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Washington DC Monuments Bike Tour

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icon3 hours  (approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

See the historical sights of Washington DC with an up-close view of significant monuments on a bike tour by comfortable cruiser. Ride an easy route over flat terrain from the National Mall to the Potomac Tidal Basin and view DC landmarks including the Washington Monument, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, and Jefferson Memorial as you explore the attractions with a knowledgeable guide.
  • Washington DC bike tour of monuments and memorials
  • Hear anecdotes and history from a knowledgeable guide
  • Visit DC icons like Washington Monument, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, and Jefferson Memorial
  • Cruise through DC on a comfortable hybrid bike, customized to your size
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Comfort bike rental
Helmet
Equipment for kids of all sizes and ages
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off
998 Maine Ave SW , 998 Maine Ave SW, Washington, DC 20024, USA

Please meet at 998 Maine Avenue, Washington DC, 20024. We're on the corner of Maine Avenue and Blair Alley SW

This activity will end right where it started.
At your selected departure time, meet your local guide and get fitted for a hybrid comfort bike near the National Mall, and embark on a bike tour of Washington DC's monuments and memorials.

Follow your guide at a leisurely pace over relatively flat terrain, using bike lanes that wind past notable historic landmarks in the dynamic capital. Stop en route to hear interesting facts from your guide about each site you visit, including the Washington Monument, a towering obelisk that honors the first US president.

Learn about the architectural features of the memorials along the Potomac Tidal Basin, including the stately Lincoln Memorial and Jefferson Memorial. Read the many famous quotes at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, and note the more than 58,000 names on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, a tribute to men and women who served in the Vietnam War.

