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National Museum of Natural History Tours

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National Museum of Natural History
The impressive, green-domed Museum of Natural History on the National Mall in Washington, DC, was one of the first Smithsonian museums. Since it opened its doors in 1910, the museum has endeavored to inspire curiosity and learning through its collection of over 126 million natural specimens, artifacts, and photographs. It’s considered to be one of the world’s leading resources for scientific and cultural heritage.
 
The Basics
The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History offers visitors permanent collections, temporary exhibits, and immersive, hands on experiences. Its collections include over 30 million insects housed in glass boxes, and a dazzling array of fossils, rocks, plants, tools, and artwork. Visitors can learn about the dinosaurs that roamed what is now America, and see the Hope Diamond, one of the world’s most admired jewels.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Admission to the museum and most exhibitions is free.
  • Entrance to the butterfly pavilion is free on Tuesdays.
  • The museum can be very crowded on Saturdays; during the summer, there’s a useful heat map on the website to help plan your visit.
  • Dining options include a cafeteria and Café Natural, which serves coffee and a limited food menu.
  • The wheelchair-accessible entrance to the museum can be found on Constitution Avenue.
 
How to Get There
The Natural History Museum is located on the National Mall at 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Parking in the area is limited, but there are a couple of paid parking garages nearby. The museum is easily reached by bus and metro, and the nearest stops are Federal Triangle, Smithsonian Station, and Archives-Navy Memorial – Penn Quarter
 
When to Get There
The Museum is normally very crowded on Saturdays and during the summer months. Fall and winter weekdays days are normally quieter. The museum is open every day of the year but Christmas.
 
The Butterfly Pavilion
The Museum is home to a butterfly pavilion—a climate controlled room full of tropical plants and live butterflies. The pavilion is located on the second floor inside the Partners in Evolution exhibition. Tickets are required for each 15-minute visit and tickets cost $7.50 for adults and $6.50 for children. Admission is free on Tuesdays, and tickets must be purchased in advance in person or online.
Address: 10th St. & Constitution Avenue NW, Washington DC, District of Columbia, USA
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African-American History Tour with Reserved Museum Entry

African-American History Tour with Reserved Museum Entry

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Immerse yourself in the history of African-American culture in the United States during this half-day history excursion in the Nation’s Capital. Follow the path of the first African-Americans at Jamestown through the Civil Rights movement, checking out key sites like the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, the vibrant U Street corridor, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the MLK Memorial, plus much more. Due to COVID-19, all Smithsonian institutions are closed.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$91.44
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$91.44
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Big Bus Washington DC Open Top Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Big Bus Washington DC Open Top Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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Discover the most popular sights in Washington, DC on this relaxing hop-on hop-off bus tour. Drive past many of the top attractions in the nation’s capital — including the White House, the Washington Monument, the National Mall, historic Georgetown, and Arlington National Cemetery, and choose where you want to get off and explore in more detail. Select a 1- or 2-day pass, then hop on at any of the stops on two different routes and get to know the city with an audio commentary. The 2-day option includes admission to Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$44.10
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$44.10
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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History Guided Tour

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History Guided Tour

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Booking a tour of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History ensures that you won't miss the highlights of one of the most popular museums in Washington DC. You'll hear facts and stories about the wildlife and historical artifacts on display as you wander through the museum in a small group.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$42.47
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$42.47
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Smithsonian Museum of Natural History Private Guided Tour

Smithsonian Museum of Natural History Private Guided Tour

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Step into the past and be amazed by the natural world on this a 2-hour private guided tour of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. See some of the over 126 million artifacts housed in the museum including the Hope Diamond, Egyptian mummies, and a living coral reef. Spend time immersing yourself in the fascinating stories and objects that make up our history and come away from the museum with new knowledge.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$79.50
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$79.50
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Washington DC Night-Time City Tour with Stops at Top Attractions

Washington DC Night-Time City Tour with Stops at Top Attractions

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Washington DC’s monuments and landmarks light up after dark, perfect for dramatic views and memorable photos of the capital city. Explore the sights from the National Mall to the White House and key memorials as your guide provides informative narration about each site. Hop off at select sights to get an up-close look with your small-group and guide. This tour includes transport between locations.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$61.65
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$61.65
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Half-Day Grand Tour of Washington DC

Half-Day Grand Tour of Washington DC

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Get a panoramic look at Washington DC on this sightseeing tour that provides a comprehensive introduction to the United States capital and its historical and cultural landmarks. Listen to live narration as you see dozens of attractions, such as Lincoln Memorial, the exterior of the White House, Washington Monument and the National Mall, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, and the Smithsonian buildings.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$53.42
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$53.42
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Smithsonian Museum of Natural History Guided Tour - 8ppl Max

