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National Mall Tours

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National Mall
Stretching from the Capitol Building to the Lincoln Memorial, the grassy, tree-lined National Mall is a hub of activity in Washington DC. The open space—America’s most-visited national park—between Constitution and Independence avenues is fringed by Smithsonian museums, numerous monuments, and attractions, such as the National Archives.
 
The Basics
With at least a dozen museums spread along 11 blocks (plus all the other monuments and memorials), there’s a lot to see and do at the National Mall. As a hub of so many attractions, the National Mall features on just about every guided tour of the city.
 
Walking tours of the National Mall hone in on the history of America’s “front yard,” while evening tours on foot, by coach, or Segway allow visitors to see the monuments and museums illuminated after dark. Some tours combine the National Mall with a trip to Arlington National Cemetery.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • The National Mall is a must-visit for all first-time visitors to DC.
  • Bring comfortable walking shoes; it’s a 1.9-mile (3-kilometer) walk from one side of the National Mall to the other.
  • The National Mall and many of its major monuments and memorials are wheelchair accessible.
  • Don’t forget to bring sun protection and plenty of water.
 
How to Get There
The National Mall is well-connected via public transportation. Ride the Orange, Blue, or Silver Metro lines to the Smithsonian stop, or hop from one attraction to the next aboard the DC Circular National Mall route.
 
When to Get There
The National Mall itself is open 24 hours a day, though some of the attractions in the area have their own hours. Fall (September to November) and spring (March to May) bring the best weather for enjoying the National Mall’s outdoor spaces.
 
Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool
One of the most prominent features of the National Mall is the 2,028-foot (618-meter) glass reflecting pool in front of the Lincoln Memorial. The pool was built in the 1920s, and today, it uses water from the Tidal Basin, treated and filtered to up its reflection factor.
Address: 17th Street NW, between Constitution Avenue NW and Independence Avenue SW, Washington D.C. 20024, USA
Admission: Free
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Moonlit Tour of the National Mall with Pick-UpHalf-day Tours

Moonlit Tour of the National Mall with Pick-Up

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See Washington, DC’s best sites light up after dark on a 3-hour, nighttime tour of the National Mall and monuments. Listen to an entertaining narrated history of the capital city, then stop to explore the most important destinations, from moving tributes to America's 20th-century wars to inspiring presidential landmarks. Take in the White House and the U.S. Capitol building at their most picturesque and get the perfect orientation and overview of Washington, DC.
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  • 3 hours

Capitol Hill and DC Monuments Tour by Electric CartCity Packages

Capitol Hill and DC Monuments Tour by Electric Cart

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Explore the famous monuments and war memorials of Washington, DC on this small-group sightseeing tour. Hop aboard a special eCruiser vehicle and enjoy an educational and entertaining narrated history of our nation’s capital. Get a glimpse of the White House and travel around and through Capitol Hill, the Smithsonian museum complex, plus a plethora of famous memorials and monuments — like the Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument — and many other hotspots. This is a great way to see many of DC’s most famous landmarks.
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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Big Bus Washington DC Hop-On Hop-Off TourBus Tours

Big Bus Washington DC Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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Discover the most popular sights in Washington, DC on this relaxing hop-on hop-off bus tour. Drive past many of the top attractions in the nation’s capital — including the White House, the Washington Monument, the National Mall, historic Georgetown, and Arlington National Cemetery, and choose where you want to get off and explore in more detail. Select a 1- or 2-day pass, then hop on at any of the stops on two different routes and get to know the city with a combination of both live and audio commentary. The 2-day option includes admission to Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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Washington DC Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley + Arlington Nat'l Cemetery, Water Taxi UpgradeCity Packages

Washington DC Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley + Arlington Nat'l Cemetery, Water Taxi Upgrade

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Take a hop-on hop-off Washington DC trolley tour to explore the nation’s capital at your own pace. The route encompasses the city’s top attractions, including the White House, Lincoln Memorial, and Arlington National Cemetery (if option is selected). This is the only tour to take you into the Arlington National Cemetery (if option is selected). Just hop off at any stop when you want to explore, and then hop back on the trolley to continue around the city. When booking, select a silver, gold, or platinum pass, depending upon your interests.
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Washington DC Night Tour with Hotel PickupHalf-day Tours

Washington DC Night Tour with Hotel Pickup

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Explore the monuments, war memorials, and famous sites of Washington DC by the light of night on this guided small-group sightseeing tour. Enjoy an educational and entertaining narrated history of the US capital. Travel around and through the plethora of famous memorials and monuments, with stunning views of an illuminated Washington Monument, the White House and many other landmark locations.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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Half-Day Grand Tour of Washington DCHalf-day Tours

