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Overview

Don't be fooled into thinking that a trip to Washington D.C is just about history and politics. Granted, as the US capital city this is an important part of its appeal, but beyond the obvious sightseeing you'll discover much more.

Gone are the days where Washington D.C was seen as stuffy or political, trendier than ever this cosmopolitan destination is home to eclectic neighbourhoods, incredible gastronomy, vibrant nightlife and a great shopping scene. Combine time spent seeing 'must see' attractions like The White House and Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool with days browsing in upscale boutiques, people watching in quaint pavement cafes or drinking cocktails at the hippest rooftop bars. Keep your eyes peeled for the Red Hook Lobster Pound, a popular food truck that's on the move each day or enjoy a leisurely picnic in Rock Creek Park. Explore by bike, or hire a car and take a daytrip to Mount Vernon and colonial Williamsburg.

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Washington D.C Hop-on Hop-off Trolley Tour

Discover Washington D.C at your leisure with a one-day ticket on the hop-on hop-off trolley tour. Create your own itinerary to see the most popular sights of Washington D.C at your own pace. Hop on and off at any of the 20 stops as often as you like along the three trolley routes. See the National Mall and Downtown on the 'orange loop', National Cathedral, Uptown and Georgetown on the 'green loop' and the White House on the 'green line'.

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Washington D.C Duck Tour

See Washington D.C from the land and water on a unique duck tour. Travelling in an original WWII amphibious vehicle, this 90-minute tour takes you to the famous monuments of Washington D.C, before splashing down into the Potomac River. From Union Station you'll waddle down to the Mall, where you'll see the awe-inspiring monuments and fabulous Smithsonian Museums. Then at the Potomac River, splash down for a different look at the nation's capital. Along the way, your captain will entertain you with anecdotes and well-researched historical facts.

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Gettysburg Day Trip from Washington D.C

Journey into the picturesque countryside of Maryland and Pennsylvania on a day trip from Washington D.C, devoted to the historic battlefield of Gettysburg. You'll gain rich insights into an important part of America's heritage and learn the story of the largest battle ever fought on US soil. As you travel to Pennsylvania, relax and listen to as your guide identifies local points of interest. See the Gettysburg Diorama, one of the largest miniature military dioramas in the country, for a narrated history of the Battle of Gettysburg.

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Washington DC Monuments by Moonlight Night Tour by Trolley

You haven't seen Washington D.C until you've seen it at night. On this narrated evening tour, you'll enjoy the sights and sounds of Washington D.C and see first-hand how Washington turns into a different city when the sun goes down. Admire Washington D.C's most popular monuments and points of interest, including the Capitol Building, the White House, the Jefferson Memorial and the Washington Monument. As your tour guide provides entertaining anecdotes, historical information and ghost stories about the spirits who are said to haunt the nation's capital.

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Washington D.C Supersaver: Mount Vernon and Arlington National Cemetery Tour

Take a full-day tour from Washington D.C to Mount Vernon and Arlington National Cemetery, two of Virginia's most popular attractions. On this great value day trip, you'll tour Mount Vernon, George Washington's plantation home; visit Old Town Alexandria, where Robert E. Lee grew up; and explore Arlington National Cemetery, where you'll see the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. You'll also see the unforgettable Changing of the Guard ceremony and the eternal flame that lights up the gravesite of John F. Kennedy.

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When best to visit?

Find out what the weather is like in Washington before your holiday.

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