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  • Washington DC: National Mall Night Bus Tour

    1. Washington DC: National Mall Night Bus Tour

    Start your 3-hour night tour at the U.S. Navy Memorial. Head to the U.S. Capitol Building, taking in views of the Smithsonian – the world’s largest museum complex – and the Washington Monument – the world’s tallest freestanding stone structure. Continue to the White House, the official residence of the U.S. president. Take a walk past Lafayette Park. Visit the World War II Memorial, and the Jefferson Memorial, built on the Tidal Basin, lined with cherry trees that were a gift from the people of Japan. Across the Tidal Basin, see the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. Take a walk to the Korean War Veterans Memorial, and on to the Lincoln and Vietnam Veterans memorials.

    Overall great tour, very informative. The description says to bring headphones, but it does not specify that the headphones are only for translation from English to Spanish or Mung. We had a deaf person in our party, and there was no accommodation for her. Be aware, even though this is a bus tour, still lots of walking.

  • Washington DC Monuments at Night Electric Vehicle Tour

    2. Washington DC Monuments at Night Electric Vehicle Tour

    Ready to test your night photography skills and see some jaw-dropping views while learning the history of the United States through the National Mall? Hop-on the all-electric red Roadsters and get ready for the ride of your vacation. You’ll start your tour at the Smithsonian metro station, where your guide will take you back in time to the city’s origins and give you some tips for exploring the city on you own. As you work your way through the Smithsonian complex, your guide will regale you with story behind the amazing museums and help you choose which one you will visit during your stay.  Next, you’ll be taken past two of DC’s most incredible monuments, the Washington Monument and the Jefferson Memorial. Afterwards, you’ll be able to wander through the FDR and MLK memorials and enjoy a stroll along the jaw-dropping Tidal Basin at sunset. Continue on past the World War I and World War ...

    Unfortunately our taxi dropped at us wrong place so we were panicking and knew we couldn’t make to stop but Juliana called us and rest assured us we could get on tour next day no problem. It was a huge relief! Then our guide was fantastic. He had just moved from Wisconsin after graduating and wanted to try to get into history/politics. He was so nice and informative. All great customer experiences!

  • Washington DC Monuments by Night Bike Tour

    3. Washington DC Monuments by Night Bike Tour

    Enjoy America’s capital city at night, when the air is cooler, the monuments are crowd-free, and the illuminated views are magnificent. You’ll bike to the major sights of Washington, D.C. on this 3-hour tour. As dusk sweeps the city and the memorials and monuments are light up magnificently, your guide will take you through the National Mall and around the Tidal Basin near the Washington Monument, the war memorials, the Lincoln Memorial, the FDR Memorial, and the Jefferson Memorial. Along the way you’ll have the opportunity to learn about each of the sights, and also a few minutes to walk through the memorials and experience them on foot. This 4-mile ride is rated as easy, covering mostly flat terrain. All riders are provided with reflective vests and safety lights.

    Fun and informative! Second time we’ve done it. Brought our kids this time. Everyone loved it.

  • Washington DC: Monuments and Memorials Bike Tour

    4. Washington DC: Monuments and Memorials Bike Tour

    Bike the Sites® the along the National Mall and along the Potomac Tidal Basin. You will learn about the major presidential and war memorials and have a few minutes to explore each up close on this 3 hour guided bike tour. This bike tour is perfect for families! See the Washington Monument, Vietnam Memorial, World War II Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, and more. This tour also gives you the chance to walk around and explore the memorials in depth. There is a lot to see, but you'll get through it all in this leisurely yet efficient tour. This tour is rated as easy and covers approximately 4 miles of flat terrain.

    Tour started late because we were waiting for two people who did not get the update on new meeting place. Lots of bike issues for others on the tour. They really need two guides with a group to help solve problems along the way: flat tire, gears breaking, other technical problems. Minimal explanation at the monuments but honestly…. Even with all of that…. It is a GREAT way to see the monuments. Peaceful, beautiful ride and particularly good for teens!

