This is a seasonal tour operating mid-March through late November.
Washington DC Monuments Bike Tour
Washington DC, USA
- Guided bike tour: Explore Washington, D.C.’s famous landmarks, aboard a comfortable hybrid mountain bike, and enjoy a comprehensive day tour with an informative and entertaining guide.
- National Mall: Explore the Capitol Building, Washington Monument, FDR Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Korean War Memorial, and much more.
- Potomac Tidal Basin: Cycle along the Potomac River shores and make your way to the Jefferson Memorial, MLK Memorial, and FDR Memorial.
- Explore on your own: After you highly-knowledgeable guide shares history and interesting anecdotes about each magnificent memorial, he or she will give you some time to explore them on your own. Perfect opportunity for photos!
- Safety equipment included: You’ll be provided with a comfortable hybrid bike and safety helmet. All you need to bring is your awesome self!
- Bring the little ones: Tour is suitable for all ages, and is a great way to introduce kids to D.C.’s “greatest hits”. Plus, trailer carriages and trailer tandems are available for children who are not old enough or not comfortable on their own bike.
About this Washington DC tour
Every now and then, it's good to be reminded: Freedom isn't free. This tour includes three memorials that show the price paid.
The Vietnam Memorial is simple and somber by design. The nearly 247 feet of gabbro walls are etched with the names of 58,292 men and eight women who were either killed or went missing in action during the Vietnam War. The designer, Maya Lin, meant for the memorial to resemble a wound in the earth, symbolizing the gravity of the loss of so many soldiers. She intended that visitors see their reflections in the walls, along with the engraved names, so that past and present could come together. A short distance away, three bronze soldiers look on in solemn tribute to their fallen comrades.
Across the Reflecting Pool, the Korean War Memorial is a dramatic homage to the 36,575 Americans who were killed in that three-year war, including the 8,200 listed as missing in action or lost at sea. Nineteen stainless steel statues representing the Army, Marine, Navy, and Air Force members who took part in the war, separated by granite strips that symbolize the rice paddies of Korea. Carved into the granite are four simple words: "Freedom is not free."
The World War II Memorial is dedicated to all Americans who served in the war, both in the armed forces and as civilians. The 56 granite pillars – each 17 feet tall and representing the 48 states, the District of Columbia, and the various territories and possessions of the U.S. in 1945 – encircle a pool and plaza. The Freedom Wall holds 4,048 gold stars, each representing 100 Americans who were killed in the war, and another simple message: "Here we mark the price of freedom."
Three memorials. Three tributes to those who paid the ultimate price.
Kilroy is here
On your visit to the World War II Memorial, look for two inconspicuous engravings of Kilroy, a big-nosed, bald-headed guy peering over a wall. They mirror the famous "Kilroy was here" doodles left by American soldiers around the world and later traced, although not definitively, to James Kilroy, a wartime shipyard inspector who would leave the message as his mark of approval.
Tours begin and end at the National Mall location at L'Enfant Plaza 955 L'Enfant Plaza, North Building, Ste. 905Washington, DC. 20024.
Helmets are included and are required for all riders. Trailer carriages and trailer tandems are available for children not old enough or comfortable on their own bike.
Please check-in 15 minutes early to get fitted with your equipment.
Tour does not operate on July 4th or Thanksgiving Day.
This tour involves approximately 4 miles of cycling.
Bike Tour, Scenic, Cultural
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated strenuous. Travelers must consider their physical fitness level and medical history when determining whether this tour is appropriate. Travelers with pre-existing neck, back, knee and/or shoulder injuries, cardiac conditions, asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, other heart or respiratory conditions or any other medical condition must take particular caution when selecting a tour categorized as "strenuous". If you have concerns, you must consult with your personal physician before engaging in any activity that may be too strenuous for you.
Suitable for all ages. Trailer carriages and trailer tandems are available for children not old enough or comfortable on their own bike.
Special Medical Restriction
This tour is only suited to travelers in very good physical condition. It is not recommended to you if you suffer from seizures, have heart, back, neck, respiratory, or shoulder problems, recently had surgery, or are pregnant.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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