Discover DC Bus Tour in Washington, DC

USA Guided Tours701 Pennsylvania Ave. NWWashington, DC 20004
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Explore Washington DC and northern Virginia on this immersive 6-hour bus tour. On this tour, you’ll stop at notable landmarks, renowned architecture, and historic monuments for an in-depth history lesson from knowledgeable tour guides. In addition, tours include a one-hour Potomac River cruise from March to October. Get a firsthand look at our nation’s history on the Discover DC tour.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Washington Travel Experts
  • Tour duration: approximately 6 hours.
  • Tours include a one-hour Potomac River cruise from March through October.
  • During the off-season, tours include time at the Pentagon City Mall.
  • The tour includes stops in Washington DC and northern Virginia.


from Discover DC
This six-hour USA Guided Tour is a journey through historic Washington, DC, and nearby Northern Virginia. This sightseeing tour begins at the U.S. Navy Memorial at 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, halfway between the White House and the U.S. Capitol.

On your way to the U.S. Capitol Building (the first stop) you pass the National Archives, which houses historic U.S. documents like the "Three Charters of Freedom" -- the original Declaration of Independence, The Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. Next in view are the Newseum, the Canadian Embassy, and the National Gallery of Art.

Emerging in sight is the U.S. Capitol, where you take in a view of the two-mile long, panoramic view of the Smithsonian Museums (the largest museum complex in the world), and the Washington Monument (the tallest, freestanding stone structure in the world).

On your way to the White House, you pass the U.S. Botanic Garden, Grant’s Memorial, The U.S. Navy Memorial, the Robert F. Kennedy Department of Justice, and the J. Edgar Hoover Federal Bureau of Investigation.

When arriving at the White House, you’ll not only see the Executive Residence of the President and his family, you will also see the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. This stop also includes a walk past Lafayette Park, honoring the Marquis de Lafayette, leader of French forces.

Your next stop is the National World War II Memorial. Along the way, you will see the headquarters of the American Red Cross, the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Organization of American States (OAS) - representing the U.S., Canada, and 35 Latin American countries. Onward, to the Jefferson Memorial.

Once you have marveled at the Jefferson Memorial and have taken lots of photos, we will visit the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial – dedicated in 2011 – just across the Tidal Basin.

On the walking part of the tour, you will visit the Korean War Veterans Memorial, and via a nice stroll along the tree line, you will emerge in front of the Lincoln Memorial and Vietnam Veterans Memorials.

For a unique experience, this tour offers a leisurely cruise on the Potomac River (March 15 to October 6) with your guide, who will answer questions. Lunch will be provided onboard. (In the winter months, we forego the cruise and visit a local indoor market, for lunch.)

The last stop is the Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) Memorial, which will transport you back in time to the years of 1933-1945. We return to the U.S. Navy Memorial at the end of the tour.

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"Great Memorial Tour & Transportation Service."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 20, 2020 NEW
Josh is a very upbeat grounded dude. Even when there are other surly people in the group who are just trolling to bait someone, he forges a clear optimistic pathway ahead.
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Reading, United Kingdom
"Highlights of DC"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed January 08, 2020 NEW
Great tour guide, lots of local knowledge and insights to the places visited. Saw most of the monuments on the National Mall. Plenty of time for photographs and for asking questions. Only downside was the increased security at Arlington Cemetery needed a passport rather than just photo ID. Check to make sure on the current requirements.
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"Best 1/2 day tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 06, 2020 NEW
My wife and I recently took the 1/2 day tour. The driver (Tony) and the guide (Joey) were the best. My wife and I attempted to tour the area on our own. That turned out to be a disaster and very stressful. We opted for this tour, and I tell you that Joey was so knowledgeable about the monuments, places, buildings, and history, that we came home more greater informed than ever. Tony made us fell safe and both he and Joey made this the most enjoyable tour’s We have ever taken. We totally recommend this tour. “ The Washington DC Highlights 1/2 day “ is your best choice. And Joey is by far the best guide. You won’t go wrong choosing it.
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"Ny city tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 03, 2020 NEW
Excellent day. Jil and raymond great service.saw everything i wanted to see. Appreciated everything they offered.would recommend
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Corona, California
"Day trip in Boston was amazing thanks to Lynda"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 27, 2019 NEW
We did the 7 hour Boston tour with Lynda (tour guide) and Joe (driver). Lynda was probably the friendliest person we could have asked for. She was super knowledgeable about the Boston, Harvard and Concord areas. She made sure everyone felt involved and told personal stories as she has lived the majority of her life here in Boston. Definitely would suggest this tour if you have the day in Boston and want to see where the Revolutionary war started. Definitely would do again.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Discover DC

Where do I meet for the tour?
Tours meet and begin at the US Navy Memorial.

When should I arrive?
We highly recommend you arrive at least 20 minutes before your scheduled departure time to ensure your reservation is honored. You have up to ten (10) minutes before the scheduled departure time to ensure your seat on the tour. Ten (10) minutes before the departure time, we note outstanding reservations as "no shows." If we have walk-up passengers, they will be given a ticket and will be boarded at this time.

What vehicle is used for the tour?
We use 35-passenger shuttle vans for daily mixed tour groups. We reserve the right to substitute our larger 55-passenger buses, depending upon demand and/or our tour schedule. The 55-passenger buses have bathrooms on board for your convenience.

Can I bring a baby stroller or wheelchair on the bus?
Unfortunately, the shuttles are not wheelchair accessible, nor is there storage for baby strollers. If you have a wheelchair, please call us to make special vehicle arrangements for your tour. Some of our tours involve longer walks so if you like, you may stay on board the shuttle, near the landmark, without exiting the shuttle bus every time.

How long is the tour?
The tour is approximately 6 hours long.

Is lunch served on the tour?
No. Refreshments are served.

What sights will we see on the tour?
Sights and stops include:

  • U.S. Navy Memorial
  • U.S. Capitol Building
  • White House
  • World War II Memorial
  • Jefferson Memorial
  • FDR Memorial
  • Martin Luther King Memorial
  • Korean War Memorial
  • Lincoln Memorial
  • Vietnam Memorial