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Washington, DC: International Spy Museum Voucher For Entry

1. Washington, DC: International Spy Museum Voucher For Entry

Visit Washington DC's International Spy Museum and test your spy skills on missions that explore the mysterious world of espionage. Exchange your voucher onsite for a timed entry (dependent on museum availability) and view the largest collection of international espionage artifacts ever placed on public display. During periods of heavy volume, guests may not have access or may receive a timed entry for a later date and/or time. The International Spy Museum is the only public museum in the world to provide a global perspective on the vital role intelligence has played throughout world history and continues to play today. Take a shot at code-cracking, think like an analyst, and learn how key decision-makers use intelligence around the globe. Situated two blocks from the National Mall and The Wharf, discover the newly-reopened facility features completely-reimagined exhibits and never before seen artifacts. Visitors are invited to step into the shoes of a spy and test their spy skills through state-of-the-art interactive and immersive RFID technology.

Washington DC: Monuments and Memorials Bike Tour

2. Washington DC: Monuments and Memorials Bike Tour

Bike the Sites® the along the National Mall and along the Potomac Tidal Basin. You will learn about the major presidential and war memorials and have a few minutes to explore each up close on this 3 hour guided bike tour. This bike tour is perfect for families! See the Washington Monument, Vietnam Memorial, World War II Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, and more. This tour also gives you the chance to walk around and explore the memorials in depth. There is a lot to see, but you'll get through it all in this leisurely yet efficient tour. This tour is rated as easy and covers approximately 4 miles of flat terrain.

Washington DC: 2.5-Hour Sightseeing Segway Tour

3. Washington DC: 2.5-Hour Sightseeing Segway Tour

Segway the sites in Washington, D.C., with a 2.5-hour Segway adventure! On this tour, you will experience an overview of the all the important places in the nation's capital city, via your own personal Segway. This two-wheeled motorized vehicle is perfect for zipping around the sidewalks and streets of downtown Washington, D.C. After a 30-minute introduction to operating your Segway, you will set off on your 2-hour-long tour. Learn about the sites, history, and stories behind the National Mall and surrounding area as you pass by the White House on a ride down Pennsylvania Avenue. Continue on to see the various memorials, and receive some tips on fun off-the-Mall places to check out.

Washington, DC: Old Town Trolley City Tour

4. Washington, DC: Old Town Trolley City Tour

Climb aboard the Old Town Trolley and enjoy a comprehensive tour of Washington. Listen to the colorful anecdotes, humorous stories, and well-researched historical information your guide has to share. Upgrade to include a tram tour of Arlington Cemetery. Sit back while expert tour guides help you discover the beauty and majesty of Washington, D.C. This popular tour covers Washington's major attractions such as the Lincoln Memorial, the White House, the museums of the Smithsonian Institution, and the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial.  The trolley will make one stop along the tour route at the Abraham Lincoln Memorial. While off the trolley, you can visit the Lincoln Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall. You will have 30 minutes to explore the area while your guide and the trolley wait for you. Please see below the list of attractions and memorials that you will see on the tour: • Washington Welcome Center • The White House • National Archives • National Law Enforcement Museum • Union Station • U.S. Capitol • Smithsonian Air & Space Museum • The Wharf • International Spy Museum • Holocaust Memorial Museum • Jefferson Memorial • FDR Memorial • Lincoln Memorial • National Museum of American History • Smithsonian Museum of Natural History • National Gallery of Art • National Portrait Gallery

Washington DC Monuments by Night Bike Tour

5. Washington DC Monuments by Night Bike Tour

Enjoy America’s capital city at night, when the air is cooler, the monuments are crowd-free, and the illuminated views are magnificent. You’ll bike to the major sights of Washington, D.C. on this 3-hour tour. As dusk sweeps the city and the memorials and monuments are light up magnificently, your guide will take you through the National Mall and around the Tidal Basin near the Washington Monument, the war memorials, the Lincoln Memorial, the FDR Memorial, and the Jefferson Memorial. Along the way you’ll have the opportunity to learn about each of the sights, and also a few minutes to walk through the memorials and experience them on foot. This 4-mile ride is rated as easy, covering mostly flat terrain. All riders are provided with reflective vests and safety lights.

