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WHY YOU SHOULD GO

See all of the famous sights in America’s capital city, like the White House, U.S. Capitol Building, and the World War II Memorial!

Highlights

  • All of our drivers are licensed, Washington, D.C. tour guides
DC In a Day
  • Receive a tour of the U.S. Capitol Building Tuesday through Saturday
  • Visit the White House’s south lawn and visitor’s center
  • See the World War II Memorial and Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
DC After Dark
  • See the monuments and memorials lit up at night
  • Jefferson Memorial

Inclusions

  • Admissions

Exclusions

  • Hotel Pick-up
  • Lunch
  • Optional gratuities

Please Note

  • Tours are not available on New Year's Eve, New Year's Day, Thanksgiving or Christmas Day. Furthermore, night tours are also not available on Christmas Eve or New Year's Eve.
  • You must be present at our Union Station office by 9 am at the latest for the day tour, and 6:30 or 7 pm (depending on time of year) for the night tour to guarantee ridership on the tour. We are located at 50 Massachusetts Ave. NE, Washington, DC 20002, on the Bus Terminal Level. Once the tour departs, guests cannot join along the route.
  • Please note that you will be riding an open-top double decker bus, unless there is inclement or extremely cold weather, in which case we will try to switch up and provide a closed-top motorcoach

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Feb 28 2017
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Itinerary

ITINERARY

DC in a Day

When you have one day in this historic city, it can be hard to think of where to start to fit in all the sightseeing possible. With Gray Line, one day is all you need to see more sights than you would ever have thought possible.

What can you see on this Tour?

Starting at 9 am, this tour begins at Union Station – which is a historic structure in its own right. This station was built back in 1907 and has stood much unchanged in the years since, despite a few technological improvements.
The first part of the tour will take you to the U.S. Capitol Building, which is where some of the most important decisions involving the United States are made. This is the legislative portion of the government, in which bills are passed and motions voted on. It’s a brilliant place to learn about how laws are made and where the government comes together to make huge changes to American life. The building gives visitors the perfect mix of education and architecture in one place.


Next comes the White House, where you’ll have the chance to take a couple of memorable photographs (public tours are no longer permitted --- you must request a tour through your local congressman or senator). We’ll also check in at the White House Visitors Center while there and get closer to the building itself. The next stop on our tour will take us to the World War II Memorial, which is located on the National Mall. This monument to those that lost their lives in the war is huge and there are columns with wreaths that each represent a state. The most chilling part of this monument are the 4,048 golden stars, each one of which mark 100 Americans who gave their lives during this war
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The National Mall is filled with some of the most famous sights that this city has to offer, such as the Reflecting Pool and Lincoln Memorial. Visitors will have the chance to see these sights alongside many others like the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall and Iwo Jima Memorial. To top this tour off, you’ll also see a variety of sights from the comfort of our motor coach – which is driven by an experienced, licensed driver guide. Catch a glimpse of the FBI Building, National Archives and Washington Monument.

Why should you go on this Tour?

If you’re spending a day in the city and want to see all that you can, then this is the tour that you should be on. We combine so many sites into just one day, making for an action packed day. You’ll see everything from the White House to the Lincoln Memorial, with plenty of time to take photographs. The experience is a combination of historical narrative by the driver guide and on-your-own exploration at all of these stops.

DC After Dark

If you’ve ever wanted to see the sights of the capital city in the twilight hours, this is the tour for you! Washington DC is fantastic by day and, at night, it really comes to life, with the monuments lit up from below.

What can you see on this Tour?

Seeing DC monuments at night is a special experience that not many visitors to the city try out. The various landmarks look brilliant while illuminated and with this tour you’ll see so many of them. Our in-depth tours is available almost every evening of the year, so we’ll take you around the city any time.

