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Combo Special: Patriot Tour & 1/2 Off DC After Dark

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Duration 1 Day Tour and 1 Night Tour




Enjoy a Hop-On, Hop-Off tour of DC and a traditional 3-hour tour of Washington, DC at night!


Patriot Hop-On, Hop-Off Tour

  • See all the major DC landmarks and monuments. 27 stops total.
  • Make the most of the fantastic, unobstructed views from the top of the bus for the best photo opportunities in the city
  • Hop on and off at your leisure, customizing your own ideal DC experience
  • Last double decker leaves Union Station at 4 p.m., and you should be able to ride until roughly 6 p.m.
DC After Dark Tour
  • See DC’s famous national monuments illuminated
  • Enjoy the beauty of the Iwo Jima, Lincoln, and many other memorials
  • Stop for can’t-miss photo opportunities at select monuments


Patriot Tour

  • Ability to purchase tickets, and thus begin tour, at any of 27 stops
  • Hotel pick-ups on the route include the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill ---- 400 New Jersey Ave. NW; and The Liaison Capitol Hill --- 415 New Jersey Ave NW. This is stop 21 on the Red Loop.
  • Unlimited hop-on, hop-off privileges for duration selected
  • Live commentary
DC After Dark Tour
  • Narrated night tour as you drive around to each historic monument and memorial


  • Hotel Pick-up (For the DC After Dark Tour)
  • Food and beverages
  • Optional guide gratuities

Please Note

Patriot Tour

  • Buses run daily, every 30 minutes, with the first departure at 9 a.m. and last departure at 4 p.m. from Union Station, finishing between 5:30 and 6 p.m.
  • Please bring a copy of your voucher to any of the 27 bus stops and present it to the bus hostess. It will then be exchanged for a ticket.
  • Children under 5 ride free!
  • This tour is unavailable on Memorial Day, July 3rd, July 4th, New Year’s Eve, New Years Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.
  • You must be present at our Union Station office by the time the tour is scheduled to depart 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. You should arrive between 15-30 minutes before your tour's scheduled start time to check in properly.
  • Our drivers are licensed DC sightseeing guides, but they do not get off and accompany you to each memorial, as they are responsible for the motor coach, itself.
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.

100% of reviewers liked this tour
Jan 02 2017
Patriot tour was very good. The red line tour bus seats were not very comfortable. The blue line was comfortable. It was the way to get around and see everything. Loved the night tour!


If you’ve ever wanted to see the sights of the capital city both at day and night, this is the tour for you! Gray Line DC offers a Hop-On, Hop-Off experience for you by day, and a traditional, guided tour by night, when the city really comes to life.

What can you see on this Tour?

The Red and Blue Loops on the Hop-On, Hop-Off day tour cover the heart of Washington, DC's monuments and memorials, including the iconic Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument, the regal White House, and the hallowed grounds of Arlington National Cemetery.

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!

RED LOOP (First Departure from Union Station at 9 am; a coach departs every 20-30 minutes and a full loop takes two hours)

1. Union Station
2. U.S. Capitol and Botanical Garden
3. American Indian Museum
4. Air and Space Museum
5. Smithsonian Castle
6. Washington Monument West
7. Bureau of Engraving and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
8. Jefferson Memorial
9. MLK and FDR Memorial
10. Lincoln Memorial South and Korean War Memorial (Getting off here gets you near BLUE LOOP SWITCHOVER POINT)
11. Lincoln Memorial North and Vietnam Memorial (YELLOW LOOP SWITCHOVER POINT)
13. Washington Monument East
14. American History Museum
15. Natural History Museum
16. Newseum
17. Portrait Gallery and Spy Museum
18. City Center
19. Ford's Theatre & Madame Tussauds
21. National Archives and National Art Gallery
22. Liaison & Hyatt Hotels

BLUE LOOP Only (Buses come around every 30 minutes)

23. Washington Monument West (the main transfer point for the Blue Loop, first bus leaves at 9 am, RED LOOP SWITCHOVER POINT)
24. Lincoln Memorial South & Korean War Memorial
25. Lincoln Memorial North & Vietnam War Memorial
26. Arlington National Cemetery
27. Pentagon City Mall

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
Iwo Jima Memorial

Redemption Instructions

washingtondc@grayline.com • 1-877-332-8689 • For Big Bus Tours: Present a copy of your printed electronic voucher to a bus hostess at any of the 27 bus stops or stops on the appropriate color loop to receive your tickets. No confirmation call is required. You DO NOT need to come to Union Station to redeem your vouchers. However, if you plan to start from there, you DO NOT need to go upstairs to the Gray Line office; you can simply present your voucher to a Big Bus representative at their Main Level kiosks, or out front, where their buses are waiting. Call the 1-877 number if you have questions regarding times, location of stops, when the next bus is arriving, etc

50 Massachusetts Ave. NE, Washington, DC 20002 • washingtondc@grayline.com • (202) 779-9894 • DC AFTER DARK 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. Please arrive approximately 30 minutes prior to your assigned departure time for each tour. 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 on the same day

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