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At the heart of the eastern seaboard, DC is an ideal base for seeing some of the US’ most fascinating cities and historic sites. Whether you want to step back in time or visit a city that never sleeps, here are our top picks for day trips from DC.

Arlington, VA — 5 miles (8 km) away
With military memorials and long lines of gravestones, Arlington National Cemetery is this city’s most important and moving destination, but visitors to Arlington can also stop by the Pentagon, headquarters of the United States Department of Defense.

Mount Vernon & Alexandria, VA — 16 miles (26 km) & 8 miles (13 km) away
Martha and George Washington lived on an elegant plantation by the Potomac River known as Mount Vernon, and visiting is a glimpse of 18th-century life—tours of the estate explore the President’s rye distillery, home, and slave quarters. Just upstream from Mount Vernon, Old Town Alexandria is full of Revolutionary-era landmarks and architecture in a quaint, walkable downtown.

Gettysburg, PA — 87 miles (140 km) away
Visit the site of a legendary Civil War battle on a trip to Gettysburg National Military Park. The battlefield is now a peaceful landscape of rolling fields, but the fighting is remembered in a series of monuments, museum exhibits, and a 360-degree cyclorama painted in vivid colors.

New York City, NY — 226 miles (364 km) away
The Big Apple's skyscrapers and boroughs need no introduction and are a quick trip from DC by plane or a longer day excursion by rail. Bus tours, guided tours, and attraction passes are great ways to get your bearings as you spend the day shopping 5th Avenue, exploring NYC highlights, or cruising to the Statue of Liberty and Brooklyn Bridge.
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Mount Vernon and Old Town Alexandria Day Trip from Washington DC

Mount Vernon and Old Town Alexandria Day Trip from Washington DC

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Explore some of the most famous landmark locations around Washington, DC on this guided, half-day sightseeing tour. Travel to Mount Vernon, George Washington's popular plantation in Virginia and one of the nation’s most beloved historic sites. Learn about his life and tour his home of more than 40 years. Then enjoy a guided bus trip around Old Town Alexandria. See the many historic 17th- and 18th-century homes, hear colorful stories about this founding father and discover little known facts about all the monuments, statues and buildings in the area.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$81.17
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Best of DC Tour - With Access to US Capitol Grounds & National Archives Building

Best of DC Tour - With Access to US Capitol Grounds & National Archives Building

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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, the home of Congress. Then visit the National Archives Building, where the original Bill of Rights, the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution are on display. In between, see the city’s most famous landmarks and monuments, like the White House, the Lincoln Memorial and more.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$99.00
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Washington DC in One Day: Guided Sightseeing Tour

Washington DC in One Day: Guided Sightseeing Tour

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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.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$84.00
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Washington DC City Day Tour with Stops at 10 Top Attractions

Washington DC City Day Tour with Stops at 10 Top Attractions

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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
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$80.00
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Mount Vernon Day Tour from Washington DC
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Mount Vernon Day Tour from Washington DC

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Visit George Washington’s historic home and estate with a 6-hour tour of Mount Vernon from Washington, D.C. Get a glimpse of the President’s life and work as you explore an elegant mansion furnished with period antiques and Washington’s personal belongings. Browse education exhibits at the onsite museum, and visit the tomb where George and Martha Washington were buried. Learn about the legacy of slavery at Mount Vernon in the slaves’ quarters, then tour the beautifully landscaped gardens and grounds before returning to D.C.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$86.10
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Luxury Tours of Mount Vernon

Luxury Tours of Mount Vernon

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Up to five guests are picked up in a luxury SUV at Alexandria or National Harbor hotels or at metro stops for a private tour of George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate and/or other nearby historic sites. Tours are tailored to the guests individual interests, preferences, and endurance.
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  • 5 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$125.00
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Grand Washington DC Tour with Arlington National Cemetery Entry & Trolley Pass

