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Washington DC Day Trip from New York

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Explore beyond the Big Apple with a full-day tour to Washington DC from New York City. You'll capture the spirit of "the home of the brave and land of the free" as you visit the monuments and memorials of Washington DC.
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
- Wheelchair accessible
- Due to security, there is no entry to the White House
- Depending on the rules on the day, sometimes a stop can be made for photographs from outside the fence
- Stop at Smithsonian's 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


This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Empire Vacations Day Tours - New York, New York City, New York

Beginning in New York heading south, you will pass through the states of New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland before arriving at Capitol Hill. Your tour will begin with a stop to Arlington Cemetery to visit JFK's gravesite. Move further into Washington DC and you'll see the Capitol, Senate and White House, the core of the US government. Your tour of Washington DC continues to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum before visiting the Washington, Lincoln, Vietnam and Korea memorials for exploring and pictures.
Late in the afternoon you'll embark on a panoramic city tour before departing Washington DC for an early-evening arrival in New York City.
Please Note: This tour is scheduled to stop in front of the White House, the Capitol and the Senate for commentary and picture taking. However please note that sometimes this is not possible due to security issues in Washington. In the event of this occurring, tour will be adjusted accordingly.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia

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.

Duration: 1 hour

Pass By: U.S. Capitol, Washington DC, District of Columbia

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.

Pass By: White House, Washington DC, District of Columbia

One of America's most recognizable historical and political symbols is also the home and office of the President of the United States.

Stop At: National Air and Space Museum, Washington DC, District of Columbia

The most popular of the Smithsonian museums features the Wright Brothers' 1903 Flyer and Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Korean War Veterans Memorial, Washington DC, District of Columbia

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: 1 hour

Stop At: Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Washington DC, District of Columbia

Emotionally stirring memorial pays tribute to the men and women who served in one of America's most controversial wars.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Lincoln Memorial, Washington DC, District of Columbia

"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: 1 hour

Stop At: Washington Monument, Washington DC, District of Columbia

Built to honor George Washington, the United States' first president, the 555-foot marble obelisk towers over Washington, D.C

Duration: 1 hour


Departure point:

Gray Line New York

Departure time:

7:00 AM


13 hours



Terms and Conditions:

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


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Marion S

Brian, our operatic singing tour leader, very knowledgeable and entertaining! He brought history to life and the day was well paced. If you are short on time, this tour is a must.

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Brian was a wonderful tour guide so much knowledge and charisma. The government shutdown was on so we didn't get to see everything. But still an enjoyable day.

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Gary B

A very long day but worth every dollar, good tour guide and 2 drivers who changed on the Delaware border.We saw all the sites in Washington and had plenty of time to visit the Smithsonian museums.Plenty of scheduled breaks at appropriate times.

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this trip This trip is great for people who have just one day to see Washington DC, it can be challenging and tiring

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Left NYC at 7am and returned at 9pm, and had a great experience seeing all of the major historical sights in DC. Our guide, Jonathan, was informative, interesting and did a great job keeping us on track. He shared many historical facts as we traveled. I would definitely recommend this trip if you only have 1 day to visit DC.

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I did this tour during a week long trip to NYC. This was a very long day as I was at the Gray Line Visitor Centre at about 6:15am. My hotel was only a few minutes walk so that helped.
A representative came and directed me where to wait. The tour leader seemed very knowledgeable and was quite engaging.
We did have some rest stops along the way. Overall got to see the main places, such as Arlington cemetery, the White House, Capitol Hill. Also passed through a number of states such as Delaware, New Jersey, Maryland on the way. One thing is that it did rain heavily in DC for a couple of hours.
On the way back I got a great view of the Manhattan skyline at night. I got back to NYC at approximately 10pm. Overall this trip is definitely worth doing.

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Sharon R

Very well organised trip with a knowledgeable guide and a brilliant coach driver but just too fast paced to what I had expected. We got to see all I had hoped to see but each stop was mere minutes with barely enough time to appreciate what you were looking at. Each place was a few photos and then come on come on next location. I found the whole experience quite stressful. The longest breaks were rest stops and the smithsonian museum which was okay but id of rather spent longer at the landmarks. The coach was comfy and clean with a toilet but the guide said we were not allowed to use it. The most upsetting part of the trip was at the end when the guide told us all it was expected that each person paid $10 tip.We thought this was very cheeky and gave no tip

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Conor M

There was no issue with the tour operator, guide, or anything to with viator. But I wouldn’t recommend DC as a place to see. DC is a disappointing destination. But the facilities and guide were 10/10

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Annette F

Hit the main highlights in Washington. Our guide Z very good, and pace between venues good. Information what it should be, ie informative. Due to the length of trip, exchange of bus drivers occurred. The reason for the four rating is the second bus driver was dreadful. Jerked all the way to Washington and back to Delaware. Was glad for the second exchange. Given the length of the bus time I felt the bus could have been a bit more accomading and tempted to score 3. However Z’s commentry and no fuss attitude kept the four rating.

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Eleanor J

I would stay far away from this tour if you have kiddos. It's an excruciatingly long day, 645am-10pm. Our guide was subpar and did not seem personable or try to get to know us at all. He just kept repeating the same thing over and over again. The stops are short and chaotic and extremely packed. About 10ish hours of driving so really tough on everyone by the end. We saw a lot but would not do this again.


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Washington DC Day Trip from New York

Explore beyond the Big Apple with a full-day tour to Washington DC from New York City. You'll capture the spirit of "the home of the brave and land of the free" as you visit the monuments and memorials of Washington DC.

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