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Washington DC Day Trip from New York City

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icon11 to 13 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 8 more

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks provided for travelers
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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Overview

On this New York to Washington DC tour, check out the nation’s capital in a day with all logistics, transport, and entrance fees included so you’re totally free to focus on the sights. Traveling by comfortable minivan or bus with a guide for commentary—another advantage over an independent trip—view landmarks including the White House and Washington Monument. Plus, visit Arlington Cemetery and the National Air and Space Museum.
  • Experience the signature sights of Washington DC on a day trip from NYC
  • Hassle-free way to see and learn about the US capital’s landmarks
  • See the White House, Lincoln Memorial, and domed Capitol building
  • Visit Arlington Cemetery and the National Air and Space Museum

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

See nearly all of DC's key attractions and spend time at the Air and Space Museum—a rare combo.
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Professional tour guide
Transportation by 15-passenger van or a full-sized bus
Free Wi-Fi on bus only
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

W 42nd St & Port Authority Terminal, W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036, USA

Departure Time

6:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
This day trip to Washington DC from New York begins with a drive south through the East Coast states of Delaware, New Jersey, and Maryland before arriving in the US capital.

When you arrive, start your DC sightseeing tour at Arlington Cemetery where you're free to visit JFK's gravesite. Then, take a drive through the city center to admire landmarks such as the domed Capitol building and White House before visiting the National Air and Space Museum, part of the Smithsonian Institute. Finally, enjoy photo ops at some of DC’s most famous attractions near the National Mall—the Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and Korean War Veterans Memorial. Finally, begin the trip back to NYC, where your tour ends.

Please Note: This tour is scheduled to stop in front of the White House and the Capitol building for commentary and photo ops. However, please be aware that occasionally this is not possible due to security issues in Washington. If this occurs during your tour, the itinerary will be adjusted accordingly.
Itinerary
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Empire Vacations Day Tours - New York
Departing from New York and heading south, pass through the states of New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland before arriving at Washington DC's Capitol Hill. Here, your tour will start with a stop at Arlington Cemetery to visit JFK's gravesite. Next, head further into Washington to see the Capitol, Senate, and White House, the heart of the US government. Your tour then continues to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum before visiting the Washington, Lincoln, Vietnam, and Korean Memorials for exploration and pictures. Late in the afternoon, you'll embark on a panoramic city tour before departing Washington for an early-evening arrival back in New York City. Please Note: This tour is scheduled to stop in front of the White House, Capitol, and Senate for commentary and photo ops. However, please note that sometimes this is not possible due to security issues. In the event of this occurring, your tour will be adjusted accordingly.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Arlington National Cemetery
Veterans of every American war from the Revolution to the country's most recent conflicts are buried at Arlington, which was officially declared a military cemetery in 1864. Among the more than 260,000 dead are three unidentified service members, buried at the Tomb of the Unknowns, and John F. Kennedy, whose gravesite is marked by an eternal flame. Due to security a passport or U.S. ID will be required to enter Arlington Cemetery
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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U.S. Capitol
The Capitol is among the most architecturally impressive and symbolically important buildings in the world. The Senate and the House of Representatives have met here for more than two centuries. Begun in 1793, the Capitol has been built, burnt, rebuilt, extended, and restored; today, it stands as a monument not only to its builders but also to the American people and their government.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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White House
One of America's most recognizable historical and political symbols is also the home and office of the President of the United States.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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National Air and Space Museum
The most popular of the Smithsonian museums features the Wright Brothers' 1903 Flyer and Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
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Korean War Veterans Memorial
This memorial to Korean War veterans consists of the Pool of Remembrance and the triangular Field of Service depicting 19 soldiers on the field of combat.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Vietnam Veterans Memorial
This emotionally stirring memorial pays tribute to the men and women who served in one of America's most controversial wars.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Lincoln Memorial
"In this temple, as in the hearts of the people for whom he saved the Union, the memory of Abraham Lincoln is enshrined forever." Beneath these words, the 16th President of the United States sits immortalized in marble as an enduring symbol of unity, strength, and wisdom.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Wheelchair accessible; please advise at time of booking if wheelchair assistance is required
  • Depending on the rules on the day, sometimes a stop can be made for photographs from outside the fence
  • Time at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum is approximately 1.5-hours
  • For tours with fewer guests, vans may be substituted
  • Tours can be bilingual/multilingual as they are offered in many different languages
  • Children under the age of 2 are free, please advise at time of booking if infant is traveling
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Due to security, there is no entry to the White House
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Due to security a passport or U.S. ID will be required to enter Arlington Cemetery
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 54 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Empire Vacations

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Washington DC Day Trip from New York City?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Washington DC Day Trip from New York City.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Washington DC Day Trip from New York City?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Washington DC Day Trip from New York City.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Washington DC Day Trip from New York City?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Washington DC Day Trip from New York City.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Washington DC Day Trip from New York City?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Washington DC Day Trip from New York City.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Washington DC Day Trip from New York City?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 54 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Washington DC Day Trip from New York City.

