own pace.

Monuments by Moonlight
Old Town Trolley Tours show you the sights of Washington, DC after hours on its 2 ½ hour tour. Enjoy the sights of the illuminated monuments and memorials, the Capitol Building, the White House and Georgetown. Stops include: FDR Memorial, the Iwo Jima Memorial and the Lincoln and Vietnam Veteran's Memorials. Hear entertaining stories and learn of the ghosts whose spirits haunt our nation's capital.

Open Top Big Bus Tour
The hop on hop off Washington DC tour offers 4 routes to see the most popular sites around the nation’s capital. The open top deck of a double-decker bus offers great views of the White House, the Capitol, the national memorials, National Cathedral, Arlington Cemetery and more. Learn about the city's history by listening to the entertaining and informative commentary. Ticket options are available for 24 or 48 hours giving visitors the flexibility to tour at their own pace.

DC By Foot
Free walking tours of the Washington, DC's monuments include a fast paced and engaging presentation by young and energetic tour guides. The guides work exclusively for tips ensuring that you enjoy the experience. You'll hear unique and legendary stories about George Washington's love for dogs, the indestructibility of the President's car, why French women loved Thomas Jefferson and much more. Private tours are available as well.

Ghost Tours in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia
Take a walking tour and hear ghost stories and legends about infamous haunted places such as Lafayette Square Park, Historic Alexandria or downtown Annapolis. Find spooky tours around the region.

DC Ducks
Climb aboard an authentic, fully restored 1942 "Duck" and see the sites of Washington DC. Ninety minute tours begin at Union Station, continue to the National Mall where you'll see the city’s monuments and Smithsonian Museums. The tour concludes with a cruise along the Potomac River all in the same vehicle!

Washington DC Capital Bike Tours
Enjoy a tour of Washington DC while riding a bike. Learn about the city's monuments, museums and other sites from the seat of a 21-speed mountain bike. Visit the most popular sites of the National Mall, including the Lincoln Memorial, White House, Washington Monument, Supreme Court, Union Station, the Capitol and more. Trailers are available for young children.

Segway Tours
Segway tours are the hip new way to explore Washington, DC! Cruise past the monuments, the Smithsonian museums, the White House, the Capitol and more as your guide entertains you with stories and historical facts about the nation’s capital. A Segway is a self-balancing, personal transportation device that's fun and easy to operate.

OnBoard Washington DC Tours
Take a tour with personalized attention while visiting the Capitol Building, the White House and most of Washington, DC's monuments. Tour guides get on and off the shuttle and offer insight into the city's top attractions. Day and Evening tours are available as well as private tours.

Washington DC Cruises along the Potomac River
For a different view of Washington DC, take a cruise along the Potomac River and see breathtaking views of the Kennedy Center, Watergate, the Washington Monument, the U. S. Capitol, the Jefferson Memorial and more.

Food Tours in Washington DC
Sample a variety of local foods at Washington DC restaurants, cafes and public markets while exploring historic neighborhoods such as Capitol Hill, Georgetown, U Street and nearby Old Town Alexandria.

Photo Tours of Washington DC
Want to develop your photography skills while sightseeing? Washington DC is a bustling city with all kinds of photo opportunities. A professional photographer will teach you how to take great pictures while you visit the city's most popular attractions.

Georgetown Tours
Explore the oldest and most famous neighborhood of Washington, DC. Take a tour of Georgetown and see historic homes, the C & O Canal, the prestigious Georgetown University, and more.

Ford's Theatre Walking Tours
During the spring and summer months, Ford's Theatre Society offers History on Foot walking tours, which are guided by actors playing characters from Civil War Washington. Learn about the life of Abraham Lincoln on a unique tour of downtown Washington DC.

Spy City Tours
This interactive tour launched by the International Spy Museum combines a Washington, DC city tour and espionage. See more than 25 of Washington's most notable espionage sites used by some of the nation's infamous spies from the World Wars to the Cold War to the present.

Pedicab Tours
On a nice day, take a bicycle-powered taxi ride around the national landmarks and enjoy the amazing architecture of the nation's capital. Customize your own tour and explore wherever you want to with a licensed driver.

More Walking Tours
A walking tour is great way to see the city and to learn about the history, architecture, and famous people of a particular neighborhood. These tours are usually composed of small groups and can be targeted to your specific interests.

More About Washington, DC

Looking for more Washington, DC information? Start with the Washington, DC Home Page, where you'll find current features and an in depth guide to everything you want to know about the DC/Capital region.

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