Visit the World War II Memorial and honor our "Greatest Generation!"

DC in a Day Tour

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WHY YOU SHOULD GO

See all of the famous sights in America’s capital city, like the White House, U.S. Capitol Building, and the World War II Memorial!

Highlights

  • All of our drivers are licensed, Washington, D.C. tour guides
  • Visit the White House’s south lawn and visitor’s center
  • See the World War II Memorial and Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
  • From the comfort of our luxury double deckers (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

Inclusions

  • Admissions

Exclusions

  • Hotel Pick-up
  • Lunch
  • Optional gratuities

Please Note

  • Tours are 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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Oct 18 2017
beats walking and trying to negotiate confusing DC
Oct 06 2017
Leaving passengers too far from the entry point with no guidance on how to get where we needed to go--other than, walk all the way around the Capitol building and go in that door--doesn't mention that the Visitor Center is underground and entry is away from the building. Had to search. Did a lot of walking just to get where we needed to go, then not enough time to continue through the whole tour or be left behind.
Aug 03 2016
Excellent
Jul 26 2016
Great time. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and friendly.
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itinerary

ITINERARY

DC in a Day

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). We’ll also check in at the White House Visitors Center while there and get closer to the building itself. 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.
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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 the 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.
Motor coach 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 Visitors Center

White House (This is a brief Photo Stop only)

World War II Memorial

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

Lincoln Memorial

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall

Korean War Memorial


VIEWS FROM COACH/DOUBLE DECKER (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 Gallery of Art
Tidal Basin
National Archives
Washington Monument
Grant Memorial
American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial