Washington DC Monuments & Memorials Bike Tour

    4.5/5 (20)
    Rider Level: Leisure Electric bike tours
    4.5/5 (20)

    Rider Level: Leisure Electric bike tours

    3 hours
    From $54.54 USD
    Washington, DC

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    • Experience the unforgettable in Washington DC

      Washington DC’s historical significance as a city simply cannot be overstated. Take the bike tour that shows you why by taking you to the Washington Monument, National Mall, Tidal Basin, and the city's most magnificent memorials, with the added benefit of bike rental.

      You’ll ride the National Mall, where hundreds of thousands amass to hear inaugural speeches, and which stretches between the United States Capitol and the Washington Monument. Park your bike in the shadow of the world’s tallest obelisk as you take in an unforgettable view of the White House.

      Next, you’ll ride around the Tidal Basin, forming part of West Potomac Park, where 250 million US gallons of water from the Potomac River rush through the basin twice a day to flush the Washington Channel. Cycle past numerous awe-inspiring memorials, including those to Thomas Jefferson, Martin Luther King Jr., Franklin D Roosevelt, John Paul Jones, and George Mason. Capture your reflection in the stunning blue waters of the basin itself, along with the Jefferson memorial which sparkles a stunning white in the sunshine.

      Onwards to the WWII Memorial and Vietnam Veterans Memorial for moments of a different reflection, before your day tour continues to the Lincoln Memorial. History buffs will instantly recognize this Greek-style building as the site of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, and where the words of Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech echoed off the walls.

      Your guide will be on hand for the whole bicycle tour to give you tips and facts about the sites, local exhibits, events, and venues.

      • Statue of Abraham Lincoln at Lincoln Memorial, Washington DC. Flickr:Kevin Burkett
      • Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, located in West Potomac Park, Washington, DC. Flickr:Alan Kotok
      • Thomas Jefferson Memorial - the oldest and the most striking of the monuments around the Tidal Basin, Washington, DC. Flickr:psinderbrand

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      Schedule

      Days Start Finish
      Daily · Feb 21, 2023–Feb 21 10:00 am ~1:00 pm
      Daily · Apr 1, 2023–Oct 31, 2023 2:30 pm ~5:30 pm

      Prices

      Rate USD
      Adult · Ages 13+, If Ebikes (16+ ONLY) $54.54
      Child · Ages 12 and under $49.49
      Adult - eBike Option · 16+ ONLY $79.79

       

      Highlights

      National Mall, Capitol, Washington Monument, White House, Tidal Basin, Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, Franklin D Roosevelt Memorial, John Paul Jones Memorial, George Mason Memorial, WWII Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Lincoln Memorial


      What’s included

      • Bike and helmet rental
      • Experienced guide
      • Illustrated map

      Meeting place & directions

      Unlimited Biking - 998 Main Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024

    • Traveler photos

      •  (photo by Robert Runo)
      • WW II Memorial, DC (photo by Bozena K.)
      •  (photo by Bozena K.)
      •  (photo by Ani)
      •  (photo by Ani)
      • Washington Monument from the FDR Memorial. (photo by Roz P)
      • The bike. (photo by Roz P)
      • Standing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial looking at the Washington Monument. (photo by Roz P)
      • Lincoln Memorial. (photo by Roz P)
      • Jefferson Memorial. (photo by Roz P)
      • Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial. (photo by Roz P)
      • Vietnam Women's Memorial (photo by Kirsten H)
      • Reflecting Pool and the Washington Monument (photo by Kirsten H)
      • Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial (photo by Kirsten H)
      •  (photo by Kirsten H)
      •  (photo by G Ayala)
      •  (photo by G Ayala)
      •  (photo by G Ayala)
      • Standing in front of the MLK Jr monument (photo by Karen C.)
      •  (photo by Taylor)
      • Lincoln memorial with tour guide describing it. (photo by Ryan C.)
      • The Washington Monument, photo taken from the steps of the Lincoln memorial (photo by Ryan C.)
      • National Mall, Washington DC (photo by AK Winters)
      • Lincoln Memorial, Washington DC (photo by AK Winters)
      • Quick photo shoot at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington DC (photo by AK Winters)
      • Robert Runo 3 months ago

        An informative and easy way to get around DC

        · Washington DC Monuments & Memorials Bike Tour

        Bicycling in DC was the best decision I made as a mode of transportation for sightseeing. Joe Brady was a wealth of knowledge and I discovered areas of DC that were unbeknownst to me.

