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From its iconic monuments and buildings to its historic neighbourhoods and free museums, the capital of the United States offers a huge array of attractions.

Consider a tour of the White House Visitor Center, which offers a wealth of information about one of the most powerful symbols of American history and politics. From there you can make your way to a number of moving tributes, including the Vietnam War Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial.

Washington D.C., USAWashington D.C. is especially known for its museums. From the Holocaust to the history of space exploration and from dinosaurs to international spies, there's a museum for almost every area of interest, with many offering free admission. In addition don't miss the Library of Congress, the Supreme Court, the National Gallery of Art, the Pentagon, and the National Archives where you can see the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

Great shopping, restaurants and colonial architecture can be found in Georgetown. The Mall, a slice of greenery in the centre of town surrounded by the buildings of the Smithsonian Institution, the Washington Monument and the US Capitol, is the perfect place to enjoy a hot dog, relax and take in the sights and sounds of this lively city.

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Suggested itinerary featuring Washington D.C.

This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in Washington D.C., and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

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    Ideas for experiencing Washington D.C.

    Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Washington D.C., and which use the best local guides.

    • Washington D.C. Old Town Trolley Tour
      Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C.

      Washington D.C. Old Town Trolley Tour

      Washington D.C. Old Town Trolley Tour

      This is a tour taking in monuments, memorials, museums, picturesque scenery and magnificent architecture which are abundant in Washington D.C.

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    • Washington D.C. Monuments Cycling Tour
      National Mall in Washington D.C.

      Washington D.C. Monuments Cycling Tour

      Washington D.C. Monuments Cycling Tour

      This three hour afternoon cycling tour is a fun and easy way to explore Washington D.C.'s monuments and memorials on the National Mall and Potomac Tidal Basin.

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