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Things to Do in Washington DC This Fall

Things to Do in Washington DC This Fall

Fall foliage makes a colorful backdrop for Washington DC’s towering monuments and landmarks, and autumn is a wonderful time to explore America’s capital. Whether you’re all about history, checking out art, or enjoying the view from the Potomac River, use these tips to get inspired for a fall trip to DC.

  • Cruise between monuments on a hop-on hop-off bus tour.
  • Enjoy views of brilliant fall color by taking a day trip to Gettysburg.
  • Bundle up for a nighttime tour of DC monuments by autumn moonlight.
  • Spot riverside foliage on a Potomac River cruise.
  • Visit Mount Vernon on a day trip and see gardens touched by fall color.
  • Take an African American history tour of the city.
  • Pedal between sights on a guided bicycle tour of DC.
  • Tour the moving monuments, memorials, and graves at Arlington National Cemetery.
  • Check out the Smithsonian Museums’ natural wonders and masterpiece artwork.
  • Discover DC’s best bites on a gourmet tour of U Street or Georgetown.
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DC At Dusk Guided Night Tour

DC At Dusk Guided Night Tour

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Ride a luxury mini-coach past major landmarks on this night bus tour of Washington DC. Gaze at floodlit memorials and monuments, such as the magnificent Lincoln Memorial and the glow of the Jefferson Memorial reflected in the Tidal Basin. After this sightseeing tour, you’ll understand why the nation’s capital is considered one of the world’s most beautiful cities at night.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$58.00
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$58.00

Best of DC Tour - With Access to US Capitol Grounds & National Archives Building

Best of DC Tour - With Access to US Capitol Grounds & National Archives Building

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Beat the long entrance lines and experience some of the most popular attractions in Washington, DC like an insider on this full-day sightseeing tour. Enjoy priority entry into the United States Capitol, the home of Congress. Then visit the National Archives Building, where the original Bill of Rights, the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution are on display. In between, see the city’s most famous landmarks and monuments, like the White House, the Lincoln Memorial and more.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$99.00
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African-American History Tour with Reserved Museum Entry

African-American History Tour with Reserved Museum Entry

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Immerse yourself in the history of African-American culture in the United States during this half-day history excursion in the Nation’s Capital. Follow the path of the first African-Americans at Jamestown through the Civil Rights movement, checking out key sites like the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, the vibrant U Street corridor, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the MLK Memorial, plus much more. Due to COVID-19, all Smithsonian institutions are closed.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$91.44
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Big Bus Washington DC Open Top Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Big Bus Washington DC Open Top Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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Discover the most popular sights in Washington, DC on this relaxing hop-on hop-off bus tour. Drive past many of the top attractions in the nation’s capital — including the White House, the Washington Monument, the National Mall, historic Georgetown, and Arlington National Cemetery, and choose where you want to get off and explore in more detail. Select a 1- or 2-day pass, then hop on at any of the stops on two different routes and get to know the city with an audio commentary. The 2-day Deluxe option includes a Night Tour.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$44.10
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Washington DC Monuments by Moonlight Tour by Trolley

Washington DC Monuments by Moonlight Tour by Trolley

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Explore the famous monuments and memorials of Washington DC by moonlight on this narrated sightseeing tour. Hop aboard an open-air trolley and enjoy an educational and entertaining history of the nation’s capital while traveling past each point of interest. Take in the stunning views of an illuminated Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, the White House, and many other landmarks. This is a truly unique look at the iconic monuments of Washington DC by night.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$45.00
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Washington DC Premier Dinner Cruise
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Washington DC Premier Dinner Cruise

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Enjoy delicious cuisine and live entertainment with a view of Washington, DC on this 2.5-3 hour dinner cruise along the Potomac River. On board the elegant Odyssey cruise ship, choose from one of three exquisitely decorated glass atrium dining rooms or head to the open-air observation deck to admire the view. Dine on a delicious 3-course meal, then dance the night away or see the famous sites of the nation’s capital — like the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, Reagan National Airport and much more under a moonlit sky.
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  • 3 hours
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$102.28
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Arlington National Cemetery Guided Walking Tour with Changing of the Guards

Arlington National Cemetery Guided Walking Tour with Changing of the Guards

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See the moving Changing of the Guards at the Tomb of the Unknowns on a guided walking tour of Arlington National Cemetery. Be perfectly placed for good views of the moving ceremony, then continue to some of the cemetery's most important gravesites and memorials, including places dedicated to John F. Kennedy, the USS Maine, Second World War soldier Audie Murphy, and more, learning the fascinating history of the cemetery as you walk.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
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$39.00
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The Smithsonian National Air Space Museum Private Guided Tour

The Smithsonian National Air Space Museum Private Guided Tour

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Get more from your visit to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum on this 2.5-hour private tour. Follow your guide through one of the world’s largest collections of historic aircraft and spacecraft in the world. See items like Buzz Aldrin’s spacesuit, the Apollo 11 module, and real moon rocks brought back form a voyage to Earth’s natural satellite.
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  • 2 hours
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$79.50
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$79.50
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Washington DC Monuments Bike Tour

Washington DC Monuments Bike Tour

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See the historical sights of Washington DC with an up-close view of significant monuments on a bike tour by comfortable cruiser. Ride an easy route over flat terrain from the National Mall to the Potomac Tidal Basin and view DC landmarks including the Washington Monument, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, and Jefferson Memorial as you explore the attractions with a knowledgeable guide.
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  • 3 hours
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$54.00
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$54.00

U Street: Food, History, and Street Art Tour

U Street: Food, History, and Street Art Tour

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Get a taste of Washington DC's historic U Street neighborhood on this guided culinary walking tour. Discover the history and culture of these streets, formerly known as ‘Black Broadway,’ while stopping at multiple local restaurants to sample the foods that make these neighborhoods unique. A portion of every ticket price goes to feed district residents in need.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$103.64
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$103.64

Georgetown Foodie Tour and Neighborhood Walk
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Georgetown Foodie Tour and Neighborhood Walk

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Put down your guidebook and skip the stress of navigating on your own when you book a gourmet food and walking tour through historic Georgetown. Your guide takes you off the beaten path to highly-rated establishments, from a deli loved by locals to an Indian restaurant that’s been around for 20 years. Along the way, see hidden landmarks often missed by visitors, including Julia Child’s former home.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$79.18
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Arlington National Cemetery Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Arlington National Cemetery Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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Explore the vast Arlington National Cemetery in Washington DC at a pace that suits you on this hop-on hop-off trolley tour. With trolleys departing regularly, you can hop off at any of the stops, including the US Marine Corps War Memorial, the US Coast Guard Memorial, and the Eternal Flame. Listen to an onboard guide share the history of Arlington and the significance of the memorials, monuments, and burial sites that you pass.
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  • 30 minutes
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$17.95
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Visit Mount Vernon by Bike: Self-guided Ride with Optional Boat Cruise Return

Visit Mount Vernon by Bike: Self-guided Ride with Optional Boat Cruise Return

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Experience the beauty of the Potomac River and Old Town Alexandria on this independent bike tour along the Mount Vernon Trail. Check out the historic estate, which was once home to George Washington, and wander through the grounds, galleries, and hallways of this stately mansion. Opt for a tour upgrade and kick back for your return trip on a narrated Potomac River cruise to Alexandria. This independent tour offers plenty of flexibility and is one of the best ways to explore Mount Vernon.
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  • 4 to 7 hours
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$50.00
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$50.00