The Best Tours in Washington, DC


Take tours in Washington, DC that offer a ton to see and do. Whether you are a local or a visitor, these are great spots to fully enjoy the Washington, DC area. Plan your visit to make the most of your stay in Washington, DC. An insider tip: stand to the right and walk to the left when you are on Metro escalators. Enjoy our Nation’s Capital!

White House Tours

Tours of the White House are free and open to the public. If you want to visit the White House, you must reach out to your Congressperson here to request a tour of the White House. Plan ahead and be prepared to share the dates you prefer to tour and the name, birth date, social security number, Country of birth, and gender, plus the city and state of residence for each person in your group. If you are a Washington, DC, resident, request a tour here. If you are a foreign resident, please look here.

The White House also offers these amazing events: Garden Tour each Spring and Fall, The Easter Egg Roll, and the National Tree Lighting Ceremony.

Capitol Building Tours

Tours of the Capitol Building are free and open to the public. Planning your visit as an individual, family, or small group (15 or fewer people) can be done here and guarantees you a spot. Pending availability, you may be able to take a tour on the same day by getting passes at the Information Desk. You can also request a tour of the Capitol Building through your representative or senator.

Supreme Court

The Supreme Court does not offer tours, but you can visit public areas of the building. They also offer lectures, a 24-minute film, and rotating exhibitions.

Washington Monument

The Washington Monument is ready for visitors. Get your ticket here. Read our tips and full experience as a family here!

Guided Bus and Boat Tours Companies

Big Bus Tours

Capitol River Cruises

Old Town Trolley Tours (Monuments by Moonlight)

Guided Bike and Segway Tours

Bike and Roll DC

City Segway Tours


Guided Walking Tours

Trip Hacks DC

DC by Foot

Guided Food Tours

Blue Fern Travel

DC Brew Tours

DC Metro Food Tours

Mangia DC Food Tours

Transportation to guide yourself on a tour

The Metro has buses and trains that can take you all over Washington, DC.

Bikes to rent in our area are Capitol Bike ShareLime Bike, Unlimited Biking,

Scooters to rent are Lime, DC Scooter, Spin, Razor, Bolt, Jump, Bird, Revel, Skip, and Lyft.

Download the ParkMobile app to save time with parking meters and track your metered parking time.

There are a plethora of cab companies, but check out Uber and Lyft if you haven’t already used them.

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Courtney Whittington
Courtney was born and raised in Louisiana where she met her husband (married in 2005). They have moved several times, but finally feel very settled in NW DC after moving back in 2016. She has four energetic kids: Cormac (2010), Evangeline (2013), Solomon (2016), and Antoinette (2019). She thinks motherhood is absolutely wonderful, but is constantly trying to figure out how to manage it all. She spends her days talking Star Wars, playing with legos, doing crafts, having tea parties, and chasing her toddler. Motherhood is wonderful and wild and in 2017 she banded together with other mothers to start DC Area Moms to inspire, learn, and grow together. She loves morning coffee, chocolate, chatting with people since she's an extrovert, a clean house (which is rare these days). She dislikes when her kids don't listen the first time, she abhors littering, and doesn't enjoy shopping.