Tired of doing all the work? Here are some ways to see the city by other modes of transportation. These tours showcase the classics, like the National Mall, as well as other areas parents and students might not realize are out there, all while giving your feet a much-deserved rest.
Bike the Sites
With bicycles as your mode of transportation, seeing all of the sites will be a breeze. Try Bike the Sites’ monuments tour, which takes you around the Washington Monument and Vietnam, World War II, Lincoln and Jefferson memorials in a “leisurely yet efficient” manner. The tour is three hours long and prices are $40 for adults and $30 for children. bikethesites.com
Potomac River Boats
A ride on a riverboat is a more relaxed yet equally efficient way of viewing the monuments without being immersed in the hustle of tourists. The Washington by Water monuments cruise/water taxi is a 45-minute narrated ride that travels between Georgetown and Alexandria, Va. Not only does the cruise feature beautiful views of the landmarks by water, but it also permits stopovers in both destinations so passengers can explore at their own pace. The boats depart every two hours from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday. Round-trip fares are $26 for adults and $12 for children. potomacriverboatco.com
Washington Photo Safari
This tour gives visitors a chance to see D.C.’s classic landmarks, and is also guided by a professional photographer who coaches participants on how to take the perfect “postcard picture.” Though it is rather pricey, the monuments and memorials tour covers historic buildings from the White House to Union Station and is a perfect workshop for practicing architectural photography, outdoor portraiture and indoor photography. The tour runs from 9:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. on Saturday and costs $74 per person. washingtonphotosafari.com