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  • Washington DC: Walking Tour and African American Museum

    1. Washington DC: Walking Tour and African American Museum

    Meet your guide at the White House and begin your tour of Washington DC. From the outside, learn about the history of the White House and the people who inhabited it. Your local guide will share stories about America’s history and the influence of African Americans in DC. Next, see the Capitol One, one of the most architecturally impressive buildings in the world. Hear about the neoclassical United States Capitol, which is home to the House of Representatives and Senate. Finally, your guide will take you to the Washington Monument. Made of white marble and 550-feet tall, the obelisk is an iconic Washington DC landmark. After the walking tour, use your reserved entry tickets to visit the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Explore the museum on your own at your own pace.

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

    2. 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...

    Shaina, Our guide was amazing, entertaining, knowledgeable, interesting, and funny. I would recommend the electric car tours and our guide, Shaina, to everyone I know.

  • Washington DC: National Mall Night Bus Tour

    3. Washington DC: National Mall Night Bus Tour

    Start your 3-hour night tour at the U.S. Navy Memorial. Head to the U.S. Capitol Building, taking in views of the Smithsonian – the world’s largest museum complex – and the Washington Monument – the world’s tallest freestanding stone structure. Continue to the White House, the official residence of the U.S. president. Take a walk past Lafayette Park. Visit the World War II Memorial, and the Jefferson Memorial, built on the Tidal Basin, lined with cherry trees that were a gift from the people of Japan. Across the Tidal Basin, see the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. Take a walk to the Korean War Veterans Memorial, and on to the Lincoln and Vietnam Veterans memorials.

    Overall great tour, very informative. The description says to bring headphones, but it does not specify that the headphones are only for translation from English to Spanish or Mung. We had a deaf person in our party, and there was no accommodation for her. Be aware, even though this is a bus tour, still lots of walking.

  • Washington DC: Hop-On Hop-Off City Bus with River Cruise

    4. Washington DC: Hop-On Hop-Off City Bus with River Cruise

    Enjoy a full day of exploring with your 24-hour hop-on hop-off bus ticket. With an open-top roof, you’ll get amazing views of the White House, Capitol Hill, Jefferson Memorial, and more. Learn about the city’s most magnificent landmarks with an onboard audio guide. Hop-off at the wharf to enjoy your 2-way Potomac River cruise onboard the city water taxi. You can cruise along the water to see the John F. Kennedy Center, the Washington Monument, Arlington Memorial Bridge, and more before hopping back on the bus to continue your day. Your ticket gives you access to the city's 2 routes, giving you the freedom to hop-off and explore at your own pace. Your ticket also includes 1-hour bike rental, so you can get off the tourist trail and discover more of the city.

  • Washington, DC: Full-Day Tour with a Scenic River Cruise

    5. Washington, DC: Full-Day Tour with a Scenic River Cruise

    Spend the day discovering Washington DC while visiting historical landmarks and monuments. Learn about the memorials of famous American leaders who helped shape the United States and see architectural landmarks that commemorate important chapters in American history.

    On this tour visit historic and iconic places, like the breathtaking Jefferson and Lincoln Memorials, the unprecedented Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and the inspiring Marine Corps War Memorial. Head over to Georgetown Waterfront Park for a lunch break. Board the bus to visit the Iwo Jima Memorial and enjoy its spectacular views of Arlington Cemetery and the Washington, D.C. cityscape.

    During your tour learn from your live tour guide who hops off the bus with you to ensure you receive an intimate and personalized experience of each attraction.  Your guide will educate you on the important detai...

    Christopher and Ali were our guide and driver… they were awesome! They really knew their stuff! Christopher was so patient with those of us that were older & slower. Ali always had the bus right where it was supposed to be and very punctual. That was much appreciated. We also loved the boat ride. My only suggestion would be that as we sign up for this tour, from the description I was under the impression that lunch was included in the price of the tour. Maybe you could change the verbiage a bit. Thank you for a lovely day in our nations capital! Sucerey, Lori Strasburger

  • Washington, DC: African American History Tour

    6. Washington, DC: African American History Tour

    This tour will explore the rich and often untold history of African Americans in the nation’s capital. This tour highlights significant areas starting with a drive to Cedar Hill in the historic community of Anacostia -home of the famous freed slave and abolitionist Frederick Douglass, a renowned civil right activist, lawyer, and writer during his life. After taking a glimpse into the past at the Home of Frederick Douglas, proceed to Howard University - one of the oldest black universities in the United States. On the way to Howard University, you will drive by Lincoln Park to visit the statue of educator, activist, and founder of the National Council of Negro Women - Mary McLeod Bethune. Following your visit to the beautiful Howard University campus, drive through Le Driot Park, Shaw Neighborhood, and Historic “U” Street. Home to the largest urban African-American community in the Unit...

    This was excellent. Our guide was very good He was knowledgeable and really knew the area. It was our best tour.

  • Washington DC Monuments at Night Electric Vehicle Tour

    7. 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-on the all-electric red Roadsters and get ready for the ride of your vacation. You’ll 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 you own. As you work your way through the Smithsonian complex, your guide will regale you with 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. Afterwards, you’ll be able to 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 ...

