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Best of Washington DC Tour with Gray Line Washington DC

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From 55.00
Duration 9 Hours




The Best of Washington DC tour here at Gray Line DC includes all of the must-see stops in the Nation's Capital. If you’re looking for the perfect Washington DC sightseeing experience, look no further. There is no better way to see D.C.! This is a full-day, nine-hour tour, carefully designed to provide guests with a comprehensive, narrative experience of the best monuments and memorials in Washington

Best of Washington DC Tour Highlights

  • All of our drivers are licensed, Washington, D.C. tour guides
  • Visit the White House’s south lawn (Photo stop)
  • See the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial or Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
  • From the comfort of our Sprinter / Motorcoach (we reserve the right to modify any closed-top motor coach as necessary), view the Washington Monument, National Archives, FBI Building, and so much more

Tour Exclusions

  • Hotel Pick-up
  • Lunch
  • Optional gratuities

Please Note

This Best of Washington DC sightseeing tour is not available on New Year's Eve, New Year's Day, Thanksgiving or Christmas Day You must be present at our Union Station office by 8:45 am at the latest 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 weather, in which case we will try to switch up and provide a closed-top motorcoach.

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4.5 / 5   overall customer review rating
Jun 28 2019
Enjoyed the choice of places visited and the time allowed at each place.
reviewed by a Gray Line customer
Apr 22 2019
Tour guide was awesome 👏🏻 thank you Bob! The stops were good!
reviewed by a Gray Line customer
Oct 25 2017
It was just a wonderful tour to be completed in a days time. I was able to see and experience major attractions in Washington DC
reviewed by Mr Mohd Sajid B
Oct 16 2017
reviewed by Mr Jovian Ho
Sep 02 2017
It was a wonderful tour where we stayed on one bus for the entire day. We had the same driver, he would tell us where he was going to pick us up and at what time he gave us explicit instructions about going into the US Capitol building and how to get our time tickets for a tour. We toured the entire city effortlessly
reviewed by Ms Elaine Rau
Jun 14 2017
See above comments. No more
reviewed by a Gray Line customer

Tour Itinerary

The tour includes both a guided tour of the best things to see in Washington while riding an open-top double-decker (we reserve the right to modify any closed-top motor coach as necessary) and personal, in-your-own-time, exploration at each location. This approach allows you to learn from our experienced guide’s experience while also getting off the bus and getting a closer look at some of the most important historical sites and artifacts in US history!

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.

We will also go to 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). 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.
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 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, and Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall. 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 want to spend a day in the city with our fantastic, licensed driver guides, then this is the tour that you should be on. The experience is a combination of historical narrative by the driver guide and on-your-own exploration at all of these stops. We combine so many sites into just one day, making for an action-packed experience. You’ll see everything from the White House to the Lincoln Memorial, with plenty of time to take photographs.

Motorcoach Stops:

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 (This is a brief Photo Stop only)

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate (Photo Stop only)

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

Lincoln Cottage (Photo Stop)

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall

Korean War Memorial


VIEWS FROM COACH (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 Archives
Washington Monument
Grant Memorial
Willard Hotel
Freedom Plaza

Pickup Info

50 Massachusetts Ave. NE, Washington, DC 20002 • [email protected] • (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 Gray Line / Peter Pan building. Please arrive approximately 30 minutes prior to your assigned departure time


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