Explore Washington, DC by land and by sea in an original WWII DUKW amphibious vehicle, letting you experience a feeling of patriotism as you view some of the most stunning monuments and points of interest in the United States on this boat with wheels!
On this DC Ducks Tour, you will enjoy the area's most extraordinary sightseeing excursion while riding in an authentic, fully restored DC Duck vehicle, originally created in 1942 following the attack on Pearl Harbor. Now, this is one of the most entertaining ways to sightsee in Washington, DC, and your Duck will take you on a 1.5-hour narrated tour during which your guide will point out various sites and inform you of their historical significance. Then, the Duck will take you out to the Potomac for a leisurely river cruise as the Conducktors amuse and enlighten you with intriguing facts, historical accounts, and tales about our capital city. The skyline and monuments are truly postcard-perfect from the river, giving you the opportunity to memorialize your unique trip. After your cruise on the water, the tour will head back to your start point at Union Station.
Detailed Tour Itinerary
Drive By Union Station
You will meet your tour in Union Station. Please arrive approximately 30 minutes before your departure time, and get ready for four hours exploring DC from the convenience of your Duck!
Drive By Memorial to Japanese-American Patriotism
The Memorial to Japanese-American Patriotism in World War II is a memorial and monument designed by Davis Buckley and Japanese American artist Nina Akamu, and it commemorates Japanese-American war involvement, veterans, and patriotism during World War II, as well as those held in Japanese-American internment camps.
Drive By Taft Memorial and Carillon
As a tribute to Senator Robert Taft, son of President William Howard Taft, the Taft Memorial and Carillon consists of a ten-foot bronze statue of Senator Taft and a 100-foot marble tower with 27 bells that were cast in France. The large central bell strikes on the hour, while the smaller fixed bells chime on the quarter-hour.
Drive By U.S. Supreme Court Building
Open to the public, the U.S. Supreme Court offers visitors views of a fabulously constructed building with a Corinthian architectural style to match the nearby congressional buildings. On the front stairway are two statues, the Contemplation of Justice and the Guardian or Authority of Law.
Drive By National Gallery of Art
The National Gallery of Art and its Sculpture Garden are a national art museum open to the public free of charge. Privately established in 1937, the Gallery is divided into two buildings, the East and West Buildings, and it has an extensive collection of paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, sculpture, medals, and decorative arts.
Drive By The Newseum
The Newseum on Pennsylvania Avenue offers visitors a look at news like never before—significant, defining moments that span five centuries. Throughout the building are seven different levels of galleries, demonstrations, and interactive exhibits.
Drive By National Archives
Inside the National Archives, you can see the original documents that were written by our forefathers as they created the United States government. Inside, you can view the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Declaration of Independence, but remember no flash photography!
Drive By Washington Welcome Center
The Washington Welcome Center is happy to give you a real DC welcome, offering guests maps, brochures, tips, and advice on all the area attractions and points of interest. Also, Welcome Center staff gives guests great insight into activities and sightseeing spots, as well as souvenirs and snacks.
Drive By Old Post Office
As one of the oldest post office buildings still standing in the United States, the Old Post Office is now protected and listed on the Registry of Historic Buildings. Conveniently located at the midway point between the White House and the Capitol, the tower stands majestically at 315 feet.
Drive By The White House
Admired for its beautiful gardens and extensive offices, the White House offers fantastic views to Ducks visitors. Inside the complex is the Executive Residence, West Wing, East Wing, Eisenhower Executive Office Building, and Blair House, a guest residence. After visiting here, your tour group will return to the starting point, the Old Post Office.
Drive By Washington Monument
Built to commemorate once Commander-in-Chief and first American President George Washington, the Washington Monument is an obelisk on the National Mall, reaching a height of over 555 feet, making it the world's tallest obelisk as well as the world's tallest stone structure.
Drive By 56 Signers of the Declaration of Independence Memorial
Found on the National Mall, the Memorial to the 56 Signers of the Declaration of Independence is a memorial depicting the signatures of the original 56 signatories to the United States Declaration of Independence.