    Unfortunately our taxi dropped at us wrong place so we were panicking and knew we couldn’t make to stop but Juliana called us and rest assured us we could get on tour next day no problem. It was a huge relief! Then our guide was fantastic. He had just moved from Wisconsin after graduating and wanted to try to get into history/politics. He was so nice and informative. All great customer experiences!

  • Washington: Haunted History Ghost Tour

    8. Washington: Haunted History Ghost Tour

    Visit the capital city's most haunted locations in the company of a knowledgeable and experienced guide. Kick off your tour with an introduction to the dark history of the nation's capital before embarking on a haunted route to 8 locations located near the White House. After an introduction into general history and hauntings of DC, walk through the dark streets to President's Park and listen to stories and eyewitness accounts of personal hauntings, like St. John's Episcopal Church, also known as the President's Church. From there, head to the most important haunted house in the country, the White House. Learn about Lincoln's ghost that greets each incoming President when they take office, and hear how he still tries to help the leaders of the free world from the grave. You will then visit a host of other haunted locations where you will hear, in gripping detail, the history and eyewitn...

    the tour guide was informative, answered all questions and engaged the group. My group with 4 seventeen year old girls really enjoyed the tour.

  • Washington, DC: Old Town Trolley City Tour

    9. Washington, DC: Old Town Trolley City Tour

    Climb aboard the Old Town Trolley and enjoy a comprehensive tour of Washington. Listen to the colorful anecdotes, humorous stories, and well-researched historical information your guide has to share. Upgrade to include a tram tour of Arlington Cemetery and a boat cruise on the Potomac River Sit back while expert tour guides help you discover the beauty and majesty of Washington, D.C. This popular tour covers Washington's major attractions such as the Lincoln Memorial, the White House, the museums of the Smithsonian Institution, and the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial.  The trolley will make one stop along the tour route at the Abraham Lincoln Memorial. While off the trolley, you can visit the Lincoln Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall. You will have 30 minutes to explore the area while your guide and the trolley wait for you. Please see below the...

    One of the best experiences we have ever had! We Absolutely love Washington and this tour was incredible. Doug was a great teller. In the evening, we did this tour but the Monuments by night with Mr. History. Mind blowing, Incredible. The best best best decision to do this. Thank you!!!! highly recommend.

  • Washington DC: See the City Segway Tour

    10. Washington DC: See the City Segway Tour

    All tours begin with a 30-minute training session on how to operate the Segway. Watch a brief video and presentation, then receive one-on-one instruction from the experienced staff. Don't be nervous! Many of the visitors are first-time riders and most people get the hang of it within a few minutes.  Once everyone is comfortable, you will do a quick soundcheck and off you go!  The first stop is the White House, just across the street from your starting point! From there, continue to explore as many of the following sites as possible: US Treasury Blair House Constitution Gardens Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool Vietnam Veterans Memorial Korean War Memorial DC War Memorial Tidal Basin WWII Memorial Washington Monument Smithsonian Museums National Gallery of Art US Capitol Canadian Embassy Newseum National Archives US Navy Memorial FBI Building And more! Bring your camera! There is a bag...

    Raphy was informative and entertaining. Loved seeing and hearing about all the sights around DC via Segway.

Planning Your Visit

  • Inside the White House

    Tours through the White House are in fact available. The tour is free and self-guided, but requires quite a bit of planning in advance. It’s required to apply through your member of Congress or foreign U.S. Embassy 6 months to 21 days in advance. Find your representative here: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/.

  • When You Can’t Plan Ahead

    Alternatively, if timing doesn’t allow, the White House Visitor Center at 1450 Pennsylvania Ave. is open 7 days a week until 4:00PM. Here you’ll find exhibits and more information on this history behind the building and its legendary residents.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Tues - Thurs 7:30AM to 11:30AM. Fri - Sat 7:30AM to 1:30PM.
  • Is it expensive?
    Free!
  • Will I need a guide?
    Nope! Hard as it is to believe, you can roam the White House alone!
  • How to get there
    Take the Metrorail to Federal Triangle or Metro Center.
  • Additional information
    There are a number of prohibited items so be sure to take a gander at the rules and regulations before you visit.

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What people are saying about White House

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 3,831 reviews

Christopher and Ali were our guide and driver… they were awesome! They really knew their stuff! Christopher was so patient with those of us that were older & slower. Ali always had the bus right where it was supposed to be and very punctual. That was much appreciated. We also loved the boat ride. My only suggestion would be that as we sign up for this tour, from the description I was under the impression that lunch was included in the price of the tour. Maybe you could change the verbiage a bit. Thank you for a lovely day in our nations capital! Sucerey, Lori Strasburger

We enjoyed every minute of our day. Our driver Ali and our guide, please forgive me I can’t remember his name, treated us like royalty. Our guide was caring, funny and very informative. We learned a lot and was in awe of everything we saw. We got sooo much more than we ever imagined we would. Our tour was worth every dollar we spent for it.

Roy was a great tour guide, patient no asnswere all our questions. The audio speaker was perfect and the ride was comfortable. Definitely recommend!

Great tour of The Washington DC area. Tyrone was a great guide and was very informative about all the monuments and memorials we visited.

The tour was nice! The guide, Brian was funny and knowledgeable about all the sites. I would recommend this tour to others. Thanks!