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Stop # 3 The National Archives will be closed both Saturday and Sunday all day for a filming project.

Please expect delays and reroutes around the filming area all weekend. We apologize for any inconvenience but this is event is beyond our control.

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Hop On & Hop Off Day Tour

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We may not be as old as the monuments, but with over 30 years and 8 million guests, we’re DC’s most experienced sightseeing company. Because of that, we know the quality of your tour doesn’t depend on the mere number of tour stops, so we’ve carefully crafted our tour route, selecting the right stops at the right places to maximize your time in the city. Top that off with the best tour guides and DC’s only 100% satisfaction guarantee and you’ve got the recipe for an unforgettable vacation. Ready to go? Then hop aboard Old Town Trolley, the attraction that takes you to the attractions!


To make your vacation planning as stress-free as possible, we did the homework for you and crafted one easy tour route.

Nothing confusing, no multiple loops to choose from, just a relaxing and enjoyable day touring the best of our nation’s capital.

Our convenient and continuous tour loop takes you to the BEST of DC, which as the authorized tour company of Arlington National Cemetery, now includes a tour of one of our nation’s most hallowed grounds. We hold all of our tours to the highest of standards, and we’re committed to providing you with the best sightseeing experience possible.


Our tour traverses the National Mall with stops at several Smithsonian Museum buildings. You’ll have a chance to explore the National Monuments and Memorials (Lincoln, FDR, Washington, and Jefferson), as well as the United States Capitol and the Supreme Court buildings. From the Lincoln Memorial, you’ll head over the Potomac River and through Arlington National Cemetery, where you’ll have the opportunity to honor the brave men and women who’ve given their lives defending the ideals of our great nation. Witness the Changing of the Guard, visit John F. Kennedy’s gravesite, and explore the Memorial Amphitheatre and Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.


Arlington National Cemetery requires that we use special tour vehicles to navigate the grounds. Therefore, a transfer of tour vehicles is required for the Arlington portion of our tour. Our red transfer shuttle will pick you up at the Lincoln Memorial (Stop #11) and drop you off at the cemetery (Stop #12) where you’ll then hop aboard our Arlington National Cemetery touring vehicles for your tour of the cemetery grounds. When you’re finished at Arlington, catch the shuttle again and we’ll take you back to the Lincoln Memorial so you can continue your tour of the city. The first Arlington Shuttle departs the Lincoln Memorial daily at 9:45 am. The last shuttle to complete the Arlington National Cemetery portion of your tour departs at 3:00 pm. In order to get a complete tour of Arlington National Cemetery, ride the Red Loop Shuttle back to the Lincoln and complete the Blue Loop tour, you should begin your tour at Arlington National Cemetery prior to 3:00 pm.


Your tour includes all-day on-and-off privileges on our tour loop. As you tour the nation’s capital you’ll have the opportunity to get off the trolley and visit many memorials, museums, and historical points of interest; as well as opportunities for shopping and dining throughout the city. Tour DC at your own pace, and trolleys will come by each stop at least every 30 minutes. Hold on to your Boarding Pass, though, because it’s your ticket to rejoin the tour at any designated stop.


Tours begin daily at 9:00 am and run until our last re-boarding at 4:45 pm. Please note that Washington DC is a city of parades, festivals, motorcades and of course, traffic. These events may cause delays in the arrival of a trolley at your stop or result in having to take an alternate route.


Visiting with friends and family that don’t speak English? Our new exclusive foreign language app is here to help! Built with GPS tracking technology, you can now enjoy live narration in 7 different languages – Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, Chinese, and Japanese. Once you purchase your ticket, we’ll provide you with instructions on how to download the app. Then sit back, relax, and enjoy all the sights and sounds via a fully-narrated tour through our nation’s capital.


In order to plan your visit and avoid missing any must-see sights, check out our interactive and easy-to-use map to plan your stops before you board the trolley. Our map and stops pages provide you with information on what there is to see and do at each stop, and gives you an approximate time to spend there.

Any questions? We’re here to help. Our trolley conductors will be more than happy to provide you with sightseeing suggestions.

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9 Reasons why Old Town Trolley is the best tour company in town:


100% satisfaction guarantee


30+ years of experience


More sightseeing and less stopping


Frequent pickup service


Official authorized tour company of Arlington National Cemetery


Washington DC’s most comprehensive tour fully narrated by our conductors


Exclusive foreign language tour app


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