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Are you ready to discover the captivating beauty and rich history of Washington DC during the summer months, and capture the sheer breadth of activities it holds? As the sun illuminates the iconic landmarks and lush green spaces, DC transforms into a vibrant destination for visitors from around the world. Planning ahead is crucial to make the most of your summer activities in the capital city. That’s where USA Guided Tours comes in. With our extensive expertise in DC tourism and commitment to delivering exceptional experiences, we aim to be the perfect companion to explore the best of the city’s offerings within a limited timeframe.

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Top Summer Activities in Washington DC

From historical landmarks to cultural events, Washington DC offers a plethora of activities during the summer season. While there is are so many great experiences available, here are some top summer experiences to include in your itinerary:

Monumental Architecture and History:

Marvel at the grandeur of the National Mall and visit iconic monuments such as the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, and Jefferson Memorial. These majestic structures come alive under the summer sun, providing stunning photo opportunities and a chance to connect with America’s history.

American history itself is a large enough draw to visit DC in the summer, and there are centuries of history available to explore and experience. In addition to the major active landmarks such as the White House and US Capitol Building, there are stunning memorials for important figures such as MLK Jr. as well as memorials for those who served in wartime.

Washington DC also hosts some of the best museums around, with the Smithsonian alone comprising 19 museums dedicated to preserving and presenting history in a range of focus areas going back thousands of years for everyone to experience.

Vibrant Festivals:

Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of DC’s summer festivals. The Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Broccoli City Festival, DC Jazz Fest, and the National Independence Day Parade are just a few examples of events that showcase the city’s cultural diversity and artistic expression. Indulge in delicious food, listen to live music, and engage in interactive exhibits that celebrate the city’s heritage. From the beginning of summer to its end, there is a DC festival that exemplifies DC’s rich culture.

Exploring the National Parks:

Take advantage of DC’s beautiful parks during the summer. The US National Arboretum, Rock Creek Park, and the Tidal Basin are perfect for outdoor activities like hiking, picnicking, and admiring the stunning flora. While the landmarks alone are enough for a captivating trip, you can also escape the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy some of the pristine parks available in DC.

While these activities are enticing on their own, experiencing them with a guided tour adds convenience and valuable insights that may otherwise be missed. USA Guided Tours will ensure you make the most of your time and have a blast doing so, providing a deeper understanding of the city’s historical and cultural significance all the while.

Outdoor Concerts:

Experience the magic of live music in the open air. Another popular national park – The Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts – hosts a variety of concerts, ranging from classical symphonies to popular contemporary artists. Pack a picnic, relax on the lawn, and enjoy the enchanting melodies surrounded by nature. These outdoor concerts are a staple of DC in the summer and wide range of acts perform at these shows providing something for everyone.

For an indoor experience, Capital One Arena located in the Chinatown District also hosts some of the biggest names across all genres of music. Home of the Washington Capitals of the NHL and the Washington Wizards of the NBA, Capital One Arena also hosts a lineup of concerts in the summer that has something for everyone. From Drake to Peter Frampton, this venue has music for everyone this summer and is a great starting point or conclusion to an amazing DC summer experience!

Summer Guided Day Tours in Washington DC

USA Guided Tours offers a range of day tours that provide an immersive experience of Washington DC during the summer. These tours are carefully designed to highlight the city’s most significant attractions. Here are some of the main daytime guided tour experiences:

DC Highlights Tour: Embark on a comprehensive journey through the nation’s capital and experience the best of DC in a fraction of a day. This tour covers iconic landmarks, including the US Capitol, the White House, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. Immerse yourself in the history and symbolism of these monumental sites as your expert guide provides engaging commentary along the way.

Best of DC – VIP Tour: This exclusive VIP tour offers a comprehensive exploration of Washington DC’s top sights. From the US Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial, you’ll experience the best that DC has to offer. Explore the National Mall, visit historic neighborhoods, and uncover hidden gems while enjoying the comfort and luxury of a VIP experience.

African American History and Culture Tour: Learn about African-American history from an authentic perspective covering the triumphs and activism that has advanced the country with this tour experience covering some of America’s most important moments. The Lincoln and MLK Jr. Memorials are key points in the itinerary, as well as the African American Civil War Memorial and National Museum of African American History and Culture.

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Summer Guided Night Tours in Washington DC

As the sun sets and the city lights up, Washington DC takes on a whole new ambiance. USA Guided Tours offers a captivating night tour experience that showcase the capital’s beauty after dark.

DC at Dusk Tour: Witness the transformation of the city as daylight fades and the monuments come alive with stunning illumination. This tour covers iconic landmarks, including the Lincoln Memorial, the US Capitol, and the Washington Monument. Experience the captivating beauty of DC at twilight and capture breathtaking photos of these majestic structures bathed in light.

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Create a Custom Itinerary Tour in Washington DC

In addition to our regular tours, USA Guided Tours offers private tours with custom itineraries, perfect for organized groups, family gatherings, and corporate trips. Led by expert tour guides, these personalized tours cater to your specific interests and preferences. Whether you want to focus on history, architecture, or a specific theme, or even a specific location or event, USA Guided Tours will craft a bespoke itinerary tailored to your needs.

Explore the hidden gems of DC, delve deeper into niche areas of interest, or visit lesser-known attractions that align with your unique preferences. Private tours are available in both English and Spanish, ensuring a seamless and enjoyable experience for all. Our custom private tours are available truly custom, featuring a fleet of luxurious buses and vans to ensure your party has an enjoyable and comfortable experience.

In addition to our custom itinerary private tours, we’ve also recently added two new private tours to our DC offerings for those who have a passion for wine or cocktails!


Make the Most of Your Summer DC Trip

Don’t miss out on the captivating summer activities and must-see sights in Washington DC! With USA Guided Tours, you can uncover the city’s rich history, experience vibrant festivals, and witness the stunning monuments and memorials that define the capital. Book your summer tour ahead of time to secure your spot and ensure a seamless and enjoyable experience.

Let USA Guided Tours be your trusted guide as you embark on an unforgettable summer adventure in Washington DC. Discover the best of the city’s attractions, immerse yourself in its stories, and create cherished memories along the way.