Check out the National World War II Memorial and more before you ride back to the starting point, where your tour concludes.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Washington DC
Arrive 15 minutes prior to your tour time to check-in and be fitted on your bike. You'll meet your guide and go over a few safety rules and learn what to expect during your tour.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Tidal Basin
Ride along the Tidal basin on the way to the Jefferson Memorial
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Jefferson Memorial
Arrive at the Jefferson Memorial and hear a few facts about one of the most impressive monuments in DC. You'll have a chance to walk up the steps and check out Jefferson's bronze statue and enjoy the views across the Tidal Basin.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial
As we respect our memorials, we don't ride through the FDR Memorial, so you'll dismount and walk your bike through the impressive four "rooms" that represent the terms FDR served our country as president. There are some unique photo opportunities inside. And make sure that you stop to rub Fala's ears for good luck!
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
Again, we don't ride inside the memorials, so you'll stop just outside and hear from your guide before taking a few minutes to walk into the MLK memorial through the "Mountain of Despair" to the Martin Luther King memorialized in the "Stone of Hope".
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Korean War Veterans Memorial
Like many of the memorials in DC, the Korean War Veterans Memorial holds many secrets of symbolism that you may never know if you visited on your own. Your guide will share a few facts that will just add to your awe of this impressive memorial. Remember: "Freedom Isn't Free".
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Lincoln Memorial
Some people say that a trip to Washington, DC isn't complete unless you see Honest Abe sitting in his place of honor overlooking the National Mall. Are Lincoln's hands are making sign language symbols of his initials "A" and "L"? See for yourself when you climb the steps up to the top after your guide shares some insight into the design of one of our most storied memorials.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
You'll stop just outside the Vietnam Wall to learn about the design and thought behind this impressive tribute to a conflict that holds such a personal connection for so many of our guests. Some of the stories that our guides share will bring a tear to your eye.
Duration: 7 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Vietnam Women's Memorial
The Vietnam Women's Memorial is dedicated to the women who served, most of whom were nurses.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Constitution Gardens
Ride through Constitution Gardens. We suggest returning to walk out to Signer's Island.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
56 Signers of the Declaration of Independence Memorial
We'll ride by "Signer's Island" where the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence are memorialized with gold engravings of their signatures.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
National World War II Memorial
One of the newer memorials in DC pays tribute to those who served in World War II. Your guide will share some insight on the design and history before providing a few minutes to explore. You may even be able to see the only "authorized" graffiti on a DC memorial.
Duration: 7 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Washington Monument
Have you ever noticed that the Washington Monument is actually two different colors? You'll learn why on your tour...along with several other fun facts about this iconic memorial to the United States first president. (Note: we do not go into the Monument)
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
White House
View the White House from the south side (there is no official "front" or "back"!) and learn how the the home of the president has changed over the years. Note: we will not go into The White House.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
National Museum of African American History and Culture
Ride by Washington's newest Smithsonian museum. We highly recommend planning a visit!
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
National Museum of American History
Ride by the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. We recommend you make a visit to see icons like the infamous Woolworth's counter, Julia Child's kitchen, and the original Star Spangled Banner!
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
Ride by the Natural History Museum. Plan your own visit to see the Hall of Gems!
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Smithsonian Institution Building
Also known as "Smithsonian Castle", this is the signature building and home to the Visitor's Center.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Smithsonian Institution Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Ride by the Freer and Sackler museums, which focus on Asian art.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Unlimited Biking
Finish your back where you started at L'Enfant Plaza. Your guide will wrap up your tour and be happy to provide a few tips for the rest of your visit to our Nation's Capital.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Washington DC
Explore Washington DC, learn about the history and take photos!
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Tours begin on time, your tour check-in time is important. You must check-in 15 minutes prior to tour departure time. We can not guarantee we can accommodate late customers. Please OPEN your voucher and read directions, you may need extra time to find us if you are traveling during rush hour or on metro train on a weekend.
  • Tour may be canceled if the weather makes for dangerous riding conditions
  • Trailer carriages and trailer tandems are available for children not old enough or comfortable on their own bikes
  • To ride in a trailer carriage, children must be able to hold up their heads and wear a helmet
  • Please note that due to security at our location, we are unable to hold luggage while you are on tour.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • We reserve the right to outfit youth riders on equipment appropriate for their size and safety. If any of your riders are 4'4" or shorter, please make sure you've spoken to us once you've booked.
  • Late arriving participants risk forfeiture of their seats. Instead, guests may be offered a rental bike and/or rescheduled based on availability. Rescheduling fee may apply.
  • This tour covers approximately five miles of rider over three hours. It is appropriate for the casual exerciser.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Unlimited Biking formerly Bike and Roll DC
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.


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  • "If you are bringing kids (ours were between 10 to 11), then consider doing this monument tour instead of a guided bus monument tour." See review

