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Washington DC Monuments by Moonlight Night Cruise

Washington DC Monuments by Moonlight Night Cruise
60 minutes
USD 26.00
See Washington DC like never before on a mesmerizing nighttime cruise along the Potomac River. Admire DC's most famous monuments and landmarks including the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Thomas Jefferson Memorial and Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, all beautifully illuminated against the night sky. Your modern boat offers a full bar and atmospheric music, along with a climate-controlled indoor cabin and outdoor viewing deck. This is the most scenic way to view the capital's impressive skyline -- the reflections off the water are an unforgettable sight for tourists and locals alike!

Discover DC Segway Tour

Discover DC Segway Tour
2 hours
USD 60.00
Ride around DC on this 2-hour segway tour. Visit famous landmarks on your way, such as the White House, the Washington Monument, and the Smithsonian Museums. Discover DC and your new talent of gliding on segways during this exciting tour.

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Things to do in Washington if you have a Washington Dulles Airport Layover or Extended Washington Dulles Airport Stopover

If you have an extended layover at the Washington Dulles Airport or staying in town, why not consider getting out with some fun activities? We list a few here and there are many more on Washington.LayoverIdeas.com.

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There is lots to see and experience in Washington DC, so take advantage of any extra time to see what you can.

Udvar-Hazy Center (a Smithsonian Air and Space Museum)

A great layover option is the nearby Udvar-Hazy Center, which is a Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, and where thousands off aviation and space artifacts that cannot be exhibited at the National Air and Space Museum on the Mall are on display. Admission is free. A museum bus runs from the Main Terminal (ground level) at location 2E. Buses leave IAD Washington Dulles International Airport for the Museum every 45 minutes from 10:30-17:15 on weekdays, and every 60 minutes from 11:15-17:15 on weekends. Return buses from the museum run with the same frequency from 10:45-17:30 on weekdays, and 11:30-17:30 on weekends. The bus fare is less than USD 1. Leave yourself 2-3 hours for your visit.

Union Station

Washington Union Station is a train station and leisure destination the center of Washington, D.C. Built on a massive scale, including a facade stretching more than 600 feet, a waiting room ceiling 96 feet above the floor, allegorical sculpture in the Beaux-Arts style, and expensive materials such as marble, gold leaf, and white granite, the station opened in 1907. At its height during World War II some 200,000 people passed through it every day. Today Union Station is again one of Washington's busiest and best-known places, visited by 32 million people each year and has many shops, cafes and restaurants. Inside and outside, Union Station is an amazing structure with lots of shopping, eateries, and people watching.

The National Mall

The National Mall is a unique National Park, filled with an intense concentration of monuments, memorials, museums, and monumental government buildings instantly recognizable to people all over the world. Top national attractions here, all within walking distance of each other, include:

  • The White House
  • US Capitol Building
  • Washington Monument
  • Lincoln Memorial and Reflecting Pool
  • Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial
  • Vietnam War Memorial
  • Korean War Veterans Memorial
  • Jefferson Memorial
  • National Gallery of Art
  • Air and Space Museum
  • National Natural History Museum
  • Holocaust Museum

While there are multiple maps along the Mall - especially by Metro stops - take a map with you to avoid missing highlights obscured by other highlights. Wear comfortable walking shoes and follow your nose. All museums are free.

As always, make sure you leave plenty of time to get back to IAD Washington Dulles International Airport and clear security in time for your connecting flight. Enjoy your transit city rather than whiling away the time leaning up against your luggage in the departures lounge.

Washington Attractions

Two Hour Walking Tour of US Capitol Exterior

Two Hour Walking Tour of US Capitol Exterior Duration:
2 hours
USD 10.00
<p>Join the US Capitol Historical Society's staff and trained volunteers for a walk around the outside of the Capitol building, providing anecdotes and perspectives about Congress, the origin and construction of the Capitol building, and the meaning of the democratic form of government.<em></em></p>

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In Their Footsteps Suffrage Walking Tour

In Their Footsteps Suffrage Walking TourDuration:
2 hours
USD 10.00
Through imagery and visits to key locations in the DC area, gain an understanding of the suffragist struggle for equality and the right to vote. The American woman suffrage movement is recognized as officially starting in 1848, at the Seneca Falls Women's Rights Convention in New York. Over the next 72 years, generations of activist women (and men) worked tirelessly until the 19th Amendment was adopted. It took the efforts of a wide range of women, from the most radical advocates of male and female equality, to women who saw the right to vote as necessary to more effectively advocate for moral and social reform. Their efforts to succeed set the stage for grassroots efforts to come, proving that determined citizens can achieve change.

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Arlington National Cemetery Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Arlington National Cemetery Hop-On Hop-Off TourDuration:
1 day
USD 12.00
Experience one of the country&rsquo;s most famous cemeteries at your own pace on this hop-on hop-off trolley tour of Arlington National Cemetery in Washington DC. Visit the most notable graves and memorials, and learn about the cemetery&rsquo;s history from an onboard guide. Hop off at any of the six stops to explore at your leisure. Stops include the Eternal Flame, the US Marine Corps War Memorial and the US Coast Guard Memorial.

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Washington DC Scavenger Hunt Adventure

Washington DC Scavenger Hunt AdventureDuration:
3 hours
USD 15.00
Turn Washington DC into a giant game board with this fun scavenger hunt adventure! This challenge combines the excitement of the Amazing Race with a 3-hour city walking tour. Guided from any smart phone, teams make their way among well known and overlooked gems of the city, solving clues and completing challenges while learning local history.

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International Spy Museum

International Spy Museum Duration:


USD 16.00
At Washington DC's International Spy Museum, enter a world of gadgets, weapons, cameras, vehicles and technologies used for espionage throughout the world. Hear stories of secret missions, examine artifacts and mystery-revealing photos and enjoy a slew of interactive displays, putting you right in the action! Don't miss out on the newest exhibit, 'Exquisitely Evil: 50 Years of Bond Villains,' which celebrates fiction's greatest spy, James Bond. <span class='vSpecial'><p>Special Offer - Book and travel by October 31 and save 31% off other sites!<br /><br />Exclusive offer! This discount is only available from Viator. - Book Now!</p></span>

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Mount Vernon Admission Ticket

Mount Vernon Admission TicketDuration:
USD 17.00
Visit George Washington's Mount Vernon and take a self-guided tour of the first American president's historic estate. You can stroll through the 18th-century gardens and grounds; check out the gristmill and whiskey distillery (open April - Oct); explore the elegant mansion and Washington family tombs; and see short films and interactive exhibits on display at the museum. Select from multiple mansion-viewing times to suit your schedule.

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Madame Tussauds Washington DC

Madame Tussauds Washington DCDuration:
USD 18.99
Madame Tussauds gives you an interactive, full-sensory experience where you can touch, see and hear historical events and celebrities in a way unlike ever before in Washington DC. <span class='vSpecial'><p>Special Offer - Book and save 18% off the local price. Book with us and save! - Book Now!</p></span>

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Walking Tour On Embassy Row in Washington DC

Walking Tour On Embassy Row in Washington DCDuration:
2 hours
USD 20.00
<p>See where America's 19th-century nouveau-riche built the showstopping mansions that serve as ambassador residences today. The two-hour walking tour of Washington's 'Embassy Row' is a feast of architectural grandeur, a springboard for Gilded Age social history, and a window into diplomatic life.</p>

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Last Updated: 12 Jan 2017