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Best of DC Including US Capitol, National Archives Reserved Access, White House and Lincoln Memorial

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Experience Washington DC’s most sought-after attractions like a true VIP insider. Beat the long lines and enjoy reserved entry to the US Capitol Building for a tour of the home of Congress. Plus, gain priority entry into the National Archives Building for an exclusive look at the original Bill of Rights, Declaration of Independence and US Constitution. You'll also see famous DC landmarks including the White House and the Lincoln Memorial.
  • 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.
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Important Information
Departure Point
68 First St SE, Washington, DC 20004, USA
Departure Time
8:30 AM
Return Details
700 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20408, USA
  • Luxury Tour Bus
  • Potomac River cruise (Seasonal: March 24 to October 16)
  • Lunch
  • Tickets to the U.S. Capitol Building
  • Tickets to the National Archives Building
  • Entry/Admission - U.S. Capitol
  • Entry/Admission - Potomac River
  • Entry/Admission - L'Enfant Plaza
  • Entry/Admission - The National Archives Museum
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • 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
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed yesterday

Terrible tour. My wife and I were left behind at the first stop. When we talked to the operator we were told to take a cab to hunt them down, no thanks, I’m waiting on a refund.

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This was a fascinating tour, led by a very enthusiastic and engaging guide (Jamal?) with so much local knowledge. It was a great way to see a lot of DC without having to plan visits yourself - it took you to all the main sights...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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USAGuidedTours, Guest Relations Manager at USA Guided Tours, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for the kind words! We are thrilled you had an enjoyable tour with Jamal. 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....More

Reviewed 3 days ago

This was the best way to see so much of Washington DC in a short period of time! Our tour guide Christopher grew up in and knew the area so well. He had so much knowledge of the early history of the United States, as...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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USAGuidedTours, General Manager at USA Guided Tours, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for the kind words! We are thrilled you had an enjoyable tour with Chris. He is among our best and we count on him to deliver a great experience for our guests. We hope you and your family will tour again with us...More

Reviewed 3 days ago

Christopher was a great tour guide! Very informative mixed the right amount of humor! Would recommend this tour to friends!More

Date of experience: August 2019
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USAGuidedTours, Guest Relations Manager at USA Guided Tours, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

We are thrilled you had an incredible experience with Chris! He is one of our best tour guides in the city and we are honored to have him apart of our team. He delivers a very informative tour however his twist of humor and appreciation...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Nick was our tour guide and Tracy was the driver. They make an excellent team. Nick was very personable, knowledgeable, and has a great sense of humor. Tracy was very adept at handling the bus and traffic. She was always waiting for us at a...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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USAGuidedTours, Guest Relations Manager at USA Guided Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

We are thrilled you had a great experience! Nick is one of our best and we are proud of the great job he does. His unique perspective and wealth of local history and twist of humor makes him one of the most sought after guides...More

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September 5, 2019|
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Response from Barbara C | Reviewed this property |
No. Everything goes through a security check. Especially the Capitol building. I even had to toss out my travel hairspray that was in my purse. Check your luggage in with your hotel concierge, then swing by to pick it up... More
August 24, 2019|
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Response from pavile2018 | Reviewed this property |
Someone already responded so I am confirming their response which stated "It’s a full day — 8:30 to 5ish. You don’t go inside the White House. You do go inside the Capitol but not into the House or Senate chambers."
August 22, 2019|
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Response from Carol P | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, but there are enough stops along the way to accommodate those needs
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