Reviews

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star-5
What a great day
Virginia_B
, May 2022
We had a great time, our tour guy was very knowledgeable of all the history about the monuments, even though it was a rainy.
star-5
Impressive experience
Greg_V
, May 2022
Our guide Greg was great. His knowledge of the monuments and the history behind them was impressive.
star-4
Our tour guide Christian...
janet_R
, May 2022
Our tour guide Christian was delightful. He was informative, friendly, timely, and organized. The ride was just so gorgeous. Highly recommend this as a way to see the DC Mall area. Only problem was lack of water bottle fill options during record breaking heat.
star-5
Perfect tour, the guide...
Anna_L
, May 2022
Perfect tour, the guide was great and he listened to What we wanted to see. I can highly recomend bikeandroll
star-5
Good tour
Melanie_S
, May 2022
Really good tour would definitely recommend it. I saw all the monuments that I wanted to see our tour guide was good can't remember his name though.
star-5
Fantastic
Janice_I
, May 2022
Greg was a tremendous tour guide with a great knowledge of Washington, D.C. This was a really great experience.
star-5
As experienced bikers,...
Cindy_G
, May 2022
As experienced bikers, riding with a group of 15, mostly inexperienced, was a challenge but David and Jon (our guides) handled it quite well. The timing both on and off the bike gave both a break and plenty of opportunities to see the venues. Water was supplied; however, may I recommend a small snack (or somewhere one can get a snack/crackers). 3hrs can be taxing especially in the middle of the day. Highly recommended and plan to do again when we return next year.
star-5
Bike DC!
Howard_W
, May 2022
A great beginning of a great trip to DC with our grandson! David was a super guide. The tour was well organized. We would definitely recommend to anyone. We really enjoyed our day.
star-5
Highly recommend!
Maria_F
, May 2022
Our guide was very knowledgeable, gave us enough time off the bikes to see the monuments. The city bike lanes made it safe to navigate easily from one monument to the next. Highly recommend!
star-5
We had a great time
Lenee_R
, May 2022
It was an absolutely perfect day for a bike ride! The weather was perfection. Our guide Alex was very nice and she sprung into action to help one of the other bikers who had fallen. Overall definitely a great experience and I would definitely recommend it!
star-4
Good fun
Antony_T
, May 2022
We really enjoyed the tour and our guide was very knowledgeable. It was annoying that we left late (about 10 minutes) and we got lost at the end … but we found our way back. You don’t get much time at the sites but it gives you a good overview and you can visit later.
star-5
Fantastic bike tour with Judy
Cath
, May 2022
My husband and I did this tour with Judy. She was an excellent tour guide, very clear and knowledgeable. Highly recommended.
star-5
Joe Brady was friendly,...
Shannon_W
, May 2022
Joe Brady was friendly, helpful and an expert in his knowledge It was a great bike ride too! It was perfect weather and May is a great time to visit
star-5
Very interesting tour!
Petra_W
, May 2022
Really nice cycle tour seeing all the highlights! Our nice guide Judy was really devoted and nice! In total the cycling was 10km so you will not get tired and there is time to take pictures where you want!
star-4
Avoid traffic & sore feet: bike the monuments!
Mary_S
, May 2022
Enjoyed not worrying about the route to take - Judy knew how to get around every obstacle;‘enjoyed seeing a part of the city I never would have ventured into; appreciated the insider tidbits; and enjoyed getting to the good photo op spots.
star-2
very shallow information and no knowledge depth of tour guide.
Erin_S
, May 2022
i was surprised at how little information of value was given by the tour guide. the tour seemed to be geared to children, but our entire group was adults. at the Lincoln memorial the guide asked the group what number "score" meant, but then did not know what the Gettysburg Address was- or what important issue it addressed. The bikes were also not in great shape- my seat was crooked and only one seat of brakes worked. On the upside, the weather was nice!
star-5
Great tour! I highly recommend it!
Janice_G
, May 2022
We stopped and spent a few minutes at each monument so you got a chance to see what you wanted to return to later. Saw some I would not otherwise have gone to and now I will return to a few of those because they were so interesting and beautiful. Guide was good and knowledgeable about her subjects.
star-5
DC Monuments bike tour
Robert_C
, May 2022
Judy, our guide was terrific. She was very enthusiastic, very knowledgeable and kept the group riding safely. She made sure we had fun.
star-5
Easy and fun!
Katie_B
, Apr 2022
Our tour guide Judy was great! She was knowledgeable and fun. Judy was able to get us to see a few extra sites with her proficient navigating. We were back on time and had a blast.
star-5
Best way to tour the monuments!
Richard_R
, Apr 2022
First trip to DC for my 12 and 14 year old kids - this was a perfect activity after the morning flight from home! Although the tour takes 3 hours, my Apple Watch logged less than 30 minutes of cycling (very mellow) spread over 3 miles. Our tour guide Paul was experienced and engaging, clearly well practiced with similar groups. My son especially liked the respectful vibe he created while visiting the war memorials. My daughter appreciated the active aspect of the tour: cyclic and walking around at her (more active) pace. And I loved checking all the boxes without having to open a guide book or find parking! (The FDR and MLK monuments are new since I last came and definitely worth it!)

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