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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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Gettysburg Day Trip from Washington DCDay Trips

Gettysburg Day Trip from Washington DC

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Once you’ve experienced some of America’s greatest icons, take this memorable day trip to Gettysburg to explore some of its deepest historical roots, too. Enjoy the comfort of coach bus transport as you make your way through the countryside of Maryland and Pennsylvania. See Cemetery Ridge, where Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address, and learn about the largest battle ever fought on American soil during a narrated show and a detailed miniature military diorama. This tour includes a stop at the restored home of George Washington Shriver, too.
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  • 10 hours 30 minutes
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Washington DC to New York Day Trip by RailDay Trips

Washington DC to New York Day Trip by Rail

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Explore New York City on this full-day adventure from Washington DC. Take a train from the nation’s capital to the Big Apple, then enjoy a day of sightseeing on board a double-decker bus. See many of the city’s famous attractions, from Times Square to the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty. Customize the tour to meet individual needs. Make a stop to shop, visit a museum or attend a concert or theater performance. This tour includes round-trip train fare, a 2-course lunch, plus a headset to hear the guide clearly.
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  • 16 hours
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  • 16 hours

Mount Vernon and Old Town Alexandria Day Trip from Washington DCDay Trips

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
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  • 5 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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 15 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Customized, Private Guided Tour of Washington, DCDay Trips

Customized, Private Guided Tour of Washington, DC

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THIS 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. A customized itinerary will be created and reviewed so that our guests know exactly what sights they will visit on the day(s) they spend on tour. 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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  • 4 to 8 hours

George Washington's Mount Vernon and Arlington National Cemetery TourDay Trips

George Washington's Mount Vernon and Arlington National Cemetery Tour

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A captivating day filled with American history. Tour includes visits to Old Town Alexandria, George Washington's Mount Vernon, and Arlington National Cemetery. Dating back to the early 1700s, Old Town Alexandria played a significant role in early American history and was the adopted hometown of George Washington. George Washington's Mount Vernon entrance includes a host of colonial-era buildings, beautiful gardens, and a museum and visitor center. Arlington National Cemetery entrance an interpretative tour with stops near the Kennedy gravesites and Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Mount Vernon & Old Town Alexandria TourDay Trips

Mount Vernon & Old Town Alexandria Tour

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The home of the first president, first in war, first in peace, and the man of integrity and honor. Tour conducted by world-renowned archaeologist and historian Dr. Yohannes Zeleke.
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  • 6 hours
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  • 6 hours
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Luxury Tours of Mount Vernon Day Trips

Luxury Tours of Mount Vernon

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Up to five guests are picked up in a luxury SUV at Alexandria, Arlington, 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
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  • 5 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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War Memorials and Arlington National Cemetery TourDay Trips

War Memorials and Arlington National Cemetery Tour

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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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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Washington DC Legend Daytime Comprehensive TourDay Trips

Washington DC Legend Daytime Comprehensive Tour

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Explore the most famous monuments and war memorials of Washington, DC on this comprehensive, guided, full-day sightseeing tour. Climb aboard a mini bus with a small group and 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 the United States Capitol, the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, the White House, Arlington Cemetery, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial and many other landmark locations. Hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 7 hours
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  • 7 hours
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Mount Vernon Day Tour from Washington DCDay Trips

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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  • 5 hours
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Private Customized Tour of Washington DC with US VeteranDay Trips

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
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 12 hours
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Visit Mount Vernon by Bike: Self-guided Ride with Optional Boat Cruise ReturnDay Trips

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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Washington DC to Philadelphia Self Guided Day Trip by RailDay Trips

Washington DC to Philadelphia Self Guided Day Trip by Rail

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Explore this self-guided tour of the ‘City of Brotherly Love’ on a full-day trip to Philadelphia from Washington, D.C., with train tickets, lunch and tickets for a hop-on, hop-off tour. Enjoy the flexibility to see just the sites that interest you most, from Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell to the city’s cutting-edge museums. Relax over a fun 2-course lunch at Hard Rock Cafe Philadelphia, then keep touring the city with live narration and insider tips. See the best of Philadelphia, and finish your day with a return trip to D.C.
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  • 14 hours
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  • 14 hours

