Washington DC Trolley Tour

Explore the Capital on an Old Fashioned Trolley Tour of Washington D.C.

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This experience is a great way to show your out-of-town friends around, learn a bit more about your own city or explore a city that is new to you. On the Washington D.C. Trolley Tour you will experience transportainment a delightful combination of transportation and entertainment.

Your fully narrated tour of the District of Columbia will cover over 100 points of interest beginning at Union Square and show you the best of the nation’s Capital. Your tour will cover Washington’s major attractions such as the Lincoln Memorial, Georgetown, Washington National Cathedral, the White House, the museums of the Smithsonian Institution, Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial and more! Your professional tour guide will share colorful anecdotes, humorous stories and well researched historical information. You may also choose to stop at the Arlington Cemetery and take a walking tour!  You and your guest may enjoy the tour in full or choose to hop-on and hop-off at twenty five different attractions throughout the city.

Whether you are a local, visiting D.C. for the first time or looking for a unique experience gift, this Trolley Tour of the Capital is sure to be a great day out on the town no matter how you customize your tour!

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Where It's Located hide

  • Washington, District of Columbia

Who Is Included hide

The Washington D.C. Trolley Tour Experience Gifts Certificate is valid for one participant, unless additional participants are added onto the certificate. There will be additional participants on the tour.

This experience is not suitable for non-paying guests.

When It Is Offered hide

The Washington D.C. Trolley Tour is offered seven days a week year-round, subject to availability. Tours depart every 30 minutes from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Trolley Tours do not run during Rolling Thunder, Army Ten Miler, Marine Corps Marathon, or on Independence Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

How Long Is It hide

The D.C. Trolley Tours are 3 hours and has a total duration of approximately 3½ hours, unless you choose to hop-on and hop-off of the Trolley at designated stops throughout the day.

Weather hide

The Washington D.C. Trolley Ride takes place in all weather conditions.

What To Wear hide

Dress comfortably, flat, rubber-soled shoes and layers are recommended for this trolley adventure.

Additional Information hide

Tours include 25 hop-on hop-of stops in Washington DC with free re-boarding all day, access to the Arlington Cemetery Red Line Shuttle and the Blue Loop Shuttles and a ticket to take an Arlington Cemetery Tour.

Old Town Trolley Tours have 25 stops:
1) Washington Welcome Center/Ford's Theatre/Peterson House/Madam Tussauds Wax Museum/
2) The White House/The White House Visitor Center
3) National Archives/U.S. Navy Memorial
4) Union Station/Smithsonian Postal Museum /Begin DC Duck Tour Here.
5) U.S. Capitol/Supreme Court/ Library of Congress
6) Smithsonian Air & Space Museum/ Museum of the American Indian/U.S. Botanical Gardens
7) Freer and Sackler Galleries of Art/ Smithsonian Castle
8) Holocaust Memorial Museum/Bureau of Engraving & Printing/Washington Monument
9) Jefferson Memorial/George Mason Memorial
10) FDR Memorial/Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial
11) -Lincoln Memorial/Vietnam Veterans Memorial/Korean War Veterans Memorial/World War II Memorial Tour transfer Station: Transfer for Arlington National Cemetery Shuttle
12-21: Arlington National Cemetery Tour stops (See Below)
22) National Museum of American History/National Museum of African American History and Culture
23) National Museum of Natural History
24) Newseum/National Gallery of Art
25) National Portrait Gallery/African Art Museum/Spy Museum

Shuttles are offered between Stop 11 (Lincoln Memorial) and Arlington National Cemetery from 10:30am to 4:00pm (with last boarding at 4:00pm).
Arlington National Cemetery:
12 stop #1) - Arlington National Cemetery Welcome Center
13-stop #2) - President John F. Kennedy Grave Site;
14-stop #3) - U.S. Coast Guard Memorial;
15-stop #4) - Pershing Grave Site;
16-stop #5 -Tomb of the Unknown Soldier;
17-stop #6 - Arlington House;
18-stop #7- Iwo Jima Memorial
19-stop #8-Sections 55 and 59 (weekend stop only)
20-stop #9 - Columbarium and Niche Wall (weekend stop only)
21-stop #10 - 9/11 Memorial (weekend stop only)

Arlington Cemetery Tours run April thru September at 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM, and October thru March: 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM.


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All changes to reservations for the Washington D.C. Trolley Tour Experience require seven (7) days advance notice.

Xperience Certificates® cannot be exchanged once a reservation for the experience has been made.

trolley-8I spent Thanksgiving weekend in Washington DC, so I figured since I was a tourist totally new to the area, I needed as much help as possible getting around and learning about the buildings and history of the city. Enter, the Washington D.C. Trolley Tour. These experiences are what’s known as transportainment (transport + entertainment, get it?), so they combine non-stop commentary with humorous facts and stories.


On my first day in the District, I hopped on the trolley at the Welcome Center and took a seat next to the wide window, providing an uninterrupted view of the streets on either side. The first conductor was Darin, who sounded exactly like Jack Black and took us on a tour past the National Mall and Downtown. Although the trolley tours are hop-on hop-off, I found myself enjoying the commentary so much that I did a full loop of the tour, and probably could have gone round again! I knew I needed to actually see the city from the ground though, so I checked the free maps the conductors provide and switched to the Green Line which took me up to the Smithsonian National Zoo.


This time the conductor was Adam, and although we drove past several of the same buildings as on the first ride, he told totally different stories that were just as entertaining and interesting, so I felt I was getting a truly unique and comprehensive view of the city (and the Zoo is awesome, definitely recommend). On the way back Downtown I caught a trolley driven by Ellie, who impressed us all by listing the various countries represented on Embassy Row in quick succession. Towards the end of the line I was the only person remaining on the trolley, so Ellie and I chatted about the Georgetown Cupcake store and how it appeared on Shark Tank (that’s like Dragon’s Den for any UK readers), and it now sells around 15,000 cupcakes on a good day. That’s the kind of local insight you wouldn’t get on a typical sightseeing tour!


My final trip on the DC Trolleys was the following day, when I caught the Green Line into Georgetown with Duke at the wheel. Again we passed several of the more prominent buildings; the White House, IRS Building, FBI Headquarters, Washington National Cathedral etc., and again we had a whole new personality regaling us with funny stories and fascinating facts. I’ve never laughed so much on a bus before!


I think the most impressive part of the Washington D.C. Trolley Tour is the conductors’ ability to talk constantly, without it ever sounding like they were reciting from a script. I would highly recommend taking a Trolley Tour if you’re visiting DC, but they’re also available in San Diego, Savannah, Key West and Boston, so there’s plenty of choice!

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