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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
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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.

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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

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star-5
Great overview of Monuments, while getting some exercise!
Denise_B
, Jul 2022
In 3 hours you are able to see multiple monuments up close. It is true you only have about 10 minutes at a location, but this is the only way I would’ve been able to see SO much in such a short amount of time. It was a friendly group atmosphere. We had a very knowledgeable guide. (It gives you a layout of the city, and you can always go back and spend more time at any spots tgat gave more meaning for you, later in your trip.
star-5
A fun way to spend an...
vicgo14
, Jun 2022
A fun way to spend an active afternoon while enjoying a close-up tour of the monuments. Sam was attentive to the group and provided great informative overviews at each stop.
star-5
Perfect way to see DC
snmelzig
, Jun 2022
Second time doing this with grandchildren. Just great. Loved our guide John also lucky with perfect weather
star-5
John was great! We got...
Megan_R
, Jun 2022
John was great! We got rained on but still had a blast. Learned a lot and saw a lot in a short amount of time. Took the full 3 hours to see 8 monuments/memorials.
star-5
Would do again!
Devan_B
, Jun 2022
We had a fantastic time. Ride was easy and flat most of the way. The guide was fantastic (Nadia). She was educational and a great leader.
star-5
The best way to see all...
Stephen_L
, Jun 2022
The best way to see all the monuments. I can’t imagine trying to walk it. Our guide was fantastic and was very patient and knowledgeable!
star-5
Great tour
Ross_G
, Jun 2022
Great tour of the monuments. Sam was a fantastic guide that engaged our whole family, ages 7-70. Would definitely recommend this tour as a great way to see everything and get around town!
star-3
We started 25 minutes...
TAMMY_N
, Jun 2022
We started 25 minutes late and missed some attractions. We’ve taken these bike tours abroad and loved them, this one seemed unorganized.
star-5
Great tour hitting all the DC monuments
Ramakrishna_N
, Jun 2022
We had a great time on the monuments tour! Biking around to the different monuments on a picture-perfect day made for a fantastic tour, and our guide Shane was quite informative with the explanations he gave at the different stops. If anything, a little more time at each would have been great, but as it was we took the full 3 hours. It was amazing to hit all the big monuments in one tour… would highly recommend!
star-5
Great experience!
Meg_T
, Jun 2022
Nadiya made this tour so fun and informative! Biking was easy even for someone who is really out of shape. This was an easy way to see all of the monuments and memorials, and our whole group aged 14 to 50 really enjoyed it.
star-5
Great family activity.
Kevin_C
, Jun 2022
Easy bike riding and very informative tour. Our tour guide John was very good and knowledgeable. Enjoyed him and his energy.
star-5
Great Tour around DC
Stacey_R
, Jun 2022
Tour was a 5 star+! Sam was a fabulous guide that wrapped you in his stories of the sites! A couple of cautions- arrive very early because the check in process is really slow. Also, even though you prepaid they charge your credit card $1 to verify it and then you’re give a phone number to call to have it reversed. Then they want to hold your driver’s license or other photo Identification while you are on tour. Again tour is great but operational aspect is lacking.
star-5
City Tour
Shannon_M
, Jun 2022
David was a wonderful tour guide. My family truly enjoyed this tour. A lot of information was shared. Riding on a bike is definitely the best way to see the city.
star-5
Very memorable experience
Dina_W
, Jun 2022
The monuments are awesome, we had a great time! Love our guide John. I booked the wrong day and the company easily booked us for the next day
star-5
Bike at Night
renee_n
, Jun 2022
So much fun! Jonathan was great. Our kids enjoyed his fun facts. The night tour was magical. Great pace and amazing evening. The only thing I would suggest is doing the Jefferson and Roosevelt at the beginning of the night tour. We were able to enjoy the Roosevelt because it was so dark and its such an interesting memorial.
star-5
Do this first!
Andrea_H
, Jun 2022
The bike tour was the first thing we did upon arrival in DC. The tour was amazing! So professional and engaging! Perfect balance of bike riding and being able to get off and walk about to tour time. 100% recommend!!!
1 traveler found this review helpful
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

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