Top 70 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.

2-Day Grand Sightseeing Tour
Explore the incredible history in and around Washington, D. C as you get up-close looks at inspiring memorials, pay visits to renowned museums, and snap photos of the most important government buildings in the United States, all while listening to... Read More

Categories: Overnight Tours, Tours & Sightseeing

2 days

Free cancellation

$125
per adult

After Hours Brewery Tour
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 adult

Arlington Cemetery & Memorials Bike Tour
Explore some of the most inspiring US landmarks and memorials on this half-day guided bike and walking tour of Arlington National Cemetery and the powerful monuments of the National Mall. You’re sure to come away with a newfound appreciation for... Read More

Categories: Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

5 hours

Free cancellation

$59
per adult

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

$60
per adult

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 adult

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

Free cancellation

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$35

$18
per adult

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 adult

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

$62
per adult

Cherry Blossom Segway Tour
Glide down smooth paths littered with the pale pink petals of delicate cherry blossoms on this fun-filled Segway tour during the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Follow your guide to check out the city's marbled memorials and make plenty of stops... Read More

Categories: Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

3 hours

Free cancellation

$85
per adult

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

Free cancellation

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$50

$25
per adult

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 adult

D.C. in a Day: Guided Full-Day City Highlights Tour
You can see all of D. C. 's most well-known monuments and attractions in the same day on this tour of the nation's capital. Stop at 7 key landmarks, including a guided tour of the United States Capitol building and... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

9 hours

Free cancellation

$50
per adult

Day Trip from Washington D.C. to New York by Train
Enjoy a trip by rail from Washington D. C. to New York City, sightseeing, dining, and shopping in the Rome of our time. A double-decker bus whisks you around town to see the famous New York sights, including the Empire... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

12 hours

$339
per adult

Day Trip from Washington D.C. to New York City by Air
Zip from Washington D. C. to New York City on an airplane, and then embark on a hop-on hop-off double-decker bus tour. Enjoy a delicious lunch at the famous Senor Frogs, and travel between important New York landmarks to soak... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

12 hours

$629
per adult

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 adult

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 adult

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 adult

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 adult

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
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 adult

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 adult

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 adult

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

$68
per adult

Gettysburg Full-Day Excursion
Journey to the hallowed Civil War battlefields in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Explore the Gettysburg Visitor Center on your own, and then take a guided walking tour of the battlegrounds to see what life was like for soldiers in 1863. Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

10 hours 30 minutes

Free cancellation

$99
per adult

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 adult

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 adult

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 adult

Half-Day Bike Tour
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 adult

Half-Day Memorials Tour
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 adult

Half-Day Mount Vernon & Old Town Alexandria Tour
Step back in time to experience the life of George Washington as you visit his home of Mount Vernon as well as the quaint town of Old Alexandria. This tour through America's early days takes you to national monuments, landmarks,... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

5 hours

Free cancellation

$55
per adult

Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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

Categories: Attractions, Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

1 day

Free cancellation

$49
per adult

Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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 adult

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 adult

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 adult

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 adult

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

$55
per adult

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

$66
per adult

Monticello, Thomas Jefferson's Estate: Full-Day Excursion
Journey to Charlottesville, Virginia to explore Monticello, an estate designed by Thomas Jefferson using European neoclassical principles. As you explore the visitor center, uncover the life of the third U. S. President, and then visit the historic Michie Tavern. Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

11 hours 30 minutes

Free cancellation

$99
per adult

Monuments and Memorials Sunset Bike Tour
As the sun tucks in for the evening, see the capital in a different light. With smaller crowds and better views, this bike tour provides an up-close look at popular memorials, cast in serene beauty at twilight, as you learn... Read More

Categories: Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

3 hours

Free cancellation

$44
per adult

Moonlight Trolley Tour of National Monuments
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

$42
per adult

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 adult

Mount Vernon by Bike & Boat
Spend a day exploring the riverfront mansion and plantation grounds of Mount Vernon—the 18th-century estate that George and Martha Washington called home. Pedal your way to Mount Vernon by bike, and return to Alexandria via a river cruise down the... Read More

$68
per adult

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 adult

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 adult

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 adult

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 adult

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

$24
per adult

Niagara Falls Day Trip from Washington D.C. by Air with Lunch
Get an up-close look at one of the world's most breathtaking natural wonders during a day trip to Niagara Falls, with flights and lunch included. Spend the day exploring the area and marveling at spectacular views of the falls from... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

12 hours

$629
per adult

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

$66
per adult

Old Town Trolley: Hop-On Hop-Off Guided Tour
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

$39
per adult

Original Brew Tour
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 adult

Panoramic Night Tour
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 adult

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

$329
per adult

Potomac River Sightseeing Cruise to Mount Vernon
Enjoy a leisurely sightseeing cruise along the Potomac River and a self-guided experience at Mount Vernon, George Washington's home, gardens, and grounds. Read More

Categories: Day Cruises & Water Activities, Tours & Sightseeing

6 hours 30 minutes

$51
per adult

Private Monuments Tour with Potomac River Cruise
Ride through Washington, D. C. 's historic streets, catching glimpses of iconic landmarks and marbled monuments from a private coach. Listen to engaging commentary from your guide, enjoy special stops at well-known memorials, and then take a cruise on the... Read More

Categories: Day Cruises & Water Activities, Tours & Sightseeing

6 hours

Free cancellation

$63
per adult

Ride the Ducks: Amphibious City Tour
Climb aboard an authentic, fully restored 1942 “Duck” to see the nation’s capital from land and water in a World War II-era amphibious vehicle. This tour takes you past the Smithsonian Museums, National Mall, and Washington Monument—ending with a splashdown... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

1 hour 30 minutes

Free cancellation

$39
per adult

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 adult

Segway Tour of National Mall & Memorials
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 adult

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 adult

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 adult

Small-Group City Unveiled eCruiser Tour
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

$52
per adult

Small-Group Italian Food Tour in Dupont Circle
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 adult

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

$38
per adult

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 adult

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 adult

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

$33
per adult

The Presidents Gallery
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 adult

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 adult

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 adult

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