Washington, DC

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Top 10 attractions to see in Washington DC

When describing the US capital, suffice it to say that big things come in small packages. Within the 61-square-mile district, you can brush up on your American history, then walk among the locals and discover the spirit of the city's oldest neighborhoods.

Planning Your Visit

  • White House Tickets

    Make a reservation through your congressional office up to six months in advance and no less than 21 days. The self-guided tour takes place Tuesdays - Thursdays from 7:30AM to 11:00AM; Fridays from 7:30AM to 12:00PM; Saturdays from 7:30AM to 1:00PM. You must bring your government-issued identification on the day of the tour. Non-US citizens must contact their embassy in Washington DC for assistance. Admission is free.

  • US Capitol Tickets

    It's recommended to book the free, 90-minute tour well in advance either through your senator's or representative's office. You can also make a reservation online yourself. The Visitors' Center is open Monday through Saturday from 8:30AM to 4:30PM. Admission is free.

  • Washington Monument Tickets

    Due to the limited number of visitors allowed each day, tickets are issued on a first-come, first-served basis. You can either pick up your tickets at the Washington Monument Lodge on 15th Street or reserve your ticket in advance online for a fee of $1.50 per ticket. Every ticket indicates a specific entry time. Opening hours are daily from 9:00AM to 10:00PM (Memorial Day through Labor Day), otherwise from 9:00AM to 5:00PM. Admission is free.

  • What else is for free?

    It's free to visit the memorials, the Smithsonian Museums, and the National Zoo. Admission is also free to enter the US National Archives, but it's advised that you make a reservation in advance at a fee of $1.50 per ticket.

Good to know

  • Language
    English
  • Currency
    USD ($)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (-05:00)
  • Country Code
    +1
  • Best time to visit
    Spring - it's just getting warmer and it may not be as crowded as the summer!

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What people are saying about Washington, DC

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 5,329 reviews

Tyrone was the tour guide and Chris was the driver. Chris did a great job maneuvering the traffic, parking in convenient locations for our stop and being very helpful with our ingress/egress. Tyrone was excellent with his historical knowledge and facts as well as very personable. He also was extremely helpful with our ingress and egress ensuring our safety. He was also very helpful by taking our pictures in perfect locations. We highly recommend these individuals and company.

Our guides were very knowledgeable and helpful. We were late and with the help of the Guide Your Guide app we were able to notify them and they waited for us 7 minutes. Everything was beautiful at night. I definitely recommend this tour.

Noor was a very knowledgeable and personable guide! His continuing reading and study gave him lots of very interesting anecdotes about the places and those in whose honor they stand. I would highly recommend it!

The directions to find where the bus meets you were awful. All they had to do was say, "On the top level of L'Enfant Plaza, next to the International Spy Museum." The tour itself was excellent!

Our guide was excellent. He was knowledgeable, friendly and a perfect host. We could not have asked for a more wonderful experience and guide.