From the Lincoln Memorial to the White House, these tours take in all the major sights of the Nation’s capital, making them among the best things to do in DC!

From an amazing twilight tour to a deep dive into American politics and debate on Capitol Hill, check out these history-infused things to do in DC now!

  1. Washington, DC Guided City Tour

    DC Guided City Tour
    First up on our list of things to do in DC for history lovers is the Washington, DC Guided City Tour: a mammoth 6.5-hour tour that allows you to tick off many of the most famous sights from your bucket list in one fell swoop!

    You’ll see the likes of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the FBI Building, from the comfort of an air-conditioned, wifi-enabled coach. There’s also the opportunity to step off and visit the likes of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History and The National Air & Space Museum!

  2. Mount Vernon Tour

    Mount Vernon Tour
    The attractive plantation home of George Washington, the first president of the United States, is the subject of this unique attraction. Built in 1758, it has been lovingly restored to look as it did when George Washington passed away in 1799.

    Located 13 miles south of the city, this 4.5-hour tour takes you through Old Town Alexandria all the way to these manicured grounds, and majestic building in question overlooking the Potomac River, and back again. Indeed, you’ll also get to stroll through Martha Washington’s charming gardens!

    A 23-room home steeped in history, ponder on a self-guided walk the decisions formulated on these very grounds by one of the most popular Presidents of all time, and the man who led colonial forces to victory over the British.

  3. American Politics and Debate on Capitol Hill Tour

    The two-hour American Politics and Debate on Capitol Hill tour will surely prove fascinating even to those who claim to be disinterested in politics!

    With an expert local guide providing the commentary, learn about the birth of American politics and the US’s 44 presidents to date, as well as some of the country’s most debated policies.

    This tour takes in iconic sights such as the U.S. Capitol and the Library of Congress and concludes with a drink on DC’s Barrack’s Row, which is buzzing with boutiques, bars, and restaurants.

  4. Washington, DC Twilight Tour

    DC Twilight Tour
    Last up on our things to do in DC round-up focusing on history is the Washington, DC Twilight Tour: a pinch of all the aforementioned tours, but at a beautiful time of the evening!

    Indeed, with everything from the White House to the Washington Monument to the Lincoln Memorial appearing impossibly neat and clean, the structures of DC might look fabulous during the day – but trust us, they are even more striking when lit up at night!

    And with the city getting an average of 203 sunny days a year, you can enjoy this and all the outdoor tours listed more than half the year without fear of rain.


Stay tuned! Next week we’ll be telling you about some of the best things to do in DC and NYC for museum lovers!

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