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Things to Do in Washington DC This Winter

Things to Do in Washington DC This Winter

Winter brings chilly weather to America’s capital, but that’s the perfect excuse for cozy days of museum hopping, indoor sightseeing, and bundled-up walks between monuments, plus you’ll have fewer crowds to contend with. Here are our tips for making the most of your wintertime Washington DC visit.

  • Cruise between landmarks in an enclosed hop-on hop-off bus or trolley.
  • Take an interior tour of the United States Capitol Building.
  • Watch the city light up on a tour of DC’s holiday light displays.
  • Explore the Smithsonian Museums with an expert guide.
  • Check out big views from the top of the Washington Monument.
  • Learn the African American History of Washington DC on a guided tour.
  • Practice your decoding skills at the International Spy Museum.
  • Visit Arlington National Cemetery for a hop-on hop-off tour of key landmarks.
  • Eat your way through U Street or Georgetown on a foodie walking tour.
  • Discover the secrets of the National Gallery of Art.
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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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$99.00

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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$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
  • Free Cancellation
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$44.10
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$44.10

Washington DC Sightseeing Trolley Tour with 1 Stop

Washington DC Sightseeing Trolley Tour with 1 Stop

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Depart from the Washington DC Welcome Center and take a 90 minute Washington DC trolley tour to explore the nation’s capital. The route encompasses the city’s top attractions, including the White House, Lincoln Memorial and the National Mall.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$49.00
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$49.00

Capitol Hill and DC Monuments Tour by Electric Cart

Capitol Hill and DC Monuments Tour by Electric Cart

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Explore the famous monuments and war memorials of Washington, DC on this small-group sightseeing tour. Hop aboard a special eCruiser vehicle and enjoy an educational and entertaining narrated history of our nation’s capital. Get a glimpse of the White House and travel around and through Capitol Hill, the Smithsonian museum complex, plus a plethora of famous memorials and monuments — like the Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument — and many other hotspots. This is a great way to see many of DC’s most famous landmarks.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$63.75
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$63.75

The Smithsonian National Air Space Museum Private Guided Tour
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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$79.50
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$79.50
Price varies by group size

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

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
  • Free Cancellation
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$17.95
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$17.95

Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Guided Small Group Tour
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Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Guided Small Group Tour

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Take one giant leap into the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, on a 2 hour small group tour that covers the early history of flight, and the modern-day life of an astronaut. This group is limited to 8 people, and explores a collection that includes everything from space suits, to moon rocks, and a model of the International Space Station.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$79.50
Price varies by group size
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$79.50
Price varies by group size

Washington DC & Annapolis Holiday Lights Sightseeing Tour
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Washington DC & Annapolis Holiday Lights Sightseeing Tour

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See Washington DC light up for the season with a 3-hour, holiday lights sightseeing tour of the city’s most important landmarks. Visit the evergreen ‘People’s Tree’ at the U.S. Capitol, and then take in the National Christmas Tree at the White House Ellipse. Walk through the State and Territory trees that celebrate traditions from around the United States, and enjoy a festive atmosphere with a model train village, Santa’s workshop, and holiday music. Finish your tour at the Lincoln Memorial for unforgettable nighttime views of the Capitol Building and Washington Monument.
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  • 5 hours
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$78.00
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$78.00