The 5 Best Tours and Excursions From Washington, DC

Explore pivotal sites of the American Civil War at Gettysburg
Explore pivotal sites of the American Civil War at Gettysburg | © William S. Kuta / Alamy Stock Photo
Photo of Chloe Byrne
10 June 2020

Leave behind milky monuments, suited politicians and imposing federal architecture and venture to places beyond the reach of Washington, DC’s powerful buzz. As the capital of the US, the city is a political hub surrounded by miles of land speckled with historical remnants including colonial architecture and battlefields. Walk in the footsteps of the Founding Fathers, breathe in the heady aromas of sprawling vineyards or see where the pivotal Battle of Gettysburg was fought on these dynamic tours and excursions.

ActivitiesGettysburg Day Trip from Washington, DC
From $150 per person
10 hours 30 minutes
4.4 (348)
Unearth America’s deepest historic roots on this transporting day trip of Gettysburg. Traveling by coach through the rolling countryside, you will learn how the 1863 battle turned the tide in the Civil War. The conflict is chronicled through enlightening stops at sites such as the Shriver House Museum – the restored 1860 home was situated in the bloodthirsty heart of the battle, with two sharpshooters meeting their untimely end in its attic. The climax of the tour is the battlefield itself, with a miniature military diorama depicting the event, and on-site experts who help bring it to life.

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