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Washington DC Duck Tour

Washington DC Duck Tour
Duration:
90 minutes
From:
USD 42.00
<p>See Washington DC from the land and water on a unique duck tour! Traveling in an original WWII amphibious vehicle, this 90-minute tour takes you to the famous monuments of Washington DC before splashing down into the Potomac River for the most unusual ride of your vacation!</p>

Private Guided Tour of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

Private Guided Tour of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
Duration:
2 hours 30 minutes
From:
USD 115.00
<p>Take one giant leap into the unique collection at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, covering the United States' world famous space program. The 2.5 hour private tour will introduce visitors to this recent development of NASA and the Space Race that eventually landed a man on the moon.</p>

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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
From:
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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National Cathedral General Admission

National Cathedral General AdmissionDuration:
1 to 3 hrs
From:
USD 12.00
As the sixth-largest cathedral in the world, Washington National Cathedral serves as a house of prayer for all people and a spiritual home for the nation. Walk through on your own, or listen to fascinating stories on a 30-45 minute guided tour with a docent. Explore exquisite stained glass, thousands of gargoyles and grotesques and other items that tell our story as a nation, our call to serve and our walk with our Creator.

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Washington DC Hop-on Hop-off Trolley Tour Includes Guided Tour of Arlington National Cemetery

Washington DC Hop-on Hop-off Trolley Tour Includes Guided Tour of Arlington National CemeteryDuration:
1 day
From:
USD 13.50
<p>Discover Washington DC at your leisure with a one-day ticket on the Hop-on Hop-off Trolley Tour. Create your own itinerary to see the most popular sights of Washington DC at your own pace. This includes a shuttle ride to and a tour of the Arlington National Cemetery. Upgrade to the 2-day pass!</p>

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Arlington National Cemetery Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Arlington National Cemetery Hop-On Hop-Off TourDuration:
1 day
From:
USD 13.50
Experience one of the country'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'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
From:
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:

Varies


From:
USD 16.95
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 September 5 and save over 22% off our previously offered price! - Book Now!</p></span>

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White House and Capital Views Outdoor Walking Tour

White House and Capital Views Outdoor Walking TourDuration:
2 hours
From:
USD 18.00
<p>Offered April through December, this unique and informative outdoor walking tour circles the immediate environs outside the gates of the White House and traverses some of Washington's most panoramic vistas. First, tour participants observe and learn about the White House from both the north (Lafayette Square and Pennsylvania Avenue) and the south (the Ellipse and Constitution Avenue). From there your tour guide will lead you up the grounds of the Washington Monument to take in views to the east (the Capitol and the National Mall) and west (the World War II Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial) before closing the circle near 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW. Especially designed for individuals, families and small groups, this outdoor walking tour provides an essential introduction to the most famous address in America and to the monumental core of the city.</p>

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Mount Vernon Admission Ticket

Mount Vernon Admission TicketDuration:
Flexible
From:
USD 18.00
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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Last Updated: 12 Jan 2017