Half-Day Grand Tour of Washington DC

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Get a panoramic look at Washington DC on this sightseeing tour that provides a comprehensive introduction to the United States capital and its historical and cultural landmarks. Listen to live narration as you see dozens of attractions, such as Lincoln Memorial, the exterior of the White House, Washington Monument and the National Mall, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, and the Smithsonian buildings.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 4 hours
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Small Group Twilight Tour of Washington DCHalf-day Tours

Small Group Twilight Tour of Washington DC

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Washington DC’s monuments and landmarks light up after dark, perfect for dramatic views and memorable photos of the capital city. Explore the sights from the National Mall to the White House and key memorials as your guide provides informative narration about each site. Hop off at select sights to get an up-close look with your small-group and guide. This tour includes transport between locations.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Small Group Half Day Tour of Washington DC Full-day Tours

Small Group Half Day Tour of Washington DC

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Experience the history and culture of the nation’s capital on this comprehensive, half-day, small-group tour. Travel in a comfortable vehicle complete with phone chargers, umbrellas, and a flat-screen TV, and see Washington DC’s monuments, museums, and memorials with a guide. See the US Capitol building, the White House, the Mall and more. Avoid the hassles of driving, or navigating public transportation and leave the logistics to your guide.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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DC National Mall and Capitol Hill Guided Walking Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl MaxCity Packages

DC National Mall and Capitol Hill Guided Walking Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max

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Pack in tons of sights all in one day with this 5-hour combo tour of the National Mall and Capitol Hill. Make stops at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, National WWII Memorial, White House, Korean War Veteran Memorial, and Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Afterward, head to the Capitol Hill area, and see the Capitol, Supreme Court, Library of Congress, and Statue of Freedom.
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  • 5 hours to 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 5 hours to 5 hours 30 minutes
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Washington DC Sites at Night Bike TourMountain Bike Tours

Washington DC Sites at Night Bike Tour

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Experience the beauty of Washington, D.C. at night on this monuments at night bike tour of the city. Check out the Jefferson, Lincoln and WWII memorials once the sun goes down and explore the Vietnam War Memorial and the National Mall at night. This popular tour offers travelers the chance to explore on two wheels after dark when monuments are less crowded.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour of Washington DC: Monuments, Landmarks and MemorialsBus Tours

Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour of Washington DC: Monuments, Landmarks and Memorials

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Explore the most popular sites in Washington, DC on this hop-on hop-off bus tour. Visit many of the top attractions in the nation’s capital — like the White House, Washington Monument, the National Mall, historic Georgetown, Arlington National Cemetery and more. Select a 1- or 2-day pass, for access to three separate routes and get to know the city in custom fashion, with live and recorded narration.
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  • 1 hour to 1 hour 45 minutes
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  • 1 hour to 1 hour 45 minutes
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Washington DC Capital Sites Bike TourMountain Bike Tours

Washington DC Capital Sites Bike Tour

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Washington DC is full of historical sites and while it’s easy to explore on foot or by bus, this 2-wheel tour option gives travelers access to some of the city’s most popular landmarks. Check out the Lincoln Memorial, White House, Supreme Court and the Capitol on this Capital Sites Bike Tour. Your friendly guide shares plenty of history, facts, and city knowledge on this easy bike ride through the nation’s capital.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours

Four-Hour Private DC Highlight Tour by VanBus Tours

Four-Hour Private DC Highlight Tour by Van

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Make the most of your time in Washington, D.C., on a private tour of the city’s highlights with a professional guide. Kick off the day at the White House, then visit the Supreme Court, Library of Congress, Jefferson Memorial, and more of D.C.’s most iconic monuments and museums. Finish the day with a stop at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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Private Moonlight DC City Tour by VanBus Tours

Private Moonlight DC City Tour by Van

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Experience the beauty of America's iconic capital city during this moonlit tour of Washington, D.C. by van. Make your way in a private vehicle through historic landmarks and top attractions. Visit Capitol Hill, the Supreme Court, the Library of Congress and more. It's the perfect way to cap off a day of sightseeing with a relaxing tour at dusk.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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Private Washington DC Day Trip from New YorkDay Trips

