The nation’s capital is well within the range of New York by bus, which means you can take in all the fantastic sights it has to offer and be back home in time for dinner. On the way, travellers will pass through Maryland, Delaware, and New Jersey before ending up at Capitol Hill; the beating heart of American democracy. We recommend making sure you’ve had a good breakfast before you start your journey, and bringing along enough food and liquid for the trip. You’ll need to board the bus at Gray Lane Visitors Center early in the morning for a 07:00 departure.
First Stop: Arlington Cemetery & The Lincoln Memorial
Upon arrival in Washington D.C, the first place you’ll visit is the famous Arlington cemetery, including a chance to pay your respects at the gravesite of former President of the United States, John F. Kennedy. An experienced and knowledgeable tour guide will talk and walk you through the vital history of our capital city, and you’re off to the next stop.
The Lincoln Memorial is an excellent place to stop for photos and quiet reflection, but your tour guide will also ensure you get both a sight and a sense of the scale of the Vietnam and Korean war memorials. The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum is also included in the tour, where not even the Kennedy Space Center can rival the collection of aircraft and spacecraft on display for your inspection.
Onto the White House
The Capitol is where Congress meets, and you’ll get to spend some time around it as well as learning about its history from our tour guide, but no trip to Washington D.C. is complete without seeing the White House, which serves as both the home and the place of work of the serving President.
Before taking you home, the bus will make a final tour around the city to give you one last chance for photographs. Our intention is always to return you back to the starting point by 20:00, but traffic can have an impact. Therefore, we cannot guarantee to be back in New York by that time and suggest that you don’t commit to plans later in the evening.
Please note that this isn’t a shopping trip – your day will be full of activities, and it’s an excellent way to learn more about our capital and the history of democracy in the USA. There won’t be time to take in any stores or other places of interest which aren’t on the itinerary.
The Essential Points
When your purchase has been processed, you will be issued a voucher. You must present this voucher in order to gain access to the bus. Your voucher can either be printed out and carried or displayed on your mobile phone.
The departure point for this tour is Gray Line Visitors Center, 777 8th Avenue. The time of departure is 07:00 promptly. Latecomers cannot be accommodated.
Before You Book
If you are considering taking a tour of Washington D.C. as a group of four people or more, you may benefit from taking a private tour. Private tours are conducted for your group only, with a mini-van driver serving as your guide. With private tours, you may structure your day to suit your wishes and time requirements.