Top 58 Things to do in Washington, District of Columbia

Welcome to the nation’s capital, where you can find history and urban living in equal measure. There is no shortage of things to see in Washington, D.C. From quintessential stops at places like 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue to hours spent at small museums and fantastic restaurants, there are loads of ways to use your time in this city. Visit the Jefferson Memorial, stop by Ford’s Theater, and cap off your day at a chic restaurant lounge. There is so much to do in the capital that many visitors take advantage of Washington, D.C. tours.

After Hours Brewery Tour by City Brew Tours
Watch the sun go down and the beer start flowing as you head out to explore Washington, D. C. 's finest pints with an experienced local guide. Pop between 3 microbreweries, sample frothy brews, and grab dinner at a local... Read More

Categories: Culinary Experiences, Restaurants & Nightlife

5 hours

Free cancellation

$90
per person

Arlington National Cemetery & Old Town Trolley Tour
Grab a seat on an old-fashioned trolley to cruise around the capital in style, hopping on and off at your leisure to visit D. C. 's iconic sights and national landmarks. Then, cross the Potomac to Arlington National Cemetery and... Read More

Categories: Attractions, Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

1 day

Free cancellation

$53
per person

Arlington National Cemetery Tour
Travel over the Potomac to Arlington, Virginia to walk among the sober gardens and clean white gravestones in the 600-acre (242-ha) Arlington National Cemetery. Explore the reverent monuments and memorials of this hallowed ground on a convenient trolley that takes... Read More

Categories: Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

1 day

Free cancellation

$11
per person

Best of DC – VIP Sightseeing Tour
Explore the halls of our nation’s history and see the memorials that pay tribute to early presidents, fallen soldiers, and inspired citizens. Your all-encompassing tour of the capital puts you face-to-face with the documents and buildings that symbolize our patriotic... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

8 hours

Free cancellation

$125
per person

Capital City Ghost Walk
As one of the oldest cities in the country, it is no surprise that Washington, D. C. has one of the densest concentrations of paranormal phenomena. Get carried away on this spooky walking tour as it brings to light the... Read More

Categories: Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

2 hours

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$35

$18
per person

Capital Wheel at National Harbor
Just outside of Washington, D. C. , climb aboard this observation wheel for the best bird’s-eye view of the United States' capital city. Soar above the Potomac River waterfront and marvel at incomparable views of famous landmarks like the Washington... Read More

Categories: Attractions, Tours & Sightseeing

15 minutes

$17
per person

Capitol Hill Culinary Experience
Embrace Capitol Hill, a diverse and beautiful area of Washington D. C. , and immerse yourself in the neighborhoods and cuisines of this historic district. Read More

$57
per person

Chocolate Walking Tour of Georgetown
After exploring the museums and landmarks of Washington, you may be in need of a change of pace and a sweet treat. Indulge your taste buds on this tempting tour of the historic district of Georgetown, and stop in several... Read More

Categories: Culinary Experiences, Land Adventures, Restaurants & Nightlife, Tours & Sightseeing

2 hours

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$50

$25
per person

D.C. After Dark: Guided City Highlights Tour
See D. C. flooded in brilliant lights at night—from the illuminated dome of the United States Capitol to the White House. You make several stops for photo opportunities, including the Jefferson and Lincoln memorials, Vietnam and Korean War memorials, and... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

3 hours

Free cancellation

$45
per person

DC Explorer Pass: Choose 3 Attractions, Museums & Tours
Explore 3 of the most popular museums and attractions in the nation's capital at a discounted price while enjoying the convenience of visiting each on your own schedule. Grab your camera and your walking shoes to immerse yourself in the... Read More

Categories: Attractions, Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

30 days

Free cancellation

$59
per person

Dining at Hard Rock Cafe with Priority Seating
Dine like a rock star among pop, soul, and rock 'n' roll memorabilia—costumes and instruments from your favorite musicians—at the Hard Rock Cafe. Skip the lines with priority seating and enjoy a classic meal and a cookie. Read More

Categories: Culinary Experiences, Restaurants & Nightlife

2 hours

Free cancellation

$27
per person

Discover D.C. – Memorial Sightseeing Tour
Walk among beautiful works of art and brilliant white marble installations that pay respect to the most influential people and events in American history. Strung like solemn pearls around the green lawns of the National Mall, each D. C. memorial... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

6 hours

Free cancellation

$69
per person

EagleRider Motorcycle Rental
Harley-Davidson® is the quintessential American motorcycle. Take the opportunity to climb aboard this iconic vehicle and experience your vacation destination from an entirely new perspective. Read More

