Washington DC

Best of DC Plus US Capitol and National Archives Reserved Entry

Badge of ExcellenceWashington DC, USA

From $129.00

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up to 24 hours before the experience starts (local time)

  • 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

Beat the long entrance lines and experience some of the most popular attractions in Washington, DC like an insider on this full-day sightseeing tour. Enjoy priority entry into the United States Capitol Building, the home of Congress. Then see the city’s most famous landmarks and monuments, like the White House, the Lincoln Memorial and more. End your tour with a visit to the National Archives Museum, where the original Bill of Rights, the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution are on display.
  • Enjoy priority entrance to two of Washington DC's top attractions
  • Pick between exploring by closed-top or glass-roofed coach
  • Enjoy a leisurely cruise down the Potomac River (April 1st to mid-October)
  • This tour is perfect for first-time Washington DC visitors

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

VIP-style entry to the US Capitol and National Archives makes this the ideal tour for politics and history buffs.

What's Included

  • Luxury Climate-Controlled Tour Bus
  • Tickets to the National Archives Building
  • Reserved Entry to the U.S. Capitol Building
  • Boat Cruise on the Potomac River (Seasonal: April 1 to October 15)
  • English-Speaking Live Tour Guide (on and off the bus)
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Lunch

Meeting and Pickup

Meeting point

  • Neptune Fountain
    68 First St SE, Washington, DC 20004, USA

    Your VIP experience begins at Neptune Fountain in front of the Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building. Address: 68 First St SE, Washington, DC 20004

Start time

08:30 AM

End point

  • National Archives Museum
    701 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20408, USA

    End of tour

What To Expect

Meet your guide and the rest of the tour group at Neptune Fountain to begin this full-day tour with admission to the US Capitol Building, visits to top DC memorials and access to the a National Archives tour—a best of DC tour rolled into one.

Enjoy reserved entry into the United States Capitol Building for a guided walking tour of this historic building, home to the Senate and the House of Representatives. Watch a film on the history of government in the US, then continue exploring the building to learn about the country’s legislature.

Then return to the shuttle to look around and through the nation’s monuments and memorials. See top sites in DC with stops at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial, the White House, National World War II Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial. Along the way, hear the historic stories and facts that make the city of Washington, DC one of the most popular tourist destinations in the United States.

This tour also features a scenic, seasonal boat cruise along the Potomac River (mid-March to mid-October only).

A choice of lunch options are available in Georgetown (own expense).

At the end of the tour, gain priority entrance into the National Archives Museum for an up-close look at the original Bill of Rights, the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution. These historic documents are housed in the Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom. Also, enjoy access to the Public Vaults, a permanent exhibit gallery with fascinating original records, like Abraham Lincoln's telegrams to his generals, and much more.

The tour concludes at the National Archives Building.

U.S. Capitol

1 hour Admission Ticket Included

White House

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

National World War II Memorial

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial (Pass By)

Jefferson Memorial

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Georgetown

1 hour 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Lincoln Memorial

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Korean War Veterans Memorial

