What to do and see in Arlington, Virginia (VA): The Best Cultural Tours

December 3, 2021 Yuk Petri

Known for walkable urban villages like Crystal City, Rosslyn and Ballston, Arlington was part of the "10 miles square" surveyed in 1791 to be the United States capital. Just across the Potomac from Washington, Arlington is home to the Pentagon, Arlington National Cemetery, the Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima), Air Force Memorial and Pentagon Memorial. With 11 Metro stops, Arlington is car-optional and offers visitors everything from eclectic theater to Bohemian cafes.
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1. Private Washington DC Day Trip from New York

Family In New York
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Enjoy a private day trip from New York City to Washington, DC with your own private driver-guide and vehicle. Be transported in the roomy comfort of a 2015 Toyota Sienna mini-van, with the capacity to accommodate up to six guests. This tour is value add for those who travel a substantial distance to New York City and do not anticipate returning to the region anytime soon. It is a great opportunity to visit two great cities on one trip!

Inclusions: All activities, Driver/guide, Transport by private vehicle

Exclusions: Food and drinks, Child Safety and Booster Seats (guests must provide child safety seats for all children ages 4 and younger and booster seats for all children ages 5 to 8), Gratuities

Reviewed By tour40894719015

Excellent tour for those looking to explore the Hamptons and LI wineries. Ronald was informative, patient, more than accommodating and most important knowledgeable. Ron was also very sensitive to our concerns regarding Covid and it was obvious that his precautions were above standard. Highly recommend this tour.

2. Private Marine Corps Tour of Washington DC by Luxury Car

DC Military Tours
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Discover the history of the United States Marine Corps on this guided, 6-hour, private-group tour in Washington, DC. Visit relevant points of interest like the Marine Corps War Memorial, the Marine Barracks, Marine Corps Base Quantico, and the National Museum of the Marine Corps. Enjoy round-trip transportation and (if desired) lunch at the the Clubs at Quantico on this exclusive, personalized tour.

Inclusions: Hotel pickup and drop-off, Parking Fees, Private car and guide, Private transportation, Bottled water

Exclusions: Gratuities, Lunch

Reviewed By Q5165ISmicheles

Tom was a fantastic guide! We are grateful for his knowledge and flexibility in accommodating our group! DC Military Tours is highly recommended!

3. Private US Army and Pentagon Tour in Washington DC by Luxury Car

DC Military Tours
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Experience historic US Army attractions in Washington, DC, on this 6-hour private tour. With your 20-year Veteran professional guide, begin your tour at the Pentagon. Visit the Horse and Caisson Unit at Fort Myer, and Arlington Cemetery. Enjoy round-trip transportation and lunch (if desired) at either the Fort Myer Officer's Club on this direct access private tour.

Inclusions: Bottled water, Driver/guide, Live commentary on board, Hotel pickup and drop-off, Air-conditioned vehicle, WiFi on board, Private transportation

Exclusions: Gratuities, Food and drinks

Reviewed By Q5165ISmicheles

Tom was a fantastic guide! We are grateful for his knowledge and flexibility in accommodating our group! DC Military Tours is highly recommended!

4. Arlington National Cemetery Guided Walking Tour - Private Tour

Arlington National Cemetery Welcome Center, 1 Memorial Ave, Fort Myer, VA 22211, USA Babylon Tours Washington D.C.
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On this private walking tour of Arlington National Cemetery, you’ll follow your knowledgeable young guide to learn about the graves of the famous men and women buried here. By the end of this 2.5 hour tour, you’ll be familiar with many of the permanent residents of the most famous cemetery in the whole United States.

Inclusions: Guided Walking Tour, Tour Guide Exclusively For You (Does NOT apply if you choose "SAVE! BOOK SEMI-PRIVATE" option), Duration 2 - 2.5 Hours, Tour Will Run, Rain Or Shine

Exclusions: Tour price does NOT include hotel pickup or drop-off (we recommend UBER or Taxi), Tour price does NOT include gratuities (optional), Tour is NOT available for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair

Reviewed By 1KTL

Excellent knowledge and guide. I have never seen before such master pieces and heard professional explanations. We really enjoyed our visit.

5. Arlington Cemetery & American History Museum Guided Combo Tour - Private Tour

Arlington National Cemetery Welcome Center, 1 Memorial Ave, Fort Myer, VA 22211, USA Babylon Tours Washington D.C.
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On this 5 to 5.5 hour private guided combo tour, our engaging local guide will discuss American history and shed light on why these DC landmarks are so important.Learn about the history of America through its most prominent national cemetery and museum during this all-encompassing combo excursion to the Arlington National Cemetery and National Museum of American History.

