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From NYC: Spanish Language Day Trip to Washington DC

1. From NYC: Spanish Language Day Trip to Washington DC

Journey from NYC to Washington on a full-day trip to see the sights of the nation’s capital with a Spanish-speaking guide. Visit the most important monuments, memorials and buildings you’ll recognize from TV and films. Head down South from NYC in a comfortable air-conditioned bus, passing through New Jersey and Delaware, with a stop in Delaware to stretch your legs and use the restrooms. Continue on past Maryland until Arlington, Virginia. The tour starts properly at Arlington National Ceremony, where the tour guide will take you to Kennedy’s grave and explore with you the lush grounds. Then, head to the Iwo Jima memorial, with time to take photos. During the whole journey, your guide will tell you interesting facts about the city.   Next, head to Washington DC across the Potomac River. Pass along Constitution Avenue where you’ll see the State Department, the Institute of Peace, and the Albert Einstein Memorial. Go to the National Mall and walk with your guide to places that have been featured in movies and TV series. See the Korean War Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Vietnam War Memorial. You’ll recognize the Reflecting Pool from Forrest Gump. You’ll also see the most-visited monument in the city, the World War II Memorial.   Back on the bus, you’ll continue to view offices of important organizations such as the Organization of American States, the American Red Cross, and the Treasury Department until you finally reach the White House. Take some time to take pictures in the gardens before continuing on to see the FBI buildings, the National Archives, and more. Your final stop will be the Air and Space Museum, where you’ll have some free time to visit the exhibits, have lunch, and take photos of the Capitol Building. On the way back to NYC, you’ll be treated to a night-time panoramic view of NYC from New Jersey. 

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From New York City: Washington and Philadelphia 1-Day Tour

2. From New York City: Washington and Philadelphia 1-Day Tour

Your day will begin with an early morning departure from Times Square in Manhattan, where you’ll be greeted by your bilingual tour guide for the day. After 4-5 hours, your first destination will be the nation's current capital, Washington, DC. Once there, visit the Iwo Jima Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial. During the tour, stop for a classic outside view of the White House, home and office of the U.S. President, and the Capitol Building, home of the U.S. Congress. Your visit to Washington concludes with free time for lunch on your own and a possible short visit to one of the Smithsonian museums, the world-famous National Air and Space Museum. Your next destination, after a 3-hour journey, will be the first-ever U.S. capital, Philadelphia, PA. Visit its historic Old City neighborhood and the Independence National Historical Park where your guide will lead you on a brief walking tour. Then, ascend to the top of the Rocky Steps before returning to Times Square in Manhattan.

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From NYC: Washington D.C. Day Trip

3. From NYC: Washington D.C. Day Trip

Depart from New York City, and pass through the states of New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland before arriving in the nation’s capital, Washington D.C. On this full-day tour you’ll see the iconic landmarks of the U.S. government, such as the Capitol, home to the U.S. Congress, and the White House, home to the president. Continue on to the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum before visiting the Lincoln, Washington, Korean War, and Vietnam War memorials. In the late afternoon you’ll enjoy a panoramic city tour before setting off on your return journey to New York City, arriving in the early evening.

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Washington DC: 2-Hour National Mall Tour by Electric Vehicle

4. Washington DC: 2-Hour National Mall Tour by Electric Vehicle

Glide around the streets of Washington DC on a guided tour by a battery-operated eCruiser. See all the major monuments of the US capital, like the Capitol Hill, the White House, and the Lincoln Memorial. Start your tour at the impressive Smithsonian complex and pass the famous monuments to Jefferson, Lincoln, and Washington. Pay tribute to the veterans of World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. Continue past the most famous Washington landmark of all – the White House. As you meander, listen to stories and tales of Washington’s history from your guide. Get tips and advice on any upcoming events you might be interested in. Finally, feast your eyes on the buildings of Capitol Hill and learn the history behind them. End your tour on a high note by asking your guide for an amazing lunch spot before exploring the rest of DC on your own.

