Please see below for important information
Due to the annual Christmas Tree lighting stops #2 (The White House), stop #14 (National Museum of American History) and stop #15 (Smithsonian Museum of Natural History) will be closed all day.
Stop #17 the Portrait Gallery stop will be closed for the upcoming future due to major construction. Guest can walk three blocks west to 10th and E St NW which is stop #1, the Welcome Center to board the trolley. We apologize for any inconvenience and will notify when that stop opens.
Arlington Cemetery Tours will not operate on December 14, 2019 and January 11, 2020. Volunteers from Wreaths Across America will be placing wreaths on the grave sites here on December 14th and removing them on January 11th. The box office at the cemetery will be open on both those days for future tickets sales but no tour will be available.
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1 Day Itinerary

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How to See Washington DC in 1 Day

Our nation’s capital plays host to millions of visitors each year, offering a plethora of historical sites, memorials, museums and interesting attractions.

If you’re heading to DC and only have one day to explore, you’ll no doubt want to plan your trip well so you can see as much as possible.

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library of congress in Washington DCStop 6

Prepare to be amazed by the imposing sights of the U.S. Capitol, the Supreme Court and the Library of Congress. Take some time to visit each of these iconic buildings and stop in at the visitor’s center to learn more. Guided tours are available in each of the buildings daily. If you decide to take one, allow yourself at least two hours to take it all in.

Stop 11

Hop off to see the Jefferson Memorial, the George Mason Memorial and take a pleasant stroll around the Tidal Basin. If you’re lucky, the famous cherry trees will be in bloom. Take a half an hour to rent a paddleboat for a relaxing ride in the water. Give yourself an hour to an hour and a half to see everything before getting on the next trolley.

stop-9-martin-luther-memorialStop 12

Two important sites to see at this stop are the FDR Memorial and the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. Allow at least an hour to explore these two memorials and then continue on the trolley to the next stop.

Stop 13

Plan to spend an hour seeing the Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Korean War Memorial and World War II Memorial. Also, if you’re interested, the shuttle to Arlington National Cemetery leaves from this stop. This is the final resting place of America’s fallen war heroes and more than 300,000 people who gave their life for their country. You can take the shuttle to Arlington National Cemetery and then return to this stop to catch the next trolley.

Stop 14

A visit to Washington, DC is not complete without a stop at the Washington Monument. Hop off the trolley here to see it and to visit the Smithsonian Museum of American History.

stop-13-smithsonian-museum-of-natural-historyStop 15

Get off here to take a tour of Smithsonian’s Museum of Natural History. If you really want to see everything from the Hope Diamond to the millions of pieces that represent the history of the natural world, you’ll need much more than a few hours. If you’re pressed for time, see everything you can in 90 minutes and move on to the next attraction.

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