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Best of DC — VIP Tour

Washington DC
open-top or glass-top convertible bus
Luxury Buses
Tour Group
start: 8:30 AM & 10 AM
duration: 7 hours
place: U.S. Navy Memorial
Type: Bus Tours
ARCHIVES $99+ per adult / per child book now
ARCHIVES + CAPITOL $139 / $129 per adult / per child BOOK NOW
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Get the presidential treatment with our most comprehensive Washington DC day tour! The tour includes reserved access to the National Archives Building and an optional upgrade with reserved access to the U.S. Capitol Building!

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Your VIP experience begins at US Navy Memorial.

Check out every memorial of the National Mall with this eight-hour voyage around the city. One of the best Washington DC sightseeing tours money can buy, this excursion begins with an in-depth look at some of the city’s most poignant sights and sounds, from the White House to the National Monuments and Memorials and the U.S. Capitol Building (outside only). An optional upgrade with reserved entry into the U.S. Capitol Building is available.

You’ll have the chance to hop off and visit some of the most important landmarks, with a specialist guide to explain the stories behind each one. In summer, you can enjoy a leisurely boat cruise after lunch, taking in the pretty Potomac and Georgetown Waterfront. Meanwhile, winter brings a scenic bus tour through Virginia in the afternoon, taking in The Pentagon, Air Force Memorial, Iwo Jima Marine Corps Memorial, and Arlington National Cemetery along the way. A fascinating look at the interior of the National Archives makes for a sensational finale.

+ more time to appreciate the landmarks listed on the tour
+ climate-controlled luxury tour buses
+ incredible panoramic views with a glass-top or open-top convertible tour bus
+ boat cruise included (seasonal: Apr 1 – Oct 15)
+ premium guided bus tour with live tour guide narrative on and off the bus

+ book a classic VIP tour with access to the National Archives Building (7 hours)
+ upgrade to a reserved entry into the U.S. Capitol Building (8.5 hours)


Operational Dates

7 days a week, rain or shine

Additional information:

Jan 1 New Year’s Day – All Tours Closed
Jan 20 March for Life – Day Tours Closed
Mar 18 Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon – Day Tours Closed
Apr 2 Cherry Blossom Ten Miler – Day Tours Closed

Apr 15 National Cherry Blossom Parade® – Day Tours Closed

May 7 National Women’s Half Marathon – Day Tours Closed

May 28 AMVETS’ “Rolling to Remember” – Day Tours Closed
May 29 Memorial Day – All Tours Closed
July 4 Independence Day – All Tours Closed
Aug 28 The Commitment March – Day Tours Closed
Oct 8 Army Ten Miler – Day Tours Closed
Oct 29 Marine Corps Marathon – Day Tours Closed
Oct 31 Halloween – Night Tours Closed
Nov 23 Thanksgiving Day – All Tours Closed
Dec 24 Christmas Eve – Night Tours Closed
Dec 25 Christmas Day – All Tours Closed
Dec 31 New Year’s Eve – All Tours Closed


If you’re driving in, please be prepared to park your vehicle in one of the paid indoor parking garages close to the tour departure location

US Navy Memorial START open in google maps
White House guided stop (outside only)
The U.S. Capitol Building guided stop (outside only)
World War I and World II National Memorials guided stop
Thomas Jefferson Memorial guided stop
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial guided stop
Boat Cruise 1-hr leisurely cruise on the Potomac River (Apr 1 to Oct 15)
Lincoln Memorial guided stop
Korean War Memorial guided stop
Vietnam Veterans Memorial guided stop
FDR Memorial guided stop
The National Archives Building (guided inside tour) END book now
The U.S. Capitol Building (guided inside tour) upgrade now
430+ reviews
Excellent 356
Very Good 37
Average 15
Poor 7
Terrible 14
Excellent DC tour with superb tour guides

My wife and I had a great tour of DC with Joey and Edward. Joey was really knowledgable but also good fun. Everything was explained brilliantly and the pace of the trip was good. If you want a good overview of DC then this is the tour to go for. Started at 10 and finished at about 16:30. The boat trip in the middle over lunch was also excellent. - Mike S.

Highly Recommended

Outstanding excursion, I highly recommend. Time spent at each site was perfect. Breaking up the trip with the cruise was fun and enjoyable. Tour guide was entertaining and informative. - Amanda HS


Our guides were beyond wonderful. Sally was so informative and Chris was the perfect gentleman driving and escorting us. I highly recommend this experience. - Jeannie

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Aaron Renshaw

We took the nighttime DC monument tour in a covered top Sprinter van. Our guide was friendly, attentive, and very knowledgeable about the city. We were visiting in early January so it was super cold and had recently snowed so our guide kept us warm and comfortable also by strategically parking the van or moving it for us to save steps after walking the monuments. Overall, fun and memorable. I'd highly recommend this tour!

Vanessa Losey

Thanks for making my dad bday that much more memorable! My dad a senior citizen and the pace was perfect for him, including all the bathroom breaks and patience. Thank you Terry for a tour to remember and for signing to my dad happy birthday!!! Memories to last a lifetime. His service dog loved it too!!!

Gabrielle Sanders

Nick the @tourgod was one of the most amazing tour guides I’ve ever experienced! His knowledge and charisma made us feel so comfortable. He kept us laughing and on time! He was just a delightful and I’m so glad we got to experience him today! The Mercedes’ sprinter is a beautiful site to see while traveling down Constitution ave and Pennsylvania ave. Such a luxurious site to see🎉🎊 I’m so excited to take another tour with them in the spring! Here are come Loudoun VA wine country 🍷

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How does USA Guided Tours deal with COVID-19?

Enhanced cleaning policy:
  • All USA Guided Tours vehicles are cleaned with EPA-registered multi-surface cleaner & disinfectant as recommended by the CDC – between every tour
Additional measures:
  • Face masks are optional for tour guides and travelers
  • Hand sanitizers available on buses
  • Contactless check-in process

Why type of buses does USA Guided Tours use?

We use luxury tour buses that are climate-controlled and offer comfortable and pleasant touring experience, as well as protection from weather elements. Our tours can accommodate all group sizes with a fleet of vehicles ranging from SUVs to premium Motor-coaches. This flexibility allows our private tours to be tailored for couples or groups as big as 50 in a single vehicle. In favor of keeping our public tours more intimate, however, we cap our tours with an average of 30 guests per group.
We do our best to keep large, same-party groups together on the same bus, but please remember that the seating is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Once you claim your seats – they’re reserved only for you for the duration of the tour.

Convertible buses switch from open-tops to glass-tops between Oct 15 – Mar 15 due to colder temperatures.

What is USA Guided Tours cancelation policy?

Free Cancellation up to 24 Hours in Advance > if you cancel your booking 24 hours in advance of your tour departure time – a full refund will be issued


Free Cancellation up to 1 Hour in Advance With Tour Booking Insurance > if you purchase Tour Booking Insurance at $5.99 per person, booking cancellations may be made up to 1 hour in advance of your tour departure time for a full refund

Are we allowed to bring luggage on the tour?

Our shuttles are not wheelchair accessible, nor is there storage for baby strollers. If you have a wheelchair, please call us to make special vehicle arrangements for your tour. Some of our tours involve longer walks so if you prefer, you may stay on board the bus, near the landmark, without exiting at each stop.

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