Washington, D.C., SightseeingSightseeing tours cover the city and most major suburban points of interest. Your local AAA office can provide information about tours of embassies, houses and gardens that occur periodically. For more information visit one of the AAA Mid-Atlantic offices. Visitors can obtain access to some services and tours by contacting their U.S. senators or representatives before leaving home.
Boat ToursC&O Canal Boat Trips see Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, Md.,
Potomac Riverboat Co. see Alexandria, Va.
Bus, Limousine and Trolley Tours Individually operated limousine tours are sold by the drivers near the various information kiosks. Most taxi companies also can provide sightseeing services. Bus tours range in price from about $15 to $65, depending on length of tour and itinerary, and include trips around Washington, Mount Vernon and all stops in between.
Food ToursLooking for the best places to eat? Get a taste for Washington restaurants with a food tour. The following tour is presented for informational purposes as a service to members.
Guided Walking Toursflickr/Karen Blaha
Washington Walks offers a variety of walking tours, and some would say your trip is not complete without one. Docents highlight such locales as U Street, Dupont Circle, Embassy Row and Georgetown, and most tours depart April through October. From late June to early November the National Mall Memorials tour showcases the Thomas Jefferson; Lincoln; Vietnam Veterans; District War; Martin Luther King, Jr.; and World War II memorials as well as the Washington Monument. Allow 2 hours for each tour. Tours are given regardless of weather, and reservations are not required. Tours cost $15-$20; free (ages 0-3). Phone ahead for departure locations and tour schedules. Phone (202) 484-1565.
The United States Capitol Historical Society offers 2-hour tours of the exterior of the Capitol building. Trained guides discuss the domed structure's history and architecture. The tour costs $10 (cash only) and departs the Union Station Metro station (near the top of the Massachusetts Avenue exit escalators) Mon. at 10, Mar.-Nov.; phone (202) 543-8919, ext. 17.
Self-guiding Walking Toursflickr/NCinDC
Set your own pace with self-guided tours, one of the many fun things to do when you travel to D.C. For those exploring the Dupont Circle area, the “Dupont-Kalorama Museum Walk” brochure outlines a walking tour of museums and historic buildings near the circle. Pick up a copy at participating museums, including The Phillips Collection, Anderson House, the National Museum of American Jewish Military History, Dumbarton House and the Woodrow Wilson House.
The Black History National Recreation Trail consists of various Washington, D.C., neighborhoods that played an important role in the community from the time of slavery to the mid-20th century. Contact the National Park Service at National Capital Region, Office of Public Affairs, 1100 Ohio Dr. S.W., Washington, D.C. 20242; phone (202) 619-7023.
Cultural Tourism DC, (202) 661-7581, offers information about a variety of self-guiding tours, which provide unique things to do in Washington, D.C. The African American Heritage Trail guide includes attraction and tour information highlighting 98 of the more than 200 sites representing African-American history in Washington, D.C. Civil War to Civil Rights: Downtown Heritage Trail is marked by 25 signs throughout downtown. The organization also has developed 17 other Neighborhood Heritage Trail tours; poster-size signs along the routes offer information and maps. This is group travel made easy, as visitors can easily follow the routes from these signs. Free downloadable PDF guides on the organization's website will enhance the experience.
AAA’s in-person hotel evaluations are unscheduled to ensure the inspector has an experience similar to that of members. To pass inspection, all hotels must meet the same rigorous standards for cleanliness, comfort and hospitality. These hotels receive a AAA Diamond designation that tells members what type of experience to expect.
The District of Columbia's sales tax is 6 percent. Additional increments are attached when purchasing alcohol, restaurant meals, rental cars, commercial parking and hotel rooms. The higher tax rates range from 10 to 18 percent. The sales tax in neighboring Maryland is 6 percent and Virginia taxes range from 4.3 to 7 percent.
311 in Washington, D.C., or (202) 727-9099
MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, (202) 444-2000; The George Washington University Hospital, (202) 715-4000; Howard University Hospital, (202) 865-6100; Sibley Memorial Hospital, (202) 537-4000; MedStar Washington Hospital Center, (202) 877-7000.
1133 21st St. N.W. Suite M200 Washington, DC 20036. Phone:(202)347-7201
Visitors arriving by plane can land at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) or Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI).
Rental car agencies in Washington are numerous; most have conveniently located offices in the city and nearby Maryland and Virginia suburbs. Arrangements should be made before you leave on your trip. Your local AAA club can provide this service or additional information. Hertz offers discounts to AAA members; phone (800) 654-3080.
Trains pull into the
The Greyhound Lines Inc. bus terminal is at 50 Massachusetts Ave. N.E.; phone (202) 289-5141.
Taxicabs in Washington are metered.
Transportation by bus or subway is available in Washington.