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Washington DC Day Trip from New York City

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icon11 to 13 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 8 more

Overview

On this New York to Washington DC tour, check out the nation’s capital in a day with all logistics, transport, and entrance fees included so you’re totally free to focus on the sights. Traveling by comfortable minivan or bus with a guide for commentary—another advantage over an independent trip—view landmarks including the White House and Washington Monument. Plus, visit Arlington Cemetery and the National Air and Space Museum.
  • Experience the signature sights of Washington DC on a day trip from NYC
  • Hassle-free way to see and learn about the US capital’s landmarks
  • See the White House, Lincoln Memorial, and domed Capitol building
  • Visit Arlington Cemetery and the National Air and Space Museum

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

See nearly all of DC's key attractions and spend time at the Air and Space Museum—a rare combo.
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Professional tour guide
Transportation by 15-passenger van or a full-sized bus
Free Wi-Fi on bus only
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

330 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036, USA

6:30 AM Departure In front of Port Authority side entrance Bus Terminal Building on 42nd Street (between 8th & 9th Avenue)

Departure Time

6:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
This day trip to Washington DC from New York begins with a drive south through the East Coast states of Delaware, New Jersey, and Maryland before arriving in the US capital.

When you arrive, start your DC sightseeing tour at Arlington Cemetery where you're free to visit JFK's gravesite. Then, take a drive through the city center to admire landmarks such as the domed Capitol building and White House before visiting the National Air and Space Museum, part of the Smithsonian Institute. Finally, enjoy photo ops at some of DC’s most famous attractions near the National Mall—the Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and Korean War Veterans Memorial. Finally, begin the trip back to NYC, where your tour ends.

Please Note: This tour is scheduled to stop in front of the White House and the Capitol building for commentary and photo ops. However, please be aware that occasionally this is not possible due to security issues in Washington. If this occurs during your tour, the itinerary will be adjusted accordingly.
Itinerary
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Empire Vacations Day Tours - New York
Departing from New York and heading south, pass through the states of New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland before arriving at Washington DC's Capitol Hill. Here, your tour will start with a stop at Arlington Cemetery to visit JFK's gravesite. Next, head further into Washington to see the Capitol, Senate, and White House, the heart of the US government. Your tour then continues to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum before visiting the Washington, Lincoln, Vietnam, and Korean Memorials for exploration and pictures. Late in the afternoon, you'll embark on a panoramic city tour before departing Washington for an early-evening arrival back in New York City. Please Note: This tour is scheduled to stop in front of the White House, Capitol, and Senate for commentary and photo ops. However, please note that sometimes this is not possible due to security issues. In the event of this occurring, your tour will be adjusted accordingly.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Arlington National Cemetery
Veterans of every American war from the Revolution to the country's most recent conflicts are buried at Arlington, which was officially declared a military cemetery in 1864. Among the more than 260,000 dead are three unidentified service members, buried at the Tomb of the Unknowns, and John F. Kennedy, whose gravesite is marked by an eternal flame. Due to security a passport or U.S. ID will be required to enter Arlington Cemetery
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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U.S. Capitol
The Capitol is among the most architecturally impressive and symbolically important buildings in the world. The Senate and the House of Representatives have met here for more than two centuries. Begun in 1793, the Capitol has been built, burnt, rebuilt, extended, and restored; today, it stands as a monument not only to its builders but also to the American people and their government.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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White House
One of America's most recognizable historical and political symbols is also the home and office of the President of the United States.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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National Air and Space Museum
The most popular of the Smithsonian museums features the Wright Brothers' 1903 Flyer and Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
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Korean War Veterans Memorial
This memorial to Korean War veterans consists of the Pool of Remembrance and the triangular Field of Service depicting 19 soldiers on the field of combat.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Vietnam Veterans Memorial
This emotionally stirring memorial pays tribute to the men and women who served in one of America's most controversial wars.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Lincoln Memorial
"In this temple, as in the hearts of the people for whom he saved the Union, the memory of Abraham Lincoln is enshrined forever." Beneath these words, the 16th President of the United States sits immortalized in marble as an enduring symbol of unity, strength, and wisdom.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Wheelchair accessible; please advise at time of booking if wheelchair assistance is required
  • Depending on the rules on the day, sometimes a stop can be made for photographs from outside the fence
  • Time at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum is approximately 1.5-hours
  • For tours with fewer guests, vans may be substituted
  • Tours can be bilingual/multilingual as they are offered in many different languages
  • Children under the age of 2 are free, please advise at time of booking if infant is traveling
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Due to security, there is no entry to the White House
  • Due to security a passport or U.S. ID will be required to enter Arlington Cemetery
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • In the event that parts of this itnerary remain inaccessable due to COVID 19 an alternate itinerary will be followed. Final details will be available prior to each departure. On our tours we use a wide variety of attractions which all have different policies regarding Covid 19. In order to enjoy the full experience of the tour it is recommended to bring a face covering as it may be required for entry at certain locations.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 54 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Empire Vacations

