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DC in a Day Tour

50 Massachusets Ave NE Washington, DC 20002 | 1-800-987-9852 | View Map  
DC in a Day Tour

This all-day tour will take you to some of the area's most popular monuments and museums, such as National Air and Space Museum, the Smithsonian Institute, the Capitol Building, the FBI Building, and the Library of Congress among various other stops along the tour.

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The tour lasts approximately 9 hours. The tour lasts approximately 9 hours.
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Stop by the White House Visitors Center where you can learn about the most famous house in America.

You'll also make stops at a number of our famous monuments and museums such as the World War II Memorial, the American History Museum, the U.S. Capitol, and the National Air and Space Museum. Combining these famous spots with the popular landmarks you'll see from the coach makes this tour the perfect way to absorb the essence of the DC area in just one nine-hour day.

Detailed Tour Itinerary
 Tour Stop at  Ford's Theater
Beginning in the 1860s, Ford's Theatre was used for various stage performances in Washington D.C., however the theatre is most memorable for being the site of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln in 1865. After the President's death the theatre was later used as a warehouse and office building. In 1968 the theatre was re-opened and renovated and once more in the 2009 in commemoration of President Lincoln's bicentennial.
 Drive By  The Ellipse
The Ellipse is the southern part of President's park known for its large open area surrounded by an oval drive. The development for the Ellipse began in the 1850s but was halted due to lack of funds and then the Civil War. The site for the Ellipse has been used for a variety of things throughout history including a trash dump, horse pens, slaughterhouse, and housing for Civil War soldiers. Today, the Ellipse is used for community gatherings including musical performances during the summer. In addition to local events, the Ellipse is home to several recreational activities and demonstrations.
 Drive By  House and Senate Office Buildings
The House and Senate office buildings, also known as the Congressional office buildings, are utilized by the U.S. Congress in order to add space to the limited room in the U.S. Capitol. In addition to housing the separate offices of each U.S. Representative and Senator, the Congressional Office Buildings have staff rooms, committee hearing rooms, and are connected to the Capitol by means of several underground trains.
 Drive By  Federal Triangle
Getting its name from the triangular area in which its formed in Washington D.C., the Federal Triangle is formed by 15th Street NW, Constitution NW, Pennsylvania Avenue NW, and E Street NW. The Federal Triangle is occupied by 10 large city and federal office buildings, all part of the Pennsylvania Avenue National Historic Site. The Federal Triangle Washington Metro station serves the Federal Triangle as well as surrounding areas.
 Drive By  Washington Monument
The most prominent and recognizable figure in Washington D.C., the Washington Monument is a 555-foot marble obelisk that honors the nation's founding father, George Washington. Washington led the Continental Army to victory and then went on to become the nation's first president.
 Drive By  U.S. Supreme Court Building
Completed in 1935, the Supreme Court Building is the quarters of the Supreme Court of the United States. The building is located in Washington D.C. at 1 First Street, NE under the jurisdiction of the Architect of the Capitol. In 1987 the building was designated a National Historic Landmark.
 Drive By  Tidal Basin
The man-made inlet bordering the Potomac River in Washington D.C. is known as the Tidal Basin. Created in the 19th Century as part of the West Potomac River to allow recreational space for visitors and locals as well as a means for draining the Washington Channel after high tide, the Tidal Basin is as famous as the monuments surrounding it.
 Tour Stop at  National Museum of American History
Collecting and preserving more than 3 million artifacts of American history and culture, from the War of Independence to present day, the National Museum of American History is absolute must for die-hard history fans. This world class museum offers a broad variety of exhibits that demonstrate the diversity of America's culture and fascinating history. Kids can have a blast at the Spark! Lab, where they can get hands-on inventing scientific creations and visitors of all ages will be moved by the chronicles of the President seen in the popular exhibit The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden.
 Tour Stop at  National Air and Space Museum
Visit the National Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C. for an unforgettable experience! Guests to the museum can take a journey through space or to natural and manmade wonders at the Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater or take a 20-minute tour of the universe at the Albert Einstein Planetarium. The National Air and Space Museum is continuously developing new exhibits on the history, science, and technology of aviation and space flight.
 Drive By  Jefferson Memorial
Dedicated to President Thomas Jefferson, the Jefferson Memorial in Washington D.C. is a neoclassical building designed by architect John Russell Pope. Construction of the building began in 1939 and was completed in 1943 with the bronze statue of President Jefferson added in 1947. The memorial is composed of marble steps, a circular colonnade of Ionic order columns, and a shallow dome.
 Drive By  FBI Building
Located at 935 Pennsylvania Avenue NW in Washington D.C., the FBI operates from the J. Edgar Hoover Building. The building is a high-rise office building completed in 1975 with over 2,800,000 square feet of internal space, numerous amenities, and a special secure system of elevators and corridors to keep public tours separate from the rest of the building. The building is comprised of three floors below-ground, as well as an underground parking garage. Two wings connect the main buildings, together forming an open trapezoidal courtyard.
 Tour Stop at  World War II Memorial
Honoring the 16 million who served in the armed forces of the U.S., the 400,000 who died, and all who supported the war effort from home, the World War II Memorial is an awe-inspiring monument in Washington D.C. As the only 20th Century event commemorated on the National Mall's central axis, the World War II Memorial is a monument of spirit, sacrifice, and commitment by the American people.
 Tour Stop at  White House Visitor Center
When visiting the White House Visitor Center guests have the opportunity to explore the video and exhibits. Inside, the center features several aspects of the White House including its architecture, furnishings, first families, social events, and relations with the press and world leaders. Guests are also invited to watch a thirty minute video.
 Tour Stop at  U.S. Capitol
As one of the most architecturally impressive and symbolically significant buildings in the world, the Capitol is a national landmark. The U.S. Capitol has been home to the Senate and House of Representative meetings for over two centuries, and today it stands as a monument to the American people. Visitors will be inspired by 58,000 square feet of the workings of the Senate in addition to centuries of art and architecture.
 Drive By  Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial
The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial is dedicated to the memory of U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Landscape architect Lawrence Halprin designed the memorial to represent the capstone of FDR's distinguished career. The memorial was dedicated in 1997 by President Clinton and is spread out over 7.5 acres. Sculptures throughout the memorial depict scenes from the Great Depression, the First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, and the President's dog Fala.
 Drive By  The Library of Congress
The Library of Congress was founded in 1800 and is the oldest federal cultural institution in the United States. The Italian Renaissance styled library was established by an act of Congress upon John Adams' bill signing which allowed for the transfer of the seat of government from Philadelphia to Washington D.C. In 1897 Congress opened the library to the public.
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The tour was fantastic. Our guide, bob, was very knowledgeable. We saw a lot in one day. It helped me to figure out what to skip and what to go back to for the rest of my vacation. Very fun.
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-- Jessica Schroeder-Warren - Albuquerque, NM
This bus driver was the best - he gave us all kinds of information and allowed us adequate time to see everything. The air conditioned bus was a real plus on a hot dc day!!
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-- Teri Sullivan - Southwest Ranches, FL
Great time on the tour all day long. Very resourceful guide, timely, and well prepared we could not have been happier. Our nations capitol is such a marvelous place to visit when the right people are directing. The greyline company are professionals at what they do.
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-- John D Johnson - Cleveland, OH
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