Washington DC

Washington DC in One Day: Guided Sightseeing Tour

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Washington DC in One Day Guided Sightseeing Tour

From US$89.00

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 6 hours
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Experience the sights and sounds of Washington, DC in one day on this guided walking and riding sightseeing tour around the nation’s capital. Visit the city’s historic, iconic landmarks and monuments, like the White House, the United States Capitol, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and the Lincoln Memorial. See and learn about the memorials of famous American leaders who helped shape the United States, like Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, and Martin Luther King, Jr., to name a few. Includes a seasonal Potomac River cruise.
  • Hop off for guided walks around the US Capitol Building, the Washington Monument, and Lincoln Memorial
  • Learn about the sights you see from your knowledgeable guide
  • Travel aboard state-of-the-art luxury 30-passenger coach

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This tour’s river cruise and guided walking portions provide extra photo ops and insight.

What's Included

  • Transport by luxury, climate-controlled tour bus
  • English-Speaking Live Tour Guide (on and off the bus)
  • On-board narration
  • Boat Cruise on the Potomac River (seasonal: April 1 to October 15)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities
  • Lunch

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 701 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
    701 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004, USA

    U.S. Navy Memorial

Start time

10:00 AM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Meet the guide and the rest of the tour group at a central meeting point.

From the comfort of an air-conditioned coach, drive past the White House, the many Smithsonian museums, the National Mall and much more. Enjoy an entertaining and educational narrative from the expert local guide, with frequent photo-op stops of the historic and iconic landmark locations.

Also, experience guided walks around the United States Capitol, the Lincoln Memorial, the World War II Memorial, and the Korean War Veterans Memorial. Along the way, learn about the history of these famous monuments and examine them up close.

This tour also features a scenic, seasonal boat cruise along the Potomac River (March 15 to October 16). We'll spend some time at beautiful Georgetown Waterfront Park for a lunch break, and after this, we re-board the bus to visit the Iwo Jima Memorial - with spectacular views of Arlington Cemetery and the Washington, D.C. landscape.

The tour concludes back at the original departure point.

United States Navy Memorial and Naval Heritage Center

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

White House

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

National World War II Memorial

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Jefferson Memorial

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Korean War Veterans Memorial

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Lincoln Memorial

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Vietnam Veterans Memorial

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Georgetown Waterfront Park

1 hour Admission Ticket Free

Potomac River

1 hour Admission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Small carry-on bags are allowed, however it is recommended that you ravel lightly. Due to security concerns, the tour operator reserves the right to search any bags or purses you bring on board. Many of the attractions in Washington DC are equipped with metal detectors at the entrances. Traveling without bags or purses is recommended
  • Stroller accessible
  • Due to time restrictions, you cannot go inside any of the monuments, however you can spend about 15-20 minutes at each stop to enjoy up-close views
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • No food allowed on buses (snacks are fine!)
  • The boat cruise is seasonal from March 15 to October 15
  • Convertible buses switch from open-tops to glass-tops between Oct 15 - Mar 15 due to colder temperatures
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 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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Traveler Tips

Be prepared for walking on the tour as many of the monuments requires getting off the coach and getting there by foot.


