The tour lasts approximately 9 hours.
Appropriate for All Ages
Both Cameras and Video Cameras are Permitted
Accompanied and guided by a professional and experienced guide, you will be kept entertained and informed about each of the landmarks you pass and stop at, and you will have plenty of time at each stop to explore and learn about the histories of each place. Within the comfort and style of a climate-controlled motor coach, you will make your way to the White House, where you will be able to stop at the south lawn for pictures before heading into the White House Visitors Center. Learn about the Presidential residents from the past and present, and learn about some of the decor and architecture within the massive building.
From the White House, make your way to the World War II Memorial and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, and take time to revel in the serenity of the area while taking in the history and significance of each prominent figure and event. Visit some of the Smithsonian Museums and browse the exhibits, and visit the US Capitol Building while on this amazing tour! Just a few of the buildings and landmarks you will see from the bus include the FBI Building, Federal Triangle, Grant Memorial, Washington Monument, Americans Disabled for Life Memorial, Tidal Basin, National Gallery of Art, National Archives, and so many more! This is a fantastic way to take in the scenery and historical significance of DC, so bring some extra film for your camera and bring the entire family on this DC in a Day excursion!
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 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.
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.
Tour Stop at Vietnam Veterans Memorial
This massive memorial honors the men and women of the Armed Forces that fought in the Vietnam War, as well as those who died during their tern in Southeast Asia and Vietnam. The wall commemorates those Missing in Action, and is made up of three separate parts, the Vietnam Women's Memorial, Three Soldiers statue, and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall.
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 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 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 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 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.
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.
Tour Stop at Lincoln Memorial
Built to honor the nation's 16th president, Abraham Lincoln, this memorial features two of Lincoln's well-known speeches and a large sculpture of the president himself. The Lincoln Memorial rests at the end of the Reflecting Pool, and reflects a Greek-style temple.
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.
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.
Tour Stop at Iwo Jima Memorial
Featuring the world's tallest bronze statue, this memorial commemorates the Marines who have given their lives during their time in service and depicts one of the most historic WWII battles. It is also known as the US Marine Corps War Memorial.
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 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.
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.
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.
Tour Stop at Korean War Veterans Memorial
Containing 19 stainless steel statues depicting a squad on patrol, this memorial contains statues drawn from all branches of the armed forces including the Marine Corps, US Army, Air Force, and Navy. It commemorates the men and women who bravely served in the Korean War.
Drive By American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial
This beautiful memorial commemorates the millions of veterans that have and will come home from service with life-altering, permanent disabilities, and honors their bravery and sacrifices for our freedom.
Stops may change due to traffic, weather, maintenance, etc.