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Vietnam Veterans Memorial

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

The National Archives Museum

45 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

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 and National Archives Buildings prevent any food or drinks being brought through security
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • During peak season, security lines are long, and as such, arriving ahead of time is highly encouraged
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Tour Departure Times Are Subject to Change Due to Local Traffic Conditions
  • Please Arrive at the Meeting Point No Later Than 8:15 AM For Check-In
  • No food allowed on buses (snacks are fine!)
  • Most travelers can participate
  • The tour price includes a boat cruise, and tourists will have the opportunity to purchase lunch at one of several waterfront restaurants in the summer
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 55 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The commentary from the...
Agnes_D, May 2024
The commentary from the tour guide made the day, he gave us loads of tips for our stay in DC and made the tour very interesting.
Great experience
Kshitij_S, May 2024
Very friendly and knowledgeable guide, well managed tour. Hygienic bus and humour in subject worth the money
Response from Host, May 2024
Thanks for joining us!
Unmissable with limited time
JordanFrancis_D, May 2024
I consider this a not to be missed. I had limited time in DC and this ticked so many boxes. The quick access into the Capitol and national archive buildings was ideal. Tour was informative with good energy. Ticked off so many landmarks. I would have perhaps liked to have stopped at the US Marine Corps monument which is the only slight negative , but otherwise everything else is ticked. Brittney and driver (sorry I can’t recall name) but both were excellent!
Response from Host, May 2024
Thanks for the feedback. We visit the Marine Corps Memorial on our night tour but sadly don’t have enough time to make it to Virginia during this experience. Thanks for joining us and if you posted anything on social media, tag us @usaguidedtours!
What I was hoping for
Brett_K, May 2024
The tour guide was very knowledgeable. I learned some new and interesting things. Both he and the driver were professional and courteous. The entire tour surpassed what I was hoping to get out of it.
Response from Host, May 2024
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Nick & Calvin
Tom_G, May 2024
Nick and Calvin were great. We had some mobility issues and they went out of their way to take care of us. And yes, we would use that tour company again.
Response from Host, May 2024
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Amazing Eving and Meg
MUHAMMADUMAR_A, May 2024
Tour guide evin and nick did an amazing job, bus driver Meg was fantastic. Showed all the spots. Strongly recommended.
Response from Host, May 2024
We are glad you had a great time! Be sure to tag us in your photos on social @usaguidedtours! Enjoy the rest of your trip!
Great Tour!
Julie_H, May 2024
This was a great tour! Nick, our tour guide, was knowledgeable and funny. The open air van was perfect for the weather we had. We saw all the monuments, took a river cruise, and had a great lunch at Guapos. Highly recommend this tour!
Response from Host, May 2024
We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your time with Nick! We'd love it if you could tag us in your photos on social @usaguidedtours.
Do this tour
Connie_C, May 2024
This tour was awesome! Christopher was a very knowable and entertaining tour guide. The main history sites and monuments were covered. We loved the open air van ride.
Response from Host, May 2024
We are glad you enjoyed yourself!
Nick is an extraordinary...
Jane_A, May 2024
Nick is an extraordinary guide! His knowledge is amazing and he keeps the info interesting. We saw so many of the monuments and sights of the city. Highly recommend this tour especially with Nick as your guide!
Response from Host, May 2024
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Great
Phyllis_V, May 2024
Our guide Nick was absolutely the best!! So informative; knew his job well. Let his company know how good he is
Response from Host, May 2024
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Worth It !
Yvette_S, May 2024
If you want to see all the major tourist destinations and attractions in DC, this is definitely worth it! Riding in a comfortable bus, with AC and water is the way to go!
Response from Host, May 2024
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Must see DC tour
richard_g, May 2024
Great tour. Nick and Rafael were excellent guides. Kept us on time and were very knowledgeable about the Capitol and memorials.
Response from Host, May 2024
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Nick is knowledgeable & a jokester!
DIANE_F, May 2024
Nick was the best!! Very witty, knowledgeable and had great jokes! And he’ll tell you that too!! Was very informative at each stop. So glad we booked this tour & had Nick as our guide! Learned & saw a lot of DC highlights..
Response from Host, May 2024
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Great historical tour.
Brian_G, May 2024
Great tour of the D.C. monuments including the informative boat ride on the Potomac River. Nick, our tour guide gave us the historical facts at each monument along with trivia. I would recommend this tour for anyone coming to Washington D.C. and wanting to tour the National Monuments.
Response from Host, May 2024
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Amazing experience
Theresa_R, May 2024
Dion was the most knowledgeable, kind, fun and caring tour guide we have ever had! He made the tour so much more enjoyable and did a great job educating the tour about each monument and memorial. Great time!
Response from Host, May 2024
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DC tour
Nikshep_K, May 2024
It was a great experience, everything was perfect! Saw great places, got ton of information from guide, was able to understand some and most of it blew away because guide speaks non stop.
Response from Host, May 2024
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Nick is fantastic!
Minnie_M, May 2024
Nick is a fantastic tour guide! Would highly recommend this tour for anyone visiting this historical city.
Response from Host, May 2024
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Wonderful DC tour of great locations
STINNETT2000, May 2024
We really enjoyed the war memorials and the tour guide Nick had so much information about each location. The boat ride wasn't much and it was raining when we visited so that affected that part. The Capital tour was super cool. I would recommend this to anyone visiting Washington DC.
Response from Host, May 2024
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Great Tour
Magdalena_S, May 2024
Great tour. We were given some history on each stop but then were let to roam around ourselves. Loved the boat tour and Rafael was a great tour guide.
Response from Host, May 2024
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West Coast Of Canada Tourists
Kathy_K, May 2024
Had an amazing day. Nick was the best tour guide …EVER! knows his history! Highly recommend this tour with Nick
Response from Host, May 2024
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