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Washington DC: See the City Segway Tour

1. Washington DC: See the City Segway Tour

Before departure, receive training and get fitted for your equipment. Watch a brief video and presentation, then receive one-on-one instruction from the experienced staff. Don't be nervous! Many of the visitors are first-time riders and most people get the hang of it within a few minutes.  Once everyone is comfortable, you will do a quick soundcheck and off you go!  The first stop is the White House, just across the street from your starting point! From there, continue to explore as many of the following sites as possible: US Treasury Blair House Constitution Gardens Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool Vietnam Veterans Memorial Korean War Memorial DC War Memorial Tidal Basin WWII Memorial Washington Monument Smithsonian Museums National Gallery of Art US Capitol Canadian Embassy Newseum National Archives US Navy Memorial FBI Building And more! Bring your camera! There is a bag on the Segway to carry along small personal possessions, but it is recommended that you leave larger purses and backpacks in the shop.

Washington, DC: Open Top Bus Tour By Night

2. Washington, DC: Open Top Bus Tour By Night

Experience the beauty of Washington DC at night on a fully-narrated 2-hour bus tour. Discover the grandeur of the US capital after dark at dozens of historic landmarks. Climb aboard a double-decker bus for a drive down the dramatic National Mall, flanked by the White House and Jefferson Memorial. From the dome of the US Capitol Building to the World War II Memorial, you'll see Washington DC at its most enchanting. Discover how the city changes dramatically when the monuments and memorials are illuminated with floodlights. Sit back and relax as you learn the history of Washington from the entertaining and informative commentary.

Washington DC: 2.5-Hour Sightseeing Segway Tour

3. Washington DC: 2.5-Hour Sightseeing Segway Tour

Segway the sites in Washington, D.C., with a 2.5-hour Segway adventure! On this tour, you will experience an overview of the all the important places in the nation's capital city, via your own personal Segway. This two-wheeled motorized vehicle is perfect for zipping around the sidewalks and streets of downtown Washington, D.C. After a 30-minute introduction to operating your Segway, you will set off on your 2-hour-long tour. Learn about the sites, history, and stories behind the National Mall and surrounding area as you pass by the White House on a ride down Pennsylvania Avenue. Continue on to see the various memorials, and receive some tips on fun off-the-Mall places to check out.

Washington DC: E-Bike Tour of the National Mall

4. Washington DC: E-Bike Tour of the National Mall

Ride through the entire National Mall and circle the Tidal Basin on this fun and informative E-bike tour. Start at the waterfront, and listen to a brief introduction about the E-bikes. Then, head out to begin your 9-10 mile tour. Follow your knowledgeable guide past the Smithsonian Museums, and around to all the major sites including the U.S. Capitol, Supreme Court, Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington Monument, WWII Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and Korean War Veterans Memorial. Conclude the trip by riding around the Tidal Basin and touring the Martin Luther King Jr, FDR, and Jefferson Memorials. Hear about the history, lore, and latest happenings around the DC museums and find yourself in great self-spots and in front of picturesque views. Your guide will also stop and share some hidden gems along the way. See all the major monuments and memorials as well as treasures you might not find on your own. The tour is extensive and the riding is easy with pedal-assist bikes enabling you to see more and pedal less.

Bike Tour: Capitol Hill, Lincoln Memorial, National Mall

5. Bike Tour: Capitol Hill, Lincoln Memorial, National Mall

Take a guided bike tour in Washington, D.C. to see all the city’s important sights and landmarks. The tour route includes Capitol Hill and the National Mall, Union Station, the Lincoln Memorial, and more. Along the way you’ll see the Smithsonian museums, the Washington Monument, and the war memorials. You’ll learn about the city's history and current events from your guide as you cycle past the major monuments and memorials. You'll also get some practical touring tips for later use! Take in the Library of Congress, the Supreme Court, the White House, the World War II Memorial, and many more important sights. This cycling tour is rated as easy and covers approximately 7 miles on level terrain.

