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Top Reasons to Take a Big Bus Tour in Washington, DC

Big Bus in front of the Washington Monument on the National Mall - Family-friendly tours in Washington, DC

Discover why a hop-on, hop-off bus tour is a great way to experience the nation’s capital.

When it comes to sightseeing in Washington, DC, there’s a lot to see and do and often not enough time. One of the most efficient ways to cover all of your bases, while also offering an opportunity to explore museums, monuments and other points of interest, is to take an open-top sightseeing bus tour. Big Bus Tours operates three different bus routes, including the official National Mall tour (Red Loop), a tour that takes you into Arlington Cemetery (Blue Loop) and another that runs by various hotels (Yellow Loop). Here’s why you should take advantage of a Big Bus Tour next time you’re in the nation’s capital:

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1 History can be really fun when you have a great storyteller

Visitors on a Big Bus sightseeing tour near the National Mall - Open-top bus tours in Washington, DC

If you couldn’t stay interested in your U.S. history class, fear not. This tour is still right for you. The trained tour guides leading all Big Bus Tours are entertainment experts with ways to relate to everyone. They’ve got the smarts to outfox proud history buffs, the wit to engage bored teens and the ability to keep your attention for hours on end.

2 Catch the monuments and the memorials from a unique vantage point

Visitors on a Big Bus Tour in front of the Lincoln Memorial - Things to do in Washington, DC

The Red Route is the official National Mall tour, and it goes past the major monuments, memorials and museums in DC. With buses arriving every 20-30 minutes, you can always step off for further exploration. And if you want to capture the scene from a unique vantage point, nothing beats the photo-ops from the rooftop.

3 Get more sightseeing done in two hours than most do in two days

Visitors on a Big Bus sightseeing tour taking photos of the U.S. Capitol - Open-top bus tours in Washington, DC

If you want to pack in as much as you can, we recommend staying on the bus. A full route on the Red Loop lasts an hour and forty-five minutes, and the Blue and Yellow routes take an hour and a half.

4 The night tour on the Mall is a must

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If you haven’t seen the DC skyline set against a night sky, you’re missing out. One of the best ways to experience the beauty of the nation’s capital is during a night tour. You’ll encounter fewer crowds and the monuments and memorials take on an even more awe-inspiring feeling when lit up at dusk. Note, this tour is not a hop-on, hop-off.

5 There’s a Big Bus Tour stop near you

Big Bus Tour in downtown Washington, DC - Sightseeing options in DC

Convenience is key when visiting any city and Big Bus has over 40 different stops, all at major locations throughout the city. From Union Station to Madame Tussauds near Ford’s Theatre to various hotels, you can easily find a loop near you and begin your adventures in no time.

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