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How to Spend 2 Days in Washington DC

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How to Spend 2 Days in Washington DC
With its array of world-famous landmarks, Washington DC is a dream destination for history buffs and politics junkies. But the city's also home to vibrant neighborhoods, an adventurous restaurant scene, and highbrow museums. A 2-day stay gives you the chance to see both sides of the city—here’s what you shouldn’t miss.

Day 1: Historical Highlights and Museum Masterpieces
Morning: From the Lincoln Memorial to the White House, Washington DC offers an incredible range of sightseeing musts. Cover as possible in a limited amount of time on a Segway or bike tour of the city.

Afternoon: Spend a few hours exploring DC’s world-class museums. The Smithsonian comprises more than a dozen different institutions, so you can admire rockets and planes in the National Air and Space Museum, take in famous canvases at the National Portrait Gallery, and more. Book guided tours to learn more about key collection highlights.

Evening: Round out your day of sightseeing with a stint aboard a hop-on hop-off bus. Settle into a comfortable perch, cue up your audio guide, and spend several hours coasting by the city’s top stops. An evening tour lets you enjoy special views of the monuments and memorials lit up after dark.

Day 2: DC’s Neighborhoods and Dining Destinations
Morning: Use your second day in DC to follow in locals’ footsteps, and visit the city’s lively and characterful neighborhoods. Begin with a walking tour of Georgetown, home to the eponymous university, and also renowned for its historical architecture and bustling shopping streets.

Afternoon: Continue your neighborhood tour with a visit to Dupont Circle. With its embassies, art galleries, and bookstores, this thriving neighborhood is a major DC hub. Walking tours focused on architecture, food, and culture introduce you to different sides of this dynamic area.

Evening: Politics aside, the nation’s capital also hosts an impressive and wide-ranging culinary scene. Wrap up your second day in town with a delicious food tour. Stick around Dupont Circle to explore its many eateries, head to vibrant 14th Street for a trendy dining excursion, or embark on a cocktail-themed walking tour for a decadent end to your trip.
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Washington DC Monuments by Moonlight Tour by TrolleyCultural Tours

Washington DC Monuments by Moonlight Tour by Trolley

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Explore the famous monuments and memorials of Washington DC by moonlight on this narrated sightseeing tour. Hop aboard an open-air trolley and enjoy an educational and entertaining history of the nation’s capital while traveling past each point of interest. Take in the stunning views of an illuminated Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, the White House, and many other landmarks. This is a truly unique look at the iconic monuments of Washington DC by night.
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The Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum Guided Tour - Private TourPrivate and Luxury

The Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum Guided Tour - Private Tour

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Get more from your visit to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum on this 2.5-hour private tour. Follow your guide through one of the world’s largest collections of historic aircraft and spacecraft in the world. See items like Buzz Aldrin’s spacesuit, the Apollo 11 module, and real moon rocks brought back form a voyage to Earth’s natural satellite.
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Washington DC Monuments Bike TourMountain Bike Tours

Washington DC Monuments Bike Tour

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See the historical sights of Washington DC with an up-close view of significant monuments on a bike tour by comfortable cruiser. Ride an easy route over flat terrain from the National Mall to the Potomac Tidal Basin and view DC landmarks including the Washington Monument, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, and Jefferson Memorial as you explore the attractions with a knowledgeable guide.
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  • 3 hours
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Georgetown Foodie Tour and Neighborhood WalkHalf-day Tours

Georgetown Foodie Tour and Neighborhood Walk

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Put down your guidebook and skip the stress of navigating on your own when you book a gourmet food and walking tour through historic Georgetown. Your guide takes you off the beaten path to highly-rated establishments, from a deli loved by locals to an Indian restaurant that’s been around for 20 years. Along the way, see hidden landmarks often missed by visitors, including Julia Child’s former home.
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Dupont Circle Food TourCulinary & Gourmet Tour

Dupont Circle Food Tour

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Immerse yourself in multicultural Dupont Circle on a gourmet food and walking tour to the area’s best eateries. Going with a guide eliminates the hassle of navigating on your own, instead allowing you to relax and enjoy the ambiance of the neighborhood. Over the course of the afternoon, skip lines to sample locally-sourced foods from a range of international cuisines, from Moroccan to Malaysian.
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Washington DC Georgetown Walking TourWalking Tours

Washington DC Georgetown Walking Tour

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Georgetown is one of Washington DC's most scenic, historic neighborhoods, and with the help of a licensed DC tour guide on this two hour Georgetown walking tour, you can learn the stories behind the mansions and manicured, tree-lined streets. Hear how the Kennedys famously put Georgetown on the district's political map, and finish the tour by Georgetown's bustling shopping and restaurant scene.
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Washington DC: Craft Cocktails and Speakeasies Walking Tour (Small Group)Private and Luxury

Washington DC: Craft Cocktails and Speakeasies Walking Tour (Small Group)

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Cocktails have been a part of U.S. history since George Washington ran his own Mount Vernon distillery. In the heart of downtown DC, your guide gives you insider access to the city’s best bars, from a rooftop pub with views of the capital to a Prohibition-era speakeasy often missed by visitors. The evening includes light snacks, one complimentary drink, and a cocktail-making demonstration.
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Smithsonian Portrait Gallery & American Art Museum Tour - 8ppl MaxPrivate and Luxury

Smithsonian Portrait Gallery & American Art Museum Tour - 8ppl Max

Explore two of Washington D.C.’s beloved museums with an art historian on this guided tour. Enjoy a small, personalized experience—the tour will include no more than eight participants—while learning about the National Portrait Gallery and American Art Museum. Discover the amazing history of the 19th century building where both museums are housed and the amazing works within it.
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Washington DC Food Tour: Italian Cuisine in Dupont CircleHalf-day Tours

Washington DC Food Tour: Italian Cuisine in Dupont Circle

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Follow a passionate foodie guide on foot to several Italian restaurants in the Dupont Circle neighborhood of Washington, DC. You’ll visit local establishments and savor four to five food tastings with a wine pairing during this 3.5-hour tour, which offers various departure times. Learn about regional history, architecture and all things Italian while you walk and discover these culinary gems. Numbers are limited to 16 participants to ensure an intimate experience.
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Dupont Circle and Embassy Row Architecture TourArchitecture Tours

Dupont Circle and Embassy Row Architecture Tour

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Explore some of Washington DC’s grandest streets on a 2-hour, small-group walking tour of Dupont Circle and Embassy Row with a local guide. Hear stories about capital city scandals and history as you follow a 2-mile route past Gilded Age mansions, extravagant homes, embassies, and architectural landmarks.
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