Drive By Vietnam Veterans Memorial
This national memorial honors U.S. service members who fought in the Vietnam War, those who died in service in Vietnam and South East Asia, and those who were unaccounted for during the war. While you're there, make sure to take in all three separate parts, the Three Soldiers statue, Vietnam Women's Memorial, and Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, the best known part of the memorial.
Drive By Albert Einstein Memorial
In a grove of trees at the southwest corner of the grounds of the National Academy of Sciences, the Albert Einstein Memorial is a monumental bronze statue depicting Albert Einstein seated with manuscript papers in hand by sculptor Robert Berks.
Drive By Lincoln Memorial
Built to honor the 16th President, the Lincoln Memorial is in the form of a Greek Doric temple with a large seated sculpture of Abraham Lincoln. On the wall behind the statue there are two quotes from well-known speeches by Lincoln, The Gettysburg Address and his Second Inaugural Address.
Drive By Arlington Memorial Bridge
Here, you will cross the Arlington Memorial Bridge over to Columbia Island. This bridge is a Neoclassical masonry, steel, and stone arch bridge that crosses the Potomac River and defines the western end of the National Mall. Brilliantly decorated, the bridge houses several monumental statues depicting valor and sacrifice by sculptor Leo Friedlander.
Drive By Columbia Island
Located in the Potomac River, Columbia Island is also the Lady Bird Johnson Park, which houses the Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Grove, Navy - Merchant Marine Memorial, and the Columbia Island Marina. The island, park, memorials, and marina are part of the George Washington Memorial Parkway and administered by the National Park Service.
Drive By Potomac River
From Columbia Island, your Duck tour will take to the Potomac River in order to explore and see the sights from this beautiful river, which flows into the Chesapeake Bay. Seeing Washington, DC is one thing, but viewing it from the Potomac River is quite another!
Drive By George Washington Memorial Parkway
After your excursion in the beautiful Potomac River, you will drive up onto the George Washington Memorial Parkway, which was designed for recreational driving. This stretch of road will give you a nice scenic view before heading back across the Potomac by way of the Rochambeau Memorial Bridge.
Drive By Jefferson Memorial
The Jefferson Memorial is dedicated to Thomas Jefferson, an American Founding Father and the third President. This neoclassical building was designed by architect John Russell Pope and built from 1939 to 1943. The bronze statue of Jefferson was added only a few years later.
Drive By Bureau of Engraving and Publishing
As the largest producer of government security documents in the United States, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing designs and produces a variety of security products for the American government, most notably Federal Reserve Notes, more commonly known as paper money.
Drive By Holocaust Memorial Museum
The Holocaust Memorial Museum serves as a memorial to the millions of people who were murdered during the Holocaust and gives visitors the opportunity to take a look at how these victims were forced to live and die during their days in concentration camps.
Drive By Smithsonian Institution
If you want to visit the Smithsonian Institution, the best place to start is the Information Center at the institute's first building, known popularly as The Castle. Along this strip are many of the Smithsonian's 18 museums, and combined, these 18 museums house more than 142 million artifacts and objects. Best of all, visiting these museums after your Ducks tour is completely free.
Drive By National Mall
As the key landmark in Washington, DC, the National Mall is one must see location in the nation's capital. This narrow expanse of green stretches several blocks from the U.S. Capitol Building to the Washington Monument.
Drive By U.S. Botanic Garden
Located on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol, the U.S. Botanic Garden is maintained by the Architect of the Capitol. Offering beautiful views to visitors, the Garden is open every day of the year and is the oldest continually operating botanic garden in the United States.
Drive By The Reflecting Pool
West of the U.S. Capitol, located at the eastern end of the National Mall, the Reflecting Pool is six acres in size and occupies over half of the Union Square area. The Capitol Building and the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial are reflected into the pool.
Drive By U.S. Capitol
Drive past the U.S. Capitol located on Capitol Hill, where legislators conduct their daily business. Each year, more than three million visitors from around the world visit the Hill to explore this living museum of American history and see democracy at work.
Stops may change due to traffic, weather, maintenance, etc.
The best part of your ride is that it all takes place in one vehicle, without you ever having to leave your seat! So take the children, grab your friends, and head out for an adventure that’ll thrill and delight you all.