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Old Town Trolley Tours

Monuments, memorials, museums, picturesque scenery and magnificent architecture are abundant in Washington DC, and for visitors, Old Town Trolley Tours offers the best way to see it all.

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Washington DC has so many important points of interest that for most travelers there is just so much to see and do. Old Town Trolley Tours of Washington DC showcases all the incredible sights of our nation’s capital with fully narrated tours, providing entertainment and fascinating facts about the city and United States history along the way.

Board the orange and green trolley and drive past the United States Capitol Building, the Supreme Court, and several of the Smithsonian Museums. Explore the Lincoln Memorial on your single stop and learn why so many people are in awe of the historic landmark, including the touching stories behind the Vietnam Veterans, Korean Veterans and World War II Memorials.

Pass by the Museum of American History and learn more about Ford’s Theatre and that fateful night when Abraham Lincoln was assassinated. The past, present, and future are alive on every corner in Washington DC where history has been continually made and where our forefathers worked to protect our freedom.

For more than 30 years, Old Town Trolley Tours has been the tour of choice for so many guests, young and old, delighting them with our own brand of Transportainment. Get the most out of your time in Washington DC with our exciting 90-minute tour. Journey through an unforgettable vacation experience as our expert conductors bring history to life with colorful live narration and fun trivia. This one-stop trolley adventure perfectly showcases the rich history, architectural beauty, and historical landmarks throughout DC.

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Washington Old Town Trolley City Tour

Old Town Trolley is delighted to offer our guests a 90-minute trolley tour of Washington DC. Our exciting city tour includes:

• Live narration, 90-minute Tour.

• Over 100 points of interest.

• One stop along the route at the Abraham Lincoln Memorial. Visit the Lincoln Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall.

• Includes Arlington National Cemetery Tour* (Gold & Platinum Pass only)

• Includes the Wharf Water Taxi** (Platinum Pass only)

• Departure guaranteed. Your guide and the trolley will wait for you to continue with their narration upon your return.

Here are just a few reasons why Old Town Trolley is the best sightseeing tour in town:

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• Riding around the Beltway for over 30 years as DC’s longest-running city tour!

• All our tours are 100% live in real time - No pre-recorded narration

• The finest, most highly-trained and knowledgeable guides

• Proudly owned and operated in the United States

• Exclusive foreign language tour app offered in 7 languages

• Best view! State-of-the-art stadium trolleys

• Every seat is the best seat!

• All-weather trolleys - rain or shine! Our vehicles get the job done

• Onboard monitors display historical imagery

• Comfortable padded seats for a pleasant tour

• Free WiFi

*To get to Arlington National Cemetery from the Washington Welcome Center, take the Metro Blue Line from Washington Metro Station (it is a three minute walk from the Welcome Center to the Station.) The Metro stops right at Arlington National Cemetery.

**Boarding for the Water Taxi is at the DC Wharf. This is a 5-minute walk from the Waterfront Metro on the Green Line or an 8-minute walk from L’Enfant Plaza on the Blue, Orange, Silver, Green or Yellow Lines Metro Stations. There is also a free shuttle to the Wharf from L’Enfant Plaza Metro Station.


Learn more information about Washington DC Tours.

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  Monuments by Moonlight Tour  

Experience the beauty and awe of our country’s most stirring monuments in a whole new way—by moonlight. On the Monuments by Moonlight Tour you’ll be transported to many of the city’s most famous sights, while enjoying the tranquil night and evening breeze.

lincoln memorial at nightDuring the 2-½ hour tour, the trolley will stop at the Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Korean War Memorial, Iwo Jima Marine Corps Memorial, FDR Memorial, and Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial. You’ll see the Capitol Building, the White House and more. As the tour journeys through the city, our knowledgeable conductors share amusing anecdotes, historical facts and even some spooky stories about ghostly sightings in the city.

You’ll see Washington DC like never before and without all the hustle of the day. At each stop you’ll have the opportunity to take a stroll through the most famous spots, learn how each monument and memorial has a significant meaning and what it represents. This is a tour that allows you to see the glorious beauty and architecture of our most treasured memorials and tributes.