Washington DC: National Archives Building

6. Washington DC: National Archives Building

Tour around the presidential highlights of the nation's capital, Washington, DC by luxury tour bus. Check out every memorial of the National Mall as you voyage around the city. Hop on and off as you please to visit the most important landmarks, and hear the important history from your guide. This excursion begins with an in-depth look at some of the city’s most poignant sights and sounds, from the White House to the war memorials and the U.S. Capitol Building. In summer, enjoy a leisurely boat cruise after lunch, taking in the pretty Potomac and Georgetown Waterfront. Meanwhile, winter brings a scenic bus tour through Virginia in the afternoon, taking in The Pentagon, Air Force Memorial, Iwo Jima Marine Corps Memorial, and Arlington National Cemetery along the way. Enjoy a fascinating look at the interior of the National Archives as the final attraction of the tour.

Washington DC: E-Bike Tour of the National Mall

7. Washington DC: E-Bike Tour of the National Mall

Ride through the entire National Mall and circle the Tidal Basin on this fun and informative E-bike tour. Start at the waterfront, and listen to a brief introduction about the E-bikes. Then, head out to begin your 9-10 mile tour. Follow your knowledgeable guide past the Smithsonian Museums, and around to all the major sites including the U.S. Capitol, Supreme Court, Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington Monument, WWII Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and Korean War Veterans Memorial. Conclude the trip by riding around the Tidal Basin and touring the Martin Luther King Jr, FDR, and Jefferson Memorials. Hear about the history, lore, and latest happenings around the DC museums and find yourself in great self-spots and in front of picturesque views. Your guide will also stop and share some hidden gems along the way. See all the major monuments and memorials as well as treasures you might not find on your own. The tour is extensive and the riding is easy with pedal-assist bikes enabling you to see more and pedal less.

Bike Tour: Capitol Hill, Lincoln Memorial, National Mall

8. Bike Tour: Capitol Hill, Lincoln Memorial, National Mall

Take a guided bike tour in Washington, D.C. to see all the city’s important sights and landmarks. The tour route includes Capitol Hill and the National Mall, Union Station, the Lincoln Memorial, and more. Along the way you’ll see the Smithsonian museums, the Washington Monument, and the war memorials. You’ll learn about the city's history and current events from your guide as you cycle past the major monuments and memorials. You'll also get some practical touring tips for later use! Take in the Library of Congress, the Supreme Court, the White House, the World War II Memorial, and many more important sights. This cycling tour is rated as easy and covers approximately 7 miles on level terrain.

Washington DC Bike Rental

9. Washington DC Bike Rental

Explore the Washington DC area on wheels, with your own itinerary and schedule. Take your bike to a Smithsonian museum, cycle along the Potomac River, or head to one of the area’s extensive bike trails. A bike rental is the perfect way to see the best of DC without having the hassle of walking. Each bike rental comes with a lock and a bike rack so you can stop and visit the many sights and museums without worry. Choose from either a 2-hour or a full day rental and 1 convenient pickup and drop-off location on the National Mall. You will be ready to explore Washington DC and all of its attractions at your own pace. The huge inventory of new Trek rental bikes ensure your comfort and safety. All equipment is maintained in-house by professional mechanics. Customer service staff can answer any questions about which type and size of bike is best for your needs. They are more than happy to share some tips on good trails, scenic routes, best places to eat, and other cycling information – just ask.

Washington DC: E-Bike Rental

10. Washington DC: E-Bike Rental

Select an e-bike from a wide range of sizes ensure your comfort and safety. Receive all the help you need for your self-guided adventure including a helmet, a color-coded map, a basket/bike bag, and a bike lock.  If you need some inspiration, ask the staff about the best cycling trails, scenic routes, best places to eat, and the key monuments to see. Get up close and personal with all the great sites of Washington, DC, and discover the US's capital at your own pace.

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What people are saying about L'Enfant Plaza

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 567 reviews

It was a great way to see several monuments and memorials without walking the length of the mall. Riding segways is always fun. Paul shared some very interesting tidbits of trivia

Fabulous guide, and the three hours went by so fast due to the great tour! We would have signed on for a six hours experience (if there was one).

We did the memorial and monuments tour with three kids ages 9-14 and loved every minute! Perfect way to see all the things in 3 hours.

Amazing experience, covering all the monuments and history of the area. Great family activity

The guide was very knowledgeable and professional. He was very friendly and funny!