Categories: Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

1 day

$172
per person

Elegant Brunch Cruise aboard the Odyssey of Washington, D.C.
Enjoy monumental views of the nation's capital from the glass-enclosed Odyssey. Get swept away with live music and exceptional service. Indulge in delicious seasonal hors d'oeuvres, entrées, and desserts. Every dish is prepared fresh daily. Read More
Elegant Dinner Cruise on the Odyssey Washington by Entertainment Cruises
Create extraordinary memories on the water while enjoying a 3-course dinner, live band, and vocalist. The views of the capital at dusk and by moonlight are unparalleled. Experience a unique and relaxing dinner while cruising the Potomac. Read More
Express Monuments Tour
Get your sightseeing done in record time as you zip between DC's most notable sights & landmarks on this sped-up excursion. Check out Abe's curious expression at the Lincoln Memorial, honor fallen soldiers at dedicated war memorials, and see the... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

4 hours

Free cancellation

$27
per person

Family Adventure Pass in Prince William & Manassas
Experience Prince William and Manassas, just 30 miles (48 km) outside of D. C. , with the Family Adventure Pass. Get access to super-soaking fun at Splashdown Waterpark, sky-high limits on the trampolines at Rebounderz Manassas, and an interactive adventure... Read More

$67

$50
per person

Georgetown Cupcake & Macaron Tour
Try some of the sweetest treats in the District as you visit a few outstanding cupcake shops for some of the tastiest frostings and flavors around. The trend for these pint-sized desserts has led shops to pop up by the... Read More

Categories: Culinary Experiences, Land Adventures, Restaurants & Nightlife, Tours & Sightseeing

2 hours

Free cancellation

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$50

$25
per person

Georgetown Food Tour
Explore Georgetown, a historic yet chic town, and indulge in progressive, high-end cuisine while enjoying a narrated tour. Read More

$67
per person

Grand Memorials & Monuments Tour
Explore the monuments, memorials, and museums scattered around Washington, D. C. 's historic streets on this all-encompassing excursion. See tributes to fallen soldiers, statues honoring past presidents, and government buildings housing busy politicians as you cruise around the city with... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

7 hours

Free cancellation

$56
per person

Guided Monuments & Memorials Tour at Dusk
With its white marble monuments and floodlit fountains, the nation's capital is particularly stirring after the sun goes down. Visit D. C. 's most celebrated memorials under the tranquil hush of the evening hours, hopping off your bus at each... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

3 hours

Free cancellation

$49
per person

Guided Photography Tour: Monuments & Memorials
Explore popular sites in Washington, D. C. with E. David Luria, a graduate of Paris’ Parsons School of Design. Enhance your skills with tips on basic photography and outdoor portraiture. Read More

Categories: Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

3 hours 30 minutes

Free cancellation

$89
per person

Half-Day Bike Tour by Capital City Bike Tours
Pedal your way through Washington, D. C. to see the city’s most famous sites and magnificent monuments on a guided bike tour. Whether it’s your first time in the capital or you’re a D. C. veteran, there’s something for everyone... Read More

Categories: Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

3 hours

Free cancellation

$39
per person

Half-Day Memorials Tour by Gray Line
Meander through the marbled entrances and quiet corners of D. C. ’s stunning monuments and memorials. With a knowledgeable local guide to lead the way, tour the sights and landmarks that pay tribute to the United States’s past heroes, leaders,... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

4 hours

Free cancellation

$30
per person

Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour by Big Bus
Jump on a double-decker bus with 360-degree views and explore Washington, D. C. at your leisure. With no limit to the number of rides within the duration of your ticket, visit world-famous attractions such as the White House, Capitol Hill,... Read More

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1 day

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$49

$44
per person

Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour by DC Trails
Work your way around Washington, D. C. museums, monuments, and memorials with convenient transportation provided by a hop-on hop-off bus. With flexible schedules and routes to all the city's historic landmarks and notable sights, this is an ideal way to... Read More

Categories: Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

1 day

Free cancellation

$35
per person

Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour with Multiple Attractions Pass
See the best that D. C. has to offer with a hop-on hop-off bus tour of the city's major sights and a pass that gives you entry to your choice from 5 of the capital's world-class museums, attractions, and activities.... Read More

Categories: Attractions, Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

4 days

Free cancellation

$90
per person

Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour
With impressive monuments, stately government buildings, and world-class museums, the nation's capital offers up plenty to see and do. Explore it all at your own pace, taking in the sights from a double-decker bus and hopping off at your leisure... Read More