Inclusions: Guided Walking Tour & Museum Tour, Tour Guide Exclusively For You (Does NOT apply if you choose "SAVE! BOOK SEMI-PRIVATE" option), Duration 5 - 5.5 Hours (Including Lunch Break), Private Transportation Included Between Tour Locations If Necessary, Tour Will Run, Rain Or Shine

Exclusions: Tour price does NOT include hotel pickup or drop-off (we recommend UBER or Taxi), Tour price does NOT include gratuities (optional), Tour is NOT available for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair

Reviewed By 1KTL

Excellent knowledge and guide. I have never seen before such master pieces and heard professional explanations. We really enjoyed our visit.

6. Arlington Cemetery Private Tour

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Experience Arlington Cemetery with a Veteran guide trained in military history. Observe the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns. Visit each of the Kennedy graves. Discover Robert E. Lee's mansion upon the grounds and his wife's garden where the first burials took place. Discuss the beginning of the cemetery during the Civil War and its evolution through all of our nations conflicts. US federal or state government issued photo identification or passport is required for entry into Arlington National Cemetery.

Inclusions: Private tour, Transport by private vehicle, Bottled water, Air-conditioned vehicle, WiFi on board

Exclusions: Lunch, Gratuity

Reviewed By Q5165ISmicheles

Tom was a fantastic guide! We are grateful for his knowledge and flexibility in accommodating our group! DC Military Tours is highly recommended!

7. DC Highlights Guided day tour 6hrs - Show up and Earpieces is included.

White House History Shop (Official), 1610 H St NW, Washington, DC 20006, USA DC Nation Tours
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This tour highlights the best attractions in Washington DC. River cruise ticket is included. We takes sightseeing to the next level, so it makes it more exclusive and private. We also use Audio/Visual technology during the tour which is why kids and families love this interactive tour. Refreshments and light snack will be served for free! So, climb aboard to our comfortable transportation and make this experience worthwhile in our nation’s capital. So much fun!

Inclusions: Professional guide, Local guide and storytelling, Snacks and Bottled water will be served for free!, Confortable transportation, Visual/Audio material onboard, Snacks, Bottled water

Exclusions: Dress code is confortable, casual, Not recommended for participants with heart complaints or other serious medical conditions, A moderate amount of walking is involved, Not wheelchair accessible, Gratuities (recommended)

Reviewed By SRMcN123

We booked a 1/2 day private tour at the last minute (same day!) and it turned out to be the highlight of our trip. Our tour guide Mr Map was knowledgable, fun and provided great insight and stories surrounding so many DC landmarks. We've been to DC many times but really saw it in a different light from this tour. Our driver Mistral was terrific too. She was great navigating DC traffic and sharing her own fun facts. Everyone from our teens to grandma had a great time. I would definitely recommend DC Nation tours

8. Private Tour of Washington DC

Washington Monument, 2 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20024, USA Benjamin AB.DC
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I offer very personal guided tours of Washington DC, in French, Spanish and English.  I am a professional guide, member of the Guild of Guides in Washington DC. When not guiding, I work as an archaeologist and as a cultural heritage consultant internationally. A curious urban explorer, passionate about art, history and D.C.’s hidden tales, I arrange customized boutique tours for international visitors, local diplomats, corporate small groups and private families. Let's transform your time in Washington DC into an unforgettable experience. Contact me now !

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9. Washington DC private day tours from Baltimore

Baltimore Tour Guide
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Our professional tour guide will accompany you to all the major DC's sights and explaining the history of each of the monuments & memorials.

Inclusions: Private transportation, professional tour guide, bottled water

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Reviewed By Dorothy C

my grandson has an internship for a year in baltimore...never been there....Dillon tookus on a 3 hour tour to see the city...tourist sites..neighborhoods...where to go, etc...excellent, entertaining, professional...was perfect intro to the city

10. 2-Hour Arlington Cemetery Guided Walking Tour

Arlington Cemetery, Arlington, VA 22209, USA Universal Tour Group USA
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Explore the Arlington National Cemetery with a knowledgeable and experienced tour guide during 2H. This guided experience provides historical and human perspectives of US nation’s leaders and protectors that make your visit much more meaningful and informative.

Inclusions: Licensed Tour Guide

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