2,045 reviews
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Reviews by Viator travelers.
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This was my first time in...
Leonard_F, Sept 2023
This was my first time in Washington DC, The tour gave us an excellent overview of all the sites. Our tour guide, Brittany, was very personable and knowledgeable and answered all of our groups questions.
good for an overview, not for a tour.
Danielle_G, Sept 2023
We were rushed the entire time, and the guide seemed frustrated most of the time. It was perfect for an overview, but we would have liked a little more time. I think it would have been much better if the group was smaller. Lesson learned.
Response from Host, Sept 2023
Thank your providing your feedback. If you have, time can you contact our office at 202-733-7376 to discuss your feedback in greater detail. We would love to know which tour you attended, so that we can address your issues.
Great Tour!
Nancy_S, Sept 2023
Chris was a Wonderful Guide. He was fun as well as extremely knowledgeable about the City of Washington and it’s history! My husband and I did the six hour tour with the boat ride. This is definitely the way to experience DC!
Near Perfect Experience
Arnold_P, Sept 2023
For a start the tour guide was very knowledgeable and amusing. Most of my group, my wife, my daughter and my friend have been to Washington before so you might say this was a refresher tour. The guide was precise in his explanation of the sites. In some cases we had enough time but in other times we were rushed. I took off a star because of the dining experience. The choice of restaurants was okay, a little on the pricey side but I almost choked on my $20 hamburger to make the deadline. Another 10 minutes would get you that 5th star.
Our tour guides were so...
Judy_S, Sept 2023
Our tour guides were so informative and fun! They didn't just talk about what we were seeing, they also interacted with us and tried to get to know a little about everyone.
Enjoyable and informative tour
Alex_G, Sept 2023
This tour was a great way to experience DC. While I wish I had more time at certain locations, namely the MLK memorial, I enjoyed the tour overall. They were accommodating and I was able to add a person the day before the tour. I would highly recommend it to anyone looking to learn about DC! :)
I recommend this tour for anyone vising the DC area.
Brinder_H, Sept 2023
The insights that We got into the history behind some Washington DC's most historical figures. The Potomac river cruise and viewing those monuments from another vantage point.
I really appreciated the...
Stephane_S, Sept 2023
I really appreciated the tour. We saw a lot of monuments and places and the bus was very comfortable. But sadly, the guide was speaking so quickly that I only understand a few words of what he was saying.
The best monument tour ever!
Connie_M, Sept 2023
Our guide was Joey and she was fantastic. So friendly and knowledgeable and she made our tour so much fun. She took pictures of my husband and me in front of White House and the capital building. Our driver, Maggie, was awesome as well.
Good overview
James_s, Sept 2023
Very entertaining and informative trip. Most mayor attractions seen and gave a good oversight of Washington and an insight of where to visit for a deeper insight
Awesome, I didn't want to leave.
DONNA_E, Sept 2023
I had an amazing time in DC. I took 3 tours and loved everyone of them. The 6 hour DC Monuments and cruise on the Potomac was the last one I took. Joey and Maggie were awesome. All of the tour guides were great. Britney, Liam and as I mentioned Joey and Maggie. I would recommend these tours to anyone.
Informative and enjoyable!
Heidi_M, Sept 2023
Joey our guide was very knowledgeable and informative. She kept us involved with not only the history of the monuments but some fun facts too. Maggie was an excellent driver in the crazy busy traffic.
Covered it all!
Kristal_W, Sept 2023
Loved the Roosevelt Memorial. Christian our guide was extremely knowledgeable and funny! We learned more about the history of DC today than we had ever known before the trip
Recommended this trip
Anand_k, Sept 2023
Excellent tour !! Time effective maggie and jodie the best !! Had just one day but we utilised well with this tour partners !! They didnt rush and were very good and helpdull
Great experience! We saw so much and our guide, Dionn was excellent!
Cheryl_S, Sept 2023
Seeing all the monuments in one day was great! And not having to drive to each of them was even better!
WilliamJ_M, Sept 2023
Visiting the memorials was the best experience. I want to thank you for understanding when I got late because of traffic due to bicycle event that day.
Response from Host, Sept 2023
We understand that there are alot of events that are always going on in DC, so we try to be accomodating to your guest that are running a few minutes late. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed the memorials.
Great tour and guide, but meeting location issue.
DIANA_B, Sept 2023
Evan was a fabulous tour guide. The bus was great, clean and comfortable and plenty of bottled water for our 95 degree day. I have done several tours through Viator. They have great service except for one major issue, thier tour meeting location description is never accurate or detailed. This time the address given was a loading dock for some other company. The actual meeting place was the next street over and there was no signage as to a tour meeting place, just 2 employees with the tour company name on their shirts...try to find that in a crowd! We were there 45 minutes early, yet nearly missed the tour. This is the 2nd time this has happened with Viator. Luckily I was able to call them and they described where to walk to. It would have been so simple if they were to put those details on the printed ticket receipt, not an address that had nothing to do with the tour. There were other people in our group wandering around with the same issue.
Great tour of DC!
Alex_M, Sept 2023
We had a great time, we visited so many sites. There is quite a bit of walking, we did it in 90+ degree weather! Take an umbrella to cover your body in case it’s hot. Our tour guide Joey was fantastic and so was our driver Robin.
Excellent tour , poor joining information
Robert_P, Sept 2023
Excellent tour guide and driver , very poor joining instructions...poor map we missed part of the tour.... why not say look out for a pink bus ...a photo of it ..so simple rather than what you provided.
Fixes needed
Sara_A, Sept 2023
The driver and guide were excellent. The sites were great to see. However, while Viator lists the meetup spot as 701 Pennsylvania Ave, and though we waited there early, the tour left without us. They boarded in a different area. The dispatcher didn’t look for us. 10 people were left behind and missed a seeing the Capitol building- one of the biggest highlights of the tour. Instead, the bus came back 30 mins later and picked us up. How do you miss 10 people? They should have had a list and contacted people they couldn’t find or correct the meeting location. Also, while the sites were great to see, we were rushed for time at lunch and didn’t get 1 hour, but instead 20 mins. Not enough time to sit and eat.
Response from Host, Sept 2023
We appreciate you taking the time to provide us with your feedback. We apologize for the confusion regarding the meeting location. Please let us know if there is anything we can do for you at this time. You can reach us at 202-733-7376.

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