Categories: Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

3 hours

Free cancellation

$45
per person

International Spy Museum
Adopt a character and explore the evolution of espionage through the centuries. As you walk around the museum, discover the ingenuity and imagination of real-life spies, and trace more than 50 years of spy technology developed by agencies like the... Read More

Categories: Attractions

1 day

$23
per person

Little Ethiopia Food Tour
Recount the history of Ethiopian culture on this guided food tour through U Street and the Shaw neighborhood to visit the heart of the Little Ethiopia. Read More

$54
per person

Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament
Hear ye, hear ye. Make haste to the castle to indulge in a night of feasting, combat, and revelry. The knights and horses of Medieval Times are here to thrill you with acts of showmanship and bravery reminiscent of legends... Read More
Moonlight Trolley Tour of National Monuments by Historic Tours of America
See the amazing monuments of the nation’s capital lit by the glorious sunset and the spotlights that come on after dark. And do it all from the back of a green and orange trolley. Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

2 hours 30 minutes

Free cancellation

$35
per person

Mount Vernon & Arlington National Cemetery Full-Day Tour
Visit the famed estate of Mount Vernon, George Washington’s longtime residence, and drive through quaint Old Town Alexandria. Then take the Arlington National Cemetery narrated tram tour on this comprehensive full-day tour. Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

8 hours

Free cancellation

$90
per person

Mount Vernon Estate & Education Center
Come see how the first president of the United States of America lived. This self-guided tour allows you to wander about the elegant estate of George and Martha Washington. Feel like you are experiencing the life of George Washington as... Read More

Categories: Attractions

3 hours

$17
per person

Mount Vernon Estate Tour
Ride along the Potomac River as you leave Washington, D. C. behind and make your way to the former home of George Washington at Mount Vernon. Spend the day exploring the first president's estate, the gardens of Martha Washington, and... Read More

Categories: Attractions, Tours & Sightseeing

4 hours 30 minutes

Free cancellation

$53
per person

Museum Hack: Guided Tour of the National Gallery of Art
You may have visited the venerable National Gallery of Art before, but you have never had this much fun walking through its halls. With your passionate guide, Get a behind-the-scenes perspective of the world-class cultural institution—hosting impressionist pieces to pop... Read More

Categories: Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

2 hours

$49
per person

National Air & Space Museum Guided Small-Group Tour
Get up-close looks at the legendary planes, spacecraft, jets, and other flying contraptions on display at the renowned National Air and Space Museum. Led by a knowledgeable guide, this small-group excursion is the ideal way to uncover the the Smithsonian's... Read More

Categories: Attractions, Tours & Sightseeing

2 hours

Free cancellation

$39
per person

Newseum
Immerse yourself in the world’s greatest news stories in the Newseum's 15 galleries and 15 theaters. Experience 5 centuries of news history, play reporter in an interactive newsroom, and take in panoramic views of the capital city from the terrace.... Read More

Categories: Attractions

1 day

$23
per person

Old Town Alexandria Food Tour
Explore historic Old Town Alexandria on this guided, narrated tour, and sample local cuisine from long-standing family restaurants. Read More

$62
per person

Old Town Trolley: Hop-On Hop-Off Guided Tour by Historic Tours of America
Hop-on and hop-off to explore landmarks, museums and memorials at your own pace or sit back and relax to see the best that Washington, D. C. has to offer with this live narrated tour. Read More

Categories: Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

1 day

Free cancellation

$35
per person

Original Brew Tour by City Brew Tours
Grab a frothy pint and raise a toast as you bounce between 3 different microbreweries to explore the best creations from Washington, D. C. 's malt masters. Along the way, grab a delicious lunch at a locally loved restaurant and... Read More

Categories: Culinary Experiences, Restaurants & Nightlife

5 hours

Free cancellation

$85
per person

Panoramic Night Tour by Big Bus
Experience the floodlit splendor of the capital city on this nighttime bus tour. With an onboard guide, learn the fascinating history behind the iconic sites, including the Lincoln, FDR, and Vietnam War Veterans memorials, and discover some the best spots... Read More

Categories: Land Adventures, Restaurants & Nightlife, Tours & Sightseeing

2 hours 30 minutes

Free cancellation

$46
per person

Philadelphia Day Trip by Train
Travel from Washington, D. C. to the City of Brotherly Love by rail for a day exploring the area's historic sights and intriguing landmarks. Enjoy a comprehensive city tour aboard a double-decker bus, hopping-on and off as you like, and... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

14 hours

Free cancellation

$299
per person

Segway Tour of Capital Sites
Span the 2 miles of the National Mall in 2 hours as you roll along on your Segway. Ogle one of the world's most famous mansions, the 132-roomed White House. Snap a few photos as you envy the first lady's... Read More