        •  (photo by Robert Runo)
      • Penny 9 months ago

        Was a fun leisure ride with interesting historical sites to see along the way.

        · Washington DC Monuments & Memorials Bike Tour

        What a great way to see Washington DC, stopping off at each site, and having time to explore for 10-15mins. Guide was very knowledgable and gave us a lot of interesting facts.

        What was the date of your tour?
        29 April 2023
        How many tours have you completed?
        This was my first one!
        Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
        As expected
        Who is this tour suitable for?
        First-time bike tourists, Solo travelers, Families with teens, Families with young kids
        Do you recommend this tour?
        Yes
        • 4/5 Value
        • 4/5 Bikes + equipment
        • 4/5 Scenery
        • 5/5 Local tour company services
        • 4/5 Route selection
        • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)
      • Bozena K. 9 months ago

        The best way to explore the National Mall area

        · Washington DC Monuments & Memorials Bike Tour

        I took this tour the first day I got to DC, with the idea to see most of the Mall area and visit all its major landmarks, and it completely stood up to my expectations. The bike store is so conveniently located, so the bike pickup was practically on my way downtown. Surprisingly, all bikes were in great condition, almost new.

        The tour program is great, it took us to all the main points of the area, with our knowledgeable guides telling stories about each of the places.

        Since I love long-distance biking, and this tour is leisurely paced, I kept my bike for the entire day, and in the afternoon, I cycled to Alexandria and took lunch there. It's an amazing ride, with a bike path all along the way, which takes you directly to the charming not-to-be-missed old town of Alexandria.

        • WW II Memorial, DC (photo by Bozena K.)
        •  (photo by Bozena K.)
      • Ani 9 months ago

        Very nice and educational trip in Washington DC

        · Washington DC Monuments & Memorials Bike Tour

        I enjoyed this trip so much! I’ve been in DC a few times before but after this tour, I know so much more about history and memorials of the Washington DC than ever before. This bike tour is a great way to relax, have fun and get educated about DC history. Bikes were in an excellent condition and we had awesome guides!

        What was the date of your tour?
        April 29, 2023
        How many tours have you completed?
        1
        Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
        Much easier
        Who is this tour suitable for?
        First-time bike tourists, Solo travelers, Families with teens, Families with young kids
        Do you recommend this tour?
        Yes
        •  (photo by Ani)
        • 5/5 Value
        • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
        • 5/5 Scenery
        • 5/5 Local tour company services
        • 5/5 Route selection
        • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)
      • Jess Z. 9 months ago

        A really great way to visit the monuments!

        · Washington DC Monuments & Memorials Bike Tour

        I've been to DC a few times but this was by far the best experience. Cycling is such an effective and FUN way to explore the monuments and memorials. The guides were really knowledgeable and gave us a lot of interesting facts at each stop. We had a large group and I think splitting into two smaller groups would have made it even more enjoyable.

      • Ani 9 months ago

        Very nice and educational trip in Washington DC

        · Washington DC Monuments & Memorials Bike Tour

        I enjoyed this trip so much! I’ve been in DC a few times before but after this tour, I know so much more about history and memorials of the Washington DC than ever before. This bike tour is a great way to relax, have fun and get educated about DC history. Bikes were in an excellent condition and we had awesome guides!

        What was the date of your tour?
        April 29, 2023
        How many tours have you completed?
        1
        Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
        Much easier
        Who is this tour suitable for?
        First-time bike tourists, Solo travelers, Families with teens, Families with young kids
        Do you recommend this tour?
        Yes
        •  (photo by Ani)
        • 5/5 Value
        • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
        • 5/5 Scenery
        • 5/5 Local tour company services
        • 5/5 Route selection
        • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)
      • Brittney S. 9 months ago

        Great way to easily see many memorials and monuments!

        · Washington DC Monuments & Memorials Bike Tour

        This tour was a great way to see the monuments and memorials in DC. It was quick and easy to bike between the different tour stops and saved so much time compared to walking. At each stop, our guides took time to discuss the history behind the memorial and then allowed time to explore independently.
        The biking was very easy, even with a few road intersections and some pedestrian traffic around the more popular monuments.
        I would highly recommend this tour to anyone exploring the area. I imagine it is even more lovely at night with all the lighting on the monuments!

