Washington, DC is a rich and vibrant city and for new residents in the area or those just visiting, it can be difficult to find a way to take everything in at once. That’s why bus tours in Washington, DC have become so popular, making it easy to drink in the very best parts.
Before you embark on your DC bus tour, you should know what kind of bus tours are available as well as the very best routes to take.
When looking at hop-on, hop-off DC bus tours vs. more structured sightseeing tours, you’ll want to figure out which one is more optimal for your situation. Each has its advantages and disadvantages, so it really depends on the experience you’re looking for.
A hop-on, hop-off bus allows you to get on the bus at one of its designated stops and get off wherever you like, with the ability to continuously get back on and off the bus so you can explore at your own pace. For those who want a little more freedom with their tour, this is perfect.
A dedicated sightseeing tour is best for someone who wants a guided experience. Although it may still have designated stops, it’s a much more planned route and you’ll usually have someone telling you continuously about the places you’re visiting as you go.
Washington, DC is an incredibly walkable city, but the DC bus tours will help you learn your way around so you can make the most of it.
Old Town Trolley Tours offers guided experiences past all of DC’s best landmarks. Not only that, but the guides will provide you with interesting historical context for each as well as funny stories to brighten your day.
They also offer some hop-on, hop-off tours, such as the Arlington Cemetery experience. The Arlington National Cemetery has some amazing memorials, including the gravesites of some very notable people like President John F. Kennedy. Arlington Cemetery is conveniently close to Rosslyn and The Taylor Apartments.
Big Bus Tours is one of the most famous hop-on, hop-off companies in Washington, DC and offers both a glass and open-top bus, so you can plan your trip around the weather. They offer a variety of tickets, from 1-day to 3-day, so you can really spend some time getting to know the city if you want to.
They also offer recorded commentary so you can learn about DC’s greatest landmarks as you go. It’s the most flexible of bus tours, allowing you to customize your experience depending on how much you want to see and where you want to go—DC has so much to offer that it’s impossible to see it all in an afternoon, something Big Bus Tours understands well!
USA Guided Tours provides perhaps the biggest variety of tours, with many different offerings. They also have tours at night, so you can see DC at Dusk or take on the Holiday Lights Tour. For those who want to indulge, there’s even a Cocktail Tour!
All of the start locations are conveniently in the middle of the city to make the tours easy to find. For example, DC at Dusk takes off from the U.S. Navy Memorial at 701 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, a little south of our Sutton Plaza Apartments and M Street Tower Apartments.
Finally, you should make your last stop of any DC bus tour Keener Management. We have properties all around the city, meaning that if you choose to move into our apartments, you can be within walking distance of the best sights that DC has to offer.
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