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Washington D.C. holds huge appeal for politics and culture enthusiasts. Visit the iconic White House, the Capitol and the Supreme Court, as well as being home to iconic museums and performing art venues.

However, Washington D.C. is not just home to political decision-making and images from the news. There are over 100 free activities and attractions to enjoy in Washington DC and the streets are lined with leafy green public parks and neoclassical buildings, while the upmarket area provides hours of boutique shopping. Here are our top Washington, DC picks.

Washington D.C. represents the centre of democracy and world power, but it’s also a very exciting place to visit. Famous for its monuments, statues, memorials and historic buildings, this city’s symbolic history is guaranteed to make your trip to the United States Capital an unforgettable experience. 

For all of its grand presentation, this city is an accommodating and hospitable host. Popular for its culinary distinction, family attractions and teeming nightlife, Washington D.C. makes sure you enjoy every moment spent away from home. Get a taste of true American Bistro in Barracks Row, cut loose at a nightclub on F. Street or unwind in Rock Creek Park — a sprawling nature preserve right near the heart of the city. Washington D.C. is also home to the National Zoological Park, a large indoor and outdoor exhibit hosting several thousand animals and yearly seasonal events such as holiday-themed celebrations, activities and cuisine.

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Top 5 things to do in Washington DC

The National Mall - Besides well-known landmarks like the Washington Monument, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial, the National Mall also features over 60 other monuments and memorials for you to visit.
The U.S. Capitol Building - The U.S. Capitol Building is one of the most recognisable buildings in the world and the centre of American democracy. The world-famous domed building is home to the United States House of Representatives and Senate; where America’s congressmen and congresswomen conduct business, debate laws and pass bills on behalf of the American people. The U.S. Capitol and U.S. Capitol Visitor Centre are free to visit and are one of DC’s most popular monuments and museums which welcomes millions of visitors each year.
Culinary Food Tour - Treat your taste buds to a culinary food tour exploring DC’s iconic neighborhoods and learning about the local history at the same time.
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington National Cemetery, our nation's most treasured burial ground, is home to more than 285,000 honoured dead. Among the thousands of white headstones are the graves of President John F. Kennedy, Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, world champion boxer Joe Louis and the Tomb of the Unknowns. Visit Arlington National Cemetery to see the Changing of the Guard ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns.
The National Air and Space Museum - The National Air and Space Museum takes visitors to the sky, showcasing the amazing technological achievements that have progressed aviation and space exploration throughout the last century. Our fascination with flight is still alive and well, as the museum is one of the most visited in the world year after year. Glimpse the 1903 Wright Flyer, run your hands over moon rock and experience the larger-than-life world of aviation and space travel.


Washington DC Holiday Highlights

Washington DC In A Day Tour

Adult: £52 Child:(3-11 yrs) £16

Step aboard a comfortable, air-conditioned coach for the Washington DC in a Day City Tour which brings the best of the capitol right to you. You won't find a better way to see the city!

Your guided coach tour will stop several times so that you can hop off and visit the sights at your own leisure. Please note the following stops:

  • U.S. Capitol Building (Monday through Saturday): Walk to the Visitor Center Entrance, this location is closed on Sundays – Approx. 2 hours.
  • Smithsonian Air and Space Museum or American History Museum (Sundays only): Admission included – Approx. 2 hours.
  • White House Visitors Center.
  • White House (brief Photo Stop only, outside the fenced area) – Approx. 30 minutes.
  • World War II Memorial – Approx. 30 minutes.
  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial/FDR Memorial – Approx. 30 minutes.
  • Lincoln Memorial
  • Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall
  • Korean War Memorial – Approx. 1 hour for all three Memorials.
  • Iwo Jima Memorial – Approx. 30 minutes.

Other sights on this comprehensive tour that you will spot from the coach include the FBI Building, Federal Triangle, Washington Monument, House and Senate Office Building, National Gallery of Art, American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial, Tidal Basin, National Archives and Grant Memorial.

Enjoy lunch on your own at one of the stops.

48hr Hop on Hop off Big Bus Tour - Washington

Adult: £48 Child:(5-15 yrs) £32

The open-top deck of a double-decker bus is the best way to see Washington. Sit back and relax as you are transported passed the iconic landmarks that make America’s Capital so recognisable and special.

Along the way, you learn about the City's history by listening to the entertaining and informative commentary on board. Your hop-on, hop-off ticket also provides you the freedom to get off the bus to explore and visit attractions. Buses run regularly so rejoining the tour is very easy.

With your 48hr ticket you will have access to all the sights the city has to offer.

You will have the flexibility to plan you own schedule and to visit the places you find most interesting. Be sure to bring your camera for the many excellent photo opportunities.


Red Loop: The official tour of the National Mall visiting the City’s iconic landmarks.

Blue Loop: Cross the Potomac to visit Arlington Cemetery and the Pentagon. Passes by the Pentagon 911 Memorial.

Yellow Loop: Visit historic Georgetown and a variety of museums.

Green Loop: Take the traditional Trolley to the National Cathedral.

(Big Bus is proud to be an authorised concessioner of the National Park Service and Department of Interior, providing the official sightseeing tour of the National Mall.)

When to Visit

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  • Currency US Dollars ($)
  • Flying time from UK 10 1/2 Hours
  • Primary Language English
  • Passport & Visas Brits must have a full 10-year British Passport that's valid for six months after you return to the UK.