        What was the date of your tour?
        April 2023
        Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
        Somewhat easier
        Who is this tour suitable for?
        First-time bike tourists, Solo travelers, Families with teens
        Do you recommend this tour?
        Yes
        • 5/5 Value
        • 4/5 Bikes + equipment
        • 5/5 Scenery
        • 5/5 Local tour company services
        • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)
      • Roz P 9 months ago

        The ideal sightseeing experience

        · Washington DC Monuments & Memorials Bike Tour

        Coming from the UK, I'd seen the White House, the Lincoln Memorial, National Mall etc on the TV and I knew I had to see these places in person one day. I was so glad and appreciative to find a tour that took me to the best of Washington DC in just a few hours - I could tick all these sights off my travel list, and there really was no comparison between seeing pictures and standing right there on the steps with Lincoln looming above me.

        Our guides Josh and Eric B were very knowledgeable and had a relaxed manner that was easy to engage with. I learned a lot of interesting facts at each site and was grateful for a compact introduction before being given time to independently explore the monuments. The tour was paced so you didn't feel rushed like you sometimes can do - the guides looked after our bikes and I was able to read every quote at the FDR memorial, which was my favourite. The guides were also great for stopping so I could grab a bottle of water mid-ride.

        Overall, this was a really atmospheric ride that was equal parts educational and engaging. Also to add is that the bike was really good quality (Cannondale) with a pouch for storing your phone so there was no fear of it slipping out of my pocket. I kept the bike until the evening, so I was able to extend my trip with a cycle to Alexandria which took me past the Pentagon with planes from the Reagan Airport soaring overhead.

        I'd recommend this trip to anyone who wants to see the best of DC without tiring themselves with long walks between the monuments.

        What was the date of your tour?
        April 2023
        How many tours have you completed?
        4
        Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
        Much easier
        Who is this tour suitable for?
        First-time bike tourists, Solo travelers, Families with teens
        Do you recommend this tour?
        Yes
        • Washington Monument from the FDR Memorial. (photo by Roz P)
        • The bike. (photo by Roz P)
        • Standing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial looking at the Washington Monument. (photo by Roz P)
        • Lincoln Memorial. (photo by Roz P)
        • Jefferson Memorial. (photo by Roz P)
        • Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial. (photo by Roz P)
        • 5/5 Value
        • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
        • 5/5 Scenery
        • 5/5 Local tour company services
        • 5/5 Route selection
        • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)
      • Anna Z. 9 months ago

        A great way to see the main monuments of DC

        · Washington DC Monuments & Memorials Bike Tour

        While I was anticipating a more bike-intensive tour, I was pleasantly surprised at the historical emphasis of this ride. The biking was easy and leisurely, we only rode about 10 minutes between each monument. But, the guides were super knowledgeable and gave a lot of insight into the cultural and historical significance of each place. It was a perfect way to explore and learn about the city. Would definitely do it again with someone who's never been to DC. Also, the shop was super organized, we got our bikes assigned and fitted in no time.

        What was the date of your tour?
        April 29, 2023
        Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
        Much easier
        Who is this tour suitable for?
        First-time bike tourists, Solo travelers, Families with teens, Families with young kids
        Do you recommend this tour?
        Yes
        • 4/5 Value
        • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
        • 5/5 Scenery
        • 5/5 Local tour company services
        • 3/5 Route selection
        • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)
      • Carla S. 9 months ago

        Great guides, fun and easy way to see all the sites

        · Washington DC Monuments & Memorials Bike Tour

        Super easy and fun way to see the monuments. Our guides were great. I definitely recommend. I just wish we took the long way to visit the monuments so we could get more riding in. :-) DC is a great city to ride.

      • Kirsten H 9 months ago

        The Perfect Way to Explore DC!

        · Washington DC Monuments & Memorials Bike Tour

        After visiting DC a few times on foot, this time I went by bike. This is truly the best way to get from monument to monument! The time you save by not walking is spent getting a small history lesson and an in depth view of each location. Our guides were wonderful and very knowledgeable! I only wish that there were more focus on the history of each stop.

        The biking itself was minimal, almost entirely on bike paths, and can be done easily by beginner cyclists. There are some spots where you must cross the road and be aware of traffic, however.

        Even though a lot of the monuments are currently under spring cleaning and construction, I had a great time on this adventure! We had good weather, fun guides and comfortable bikes! If you take a trip to DC, you'll have to make time for this excursion!

        What was the date of your tour?
        April 29, 2023
        How many tours have you completed?
        1
        Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
        Somewhat easier
        Who is this tour suitable for?
        First-time bike tourists, Solo travelers, Families with teens
        Do you recommend this tour?
        Yes
        • Vietnam Women's Memorial (photo by Kirsten H)
        • Reflecting Pool and the Washington Monument (photo by Kirsten H)
        • Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial (photo by Kirsten H)
        •  (photo by Kirsten H)
        • 5/5 Value
        • 4/5 Bikes + equipment
        • 5/5 Scenery
        • 5/5 Local tour company services
        • 5/5 Route selection
        • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)
      • G Ayala 9 months ago

        Monuments & Memorials Tour it is!

