Washington DC Explorer Pass Online Guide
Welcome to Washington, D.C., a fun and exciting place to explore U.S. history of the past and present. From museums and national monuments to the beautiful parks and landscape of D.C., it's easy to plan a fun-packed and patriotic trip to the nation's capital.
Choose attractions as you go and take your time. Once you activate your pass by visiting your first attraction, your pass is good for 30 days. Choose from lots of popular attractions, including a Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour, the Newseum, International Spy Museum, George Washington's Mount Vernon, and more.
Every pass has a unique code, which will be scanned for admission to each attraction. For special offers at shops and restaurants, show your pass to your server or cashier.
Good to Know
- Please read attraction information for hours, closings, and special admission instructions. Some attractions require reservations.
- Visiting your first attraction activates your pass. Then, you have 30 days to use your pass. You have 1 year from purchase to activate your pass or it will expire.
- You may visit an attraction once per the life of the pass, unless otherwise noted.
About this Guide
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- You'll see this symbol on the Details tab, next to the approximate time it takes to visit an attraction.
- Attractions displaying this icon may close or have varied hours of operation during winter.
These are a few questions we hear from customers regularly. If you have a question not answered here, please get in touch:
- Toll-free within the US: +1 800‑887‑9103
- Toll-free within UK: +44 0800 090 3140
- Toll-free within Australia: +61 1800 316950
- From other countries: +1 617 671 1001
- Mon - Fri: 8 am - 9 pm EST
- Sat - Sun: 9 am - 6 pm EST
- How do I activate my pass?
- Easy: simply visit your first attraction!
- How do I use my pass?
- Every pass has a unique code, which will be scanned for admission to each attraction. Please read attraction information for hours, closings, and special admission instructions. Some attractions require reservations.
- I purchased multiple passes, how do I use them at attractions?
- You will need to show the individual passes for each member of your party at attractions to get in.
- When can I visit attractions?
- You can visit most attractions during their normal operating hours. Please read attraction information for specific hours and closings.
- Do I need to make reservations?
- A few attractions require reservations. Check each attraction's details for more information.
- When does my pass expire?
- You have 1 year from purchase to activate your pass or it will expire. Once activated, your Pass will be valid for 30 days.
- What Big Bus DC tour does my pass include and where do I pick up my ticket?
- Your pass includes the Big Bus DC 1 Day Patriot Tour. Your ticket is good for 1 day from the time you pick it up at any staffed Big Bus DC location.
By Public Transportation
The Metrorail and Metrobus and have stations and stops servicing Virginia, Maryland, D.C., and lots of major attractions in the area. Check out the online trip planner for route options and fare estimators. Another way to get around is the DC Circulator bus which features five bus routes run on ten minute intervals and provides convenient transportation throughout the downtown area. (DC Circulator runs through Georgetown, the Metro does not, check out the DC Circulator map.)
Walking is one of the best ways to experience D.C. and visitors are often surprised at how easy it is to navigate the city with the numbered streets that run south to north and lettered streets that run east to west.
Taxis are widely available throughout the city and easy to flag down near major attractions. Shared ride services are also available and easy to reserve via mobile device.
Driving is a great option for visitors as it’s easy to navigate and parking is widely available (but can be pricey). Keep in mind that traffic can be heavy during rush hour and motorcade delays are a common occurrence.