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From Washington DC: Mount Vernon & Old Town Alexandria Tour

5. From Washington DC: Mount Vernon & Old Town Alexandria Tour

The first adventure on this historic tour is winding through the streets of Old Town Alexandria - to explore and experience George Washington's hometown - past Robert E. Lee’s boyhood home, the George Washington Masonic Temple, and the Historic Christ Church. Get ready to be wowed as you see this colonial-themed hot spot, consisting of more than 200 restaurants and boutiques! Next, you'll ride along the Potomac River and visit the Mount Vernon Estate - one of the Washington, DC, area’s premier sightseeing attractions. You will explore historic Mount Vernon – from the mansion’s interior where President Washington resided, to his beloved gardens, and final resting place.  After time for lunch at the Mt Vernon Food Court (lunch not included in the tour price), you will have time to learn more about George Washington’s life and legacy in both the Museum and Education Center – home to more than 700 original objects (including his false teeth) and 25 theaters and galleries. There is even a multi-media theatre where it actually snows! After shopping for unique gifts at the Mt Vernon Shops, you will be entertained by your guide as you return back to Washington DC.

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Washington DC Monuments at Night Electric Vehicle Tour

6. Washington DC Monuments at Night Electric Vehicle Tour

Ready to test your night photography skills and see some jaw-dropping views while learning the history of the United States through the National Mall? Hop into the all-electric red Roadsters and get ready for the ride of your vacation. Start your tour at the Smithsonian metro station, where your guide will take you back in time to the city’s origins and give you some tips for exploring the city on your own. As you work your way through the Smithsonian complex, your guide will regale you with the story behind the amazing museums and help you choose which one you will visit during your stay.  Next, you’ll be taken past two of DC’s most incredible monuments, the Washington Monument and the Jefferson Memorial. Afterward, wander through the FDR and MLK memorials and enjoy a stroll along the jaw-dropping Tidal Basin at sunset.  Continue on past the World War I and World War II Memorials to the Lincoln Memorial, where you will be blown away by views of the Potomac River and the National Mall sparkling in the dark.  Be entertained by stories of the city’s history, statues, and famous buildings on your way to the White House, where you’ll see possibly the most iconic American structure. Continue on towards Capitol Hill to be astounded by the Capitol Building. End your tour on a high note by asking your guide for some recommendations for the rest of your stay in the city. RedRoadsters are the personal and comfortable way to tour the National Mall. Equipped with roll-down clear siding they’re the perfect way to sightsee in the rain or wind and come equipped with warm blankets in the winter for your comfort.

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Mount Vernon Full-Day Bike and Boat Tour

7. Mount Vernon Full-Day Bike and Boat Tour

Enjoy a full-day bike ride to and from Mount Vernon on the banks of the Potomac River, or rest your legs on the return journey and travel by boat! Meet in the Old Town of Alexandria to pick-up your bike and helmet. Then, cycle along the wooded Mount Vernon Trail to George Washington’s historic Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens. Lock your bike outside the estate for tour staff to pick up. Then, spend the day self-exploring the grounds and mansion house. The mansion’s interior has mostly been restored to the appearance at the time of George and Martha Washington's occupancy. Enter Washington’s study and feel a part of history! Take time for lunch, and enjoy a leisurely stroll in the gardens and farm. Then, bike back to Alexandria, or opt to return by boat. Climb aboard the Miss Christin for the 2:00 PM departure from Mount Vernon’s dock. Relax on the narrated cruise as you glide back to Alexandria's Old Town.

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From New York: Niagara Falls, Washington & Philadelphia Tour