There are stops on the tour at which visitors can stop off and take a look around, such as the impassive Lincoln Memorial and the inspiring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. The Lincoln Memorial is one of the best sights to see in the city, as it’s a humbling homage to the 16th president. The architecture of the memorial is astounding and looking upon it is sure to inspire awe in any visitor.
War memorials also take pride of place in the city, with the Iwo Jima and Korean War Memorials, both of which look especially striking in the dark. The Korean War Memorial is made up of 19 life-size soldier figures and, at night, these are illuminated by spotlights. It makes for a wonderful trip for those interested in military history or sculptures. A stop at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall (not very well lit per the request of the National Park Service) is also a humbling experience and with this tour you can spend time truly appreciating it. There are almost 60,000 names on this war memorial of those who were killed or missing during the conflict.

These memorials are just a couple of the most famous in the city and they are truly breathtaking at dusk.

The White House is often pictured on television during the day, so not many realize how it looks at night. The entire structure of the iconic building is lit and ,on this tour, you’ll get the opportunity to take a picture in front of it. This is the quintessential Washington DC sight, so you wouldn’t want to leave the city without a photo opportunity.

While you’re touring the city, you’ll also get to see more of the city from the comfort of our motor coaches. Travel in comfort as you see the U.S. Capitol Building, Washington Monument, Pennsylvania Avenue and more. Our experienced and licensed driver guide will show you all of the sights and give you insider knowledge on their history.

Why should you go on this Tour?

This tour is for any visitor that wants to see another side to the city and its monuments. The history and atmosphere experienced on the trip are unlike any other, so it’s perfect for those who have been on tours before, as well as newcomers to the city. Ride around the city in luxury and enjoy yourself as we show you DC after dark!

Tour start time by date:

6:30 - 9:30 pm
January to March 10, 2017
October 31st to December 30, 2017

7 - 10 pm
March 11th to October 30, 2017

Motor coach Stops:

DC In a Day

U.S. Capitol Building (Tuesday through Saturday) -- group gets off and walks to Visitor Center Entrance. Guided tours of the Capitol (which we can no longer consistently book in advance, so it may require getting free, same-day passes on your own) begin at one of the Capitol Visitor Center’s orientation theaters with a 13-minute film, "Out of Many, One," which will take you on a journey through the United States' struggle to establish the world's first truly representative democracy and introduce you to the magnificent building that houses Congress. Once inside the historic Capitol, visitors will see the Crypt, the Rotunda, and National Statuary Hall.


White House Visitors Center
White House (This is a brief Photo Stop only)
World War II Memorial
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
Lincoln Memorial
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall
Korean War Memorial
Iwo Jima Memorial

VIEWS FROM COACH/DOUBLE DECKER (Locations you will see as the motor coach is driving around and you are receiving a historical narrative from our driver guides):

FBI Building
Federal Triangle
House and Senate Office Building
National Gallery of Art
Tidal Basin
National Archives
Washington Monument
Grant Memorial
American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial

DC After Dark

STOPS (Locations guests get off and visit)
Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
Jefferson Memorial
Lincoln Memorial
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall
Korean War Memorial
White House (PHOTO STOP ONLY)
Iwo Jima Memorial

VIEWS FROM COACH/DOUBLE DECKER (Locations you will see as the motor coach is driving around and you are receiving a historical narrative from our driver guides):

U.S. Capitol Building
Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington Monument
U.S. Capitol Reflecting Pool
Federal Triangle
Kennedy Center
Georgetown

Redemption Instructions

50 Massachusetts Ave. NE, Washington, DC 20002 • washingtondc@grayline.com • (202) 779-9894 • On the day of your tour please present your voucher at the Gray Line ticket window on the bus level of the parking garage at Union Station. To get to the bus level, you will go to the center rear of Union Station and go up an escalator, then out the doors leading to the parking garage. Just outside those doors is a second escalator and we are located at the top on the left, inside the Greyhound Building. The DC In a Day Tour begins daily at 9 am (arrive between 8:30-8:45 am). The DC After Dark Tour start time varies by date: 6:30 - 9:30 pm January to March 10, 2017 and October 31st to December 30, 2017, 7 - 10 pm March 11th to October 30, 2017. You do not have to take both tours in the same day,

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