Skip the crowded tour buses and take a day trip from New York to Washington DC by train. Your expert guide will meet you in Penn Station and chaperone you all the way to DC, where you'll enjoy an official tour of the Capitol Building, a comprehensive tour of the monuments in the National Mall, and a stop in front of the White House. This is a lovely and relaxing way to see the Capital's most important attractions.
Take a trip through the beating heart of American Democracy.
Your Day trip from New York to Washington DC starts early in Penn Station, where you'll hop on one of the first trains heading to the Capital. In just under 3.5 hours you'll arrive in DC and head straight to the Capitol Building for an official tour that includes a short video and visits to the Crypt, Rotunda, and National Statuary Hall. These sights combine to tell the story of how America's founding fathers struggled and persevered to create one of the world's first representative democracies.
After your Capitol tour, you'll break for lunch. It's not included but your guide, who is a frequent visitor to the city, will be happy to recommend nearby spots where they like to eat. Then its on to see the National Mall. As you stand in front of some of the most recognizable monuments in America, your guide will give you the stories of the people and events behind them. But don't expect a wrote history lecture; Walks guides will bring the monuments to life with the vibrancy of their anecdotes and the depth of their insights. In their company, you'll enjoy the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, and Vietnam War Memorial.
Finally, head over to the White House to get the inside stories of the men and women who have (sometimes grudgingly) called it home. From skinny-dipping and strange breakfast rituals to hungry raccoons and foul-mouthed parrots, you'll learn about the human sides of America's presidents while also getting amazing insights into the First Ladies who have leveraged the power of their position to bring sweeping social changes to the country.
With a full 7 hours on the ground, we pack loads into this extraordinary day of sightseeing. In doing so, we bring the American Experiment into vivid focus, both educating and entertaining you with a lot of history and information that you never learned in school.