Categories: Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

2 hours

Free cancellation

$65
per person

Segway Tour of National Mall & Memorials by City Segway
Glide around the District of Columbia seeing more than 7 national treasures in just a fraction of the time compared with walking. After your 30-minute orientation, step onto your own Segway to begin your tour of the National Mall. Read More

Categories: Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

3 hours

Free cancellation

$75
per person

Shared Shuttle: Dulles International Airport (IAD)
Enjoy convenient and cost-effective shared transportation between Dulles International Airport (IAD) and your hotel aboard a shuttle. For transfers to and from Dulles International Airport (IAD), the areas to select from include: Read More

Categories: Airport Shuttles & Limos

30 minutes

Free cancellation

$15
per person

Shared Shuttle: Ronald Reagan Airport (DCA)
Enjoy convenient and cost-effective shared transportation between Ronald Reagan Airport (DCA) and your hotel aboard a shuttle. For transfers to and from Ronald Reagan Airport (DCA), the areas to select from include: Read More

Categories: Airport Shuttles & Limos

30 minutes

Free cancellation

$12
per person

Ski or Snowboard Day Trip to Whitetail
Escape the hectic metropolis of the nation’s capital for a full day of skiing or snowboarding at Whitetail Resort in Pennsylvania. Enjoy the comfort and convenience of roundtrip transportation, an all-mountain lift ticket, and even ski or snowboard rentals on... Read More

Categories: Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing, Winter Activities

12 hours

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$157

$126
per person

Small-Group City Unveiled eCruiser Tour by Urban Adventures
Delve deep into the history of America's capital aboard a swift eCruiser. This eccentric tour unveils the heritage and culture of the city through the eyes of a local. With an expert guide, see historical monuments and war memorials, peek... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

2 hours

Free cancellation

$49
per person

Small-Group Italian Food Tour in Dupont Circle by Mangia DC
Unlike most major US cities, Washington D. C. doesn’t have a true Little Italy neighborhood. That doesn’t mean that there’s a dearth of delicious Italian food, however; you just need a local guide to help you seek it out. Taste... Read More

$65
per person

Small-Group Monuments Night Tour by Urban Adventures
Experience the brilliant splendor of Washington, D. C. on this evening tour of the capital city. Hop aboard an open-air electric vehicle and admire some of the iconic illuminated monuments and memorials including the White House, Washington Monument, as well... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

2 hours

Free cancellation

$49
per person

Smartphone-Guided City Scavenger Hunt
Embark on an interactive tour of Washington, D. C. and explore while following hints and completing unique challenges. See landmarks and sites including the Sculpture Garden, Ford's Theatre, the National Mall, and the US Botanic Garden while you solve clues... Read More

Categories: Adventures, Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

3 hours 30 minutes

Free cancellation

$15
per person

SpaFinder Gift Card
Pamper yourself with a facial, sweat it out in hot yoga, or ease into a state of calm with a soothing massage—however you find your bliss, the Spafinder gift card can get you there. With more than 20,000 participating wellness... Read More

Categories: Spas & Beauty

$50
per person

Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center Small-Group Guided Tour
Walk under the wings of legendary aircraft and learn about major milestones in the history of aviation on this fascinating excursion. Enjoy a guided tour of the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center and consider extending your day to visit the Smithsonian... Read More

Categories: Attractions, Tours & Sightseeing

5 hours

Free cancellation

$49
per person

The Foods of Eastern Market Tour
Visit the longest-running public market in Washington, D. C. , and enjoy the area's impressive heritage. Indulge in locally produced food and observe this legendary landmark. Read More

$32
per person

The Presidents Gallery by Madame Tussauds
Meet all 44 U. S. presidents as you journey through time at Madame Tussauds. Use this unique opportunity to observe (and touch) some of the most influential figures in U. S. history, music, pop culture, sports, and Hollywood. Read More

Categories: Attractions

1 day

Free cancellation

$23
per person

Twilight Bus Tour of Monuments & Memorials
Skip around Washington, D. C. on this evening excursion, scoping out the city's famous memorials and monuments in the waning daylight. Along the way, enjoy photo opportunities at the Capitol and White House with sunset backdrops and listen to engaging... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

3 hours 30 minutes

Free cancellation

$42
per person

Washington Monument & City Highlights Half-Day Tour
Dive into the spectacular history on display in Washington D. C. , touring the monuments and memorials of the nation's capital with an expert guide. With a half day to explore, you spend 10–15 minutes at each stop, plus get... Read More

Categories: Attractions, Tours & Sightseeing

4 hours

Free cancellation

$64
per person

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