Walk the walk: Tour D.C. by bike, by foot, by Segway, even by duck

The Tours

  • Bike the Sites Tour starts at 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W.
  • Segs in the City starts at 1913 Massachusetts Ave. N.W.
  • “I’ve Got a Secret” walking tour starts at 1200 Independence Ave SW, Smithsonia Metro stop
  • Duck Tour starts at 701 First St. NW Union Station
  • Spy Tour starts at 701 First St. NW Union Station

D.C. can be overwhelming with all of its monuments, museums and points of interest. Guided tours are a great way for visitors and new residents to see the city in a short amount of time. Below are just a few ideas you can choose from.

Bike the Sites Tour

www.bikethesites.com – 202-842-2453

Bike tours are a great way to combine site-seeing with a little exercise. Bike the Sites offers three-hour tours of the National Mall and Tidal Basin, or you can tour the city at night. Tours cost $40 for adults, $30 for children and start at the Old Post Office Pavilion.

Segs in the City

www.segsinthecity.net – 1-800-734-7393

If you want to see the city on wheels without the effort, consider a Segway Safari. Safaris leave daily from their kiosk on Pennsylvania Avenue and take you around the major attractions. Tours can last one or two hours, and cost $45 to $70. All guides are trained Segway demonstrators and will help you learn to ride one if you’re a rookie.

Walking Tour

www.washingtonwalks.com – 202-484-1565

Have you ever wanted to snack your way through D.C. or learn about its haunted past? These are just two of the unique themed walking tours offered by Washington Walks. Most walks leave from a Metro station and will last two hours. Tickets are $10 per person.

Duck Tour

www.historictours.com – (202)832-9800

For a little surf and turf, check out a D.C. Duck Tour. This is the only tour where you can see the city by land and also while sailing the Potomac River. The 90-minute tours start at Union Station and end at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. Tickets are $29 for adults and $14 for kids.

Spy City Tours

www.spymuseum.org – 1-800-GRAYLINE

Think you’ve got what it takes to be a spy? You’ll want to take the new Spy City Tour that brings you around 25 of Washington’s “most notable espionage sites.” You’ll even be asked to complete your own undercover mission. These tours leave from Union Station on Saturdays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $79 per person.

Old Town Trolley Tours

www.oldtowntrolley.com – 202-832-9800

Trolley tours are great for relaxing while you take in the sites. There are 17 different locations, and you can hop on or off anytime you’d like if you want more time to explore. Tours run daily from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with trolleys stopping at each location every 30 minutes. Boarding passes for adults are $32 and $16 for kids.

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