Washington DC Open Top Sightseeing Bus Tour

  • Tour code: 243-285
  • Available: Daily
  • Depart from: Washington, DC
  • Duration: 1 Day
From USD$49

View Available Dates


See the sights of Washington, D.C. aboard a new open-top double-decker bus. This tour operates as a hop-on, hop-off tour that encompasses 25 stops throughout the nation's capital. Enjoy the luxury and comfort of our new equipment with the added benefit of a two-day unlimited use ticket.

Pricing Details

  • Infants aged 2 years and under are free of charge
  • Children ages 3 to 11 eligible for child discount price
  • Tour Itinerary

      Come with us to hear all about the people and places that make up the nation's capital, from the legacy of Abraham Lincoln to present day Washingtonians, from historical buildings to modern urbanism. And of course, an entertaining and informative narration to bring the sights to life!

      Kids and adults alike enjoy the excitement of riding atop a double decker bus with breathtaking views of the city sights. Transportation and attraction in one, it's the perfect way to explore DC at your own pace! Red Line, Yellow Line, Blue Line and Dotted White Line are available.

      To view a map of the tour route: Click Here
      To view a list of stops: Click Here

      The full circle takes approximately 2.5 hours to complete. Enjoy these sites and many more within walking distance. Book now and save!

        Note about July 4th:
        • There will be major detours on the 4th of July. Big Bus will be running the purple loop only. The purple loop is the red and yellow loop combined.
          No Blue Loop / No Night Tour
        • Unfortunately, Taketours has no control over these road closures. We will do our best to ensure that you still have an opportunity to explore the city of Washington, D.C. We hope that these road closures do not inconvenience you too much as you can still enjoy your sightseeing experience with Taketours.
    • Day 1 Washington
    View Itinerary Details
    • Departure & Return
    • Inclusions & Exclusions
    • Additional Notes
    • Policies
    • Customer Reviews (7)
    Departure Date:
    Number of People:
    Adult Child
    Activity Option
    Total Fares:

    (incl. tax and fees)

    Day 1 Washington

    Tour Options:

    • 24 or 48 Hour Hop On Hop Off Pass: Unlimited access from 9 AM - 6 PM for the duration of your pass.
      • Free add-ons for either a 24 or 48-hour ticket include: complementary admission ticket to Madame Tussauds, free War Memorial and Secrets and Scandals Walking Tours
      • Free add-ons for a 48-hour ticket purchase only include: Crime and Punishment Museum
      • Please note that when you purchase tickets, your voucher will have a departure time of 4 PM; that just identifies the last bus departure time of the day. You can board the bus at any of the stops, any time after the first bus departures in the morning at 9 AM. Your 24 or 48 hours will begin when boarding the bus and exchanging your voucher for tickets.

      Classic Tour (24-HOUR) Includes Red Loop,Blue Loop,Yellow Loop.
      Unlimited Hop-on Hop-off for a 24 hour period
      Admission to Madame Tussauds

      Deluxe Tour (48-HOUR) Includes Red Loop,Blue Loop,Yellow Loop.
      Unlimited Hop-on Hop-off for a 48 hour period
      Admission to Madame Tussauds
      Free night Tour (starts at 7:30pm from the Willard Hotel and 7:30pm from Union Station)
      1 Free Hour Bike rental (With purchase of one hour.)

      Patriot Tour(24 HOUR)Includes Red Loop.
      Unlimited Hop-on Hop-off for 24 Hour period.

      Night Tour (Duration: 1.5 Hours)

    • Open Top Washington D.C. by Night Tour: Washington DC gets even more beautiful after the sun sets. Join a live guide for a 2.5 hour fully narrated Moonlight tour to see all the major DC landmarks and monuments lit up at night. Don't forget your camera as we will make plenty of photo stops! (Tour will run Mon- Sat from 6:30-9:30pm (Jan 2 - Mar10, Oct 31-Dec30) 7:30-10:00pm (Mar 11 - October 29))

      Red Loop (First Departure from Union Station at 9 am; a coach departs every 20-30 minutes and a full loop takes two hours)

      1. Union Station
      2. U.S. Capitol and Botanical Garden
      3. American Indian Museum
      4. Air and Space Museum
      5. Smithsonian Castle
      6. Washington Monument West
      7. Bureau of Engraving and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
      8. Jefferson Memorial
      9. MLK and FDR Memorial
      10. Lincoln Memorial South and Korean War Memorial (Getting off here gets you near BLUE LOOP SWITCHOVER POINT)
      11. Lincoln Memorial North and Vietnam Memorial (YELLOW LOOP SWITCHOVER POINT)
      13. Washington Monument East
      14. American History Museum
      15. Natural History Museum
      16. Newseum
      17. Portrait Gallery and Spy Museum 
      18. City Center
      19. Ford's Theatre Madame Tussauds
      21. National Archives and National Art Gallery
      22. Liaison Hyatt Hotels

      Blue Loop Only (Buses come around every 30 minutes)

      23. Washington Monument West (the main transfer point for the Blue Loop, first bus leaves at 9 am, RED LOOP SWITCHOVER POINT)
      24. Lincoln Memorial South Korean War Memorial
      25. Lincoln Memorial North Vietnam War Memorial
      26. Arlington National Cemetery
      27. Pentagon City Mall

