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Best Sightseeing Tours In Washington DC

October 12, 2013 8:00 AM

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Photo Credit: dcducks.com

Photo Credit: dcducks.com

DC is the place to be for a fast-paced jolt of history, politics, art and entertainment. A mix of the classic and the contemporary, the traditional and the trendy—from monuments, to moments in history, to the transitory pulse of the nation’s melting pot—there is always something to see. Sometimes a sightseeing tour is the best way to cover the most ground. Check out these tour options.

Royal Trolley
(202) 803-6880
www,dctrolleytours.com

This open-air trolley tour offers guests a unique amenity—food. Full day tours come complete with chilled water throughout the tour and a complimentary lunch at Pentagon Mall. Throwback trolley cars offer riders a “retro sightseeing experience” with stops at all the top destinations the city has to offer including the Lincoln Memorial, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, The White House and the World War II Memorial, to name a few. Day and night trolley tours will fit your schedule well and provide a varied perspective on the historic city.

DC Ducks
(855) 323-8257
www.dcducks.com

Enjoy a surf n’ turf type of tour when you travel by land and water on this unique tour bus experience. Stand out from the crowd in a restored World War II amphibious vehicle—a boat with wheels—as you traverse DC streets to see some of the most important and interesting places in our nation’s capitol including The White House, Smithsonian museums and The Capitol. The narrated tour begins at Union Station and offers unique vantage points as you cruise along the Potomac River in the very same land vehicle that rode the streets. It’s sure to be a unique experience. DC residents ride free.

DC By Foot
(202) 370-1830
www.freetoursbyfoot.com

If you haven’t taken a tour of DC by foot, now’s the time. Enjoy a free and informative walking tour which treks from the National Mall, to Arlington National Cemetery, to the Pentagon. Learn about the history, arts, culture and politics surrounding the center of the free world from expert tour guides who’ll bring the city’s history to life in fun and engaging ways. Get in a healthy walk while you take in the nation’s historic scenery enhanced by the breathtaking beauty of fall.

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Washington Walks
(202) 484-1565
www.washingtonwalks.com

This walking tour offers insight into some of the most exclusive, diverse and architecturally impressive neighborhoods in DC. So instead of walking through posh Georgetown, prestigious Embassy Row or the eccentric Dupont Circle and wondering about the history or backstory of a beautiful home or an impressive structure, get the facts. Nearly all walks embark from a Metrorail station and last about two hours. Tours require no reservations, schedules are maintained rain or shine and the majority of all routes are wheelchair accessible.

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DC PediCab
(202) 345-8065
www.dcpedicab.com

If you don’t want to ride in a bus or walk DC by foot, then a PediCab just might be your best bet. The open-air ride allows you to feel the breeze on a sunny day as a bicycle rickshaw shuttles you to all your favorite destinations. The environmentally friendly PediCabs are pedal-powered by licensed and trained drivers. The cozy cabs come with and without covers for full sun or a shady stroll. This is perfect for date nights. Personalized tours can be reserved in advance.

Kevin Don Porter is the author of MISSING — a creepy, yet humorous, mystery novel. Visit his website at www.kevindonporter.com..

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