Smithsonian Museum of Natural History Guided Tour - 8ppl Max

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Explore the fascinating Natural History Museum on a small-group tour. This guided tour traverses the massive domed building and covers over 126 million years of natural history. Admire the famous Hope Diamond in the gems and geology section, get a closer look at mummies from ancient Egypt, and learn about the world’s thousands of species including Phoenix, the famous hanging whale.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$79.50
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$79.50
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Washington DC Monuments Bike Tour

Washington DC Monuments Bike Tour

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See the historical sights of Washington DC with an up-close view of significant monuments on a bike tour by comfortable cruiser. Ride an easy route over flat terrain from the National Mall to the Potomac Tidal Basin and view DC landmarks including the Washington Monument, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, and Jefferson Memorial as you explore the attractions with a knowledgeable guide.
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  • 3 hours
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$46.00
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$46.00

Capitol Hill and DC Monuments Tour by Electric Cart

Capitol Hill and DC Monuments Tour by Electric Cart

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Explore the famous monuments and war memorials of Washington, DC on this small-group sightseeing tour. Hop aboard a special eCruiser vehicle and enjoy an educational and entertaining narrated history of our nation’s capital. Get a glimpse of the White House and travel around and through Capitol Hill, the Smithsonian museum complex, plus a plethora of famous memorials and monuments — like the Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument — and many other hotspots. This is a great way to see many of DC’s most famous landmarks.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$62.00
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$62.00
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Smithsonian Natural History & National Gallery of Art Tour - 8ppl Max

Smithsonian Natural History & National Gallery of Art Tour - 8ppl Max

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Visit two top DC museums on a small-group, guided tour that explores some of America's national treasures. With so much to see in the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History and the National Gallery of Art, it's easy to get overwhelmed, but visiting with a guide means you'll go straight to the most spectacular exhibits and artwork. Limited to 8 travelers to ensure personal service, this tour is a great way to learn the stories behind the museums as you see sparkling gems, masterpiece paintings, and more.
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  • 5 hours to 5 hours 30 minutes
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$143.10
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$143.10
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Private Moonlight DC City Tour by Van

Private Moonlight DC City Tour by Van

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Experience the beauty of America's iconic capital city during this moonlit tour of Washington, D.C. by van. Make your way in a private vehicle through historic landmarks and top attractions. Visit Capitol Hill, the Supreme Court, the Library of Congress and more. It's the perfect way to cap off a day of sightseeing with a relaxing tour at dusk.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$328.77
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Washington DC Super Saver: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley + Monuments by Moonlight Tour

Washington DC Super Saver: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley + Monuments by Moonlight Tour

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Explore the best of Washington, DC on this narrated, hop-on hop-off trolley tour. Visit more than 100 points of interest among DC’s top attractions—like the White House, the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument, to name just a few. Depending upon your interest, select a silver, gold, or platinum pass, then board at any of the stops and get to know the nation’s capital in customized fashion, with live onboard commentary from a professional tour conductor. A guided moonlight trolley tour to the same landmark locations, illuminated for the evening, is also included.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$94.00
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$94.00
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Sites by Segway In Washington DC

Sites by Segway In Washington DC

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Experience Washington DC like never before on this guided small-group Segway tour. Learn about the history of the nation’s capital, and one of the most popular destinations in the US, while gliding around the city. See iconic landmarks like the United States Capitol, National Mall, Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument and many more—a perfect overview of the city for first-time visitors or anyone wanting to see the sites. Guided Segway training plus bottled water and snacks are included. Dress in weather-appropriate clothes with flat, closed-toed shoes.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$66.00
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$66.00

Private Customized Washington DC City Tour by Van

Private Customized Washington DC City Tour by Van

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Experience the very best of Washington, DC, on a fully-customizable, 4 to 5 hours private tour with a personal van and driver. Create the perfect route for your interests, choosing from over fifty points of interest. See the city’s political, historical and scenic highlights, or focus on a single theme, with plenty of time to explore the sites that appeal to you most. Take in Capitol Hill and the Supreme Court, gardens, Presidential memorials, War Memorials and landmarks, or head outside the city to see Arlington National Cemetery and Mount Vernon Estate.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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$102.74
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Washington DC Sightseeing Trolley Tour with 1 Stop

Washington DC Sightseeing Trolley Tour with 1 Stop

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Depart from the Washington DC Welcome Center and take a 90 minute Washington DC trolley tour to explore the nation’s capital. The route encompasses the city’s top attractions, including the White House, Lincoln Memorial and the National Mall.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$49.00
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$49.00
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Washington DC Twilight Tour on Double Decker Bus

