Tours in Washington DC

Despite its compact size, the political capital of America is packed with American history, with plenty to see and do. From the iconic Washington Monument and the White House, to the US Capitol Building and Lincoln Memorial, D.C. is also home to a number of fascinating and free museums to explore, such as the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, The National Museum of American History and The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. For something a little more contemporary, consider putting your sleuth skills to the test at the International Spy Museum.

Take a moment to enjoy the greenery of The National Mall, where Martin Luther King Jr. once stood and gave his historic ‘I Have a Dream’ speech, and enjoying some of the best views of this powerful city’s many monuments. For a spot of retail therapy, make sure to include a visit to the charming Georgetown for cobbled streets and splendid architecture, upmarket shopping and fine dining in Michelin starred restaurants.

Urban explorers can explore Washington DC as part of our Great Eastern Cities Tour, including the concrete jungle of New York City and ‘the city of brotherly love’, Philadelphia. Alternatively, combine the spell binding national parks of Utah, Arizona and California with some of the best cities by taking our Great American Road Trip.

8 days

Great Eastern Cities Tour

Guide Price £1,239 pp  

Focused on a feast of East Coast America, the Great Eastern Cities tour is a wonderful city spectacular that starts in the New York, then takes in the thunderous Niagara Falls, before detouring through beautiful Amish country and visiting the...

Escorted tours

Great Eastern Cities Tour
22 days

The Great American Roadtrip

 

Take a scenic tour through 12 of America's 50 states passing by iconic sights, breathtaking landscapes and tasting delicious food and drink. You'll see the best of America on this trip of a lifetime. Discover the sights of New York,...

Self drive holidays

The Great American Roadtrip
11 days The White House Washington DC

Eastern Discovery Tour

 

Discover beautiful eastern cities and scenery on this spectacular 11 day escorted tour which takes in some of the most important cities and impressive sights along the eastern USA and Canada. Your journey will take you from the bright lights...

City holidays

Eastern Discovery Tour
17 days Grand Canyon National Park

New York to Hollywood Tour

Guide Price £3,119 pp  

Uncover some of the most iconic sights that the USA have to offer on the escorted tour. From the Manhattan skyline to the Hollywood Hills, we're crossing North America from New York to LA, calling at the US capital, Washington,...

Escorted tours

New York to Hollywood Tour

Expert Tips

Nick

Senior Destination Manager

“Washington DC is surprisingly compact and easy to navigate. Walking your way round the city will not only save you money, but also ensure you don’t miss a thing in this iconic city.”

Martyn

Destination Manager

“If you have time, pop down to Alexandria’s Old Town, not far south of Washington DC. It has unusual shops, antiques, restaurants and theatres – I could spend days there.”

Christie

Destination Executive

“If you’re into spy mysteries, you won’t regret a visit to the family-friendly International Spy Museum in Washington DC.”

Frequently Asked Questions

Washington DC is home a whole host of delicious eateries, catering to almost every palette you can think of. 

A very popular local dish is half smokes – half pork, half beef sausages, and every day since 1903, Senate Bean Soup has been served - at the Senate. Many local establishments pride themselves on their pupusas – a type of melt in your mouth corn pancake, delicious with cheese.

The city covers just 68 square miles (and eight of those are water), compared to New York’s 302 square miles. There’s also a hop-on, hop-off trolley bus that’s easy to find and takes visitors to most places of interest.

The mild weather and sunshine from March to May and September to November makes these the best time of year to visit. In summer, temperatures can rise to around 31°C, while in winter they can plummet to as low as -4°C, with snow expected during these cold months.

If you enjoy cityscapes and history, Washington DC is a perfect choice for you. If you really like to get to know a place, you’ll find excellent transport links and a relatively small city, by American standards, which is easy to wander around by foot.

Why you'll love Washington DC...

• Getting close to probably the most powerful building in the world – The White House
• Witnessing America’s springtime awakening, abundant with beauty and aroma of flowers and blossom
• Tasting delicious food from all over the world, with an American twist
• Visiting the International Spy Museum for fascinating gadgets and a taste of cold war history
• Roaming the captivating streets of Georgetown
• Watching a Shakespeare play at the Folger Shakespeare Library, modelled on an Elizabethan inn
• Taking in the aroma and beauty of fascinating plants at the US Botanical Garden
• Watching congress in session at the US Capitol
• Feeling like you’re walking through the political history of America
• Absorbing the sights, sounds and smells of the Saturday Eastern Market as you meander through the aisles

Did you know?

• Ordered from London in 1752, The Liberty Bell is a symbol of American freedom. It hasn’t been rung since 1846 when it was used to celebrate George Washington’s birthday. Nobody knows why or when it cracked.
• Apart from presidents, there have been three very unlikely occupants at The White House – one alligator owned by John Quincy Adams and two by Herbert Hoover’s son.
• John Adams was the first president of the USA to live in The White House.