      Yellow Loop (First departure is at 9:15 am from the Lincoln Memorial North and Vietnam Memorial Stop; a full loop lasts 1 hour, 30 minutes long; buses come every 30 minutes)

      28. Lincoln Memorial North and Vietnam Memorial (RED LOOP SWITCHOVER POINT)
      29. World War II Memorial (RED LOOP SWITCHOVER POINT)
      30. Washington Monument East
      31. American History Museum
      32. Natural History Museum
      33. Convention Center
      34. City Center
      35. Ford's Theatre Madame Tussauds
      36. White House
      37. White House and US Treasury
      38. White House North
      39. Mayflower Hotel
      40. Dupont Circle
      41. Washington Hilton (GREEN LOOP SWITCHOVER POINT)
      42. Washington Circle Hotel
      43. Georgetown Canal Shops
      44. Georgetown Harbor
      45. Four Seasons Hotel
      46. Kennedy Center

      Green Loop: ONLY AVAILABLE ON DELUXE TOUR (First departure is from the Washington Hilton at 9 am and a full loop lasts an hour long; buses come every 30 minutes)

      47. Washington Hilton (YELLOW LOOP SWITCHOVER POINT)
      48. Adams Morgan
      49. Woodley Park
      50. Smithsonian National Zoo
      51. Washington National Cathedral
      52. Embassy Row

    • Madame Tussauds
      Joining George Washington in his boat crossing the Deleware River and sitting next to Franklin D. Roosevelt to hear a fireside chat are among the interactive experiences awaiting guests of Madame Tussauds Washington D.C. It's the ultimate three-dimensional tribute to the United States' commanders-in-chief and American history. The spectacular new Madame Tussauds D.C. gallery is the only place in the world where you can see and interact with all 44 U.S. Presidents.
    • Crime & Punishment Museum
      The National Museum of Crime & Punishment provides America?s most thorough and comprehensive study of the development and evolution of crime and punishment in a museum environment. Five unique and distinct galleries delve deep into the studies of criminal intent, criminal profiles, serial killers, issues associated with crime, the prison system, victims, crime prevention, CSI/Forensic science and more.
    • Spy Museum
      Umbrellas are pistols. Dead rats are microphones. Femme fatales are men fatales. Gain access to a wild world of gadgets, weapons, bugs, cameras, vehicles and spy-tech that defies classification. Do you have what it takes to live a life of lies as a spy? The answers are exhibited here for those who are clandestinely curious enough to enter.
    • National Aquarium
      Discover America's Aquatic Treasures? at the National Aquarium Washington DC, located in the lower level of the Department of Commerce Building. The nation?s first Aquarium offers a 45-minute intimate showcase of unique and engaging animals and a refreshing pause in your busy day! Don't miss this historical landmark and enjoy the beauty of over 250 species including alligators, piranhas and sharks. Special animal presentation and feedings daily at 2pm.
    • Lunch at the Hard Rock Cafe
      Be yourself, speak your mind and let rock-n-roll do the rest. Complete your tour of the city with an authentic rock-n-roll dining experience. You'll be surrounded by 17 plasma displays as you dine with the stars and marvel at our world famous collection of memorabilia. Includes a deluxe cheeseburger, fries and a drink. Hard Rock Cafe Washington, DC where you don't have to BE a rock star to party like one!




    Terms & Condition

    I recommend this tour!

    Posted by: Marquita on 2014-05-01

    This was a great tour. I have been to Washington DC many times. I didn't feel like walking so we caught the bus. Our guide Kenneth was wonderful. He was funny and told unbelievable stories for each attraction. I d id the night tour- it is something wonderful to see DC lit up at night. I had plenty of time to take amazing pictures. Sitting up top you get great pictures. It poured rain towards the end, but it was an amazing time. Tony was a great driver and they both kept us entertained. This is definitely worth it!


    Posted by: LI on 2011-08-15

    It was the best way to take Hop on and hop off to see the most wanted places. I'll recommend it to my friend when they travel to Washington DC. One suggestion is to extend the tour time to 7pm.


    Posted by: Ben on 2011-08-04

    It was worth the money! Has lots of stops, one of which was conveniently near our hotel. I just wish they extend their hours at least till 7PM. This way tourists can maximize time even more. And also I wish there was an actual stop at the Pentagon memorial, so we can visit it next time. Nevertheless, we plan to get the same tour next time we go to Washington. At least we don't have to worry about getting a ride to our next destination.


    Posted by: Mary on 2011-03-22

    The best way to go around and see the beautiful sights in DC. You'll see almost all the tourist attraction.


    Posted by: Lydia on 2010-08-08

    Got on this on a Holiday weekend and on the first day of the season so traffic was horrendous-good tour and probably great service at other times but when I went it took almost five hours to complete the whole loop. However, you will probably see many spots that you would not venture to as a tourist.


    Posted by: Pradosh on 2010-06-29

    It was a great experience and best way to explore DC. Hop on and hop off is the best way to see the places of your choice.One suggestion is to extend the tour time beyond 5 PM so you can take the full advantage of your 48 hrs pass.


    Posted by: joyce on 2010-04-12

    What a great way to get oriented and learn your way around Washington, DC! The tour covered the most wanted to see locations and the hop on hop off is a great idea!

    See More