Discover D.C. Day Bus Tour

Experience the Discover D.C. Day Bus Tour

Join us on a six-hour journey through historic Washington, D.C. and its many monuments, memorials, and significant buildings. 

Our day starts at the U.S. Navy Memorial, honoring those who have served our country in the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and the Merchant Marine. From there, we'll head east to Capitol Hill, passing by the National Archives (home to the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights) among other major D.C. museums and buildings. 

After we soak in the stunning views of the U.S. Capitol building, we'll pay a visit to the most famous address in the world, The White House. On the way there, we'll experience panoramic views of the Smithsonian Museums, the Washington Monument, the FBI building and much more.

Upon arrival to the White House, we'll walk through Lafayette Park, honoring the leader of French forces Marquis de Lafayette. Next, it's on to the breathtaking World War II Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial, and one of the newest memorials - the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. You'll have plenty of time to walk around and take photos of each of these special memorials along the Tidal Basin. 

This tour offers a leisurely cruise on the Potomac River (March 15 to October 16) with your guide, who will be available to answer questions about anything we pass by.

We'll stroll through the tree-lined Korean War Veterans Memorial and the Vietnam Veterans Memorials before arriving at the impressive Lincoln Memorial, where you can see the famous statue of Abraham Lincoln up close and take in the skyline views of the National Mall. The last stop of the day before returning to the U.S. Navy Memorial is the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial.

Tour Highlights

  • U.S. Capitol Building
  • Potomac River Cruise (March 15th - October 16th)
  • Smithsonian Museums
  • Washington Monument
  • The White House
  • Lafayette Park
  • J. Edgar Hoover FBI
  • World War II Memorial
  • Jefferson Memorial
  • Korean War Veterans Memorial
  • Lincoln Memorial
  • Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  • FDR Memorial
    • Live Guide
    • Transportation between sites
    • Boat cruise on the Potomac River (included March 15th through October 6th)
    • Boxed lunch
  • This tour meets at the U.S. Navy Memorial Plaza, located at 701 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004. The bus will be parked on Pennsylvania Avenue NW.

  • English
    • This tour does include walking portions from spot to spot where the bus cannot navigate. Please wear comfortable shoes.
    • All tours run rain or shine.
    • Lunch is provided onboard the Potomac River cruise, or you are welcome to pack your own.
    • Please note that during the winter months, we forego the Potomac River cruise and visit a local indoor market for lunch. The Potomac River Cruise is included March 15th through October 16th.


  • Expand/Collapse Where is the meeting point?

    This tour meets at the U.S. Navy Memorial Plaza, located at 701 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004. The bus will be parked on Pennsylvania Avenue NW.

  • Expand/Collapse What is your cancellation policy?

    Fat Tire Tours is happy to offer 100% refunds if the reservation is cancelled more than 72 hours (3 days) before the scheduled tour. We do not issue refunds for tours cancelled within 72 hours of the scheduled tour.

    Rescheduling Policy: Reservations may be rescheduled subject to availability and tour guidelines.

  • Expand/Collapse What does 'Fat Tire Tours Approved' mean?

    We've been perfecting our tours since 1999, and we are always looking for new ways to improve our tour menu for our guests. We are committed to expanding the activities offered during your stay in Paris to make for an unforgettable experience. So for all of the experiences that we aren't able to deliver on our own, we've hand-selected the best local providers to offer a wide-range of unique and fun activities for our guests.

    With anything Fat Tire Tours Approved, you still receive our spectacular customer service ready to assist you in any way we can, 24/7, as well as the guarantee that we have hand selected the best possible partners to supplement our tour menu.

  • Expand/Collapse Are reservations required?

    Yes, reservations are required for this tour.

  • Expand/Collapse Is this tour appropriate for children?

    Yes, all ages are welcome on this tour and it is a great way to enhance U.S. history for children! Please consider the length of the tour and included walking portion when considering bringing children.


  • Expand/Collapse Is the cost of lunch included in the tour price?

    Yes, lunch is provided onboard the Potomac River cruise March 15th - October 16th. During the winter months, we'll visit an indoor market for lunch. You are also welcome to pack your own lunch and bring it with you.

  • Expand/Collapse Is this tour offered in any other languages, or only English?

    At this time, this tour is only offered in English.

  • Expand/Collapse Do we go inside the museums and monuments?

    During the walking portions of the tour, we do spend time allowing you to get up close and personal with various monuments and time to take photos (the Lincoln Memorial, the Korean War Memorial and the Vietnam Memorial are a few examples).

    Unfortunately, we cannot enter the museums due to time constraints on this tour.

    Please note that this tour does not include entry into the U.S. Capitol Building. 

  • Expand/Collapse What time do I need to arrive at the meeting point?

    Your tour will start promptly at the scheduled time, therefore please arrive 15 minutes prior to tour departure time. We do not have the luxury of waiting for guests or catching them up after the fact.

  • Expand/Collapse What is your weather policy?

    All tours run rain or shine. We encourage guests to check the weather forecast and dress accordingly.

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