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Washington DC Day Trip from New York City?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Washington DC Day Trip from New York City.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Washington DC Day Trip from New York City?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Washington DC Day Trip from New York City.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Washington DC Day Trip from New York City?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Washington DC Day Trip from New York City.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Washington DC Day Trip from New York City?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Washington DC Day Trip from New York City.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Washington DC Day Trip from New York City?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 54 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Washington DC Day Trip from New York City.

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star-5
Wonderful
Tishwaram_K
, Sep 2021
Or tour guide is very knowledgeable with the history of America. I never knew that the first color of the White House was yellow.
star-5
Excellent!
Charlotte_S
, Sep 2021
Seeing the highlights of our nations capital was great. Arlington was extremely humbling. The symbolism in DC is super cool.
star-5
Great experience - better than expected!
Jonathan_H
, Sep 2021
We debated whether to take this tour - and we are very happy that we did. If you are interested in seeing DC but not too curious about it, this day trip covers everything you need: we went through all the major sites and received great explanations and interesting information from our tour guide, Ben. He talked about DC as well as American history, which was fantastic. The rides there and back are long, but the bus was super comfy: we had a lot of space for the legs and could lean back (honestly probably better transportation than any other public bus / train / plain). All in all - it's a great tour to see the major sites of DC, Ben the tour guide does an amazing job, and the transportation is more comfy than other options. If you wanna see DC in a day - this is the tour for you.
1 traveler found this review helpful
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Washington DC Day Trip from New York City
Pat_T
, Sep 2021
People said that we would be tired after the long bus ride but my husband & I LOVED it! We were not pooped at all and wouldn't have minded if it was even longer. Our local guide, MOSES along with DEMITRI our bus driver, made the tour very efficient and full of detailed stories. We recommend this Washington DC Day Trip from NYC.....very good!
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Washington DC day trip from NYC
Philicia_M
, Sep 2021
This is the best tour ever . I really would recommend this overall the tour guys mosis. He is so wonderful thanks for everything’s . Well worth the money u spend 👍
star-5
It was a really nice...
Stefania_K
, Aug 2021
It was a really nice trip! I enjoyed every second. Brian Montgomery shared a lot of useful information about Washington DC.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great tour well worth it
Raul_M
, Aug 2021
it was a great experience, very well organized and convenient. The tour guide Moises was very kind and knowledgeable
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
We are happy to hear you enjoyed the tour and the guide, thank you for your review! We look forward to seeing you on another tour in the future.
star-5
Great experience
Silvia_C
, Aug 2021
We explored All off Washington highlights! Mr. Brian was great and funny. I would highly recommend this trip.
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Washington DC Trip
Shelby_W
, Aug 2021
Brian Montgomery was an excellent guide. He was full of knowledge. We truly enjoyed him. I learned a lot about the city that I wasn’t aware of.
star-5
Onebof the most amazing trip that can imagine
Wellington_H
, Aug 2021
Well starting with the Arlington National Cementery to see all the tumbs of the falling soldiers that was amazing also to see the recovery of the Capitol after january 6 that was impressing. Overall the trip was amazing

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