Best Washington, DC Tours

Washington, DC is a world-class vacation destination, chock full of fabulous museums, galleries, memorials, and historic sites. One great way to see the city is by booking a Washington, DC tour. After all, it’s difficult to put together an itinerary for your trip without feeling like you’re missing something important. It’s even harder to see it all. Fortunately, these tours help you hit the highlights while still keeping you relaxed.

Choose one of these options next time you’re seeking a Washington, DC places to visit.

1. DC by Foot: National Mall Tour

If you prefer an active vacation, choose to explore the National Mall on foot. This tour showcases a number of Washington, DC places to visit. It is two hours in duration and includes a thorough look at popular landmarks like the Washington Monument, Vietnam War Memorial, and the Lincoln Memorial. The tour is a pay-what-you-like, narrated guide to the city’s famed sights, making it a great choice. Pinched for time? Hop away from the group if need be and stop back on your own later to finish up. 

It is possible to book a private, paid tour through the same organization. Reservations are required for both the free and paid tours. (Free of charge. Meet your tour guide on the southwest corner of 15th St. and Constitution Ave. NW, nearest the Washington Monument.)

2. Old Town Trolley Hop-On-Hop-Off Tour

Not quite ready for the physical activity involved in a two-hour walking tour? Ride a trolley around the city instead! This fabulous hop-on-hop-off tour allows you to disembark wherever you’d like to explore a landmark or museum in greater detail. You can then hop back on board a trolley at one of any 17 stops near 100 points of interest. 

This is a fabulous way to see everything that you’re interested in while also saving your energy for walking elsewhere. The included moonlight monument tour is a nice option, too, for a romantic evening seeing Washington, DC’s many monuments. (Starts at $85/per person. Board at any of the 17 points of interest. Night tour departs from the main entrance of Union Station at 7:30pm.)

3. Mangia Georgetown Foodie Tour

One of the Washington, DC tours that is most often overlooked in the excitement of its many historic and architectural options is the Mangia Georgetown Foodie Tour. You’ll be led by an expert of the neighborhood’s history and cuisine, seeing landmarks like Julia Child’s house and sampling food and drink at some of the best eateries in the city. 

The tour lasts between 2.5 and 3 hours, and is recommended for those comfortable with walking for that amount of time. (Starts at $68. Tour starts at the intersection of 28th and Pennsylvania Ave NW, across from the Four Seasons Hotel.)

4. Day Trip to Mount Vernon

Take a day trip to Mount Vernon during your stay in Washington, DC aboard an air-conditioned coach bus. Your trip to George Washington’s famed estate will be narrated, so your travel time is also chock full of information about the United States president’s life, both political and personal. During the trip, you will also have the opportunity to explore Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. (From $56. Tour starts at 478 L’Enfant Plaza SW, Washington, DC)  

5. Washington, D.C. Fat Tire Bike Tour

If you’re looking for Washington, DC places to visit during a period of pleasant weather, you might consider taking a bike tour of the city. This three-hour guided bicycle ride takes you past the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, the White House, the United States Capitol Building, and others. 

Your guide will regale you with stories of politicians, spies, colorful locals, and more. You’ll even get to see the somber site of President Andrew Garfield’s assassination at the National Gallery of Art. Best of all, bikes and helmets are included, so don’t worry about bringing yours if you’re traveling from out of town. (Tour starts at $42. The meeting point for this tour is just off the Foggy Bottom Metro Station. You’ll need to turn right at the top of the escalator and walk down 23rd Street (headed south). Just after you pass Virginia Avenue (approximately 3 blocks), head to Fat Tire Tours, 502 23rd Street, NW, Washington, DC)

Book with Hilton and Explore More

After one (or several) amazing Washington, DC tours, you’ll appreciate having booked a great hotel. Consider upgrading your trip to the nation’s capital with Hilton’s “Weekend Like a Local” offer, which includes up to 50% off Sunday stays, plus exclusive local experiences.  

Best of all, this wonderful package includes free and reduced-price food and beverage and admission to great DC-area wineries and experiences, so you can enjoy some well-deserved relaxation after your tour. Visit our website for more information, and here’s to a fabulous trip to Washington, DC!

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