Washington DC Day Trip from New York
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Washington DC Day Trip from New York

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Stop At: Empire Vacations Day Tours - New York, 777 8th Ave, New York City, NY 10036-7009

Beginning in New York heading south, you will pass through the states of New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland before arriving at Capitol Hill. Your tour will begin with a stop to Arlington Cemetery to visit JFK's gravesite. Move further into Washington DC and you'll see the Capitol, Senate and White House, the core of the US government. Your tour of Washington DC continues to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum before visiting the Washington, Lincoln, Vietnam and Korea memorials for exploring and pictures.

Late in the afternoon you'll embark on a panoramic city tour before departing Washington DC for an early-evening arrival in New York City.

Please Note: This tour is scheduled to stop in front of the White House, the Capitol and the Senate for commentary and picture taking. However please note that sometimes this is not possible due to security issues in Washington. In the event of this occurring, tour will be adjusted accordingly.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Arlington National Cemetery, Entrance at Arlington Memorial Bridge, Arlington, VA 22211

Veterans of every American war from the Revolution to the country's most recent conflicts are buried at Arlington, which was officially declared a military cemetery in 1864. Among the more than 260,000 dead are three unidentified service members, buried at the Tomb of the Unknowns, and John F. Kennedy, whose gravesite is marked by an eternal flame.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: U.S. Capitol, East Capitol St NE & First St SE, Washington DC, DC 20004

The Capitol is among the most architecturally impressive and symbolically important buildings in the world. The Senate and the House of Representatives have met here for more than two centuries. Begun in 1793, the Capitol has been built, burnt, rebuilt, extended, and restored; today, it stands as a monument not only to its builders but also to the American people and their government.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington DC, DC 20500

One of America's most recognizable historical and political symbols is also the home and office of the President of the United States.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: National Air and Space Museum, Independence Ave at 6th St, Washington DC, DC 20560

The most popular of the Smithsonian museums features the Wright Brothers' 1903 Flyer and Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Korean War Veterans Memorial, 10 Daniel French Dr SW, Washington DC, DC 20002

This memorial to Korean War veterans consists of the Pool of Remembrance and the triangular Field of Service depicting 19 soldiers on the field of combat.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Vietnam Veterans Memorial, 5 Henry Bacon Dr NW, Washington DC, DC 20242

Emotionally stirring memorial pays tribute to the men and women who served in one of America's most controversial wars.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: 2 Lincoln Memorial Cir NW, Washington DC, DC 20037

"In this temple, as in the hearts of the people for whom he saved the Union, the memory of Abraham Lincoln is enshrined forever." Beneath these words, the 16th President of the United States sits immortalized in marble as an enduring symbol of unity, strength, and wisdom

Duration: 30 minutes

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  • Professional tour guide
  • Transportation by 15-passenger van or a full-sized bus
  • Free Wifi on bus only
  • Entry/Admission - National Air and Space Museum
Not included
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Wheelchair accessible; please advise at time of booking if wheelchair assistance is required
  • Depending on the rules on the day, sometimes a stop can be made for photographs from outside the fence
  • Stop at Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum is approximately 1.5-hours
  • For tours with fewer guests, vans may be substituted
  • Tours can be bilingual/multilingual as they are offered in many different languages
  • Children under the age of 2 are free, please advise at time of booking if infant is traveling
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Due to security, there is no entry to the White House
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
Kay F D
3 | 2019-09-02

Enjoyed seeing the sites and everything that was advertised was covered but we were dissappointed with the tour guide. We could hear her on the coach but at the sites she was unable to be heard properly and made no effort to wait until we all gathered close aroung her. It was unfortunate that it rained heavily at Arlington. We noticed that other tour guides were organised with ponchos for their tourists but our guide was reluctant even to let us go into the tourist shop to buy our own ponchos until we all insisted. She was not very caring. It just goes to show how a poor guide can spoil a good tour. All of the other tours we booked through Viator were excellent.

Christina K
4 | 2019-07-03

There was an amazing amount of interesting attractions to see. Plenty of good facts given to us. Photo opportunities available.

Carole D
5 | 2019-07-03

Long day but well worth it. Both drivers and tour guides were very good. The day was running behind so only had half hour at the Arlington Cemetary. All other sites were covered with plenty of time to spare

Carroll F
2 | 2019-07-03

I did this tour on 6/15/19. The sights in DC were awesome. However, my complaint is that my tour guide would speak in German then say it again in English. I felt like I was on a tour where my tour guide was giving two totally separate tours at the same time. It was confusing, annoying, and I felt short changed. If she was not giving two separate tours, she could have offered even more information and attention to the English speaking group. Nowhere in the description of this tour does it say the tour guide would be doing a English and German tour at the same time. I purchased the English tour! There was a specific option for that at booking! I would not do this tour again because of this issue. Do visit DC, but use a vendor that does the tour only in your language! Also, please realize this tour is from 7 am- 10 pm.

4 | 2019-07-03

We stayed in NYC for a few days and took a day tour of the Washington monuments and sightseeing the city.

Conor M
4 | 2019-03-22

There was no issue with the tour operator, guide, or anything to with viator. But I wouldn’t recommend DC as a place to see. DC is a disappointing destination. But the facilities and guide were 10/10

5 | 2019-01-22

Brian was a wonderful tour guide so much knowledge and charisma. The government shutdown was on so we didn't get to see everything. But still an enjoyable day.

Eleanor J
2 | 2019-01-01

I would stay far away from this tour if you have kiddos. It's an excruciatingly long day, 645am-10pm. Our guide was subpar and did not seem personable or try to get to know us at all. He just kept repeating the same thing over and over again. The stops are short and chaotic and extremely packed. About 10ish hours of driving so really tough on everyone by the end. We saw a lot but would not do this again.

Gary B
5 | 2018-10-25

A very long day but worth every dollar, good tour guide and 2 drivers who changed on the Delaware border.We saw all the sites in Washington and had plenty of time to visit the Smithsonian museums.Plenty of scheduled breaks at appropriate times.

5 | 2018-08-23

I did this tour during a week long trip to NYC. This was a very long day as I was at the Gray Line Visitor Centre at about 6:15am. My hotel was only a few minutes walk so that helped. A representative came and directed me where to wait. The tour leader seemed very knowledgeable and was quite engaging. We did have some rest stops along the way. Overall got to see the main places, such as Arlington cemetery, the White House, Capitol Hill. Also passed through a number of states such as Delaware, New Jersey, Maryland on the way. One thing is that it did rain heavily in DC for a couple of hours. On the way back I got a great view of the Manhattan skyline at night. I got back to NYC at approximately 10pm. Overall this trip is definitely worth doing.

Amelia P
5 | 2018-07-20

Excellent trip the guide Peter was brilliant and very knowledgeable long trip but definitely worth it

Georsadd G
3 | 2018-07-19

was just okay

Russell R
5 | 2018-07-12

Excellent. Short but worth it.learned a lot. Our tour guide Eddie was knowledgable. Weather was a bit hot but did not mind it at all. The second driver was kind of rough. The first driver was better

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