Grand Washington DC Tour with Arlington National Cemetery Entry & Trolley Pass

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Visit Arlington National Cemetery and explore some of the most famous memorials around Washington, DC on this sightseeing tour. At Arlington National, witness the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns, then stop at famous landmark locations like the Marine Corps War Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial and more. Additionally, see the Lincoln Memorial, the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial and many more—even the White House, the United States Capitol and the National Mall.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$99.00
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Washington DC Sightseeing Trolley Tour with 1 Stop

Washington DC Sightseeing Trolley Tour with 1 Stop

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Depart from the Washington DC Welcome Center and take a 90 minute Washington DC trolley tour to explore the nation’s capital. The route encompasses the city’s top attractions, including the White House, Lincoln Memorial and the National Mall.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$49.00
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Capitol Hill and DC Monuments Tour by Electric Cart

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
  • Free Cancellation
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$63.75
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Big Bus Washington DC Open Top Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Big Bus Washington DC Open Top 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 an audio commentary. The 2-day Deluxe option includes a Night Tour.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$44.10
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DC Brew Tour with Tastings and Meal
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DC Brew Tour with Tastings and Meal

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Learn about Washington, DC’s thriving brewpub scene and taste a variety of award-winning beverages on a guided brewery tour. Get an inside look at how beer is made and chat with brewery owners about their operations. Visit four of DC’s top brewpubs and enjoy beer-centric food pairings, substantial enough for a meal. Round-trip transportation by bus is included.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$120.00
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Visit Mount Vernon by Bike: Self-guided Ride with Optional Boat Cruise Return

Visit Mount Vernon by Bike: Self-guided Ride with Optional Boat Cruise Return

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Experience the beauty of the Potomac River and Old Town Alexandria on this independent bike tour along the Mount Vernon Trail. Check out the historic estate, which was once home to George Washington, and wander through the grounds, galleries, and hallways of this stately mansion. Opt for a tour upgrade and kick back for your return trip on a narrated Potomac River cruise to Alexandria. This independent tour offers plenty of flexibility and is one of the best ways to explore Mount Vernon.
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  • 4 to 7 hours
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$50.00
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Customized, Private Guided Tour of Washington, DC

Customized, Private Guided Tour of Washington, DC

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THE COST OF THIS TOUR IS BY GROUP. Concierge Tours ensures that all our guests, no matter the size of the group, see exactly what they want in the time they are in the Washington, DC area. Now, Concierge Tours would like to show you as much as possible but there are simply not enough hours in a day to share all that Washington, DC has to offer. Please refer to the Tour Details to see the options of venues that are available to you and your family. Ask about our Night Tour of the National Monuments! Concierge Tours also caters to children! We keep them entertained and engaged during the tour.
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  • 4 to 8 hours
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$480.00
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Virginia Winery Day Tour

Virginia Winery Day Tour

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Choose Spirited Tours to be your designated driver and guide to Virginia's wines! We will pick you up from DC for a day tour of Virginia's winey country where you'll enjoy wine tastings at two different wineries and have lunch (available for purchase at the estate) while admiring the gorgeous views of the countryside. We will provide history bits, snacks and water, and behind-the-scenes tour and tastings. We will drop you off back in DC before sunset. We run winery tours on Saturdays and Sundays, on demand. Spirited Tours offers unforgettable experiences in Virginia. Join us on a public group tour and meet new friends, or call us for a private tour tailored to your needs and preferences. We work with a variety of partners, so feel free to contact us for details. ​ Our mission is to provide a safe, relaxed, memorable and very fun day as you get to know the local businesses and take in all the sights. Our team will always 'go the extra mile' to make your trip enjoyable!
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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$185.00
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Private Washington DC Day Trip from New York

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
  • Free Cancellation
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$1,199.00
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Private Customized Tour of Washington DC with US Veteran

Private Customized Tour of Washington DC with US Veteran

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Delve into the nation’s military history with a twenty-year Navy veteran as your guide on a private tour. Choose from an extensive list of museums, monuments, memorials, battlefields, cemeteries, and even the Pentagon (90 day advanced notice required) on an exclusive tour of Washington, DC and surrounding areas. Get unmatched insights and history and spend the day walking through the pages of a real life history book.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$460.00
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Perfect Private DC In A Day Tour with Lunch

