Washington DC Tours
The summer season is in high gear, and OnBoard Tours is Rockin! Make sure to make your reservations early. The most popular tour in Washington DC has limited availability, so make sure you make your reservations early. The DC It All! Tour is the best way to get an overview of Washington DC. The tour includes a yacht cruise on the Potomac, all the top sights in Washington DC, and a licensed, professional DC Tour guide to walk you through each attraction and give you the details of what there is to know about each DC site.
Our DC Tour guides are a wealth of information. They are entertaining and educational, and will make sure you have a fantastic experience when you visit DC. Check out our DC The Lights! Tour, which is an awesome Washington DC night tour. Also, the Mount Vernon tour is a must-do day trip any time you visit DC.
Cruise the Potomac River
Perhaps the most famous catch-phrase for Washington D.C. found in political writing is “on the Potomac.” Although the headwaters of the Potomac are in West Virginia and Virgina, and the 383-mile river runs through Maryland to its mouth at Chesapeake Bay, the Potomac is most closely associated with the District of Columbia—the seat of national and world power–and the historic landmarks on the river’s banks, such as the Washington Monument and the Jefferson Memorial. All of Washington D.C. lies within the river’s basin.
The Potomac is known as “the Nation’s River” because of its reflection of American political history, from its formative years to the tragedy of the Civil War and the strategic planning and execution of the nation’s wars of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, and countless events that have seized the public through the news media.
It was in the Potomac basin that first president of the United States George Washington was born and spent most of his life. In the nineteenth century, General Robert E. Lee twice crossed the Potomac River during the Civil War, which ended with the battles of Antietam and Gettysburg, also in the Potomac basin. On January 13, 1982, Air Florida Flight 90 crashed into the 14th Street Bridge, which crosses the Potomac near the stately Jefferson Memorial and the massive Pentagon, and landed in the freezing waters, killing all but five of the passengers.
The Potomac is named after the Algonquian tribe that inhabited the banks of the river and that was part of the Powhatan confederacy. The word Potomac is believed by some to mean “place where people trade” or “the place to which tribute is brought.” Today the Potomac could be said to mean the place where tax-payers protest the tributes they must pay to the federal government, or how they are spent.
From the Potomac River today, one can view cultural and historic landmarks such as The Kennedy Center, the Watergate Hotel, the Washington Monument, the U.S. Capitol, the Jefferson Memorial, as well as the Pentagon. What better way is there to take in the beauty of this nation’s historic capitol than on a relaxing and stimulating OnBoard DC tour, including a boat cruise down the Potomac?
Why take an OnBoard DC Tour?
Cause Thomas Jefferson said so! Watch this cartoon about OnBoard Tours.
Mount Vernon Tours!
OnBoard just launched a new Mount Vernon Tour. We are bringing the award-winning OnBoard Tour format to Mount Vernon and Old Town Alexandria. You came all the way to DC. Don’t waste the trip. Take the best tour that will truly show you what a fantastic experience you can have in the Washington DC Area. Check out Mount Vernon and our Mount Vernon Tour.
Cherry Blossoms are Gone
We are sad to announce that due to unexpected rain and winds, the blooms are gone this year. As a result, OnBoard will revert it’s Cherry Blossom itinerary back to the DC The Best! itinerary to make sure you have a fantastic experience while you are with us in Washington DC.
Peak Bloom Announced for Cherry Blossoms!
The National Park Service has announced that the peak blooming period for the Cherry Blossoms in Washington DC this year will be from March 24-April 1. Of course, the blooms will open several days before that, and will last well beyond April 1. Call us to get updated status information. Book your Cherry Blossom Tour before tickets sell out!
Cherry Blossom Tours!
OnBoard Tours operates the DC The Blossoms! Tour from March 17 through April 15. It’s the best way to see the Cherry Blossoms in Washington DC. Your guide will walk with you around the Tidal Basin to see the Jefferson Memorial, the FDR Memorial, the MLK Memorial, and the World War II Memorial with cherry trees all around! Then, the bus will take you to Lower Senate Park, where you’ll get to take amazing photographs of the Capital with white pear blossoms in the foreground! It’s one of the most photogenic tours in the OnBoard Tours portfolio, so make sure to bring your camera! Check out the DC The Blossoms! cherry blossom tour here.
Spend Thanksgiving at National Harbor!
Leave the pots and pans in the kitchen and experience a Thanksgiving meal like no other! Come to National Harbor and encounter fabulous tree-lined promenades, shopping and dining! National Harbor is about 20 minutes south of Washington DC, on the banks of the Potomac River. They have lots of things to do, including Segway rentals, an obstacle course, the “Awakening” statue that kids can climb on. It’s also the site of the famous Gaylord National Resort and Conference Center, which is always decorated for every holiday, including Thanksgiving. Visit their grand atrium while you are there. You can take a water taxi to and from National Harbor. Service connects to Alexandria, Virginia. If you are at National Harbor, you can take the riverboat over to Old Town Alexandria. OnBoard’s tours launch from National Harbor, so you can take a DC tour from the Harbor as well.
Eating at the Harbor for Thanksgiving is a fabulous idea. There are lots of restaurants to choose from. Click the logos below to view the Thanksgiving menus for each restaurant.
Mount Vernon Tours Coming Soon!
If you are taking a tour in Washington DC, you should visit Mount Vernon. OnBoard Tours has received so many requests for Mount Vernon Tours, that we have finally built one. We will be launching the tour on November 25, 2011. If you would like to make reservations before the tour is live, then just call us at 301-839-5261 and we’ll be happy to book a reservation for you. Otherwise, you can book online.
Many people don’t realize that George Washington’s Estate is kept in pristine condition. You can see the Key to the Bastille that Washington was given as a gift. You can see his bedroom (and other rooms) almost in the condition they were when George and Washington lived there. You can tour the grounds, visit the outbuildings that Washington used for cooking, housing for servants, etc. There is a great museum with videos that tell Washington’s story. There is also a gift shop that has more than just souvenirs. It also has products from the nearby community and books about George Washington, Martha Washington, American History and more. Visiting Mount Vernon is spectacular.
It is the perfect addition to your Washington DC sightseeing experience.
The DC It All! Tour is Back!
The DC It All! Tour is back in full steam. Washington’s highest rated way to see the city is criss-crossing the monuments and attractions again. Just ask anyone who has ridden the boat cruise up the Potomac River with us this year what they think about it, and they’ll tell you that it’s the best way to see Washington DC’s attractions. Your tour guide will show you the face carved on the back of Lincoln’s head, the exact spot where Martin Luther King, Jr., stood when he gave his “I Have a Dream” speech, and many more fascinating things to see in Washington. Book your seats now, and make sure you don’t miss out.