Climb on board our Monuments by Moonlight Tour for a new view of the city and all it is famous for. The tour departs each evening from Washington Welcome Center, 1001 E Street NW.


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For more information go to Monuments by Moonlight.

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  Washington DC Educational Field Trip
An Adventure in History!®

For 8th grade students in Washington DC’s public schools, our “We the People” Educational Tour is a day filled with excitement, entertainment and enriching historical experiences.

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Specifically designed to enhance and reinforce classroom American History lessons and curriculum, this full day tour is a comprehensive look at the U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. The tour begins at the start of the school day when the Old Town Trolley picks up the students at school.

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First on the route is a stop at the Capitol Building where our knowledgeable guide will engage the students in an interactive discussion about Article I of the Constitution. Here, the students will see, hear and talk about the Legislative Branch of our government, Congress and the Senate.

They’ll also visit Lafayette Park and learn about the Executive Branch of the United States, The White House, the President and other topics relating to Article II and the First Amendment to the Constitution. The tour will also take them to the Lincoln Memorial, the FDR Memorial and to the Supreme Court Building. At each stop, its significance as it relates to the shaping of our country and our government is brought to light in interesting narratives, interactive activities and amusing anecdotes. The tour also includes a complimentary lunch at the Department of Agriculture.

Before heading back to school, the students will have an extraordinary experience as they take a docent led tour of the National Archives where they will view the Declaration of Independence.

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Old Town Trolley Tours “We the People” Field Trip offers an opportunity for 8th graders to get a first-hand look at the many people and places that have influenced our lives and our future. It’s an excursion that will become a memory of a lifetime.



For more information go to Educational Tours.

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Temporary Tour Updates:

April 1 – September 30: The Changing of the Guard will be every 30 minutes, at the top and bottom of every hour. Social distancing limits will be in place at the Amphitheater.

Limited tours run from 9:00am – 4:30pm daily. They depart every hour on the hour. If guests disembark, there will be an hour wait for the next vehicle.

Cemetery hours are 8-5 p.m.

All stops except for U.S. Coast Guard Memorial are now open!

Arlington House: Entry to the house requires timed tickets for all guests over the age of 2 and may be reserved at Recreation.gov. There is a processing fee for each ticket, and the limit is 6 tickets per reservation.

Space will be limited, so it is recommended that tickets be reserved in advance, but walk-up, day of tickets may be available if time slots are not sold out. Guests taking the tram tour should allow for additional time, as the tram tour does not guarantee arrival for your scheduled Arlington House tour.



It has been more than 150 years since the first military funeral took place at Arlington National Cemetery. Since then, more than 400,000 military service men, women and their families have been laid to rest here.

arlington national cemetery tours logo Among them, Presidents, astronauts and Supreme Court justices. As you tour these hallowed grounds, you may have the opportunity to witness a funeral taking place; each day there are between 27 and 30 services being held. The sight of a flag-draped coffin or the sound of Taps being played in the distance are just some of the moving moments you may experience while visiting.

Now, you can make the most of your time by touring Arlington aboard Old Town Trolley’s Arlington National Cemetery Tours. Our special tour will transport you through the cemetery, stopping at the most important points of interest and making a 45-minute continuous loop. You’ll have a chance to disembark at 6 stops on weekdays and 9 stops on weekends and explore the many acres, view the headstones and feel the immense sense of patriotism that these men and women exhibited while defending the freedom and ideals of America.

tomb of the unknown soldierSome of the most significant sights you’ll see include the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the changing of the guard, the Arlington House, The Civil War Unknowns Monument, the Vietnam, World War I and World War II Memorial Trees, the Confederate Memorial and the memorials to the Space Shuttle Challenger and Columbia. You’ll also have the chance to view the gravesite of President John F. Kennedy and his family, President William Taft and Alexander Haig, among others. Along the way, your tour guide will share intriguing history and facts about Arlington. While here, be sure to make note of the numerous monuments and dedicated trees that pay tribute to special individuals and events that are such an important part of our nation’s history. A visit to Arlington National Cemetery is one that will never be forgotten—like the memory of the men and women who valiantly gave their lives in service.


For more information go to Arlington Tours.

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