  • Washington DC: Sightseeing Pass with Attractions & Bus Tour

    5. Washington DC: Sightseeing Pass with Attractions & Bus Tour

    Tour through the landmarked capital and see The Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, and the Thomas Jefferson Memorial. Pay homage to those who gave their service and lives at the National World War II Memorial, the Korean War Veterans Memorial, and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.   Try your hand at espionage at the International Spy Museum, ride the Spirit Cruise up the river to George Washington’s landmarked and historic Mount Vernon Farm. Stand in awe at the iconic landscape of Washington D.C. and witness the splendor of the revolutionaries who defined the United States.   Take advantage of D.C.’s immersive nature with an Urban Adventure walking tour or a Bike and Roll DC bicycle rental. Admire the visionary architecture of D.C. and take a selfie from the top of the Big Bus Hop-On, Hop-Off Tour, as you pass by the United States Capitol Build...

  • Washington DC: E-Bike Tour of the National Mall

    6. 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 treas...

    Our guide was great - lots of insight, stories. We covered a lot of ground in the time we had, we’re able to see much of the sites. Several sites have too many stairs for my partner who recently had surgery on his ankle, so we saw most from outside, but that wasn’t the fault of the tour guide. Unfortunately, my bike was a bit too big for me. I had a spill and because the bike was too big, I couldn’t get my foot down fast enough to stop my fall. My only suggestion is that they take more time finding a bike that suits your height. But that also was upon me to speak up. But the sign in process was rather rushed, so I didn’t take the time to ride it a bit to test it. Overall, a wonderful few hour tour.

  • 5-Day Tour of America from New York City

    7. 5-Day Tour of America from New York City

    A full 5-day excursion to see Niagara Falls and the Thousand Islands. Continue to the historic city of brotherly love in Philadelphia and see the famous Liberty Bell and Independence Hall Square. You will also visit Washington DC, the US capital and visit the US Mint. Continue to Lancaster to learn about the Amish community. Day 1: Sunday New York – Finger Lakes – Niagara Falls In the morning, you'll depart from the Big Apple and head north. Pass the beautiful Delaware Gap to Watkins Glen State Park in the heart of the Finger Lakes region. Walk through Watkins Glen Canyon to visit the beautiful waterfalls and then continue to Niagara Falls passing Seneca Lake, arriving in the late afternoon. Tour the American Side of the Falls including the American Falls, Goat Island, and Luna Island. At night, tour Niagara Falls to appreciate the colorful lighting of the waters. O...

  • Washington: Cherry Blossom Tour

    8. Washington: Cherry Blossom Tour

    Experience an engaging 4-hour tour of the beautified region, learning the powerful history behind the city’s renowned monuments and landmarks. Embedded along Washington, DC’s Potomac Tidal Basin is one of the city’s most beloved springtime sceneries. Each year, residents and tourists from around the world visit Washington, DC to get a glimpse of the stunning frenzy of blushing pink petals that redefine the Tidal Basin and National Mall’s formal landscape, elegantly welcoming the long-awaited warmth of spring. Get your eyes, ears, and cameras ready, and prepare yourself to be wowed.

    Very comfortable bus and easy to find pick up location. Enjoyed our guide,Jana. Hard to understand her accent at times but she was very knowledgeable. She seemed a little unsure on the timing but kept tour moving along. She mentioned that some people don’t like too much information on tours; but I would’ve been fine with more information. perhaps some memorable personal stories about famous people we heard about. Having the students and adults look for certain clues at some of the monuments was clever and made us pay attention and search and remember.

  • Washington DC: Cherry Blossom Festival Tour by Bike

    9. Washington DC: Cherry Blossom Festival Tour by Bike

    The only official bike tour of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, this special ride showcases the famous cherry trees and amazing sea of pink and white blossoms surrounding the Potomac Tidal Basin and East Potomac Park. There is much to see and lots of ground to cover, so hop onboard for a leisurely yet efficient guided bike tour. Bring your camera on this exclusive seasonal experience, beginning at the end of March (weather permitting).

    Very good. Loved seeing the blossoms and the monuments -- especially the Roosevelt Monument, as I had not seen it before.

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What people are saying about Tidal Basin

Unfortunately our taxi dropped at us wrong place so we were panicking and knew we couldn’t make to stop but Juliana called us and rest assured us we could get on tour next day no problem. It was a huge relief! Then our guide was fantastic. He had just moved from Wisconsin after graduating and wanted to try to get into history/politics. He was so nice and informative. All great customer experiences!

Driver was very knowledgeable and discussed details of the tour that made the tour very interesting. I would take this tour again.

The Tour of WAshington DC City and monuments at night were stunning. The guide was very knowledgeable

Informative and entertaining. All landmarks are beautifully illuminated. Enjoyable!

The BEST TOUR and GUIDE EVER!! So worth the money!! A MUST do in DC!!