        · Washington DC Monuments & Memorials Bike Tour

        This is a great tour! You will definitely see many monuments and memorials, some of which I didn’t even know existed, and I’ve travel to DC quite a bit. There’s not a lot of biking on this tour, so if you’re looking for a real work out, this isn’t it, but it is great to do with families – smaller children, grandmas and grandpas etc. Highly recommend! Our guides, Eric B and Josh were amazing!!

        •  (photo by G Ayala)
        •  (photo by G Ayala)
        •  (photo by G Ayala)
      • Henry 9 months ago

        A fun and interesting ride around the monuments

        · Washington DC Monuments & Memorials Bike Tour

        Our guides showed us around the monuments of DC at a relaxed pace and were full of fun and interesting facts about each monument. Even while visiting the ones I had already seen before I learned a lot!

        What was the date of your tour?
        April 2023
        Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
        Somewhat easier
        Who is this tour suitable for?
        First-time bike tourists, Solo travelers, Families with teens, Families with young kids
        Do you recommend this tour?
        Yes
        • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)
      • Karen C. 9 months ago

        A fun way to learn about history!

        · Washington DC Monuments & Memorials Bike Tour

        This was such a comprehensive tour of the National Mall monuments and memorials. My husband and I had a great time riding our bikes, learning about our country's history, and taking photos of the memorable sites. Our guides were very knowledgeable DC locals. I learned new facts and fun trivia tidbits. Did you know there is a time capsule at the MLK Jr Monument? The pace of the tour is leisurely, with plenty of stops to experience the monuments and memorials, take pictures, or get refreshments.

        What was the date of your tour?
        April 2023
        How many tours have you completed?
        2
        Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
        Much easier
        Who is this tour suitable for?
        First-time bike tourists, Solo travelers, Families with teens
        Do you recommend this tour?
        Yes
        • Standing in front of the MLK Jr monument (photo by Karen C.)
        • 5/5 Value
        • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
        • 5/5 Scenery
        • 5/5 Local tour company services
        • 5/5 Route selection
        • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)
      • Claudia Hodkinson 9 months ago

        A relaxed and fun way to explore the iconic monuments of DC!

        · Washington DC Monuments & Memorials Bike Tour

        This was a well-organized tour with informative guides. Biking from one monument to the next by bike was a really fun way to get around and see the sites easily and quickly. At each spot, we were given enough time to explore the monuments on foot . Biking was easy and bikes were in good condition. A great experience.

        What was the date of your tour?
        April 29, 2023
        How many tours have you completed?
        3
        Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
        As expected
        Who is this tour suitable for?
        First-time bike tourists, Solo travelers, Families with teens, Families with young kids
        Do you recommend this tour?
        Yes
        • 4/5 Value
        • 4/5 Bikes + equipment
        • 4/5 Scenery
        • 4/5 Local tour company services
        • 4/5 Route selection
        • 3/5 Guides (if applicable)
      • Taylor 9 months ago

        Perfect way to see the monuments!

        · Washington DC Monuments & Memorials Bike Tour

        I had a great time on the tour! I would highly recommend this tour to anyone looking to see lots of great sites in a short amount of time. The guides were very knowledgeable about each place and gave you plenty of time to explore each location.

        What was the date of your tour?
        April 2023
        Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
        Much easier
        Who is this tour suitable for?
        First-time bike tourists, Solo travelers, Families with teens, Families with young kids
        Do you recommend this tour?
        Yes
        •  (photo by Taylor)
        • 5/5 Value
        • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
        • 5/5 Scenery
        • 5/5 Local tour company services
        • 5/5 Route selection
        • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)
      • JB 9 months ago

        Great way to see the monuments

        · Washington DC Monuments & Memorials Bike Tour

        Great bike tour of DC’s most popular monuments. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and gave us ample time to explore the sites at each stop. Not too much biking so perfect for unexperienced riders, looking to learn but not break a sweat. Would recommend!

      • Ryan C. 9 months ago

        The best monuments/memorials in one tour

        · Washington DC Monuments & Memorials Bike Tour

        I can't think of a better way to see all the monuments/memorials in one trip. Of course you can't drive your car to each of the monuments and park. I suppose you could walk it, but it would be a very long walk. So seeing them by bike is about perfect.

