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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 - wifi and restrooms on full size buses only.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Air and space Museum is currently open under Limited COVID schedule - entrance is not guaranteed
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 54 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Empire Vacations
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • 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 sanitization during Washington DC Day Trip from New York City?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • 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 measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Washington DC Day Trip from New York City?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Washington DC Day Trip from New York City.

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  • "If you are short on time, this tour is a must." See review
  • "Very long day, plus 1.5 hr traffic accident delay, but still well worth it." See review
  • "Probably a bit long and boring for children, better suited to adults and perhaps teenagers with an interest in history." See review

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star-5
Bryan and samurai best guides
Toren_V
, Jan 2022
The guides made it great, the singing call backs were great and the sites once in a life time. Stops along the way made the ride more enjoyable.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Thank you for your review, we are happy to hear you enjoyed this tour as well as the performance of the guides. We look forward to hosting you on another tour in the future. Roie Empire Vacations
star-5
Enjoyable and informative whistle stop tour.
Richard_T
, Jan 2022
Seeing where history was made in March seen times and since pre history. The guides were amazingly knowledgable. Samira was lovely and Brian brought a significant extra dimension to the tour by singing to us ( very well). 👍👍👍
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Thank you for reviewing our tour, we are happy to hear that you had a great time and enjoyed the commentary. We hope to host you on another one of our tours in the future. Roie Empire Vacations
star-5
NY to DC during new year week......
jesus_a
, Jan 2022
Our family really enjoyed this trip. After debating to rent a car or book a tour, we really believed we did the right thing. The drive from NY to DC is not a short as expected. After a long day of the city, it was nice to get on the bus and catch a nap back to the city. Highly recommended.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Thank you for your review, we're happy to hear that you had a great time on the tour. We hope to host you on one of our other itineraries in the future. Roie Empire Vacations
star-5
Recommended!!
amandakemp79
, Dec 2021
The trip is highly recommended! We did experience some traffic delays, but that is not the fault of the tour…it happens! However, we had a great time seeing Arlington National Cemetery, White House, Lincoln and Washington Memorial, and the Capitol Building. Great experience in one day! My 16 year old daughter ER and I enjoyed our time, but not sure I would want to make this trip with a young child.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Thank you for traveling with us. Hopefully will have more chances to serve you. Mike Amadeo Travel Solutions
star-5
Great trip…..
Joan_M
, Dec 2021
We saw such a lot in such a short space of time but it was all good quality experiences. The tour guides were fun and made it easy although it was a long way having appropriate stops to suit passengers.
star-5
A day in Washington DC
Nonette_P
, Nov 2021
Brian is a very knowledgeable guide. He is funny and entertaining at the same time. A good partnership with the driver too. Very safe driving Brian is good with different languages too. On the side the battery charging outlet next to the seat is weak but that is not important. We enjoyed the sites of DC.
star-5
Great trip to know the roots of united State
Patricio_G
, Nov 2021
It was a great historic trip, with a lot of landmarks that won't be the same without understand all the background on it
star-5
Enteracting with the tour...
Sandra_M
, Oct 2021
Enteracting with the tour guides, Ben & his leader. Robert was a great driver & was able to finagle his way around secret service blockades & get us safely home
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
It was a great trip. The...
robert_s
, Oct 2021
It was a great trip. The tour guy was great and answered all my questions .was able to take a lot of pictures.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Thank you for your review, we're glad you enjoyed the tour. We hope to host you again in the future. Roie Empire Team
star-5
Great experience
Eindi_M
, Oct 2021
The tour guide Brian was exceptional! Had a great time. We covered all the places in a very short amount of time!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Thank you for traveling with us, we hope to host you on another tour in the future. Roie Empire team

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