Washington DC Twilight Tour on Double Decker Bus

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There's a certain magic to Washington DC when the sun gets low in the sky, and the pale orange glow of evening twilight begins to change into night. On this twilight Washington DC open top double-decker bus tour, grab your camera and hop on board to tour America's capital, as we cruise by bus around the memorials, monuments, and US Capitol. You'll also have time to snap a photo while standing outside the White House, and pay your respects at war memorials from Korea and World War II.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$45.00
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$45.00
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Private DC Tour 4 Hour

Private DC Tour 4 Hour

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Enjoy Four-hour private tour in an air conditioned and luxury vehicle. Small group. the driver guides and stays with the vehicle at the destination.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$82.20
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$82.20
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Private Half-Day Sightseeing Tour of Washington DC

Private Half-Day Sightseeing Tour of Washington DC

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Go sightseeing in Washington DC in the comfort of a private luxury vehicle accompanied by your own personal driver. Customize your half-day tour to your interests to take in highlights such as the US Capitol Building, Washington National Monument, Georgetown, a selection of war memorials, or one of the excellent Smithsonian museums. Your driver provides commentary about the sights, but waits in the car while you visit each destination on your own. You can stop for photo ops, or spend more time at favorite destinations—the choice is yours.
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  • 4 hours
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$350.00
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$350.00
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Day or Night Private DC Sightseeing Tour

Day or Night Private DC Sightseeing Tour

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Explore Washington D.C.’s most important destinations with a fully-customizable, 4 or 5-hour private sightseeing tour for your group of 6 to 14 people. Work with an experienced guide to tailor the itinerary to your interests, and visit the city’s landmarks, memorials and museums. Enjoy convenient hotel pick-up and drop-off within the D.C. beltway and beyond in a comfortable minibus. Finish your tour with return transfer to your hotel, or make the most of your time in the capital by heading directly to one of the D.C. airports.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$299.00
per group
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$299.00
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Extended Monuments & Memorials Tour

Extended Monuments & Memorials Tour

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You can see all Washington DC Monuments and Memorials, the White House and the Capitol at your own pace, with no bus-filled crowding or walking — and no waiting. You'll be protected from the weather, including rain, snow and sun. Kid friendly and your dogs are most welcome! This is the best option for anyone with a mobility impairment. Our most popular tour is the Monuments and Memorials tour. We have done this tour 100+ different ways, depending on our guest's wishes. This is a tour of the entire National Mall on tricycle and includes the Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, FDR Memorial, MLK Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Korean, Vietnam and WWII War Memorials, and the White House, as well as other memorials. We also conduct night tours, which usually include all the amazing lit-up sights (our favorites at night are The White House, World War II, Lincoln, Jefferson, Roosevelt and the Capitol).
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  • 4 hours 45 minutes
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$780.28
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$780.28
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DC's History of Slavery Tour

DC's History of Slavery Tour

The theme/subject is a much needed topic of discussion for all Americans, young and old. This tour is unique because it is one of a kind in the Nation's Capital. There are many so called "classical tours" given but none on the lines of my tour which offers the history of slavery in the Federal City.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$32.88
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$32.88

Washington DC Museums - National Mall East Tourist Scavenger Hunt

Washington DC Museums - National Mall East Tourist Scavenger Hunt

This Tourist Scavenger Hunt takes you through the Eastern part of the National Mall where Washington's Museums are located. There are a few side trips to see various interesting things you're expecting to see, and other things you didn't know where there. It takes 2-3 hours to complete, do it whenever you wish - you select your own date and start time, no scheduling or reservation needed. 20+ challenges, games and enigmas to solve as you walk through this historic neighborhood.
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  • 3 hours
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$36.17
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$36.17
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Rides & Tours on the National Mall

Rides & Tours on the National Mall

This is a private tour in the open. If you like the outdoors, this is for you. The tour will be designed for you.
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  • 1 hour
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$123.08
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$123.08
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Private Tour of Washington DC Stopping at 11 Iconic Sites

Private Tour of Washington DC Stopping at 11 Iconic Sites

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Experience the history and grandeur of the nation’s capital on a private 3-hour tour. Work with your personal guide and driver to curate the ideal tour incorporating your must-see spots or rely on their local expertise to create a fascinating tour. Go inside the House and Senate Galleries and see where the nation’s laws are debated. See the White House, Supreme Court and much more. This tour is ideal for visitors looking for a personalized experience
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$375.00
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$375.00
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