Washington D.C. City Guide

By: Ann Cochran

Washington, DC, Organized Tours Overview

©2006 Washington, DC, Convention and Tourism Corporation A bike tour is one of many great ways to do some sightseeing in DC.

Organized tours are a convenient way to see Washington, D.C. One Web site covers the many tours offered by Old Town Trolley, DC Ducks, and Monuments by Moonlight ( Tourmobile Sightseeing is a solid standard tour bus option. The most comprehensive list is at the official Web site of the Washington, DC Convention and Tourism Corporation.

Instead of a bus tour, visitors can scoot around Georgetown, Adams Morgan, or down Pennsylvania Avenue itself on a Segway with City Segway Tours. An orientation lasts as long as it takes -- until everyone is balancing and comfortable. Guides are well versed in history and current events, and they brake for photo ops.


If a Segway is too odd, go for a bike tour. You can rent or tour with Bike The Sites, which has it all: mountain bikes, tandem models, wheelchairs, mobility scooters, child trailers, and jogging strollers.

There's nothing like getting up close and personal in any of DC's diverse neighborhoods, and no one has as much variety as Washington Walks.

Washington is beautiful from the water, but the big dinner cruises are a lot of money for a very standard experience and substandard food. Instead, try a $12 ($6 for kids) Capitol River Cruises.

After a day of sightseeing, you'll need a place to rest your head. We have that covered in the next section, where we provide a Washington, DC, hotels guide.