Alexandria Virginia to Philadelphia by Rail Day TripDay Trips

Alexandria Virginia to Philadelphia by Rail Day Trip

Explore the the ‘City of Brotherly Love’ on a full-day trip to Philadelphia from Alexandria, Virginia, with train tickets, lunch and tickets for a hop-on, hop-off tour. Enjoy the flexibility to see just the sites that interest you most, from Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell to the city’s cutting-edge museums. Relax over a fun 2-course lunch at Hard Rock Cafe Philadelphia, then keep touring the city with live narration and insider tips. See the best of Philadelphia, and finish your day with a return trip to Alexandria.
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  • 1 day
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  • 1 day

Washington D.C. to New York City Day Trip by AirDay Trips

Washington D.C. to New York City Day Trip by Air

Explore New York City on this full-day adventure from Washington DC. Fly from the nation’s capital to the Big Apple, then enjoy a day of sightseeing on board a double-decker bus. See many of the city’s famous attractions, from Times Square to the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty. Customize the tour to meet individual needs. Stop to shop, visit a museum or attend a concert or theater performance. This Viator exclusive includes all the necessary transfers, lunch and a Washington DC hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 17 hours 30 minutes
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Private Tour of Washington DCDay Trips

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
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  • 2 to 10 hours
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DC Monuments By Day Day Trips

DC Monuments By Day

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Get to know the monuments of Washington DC on a sightseeing tour that provides the ideal introduction to the city--perfect for the start of your stay. You'll pass by top attractions such as Lincoln Memorial and the White House, plus, depending on the season of your visit, visit Georgetown or take a Potomac River cruise. This tour combines riding in a climate-controlled bus and walking around some areas, providing a comprehensive overview of the memorials and landmarks.
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  • 6 hours
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  • 6 hours

Monticello, VA Private TourDay Trips

Monticello, VA Private Tour

Enjoy a fully-guided private tour of Thomas Jefferson's Monticello and Charlottesville, Virginia. You will travel from Washington, DC, to Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello; passing historic American Civil War battlegrounds as well as Quantico, Virginia – home to the FBI Academy. Upon arrival, you and a knowledgeable tour guide will explore the beautiful estate of the American Founding Father and third US president. Situated atop an 870-foot hill overlooking Nearby-Charlottesville, Monticello genuinely radiates Jefferson’s personality and grace. You will walk through the home skillfully designed by Jefferson himself and observe his beloved vegetable garden. You will also enjoy viewing the surrounding vistas. Following your visit to the Monticello estate, you will have ample time to purchase and enjoy lunch at the historic Michie Tavern before returning to Washington, DC.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Private US Army and Pentagon Tour in Washington DCDay Trips

Private US Army and Pentagon Tour in Washington DC

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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
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 6 hours
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Washington DC to Niagara Falls Self Guided Day Trip by AirDay Trips

Washington DC to Niagara Falls Self Guided Day Trip by Air

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Visit Niagara Falls on a full-day, independent trip from Washington, D.C. with plane tickets, ground transfers, lunch and a sightseeing cruise. Enjoy views of New England during the scenic, 80-minute flight, and take in the falls at your own pace. Get close to the thundering white water with tickets for the Maid of the Mist boat, then browse the shops and attractions that surround the falls. Pause for a 2-course lunch at Hard Rock Cafe Niagara Falls, and spend the afternoon exploring the historic town before flying back to D.C.
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  • 1 day
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  • 1 day

Mount Vernon TourDay Trips

Mount Vernon Tour

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Discover the place that President George Washington called home on a 5-hour tour to Mount Vernon. Relax and enjoy the scenery as provided transportation takes you from the capital into the countryside. Take a guided tour inside the mansion, then explore the 500 acre grounds independently and at your own pace. During the return trip to the city, stop at Christ Church in Alexandria, where Washington attended sermons.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Private John Wilkes Booth Escape Tour in Washington DCDay Trips

Private John Wilkes Booth Escape Tour in Washington DC

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Follow in the footsteps of John Wilkes Booth and his accomplice, David Herold, as they attempt to flee the Federal Army on this guided, full-day escape tour in Washington, DC. Transportation, entry fees, and lunch are included. Perfect for military history enthusiasts, particularly Abraham Lincoln assassination buffs.
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  • 8 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 8 hours
  • Taking safety measures

Private Civil War Tour of Washington DCDay Trips

Private Civil War Tour of Washington DC

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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
  • Taking safety measures
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