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Traveler Tips


  • "If you are short on time, this tour is a must." See review
  • "Very long day, plus 1.5 hr traffic accident delay, but still well worth it." See review
  • "Probably a bit long and boring for children, better suited to adults and perhaps teenagers with an interest in history." See review

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Good experience
Lucie_e
, Mar 2020
Program well prepared, very entertaining guider. Unfortunately limited time for each stop, comfortable bus with wifi.
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Great tour
Clive_D
, Mar 2020
Tour guide was Bruno very knowledgable and great to DC plenty of time to see all the famous landmarks .only little thing was he had to explain everything in German and English must of been more annoying for him
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Lincoln memorial
Jason_P
, Mar 2020
Fantastic trip right from the word go, bang on time, really nice coach. Well organised, Jonathon the tour guide was exceptional and very hard working. The weather made it even more enjoyable sat in Washington having an ice cream. Really would recommend the trip you get to see all the sites shame the water was switched if at the Lincoln memorial (or Forest Gump memorial if you watched the movie.
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Do this tour!
EC83
, Feb 2020
Z was our tour guide and really made the day informative and enjoyable. One member of the group was slightly disruptive and argumentative but Z was very professional in dealing with him. The trip itself was a really good day out, back in Times Square around 830pm and we felt like we had seen all the highlights of DC. Thoroughly recommend.
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Washington Day Trip
Zulu
, Feb 2020
We were not told we needed our passports to enter Arlington Cemetery which meant we had to wait 45 minutes on the bus. The bus broke down 40 minutes from New York, a new bus was immediately sent to pick us up. Apart from the two issues the trip was excellent. The tour guide was informative and friendly.
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Washington DC day trip
James_M
, Feb 2020
Really enjoyed this day trip to D.C. Good amount of time to explore and take photos. Tour guide Brian was excellent and kept us all informed and entertained! Would recommend to anyone visiting NY.
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Awesome Tour to Washington DC
ausmex99
, Jan 2020
It was an an amazing tour to Washington DC. Everything ran like clockwork and was well planned. The tour guide was Jonathan was very knowledgeable and shared the rich history of American Independence, the founding fathers, the civil war, Arlington and Washington DC. It was an awesome tour and enjoyed by the whole family.
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Saman D
, Dec 2019
Should have provided a dedicated guide speaking English rather than try to share one guide between two languages.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Hi Saman, Thank you for the review. Will take this in consideration. Thanks Mike Amadeo Team
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Bad
Sunshine795420
, Dec 2019
The escort did nonuse a microphone because the people in the back but I also paid for my ticket. Everything is rushing, not even time to eat and enjoy the food. They took us to a museum that you visit in more than 45 minutes that was they give for eat in a 25 minutes waiting line and visit The museum. Make us walk under this heavy rain at the memorial cementery and 20 minutes to go to the bathroom and see if we could some food to eat in the bus. Sooooo desapointed.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2019
Dear traveler, We are very sorry that our trip to Washington didn't meet your expectations. Unfortunately weather conditions are beyond us but we always try our best to avoid walk in the rain and snow. The tour is designed to show you the most interesting sights in a limited amount of time. Each and every group has the same time schedule and all buses have GPS trackers so we can monitor time spent at each and every location, this is done on a daily basis. Museum stop is always over an hour. Thank you for your feedback, will definitely investigate your claims. Hopefully will have a chance to see you again! Amadeo Team
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The Big Day Out!
Vayda51
, Dec 2019
It is a big day, lots to see so an early start and late finish. For hubby and I this was the perfect 'whistle stop' tour of all the important and historic places that DC has to offer. Our guide had amazing knowledge as she conversed in both English and German. Just the right amount of information. Pick up and drop off was easy and there were stops for refreshments. Highly recommend.
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