Perfect Private DC In A Day Tour with Lunch

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Explore all Washington, D.C. has to offer on a full-day private tour. See where the country’s lawmakers spend a lot of their time at the Capitol Building and stroll by the White House. Then head to the National Mall to spot a number of the country’s most famous monuments like the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument. Enjoy a delicious lunch onboard a Potomac River cruise before viewing some of the country’s most important documents, like the Constitution, at the National Archives.
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  • 5 hours
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$575.00
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Private Tour of Washington DC

Private Tour of Washington DC

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I offer very personal guided tours of Washington DC, in French, Spanish and English.  I am a professional guide, member of the Guild of Guides in Washington DC. When not guiding, I work as an archaeologist and as a cultural heritage consultant internationally. A curious urban explorer, passionate about art, history and D.C.’s hidden tales, I arrange customized boutique tours for international visitors, local diplomats, corporate small groups and private families. Let's transform your time in Washington DC into an unforgettable experience. Contact me now !
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  • 2 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$65.00
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Private US Army and Pentagon Tour in Washington DC by Luxury Car

Private US Army and Pentagon Tour in Washington DC by Luxury Car

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Explore the military history of Washington, DC, on a 6-hour, private tour of the Pentagon, Fort McNair, the Industrial College of Armed Forces, and Arlington Cemetery. This tour accommodates your group of up to 5 people, and includes round-trip hotel transport, entrance fees, and a personal driver/guide.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$513.38
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Washington DC Grand Tour

Washington DC Grand Tour

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Journal Tour & Travels besides showing off the Nation's Capital wonders, is unique since it's Cross-Cultural Spanish Portuguese tour, delivers the importance of how a multi-ethnic society has contribute in history to set the path of human tolerance and growth towards the twenty first century global vision.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$61.40
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George Washington's Mount Vernon & Old Alexandria Half-Day Guided Tour from DC

George Washington's Mount Vernon & Old Alexandria Half-Day Guided Tour from DC

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Venture beyond Washington DC city limits—and explore some of the nation’s key historical landmarks—on this half-day coach tour. Pick between morning and afternoon departure times, and set off via the George Washington Memorial Parkway: you’ll spy landmarks like the Robert E. Lee Childhood Home, George Washington Masonic National Memorial, and Alexandria’s Christ Church. Upon arrival, go for a self-led audio tour of Mount Vernon’s grounds and museum.
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  • 5 hours
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$79.00
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Full-Day Tour of Washington DC with Mount Vernon & Old Alexandria

Full-Day Tour of Washington DC with Mount Vernon & Old Alexandria

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See Washington DC’s top historical highlights in one day—and continue to George Washington’s former estate, Mount Vernon—on this comprehensive tour. Leave the driving to someone else, and hop aboard a comfortable coach in the morning: view landmarks like the Washington Monument and Jefferson Memorial, and make quick stops at the White House, US Capitol, and more. Then, head to Mount Vernon for a self-guided audio tour of the estate.
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  • 8 hours
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$138.00
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Private Marine Corps Tour of Washington DC by Luxury Car
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Private Marine Corps Tour of Washington DC by Luxury Car

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Get acquainted with the history of the United States Marine Corps on this guided, 6-hour, small group tour in Washington DC. From the Marine Corps War Memorial, aka the Iwo Jima Memorial, to the Marine Barracks, Marine Corps Base Quantico, and the National Museum of the Marine Corps, expert guides provide unique and detailed information. This intimate tour provides an incredible historical experience for those with an interest in the US Marine Corps. Lunch, entry fees and a local hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$795.00
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Private Civil War Tour of Washington DC by Luxury Car

Private Civil War Tour of Washington DC by Luxury Car

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Whether you’re a Civil-War know-it-all or just interested in US history, this Civil War tour of Washington DC takes you to some of the most important sites of that time. Explore Fort Stevens, Lincoln’s Cottage, Fort Ward, and the Robert E. Lee Memorial. Numbers are limited on this tour, ensuring you'll spend an intimate day with a small group of like-minded history buffs.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$499.00
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