Private Washington DC Day Trip from New York

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Visit Washington, D.C., on a private, full-day trip from New York City with a chauffeured minivan that accommodates up to six passengers. Enjoy the ride in comfort and style, then spend a day exploring the capital’s most important sites. See the United States Capitol and the moving tombs of the Arlington National Cemetery, then continue to the White House and Presidential memorials. Visit the museums and monuments that line the National Mall before returning to New York.
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  • 15 hours
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  • 15 hours
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The National Mall Tour for KidsCity Packages

The National Mall Tour for Kids

Discover the history of DC with our educator-led Washington DC Tour for Kids, and learn about the history of the National Mall. The National Mall has changed a lot in a few hundred years. What was once a pasture for sheep is now an important space for demonstrations, and is flanked by some of the most iconic buildings in America. On this family National Mall tour, we'll use the built and natural environments to learn more about this history. How did all these buildings get built? Why is this such an important place? By seeing how it's changed over the years, using interactive activities to make this history more engaging, we'll learn together why Washington DC is so important, and how it got to be that way.
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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours
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Washington DC Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour and Attractions PassBus Tours

Washington DC Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour and Attractions Pass

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This hop-on hop-off Washington DC bus tour includes three different loops with live commentary plus a night bus tour and admission to up to five total attractions. Use your 48-hour pass to explore memorials and monuments such as the US Capitol, Vietnam Veterans Memorial and Lincoln Memorial. Choose entry to attractions including the International Spy Museum and Madame Tussauds, or select a full-day bike rental.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
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The Washington DC Sightseeing Day Pass: Save Big at 15+ Monumental AttractionsCity Packages

The Washington DC Sightseeing Day Pass: Save Big at 15+ Monumental Attractions

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Discover the highlights of DC with a sightseeing pass that includes convenient hop-on hop-off bus transportation and the chance to visit more than 15 different attractions. There is so much to see in DC, it can be hard for travelers who are short on time to fit it all in. However, with this pass, you can experience everything without worrying about wasting time getting from one place to the next.
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  • 1 to 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 1 to 3 days
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Private SUV Tour of Washington DC with Professional Driver and GuideHalf-day Tours

Private SUV Tour of Washington DC with Professional Driver and Guide

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Experience the history and grandeur of the nation’s capital on a private 3-hour tour. Work with your personal guide and driver to curate the ideal tour incorporating your must-see spots or rely on their local expertise to create a fascinating tour. Go inside the House and Senate Galleries and see where the nation’s laws are debated. See the White House, Supreme Court and much more. This tour is ideal for visitors looking for a personalized experience
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 3 hours
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DC National Mall & Memorials Guided Walking Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl MaxCity Packages

DC National Mall & Memorials Guided Walking Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max

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Get a comprehensive overview of Washington, D.C.'s most important landmarks and highlights on this 2.5-hour walking tour. Travel with a small group of up to 10 people to see the local sights and learn about the nation's history.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Private Family-Friendly DC Tour by BikeMountain Bike Tours

Private Family-Friendly DC Tour by Bike

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Experience Washington, DC’s many sights at your own pace, on a bike with a private tour. Ideal for families, the tour can be customized to suit your tastes with itineraries including kid friendly museums and splash pads. Your guide is a seasoned cyclist with deep knowledge of the best routes for an enjoyable day out. Healthy, kid-friendly snacks and water are provided to keep you energized through the ride.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 3 hours
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DC National Mall & Memorials Guided Walking Tour - Private TourCity Packages

DC National Mall & Memorials Guided Walking Tour - Private Tour

Get a personal introduction to American history on a private walking tour of Washington, DC’s monuments and memorials. Focus on the American Presidents and wars that have shaped the nation, hear the inside story about DC landmarks. Opt for an evening tour to see the United States’ capital city light up after dark.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Washington DC National Mall and Museums Pedicab TourCity Packages

Washington DC National Mall and Museums Pedicab Tour

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Explore Washington DC's must-see sights on a fun pedicab ride. Your informative guide will pedal you past some of the capital city's must-see sights. See the U.S. Capitol, the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument at the National Mall. Pass by the Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Chinatown, the National Archives Building and the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum. Play some trivia games with your guide and small group of fellow travelers for the chance to win a prize.
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  • 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 1 hour 20 minutes
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Private, Exclusive DC City TourHalf-day Tours

Private, Exclusive DC City Tour

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See the best of DC on this private city tour. Visit the White House, the Capitol, the National Mall, and memorials dedicated to Thomas Jefferson, Franklin Roosevelt, Martin Luther King, Abe Lincoln, and the Korean and Vietnam Wars. Your licensed guide will share historical information at each spot and you’ll have ample time to take photos and shop for souvenirs.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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