        Despite growing up in DC, I learned a lot on this tour. For instance, I didn't realize that the Washington Monument was at one time the tallest building in the world (later surpassed by the Eiffel Tower). And that it remains the tallest unreinforced stone structure in the world (no steel, just stone). (The wording used by the guide was something about "tallest free standing" structure, but I think he meant "tallest unreinforced structure".)

        Every monument and memorial is a highlight. For me the MLK one was especially cool as I had not seen before. I just thought it was really well done and the guide really described it well. Another highlight was at the end, standing on the steps of the Jefferson memorial, you could see many of the monuments/memorials visited earlier, the White House, the Potomac, National Cathedral and all over DC actually. It's a great view. I had also not seen the FDR memorial before, and while I found it interesting, its message was not quite as easy to grasp as the others, for me at least.

        There were two tour guides in our group of nearly 20 people, and they were knowledgeable about each monument. During each stop, one guide would keep an eye on all the bikes so that we could walk around and explore the monument for 10, 15 or 20 minutes, depending on the monument/memorial. It was really well organized and planned. The guides were friendly and available for questions and also had tools to help adjust the bikes if needed. One guide was wearing a badge on his shirt about how he wanted tips. I didn't know that ahead of time and didn't bring cash, and wouldn't know what they'd expect even if I had. So I kind of wish there was more communication and clarity on this aspect, as it made me wonder if the guides are already paid or if they are volunteers. In any case, the guides were great.

        The bikes were good quality, well maintained, comfortable and easy to ride. I think the bike I rode was a Cannondale, which I understand is a very good quality bike. The starting location was very convenient and Unlimited Biking has a great location in DC. Along the ride there were opportunities for food and bathroom breaks, and it was overall a very easy and educational day tour.

        I recommend this tour if you are interested in an easy and fun way to see all the monuments. This really is the easiest way to do that. I don't recommend this tour if you are looking for lots of exercise on a bike, as there really isn't all that much actual bike riding on this tour. But luckily, we were able to keep riding the bikes afterwards (without the guides) so we rode on to Old Town Alexandria and back, which was a nice ride for both exercise and scenery. Highly recommended.  SHOW MORE 

        What was the date of your tour?
        April 2023
        How many tours have you completed?
        2
        Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
        Somewhat easier
        Who is this tour suitable for?
        First-time bike tourists, Solo travelers, Families with teens
        Do you recommend this tour?
        Yes
        • Lincoln memorial with tour guide describing it. (photo by Ryan C.)
        • The Washington Monument, photo taken from the steps of the Lincoln memorial (photo by Ryan C.)
        • 5/5 Value
        • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
        • 5/5 Scenery
        • 4/5 Local tour company services
        • 4/5 Route selection
        • 4/5 Guides (if applicable)
      • AK Winters 9 months ago

        Great tour and friendly staff!

        · Washington DC Monuments & Memorials Bike Tour

        This bike tour was a fantastic way to see all the historical monuments and having a guide full of useful information gave depth to the places we visited. Will definitely be taking advantage of biking day tours in the future because you can cover a lot more ground in a short amount of time. I loved seeing the Lincoln Memorial and the National Mall, so much history, absolutely amazing!!!

        What was the date of your tour?
        April 29th, 2023
        How many tours have you completed?
        1
        Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
        Much easier
        Who is this tour suitable for?
        First-time bike tourists, Families with teens
        Do you recommend this tour?
        Yes
        • National Mall, Washington DC (photo by AK Winters)
        • Lincoln Memorial, Washington DC (photo by AK Winters)
        • Quick photo shoot at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington DC (photo by AK Winters)
        • 4/5 Value
        • 4/5 Bikes + equipment
        • 4/5 Scenery
        • 5/5 Local tour company services
        • 5/5 Route selection
        • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)
      • Lisa M 11 months ago

        Best way to see the monuments!

        · Washington DC Monuments & Memorials Bike Tour

        Loved seeing the music monuments on a bike. Our tour guide was incredibly knowledgeable and able to engage with everyone on the tour. Can’t recommend it enough. We were able to stop at each monument to explore it on foot while our guide looked after our bikes.

        What was the date of your tour?
        November 2022
        Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
        Much easier
        Who is this tour suitable for?
        First-time bike tourists, Families with teens
        Do you recommend this tour?
        Yes
        • 5/5 Value
        • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
        • 4/5 Scenery
        • 5/5 Local tour company services
        • 5/5 Route selection
        • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)


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