Washington DC: Capitol Hill - Guided Walking Tour

6. Washington DC: Capitol Hill - Guided Walking Tour

This is the best way to cover the US capital's political highlights, passing by the buildings where the biggest decisions of this country were taken. Let a local expert English-speaking guide help you get the most out of your time at Capitol Hill, making sure you see all the highlights. Your guide will not only be an expert on Capitol, but they will also share a mix of historical and political information, background stories and surprising details with you. At the end, you’ll have enjoyed yourself so much that you won’t even realize how the hours have passed and you’ll be on your way to becoming an expert on the US Capitol yourself. With so much to see on Capitol Hill, you’ll be thankful to your guide for navigating you. More than just storytellers, your passionate and engaging guide will approach touring in a different way. They will bring a personal touch to each tour, adding their own favorite anecdotes and tips along the way. They are there to listen to you, to answer your questions and to create a dialogue – unlike other tours where they tend to lecture you as you go along. That’s the whole reason why the private and small group tour options are offered - to make sure you get the most out of your experience.  On this tour, highlights include: - The stunning exterior of the Supreme Court, - The majestic exterior of the Library of Congress and the interior of the Main Reading Room. - The iconic exterior of the Capitol building. - The Statue of Freedom - Going inside the Thomas Jefferson library and checking out a real Gutenberg Bible. - Learn about the judicial system at the Museum of the Supreme Court and maybe get a peek inside the actual courtroom. - There is a possibility to get tickets for a tour of the Capitol’s interior, where politicians and legislatures work tirelessly for the American people.

National Archives Building & Capitol Hill: Guided Combo Tour

7. National Archives Building & Capitol Hill: Guided Combo Tour

This 5-hour combination tour starts with the National Archives, the neoclassical building considered a temple to American history. Your local English speaking guide will not only be an expert on the archives, but will also share a mix of historical & political information, background stories and surprising details with you. Visit the National Archives Rotunda to learn about the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution while reading the perfectly-preserved documents from the 17th and 18th centuries. You will also see the Bill of Rights and the Federalist Papers featuring the signatures of world-famous statesmen like Alexander Hamilton. Discover the Public Vaults Exhibits, where letters written by presidents including George Washington and John F. Kennedy are on display. Have a look at the Emancipation Proclamation, which helped end slavery in the 19th century. Study a citation issued to civil rights activist Rosa Parks and examine even older documents like the Magna Carta of 1297 in the Rubenstein Gallery. After a break, the tour explores Capitol Hill on foot - the epicenter of activity in Washington DC. Your knowledgeable local guide will show the exteriors of the Supreme Court, the Capitol building and the Library of Congress as well as the interior of the Main Reading Room. In addition, admire the Statue of Freedom and the Thomas Jefferson library with a real Gutenberg Bible. You can also learn about the judicial system at the Museum of the Supreme Court and maybe get a peek inside the actual courtroom.

Washington DC Day Trip by Bus from New York City

8. Washington DC Day Trip by Bus from New York City

Depart New York City and travel by bus to Washington DC. On arrival go to key monuments of the capital of the United States such as Capitol Hill, home of the US Congress. Learn about the structure of the government. Stop at the White House to see the official home of the President of the United States, including the West Wing where the Oval Office, Cabinet Room, Situation Room and Roosevelt Room are located. Admire the memorials to Jefferson, who wrote the Declaration of Independence, and Lincoln who ended slavery in 1860. Visit the Iwo Jima and Vietnam Veterans Memorials to understand how these events changed the country. Get a glimpse of Arlington Cemetery where over 200,000 soldiers have been buried since the Civil War. Spend some time at the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum, where exhibits celebrating the technology of the 20th century include the Kitty Hawk, Spirit of St. Louis and command modules from space flights like Apollo 11.

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My daughter and i loved this tour! Our guide, "Joe" was fantastic! He was extremely knowledgeable in DC history and architecture. We took several of his advisements on where to go and what to do. He made sure all guest on the tour were carefully trained on Segway usage and looked after during the tour. It was fun, informative and safe. I will bring friends next time.

Riding the Segway around the city was fun . It is easy to use and safe. I would say it took me 5 minutes to get used to it. Absolutely loved the experience. We were able to get to places that would have otherwise taken hours to get to. The guide was friendly and funny. Great way to spend 2.5 hours of your day in DC .

Joe was very personable & spent a lot of time making sure we were comfortable on the segways. He was knowledgeable at each stop & shared some great insights. Was one of the highlights of our DC trip! He was also an amazing photographer! Thanks!

It was a great way to see several monuments and memorials without walking the length of the mall. Riding segways is always fun. Paul shared some very interesting tidbits of trivia

Eli and Rory are stellar. Very safe and more importantly...fun!