8. From New York: Niagara Falls, Washington & Philadelphia Tour

During your visit to New York, don’t miss the allure of visiting one of the most amazing natural wonders of the world, Niagara Falls, and two of the nation’s capitals, Washington D.C. and Philadelphia. On your first day of this combo tour, you will travel by comfortable motor coach to Niagara Falls, enjoying the scenic landscape of upstate New York (travel time is approximately 7-8 hours, each way. Upon arrival at your destination, you will begin experiencing the adventure, beauty, and natural wonder of the Niagara Falls on board the historic Maid of the Mist boat cruise or from other observation points, Cave of the Winds Gorge Walk or other available observation points (when the Maid of the Mist is not running). During your visit, you will learn about the interesting history of these mighty waters and enjoy spectacular views of the falls from different vantage points. After an unforgettable experience and wonderful memories, you will return to Times Square in Manhattan arriving back between 11:00 PM and midnight. Two days later you will depart again from Times Square now heading south to two of the nation’s capitals. Your first destination visit will be Washington D.C. the current capital, where your tour will begin with a visit to the Iwo Jima Memorial, dedicated to honoring the US Marines. You will continue with a visit to the impressive Lincoln Memorial honoring the president who promoted the abolition of slavery in the United States. Washington D.C. is the center for all three branches of the U.S. government. During this tour, you will stop for a classic outside view of the seat of two of them, the White House, home and office of the U.S. President and the Capitol Building, home of the U.S. Congress and where the laws of this country are made. Your visit to Washington concludes with free time for lunch on your own and a possible short visit to one of the Smithsonian museums, the world-famous National Air and Space Museum. Your next destination is the first-ever U.S. capital, chosen during the Revolutionary War, Philadelphia, PA. After an approximately 3-hour journey, you'll arrive directly to Philadelphia's historic Old City neighborhood. Your first stop will be at the Independence National Historical Park where your guide will lead you on a brief walking tour. You will have the opportunity to see some of the main historical sites such as the Liberty Bell, the famous symbol of America's independence, and Independence Hall, the birthplace of the United States It was within its walls that America's founding documents, the Declaration of Independence (July 4, 1776) and Constitution, were debated and adopted. Your visit to Philadelphia concludes with a stop at the Rocky Steps, in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where you'll have an opportunity to re-enact the famous scene from the 1976 movie by ascending to the top of the steps. The days’ itineraries might be modified based on traffic conditions, road closings and time constraints.

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From Washington DC: Gettysburg Battlefield Private Tour

9. From Washington DC: Gettysburg Battlefield Private Tour

The adventure begins with pickup from your accommodation in Washington DC and heads to the historical Gettysburg in Pennsylvania. Arrive at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum first, and learn about the Gettysburg Battle and its outcome on the Civil War. Next, enjoy a two hour guided tour of the infamous Gettysburg Battlefield. Walk in the footsteps of the soldiers who fought across these vast grasslands. Hear stories of how the battle was fought, which sadly took 51,000 casualties. Enjoy time for lunch at the charming Dobbin House Tavern or General Pickett’s Buffet (meal not included), then head back to DC.

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Washington DC: E-Bike Tour of the National Mall

10. Washington DC: E-Bike Tour of the National Mall

Ride through the entire National Mall and circle the Tidal Basin on this fun and informative E-bike tour. Start at the waterfront, and listen to a brief introduction about the E-bikes. Then, head out to begin your 9-10 mile tour. Follow your knowledgeable guide past the Smithsonian Museums, and around to all the major sites including the U.S. Capitol, Supreme Court, Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington Monument, WWII Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and Korean War Veterans Memorial. Conclude the trip by riding around the Tidal Basin and touring the Martin Luther King Jr, FDR, and Jefferson Memorials. Hear about the history, lore, and latest happenings around the DC museums and find yourself in great self-spots and in front of picturesque views. Your guide will also stop and share some hidden gems along the way. See all the major monuments and memorials as well as treasures you might not find on your own. The tour is extensive and the riding is easy with pedal-assist bikes enabling you to see more and pedal less.

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What people are saying about Washington, DC

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 1,421 reviews

Highly recommend! We had our 3 kids, ages 19, 15 & 11. He drove us around and gave us history on whatever we passed. He stopped and let us out at the FDR monument (which we loved), the MLK Jr monument, and the Lincoln Monument where we could also walk over to the Vietnam & Korean War monuments. We had ear pieces so we could hear him over the noise of traffic if it got loud.

The itinerary was good and the guide Okai was perfect. We left NYC close to 7 am and were back at 9pm. Though the 9 hour bus trip is a bit tiring but the impressions definitely got over it. The only thing Id like to improve is to have a bit more free time there explore the city.

Fantastic way to get oriented and see a lot in a short period of time. It would take you two days of walking to see everything we saw during the tour. Our tour guide was knowledgeable and really enhanced the tour with history and stories as we rode along.

Una experiencia inolvidable. Excelente compañía, muy responsables, puntuales y amables.

Excelente excursión. Bien organizado. Estupendo guía. Muy recomendable.