Everyone told me to tour the monuments at night. Hands down that was the more recommended thing to do in DC. You can walk, you can take a coach bus, you can take a mini bus or even bike. I had read reviews of what sounded like hoards of people pouring off a bus and being short on time to see the monument. That sounded horrible! I knew going in the fall would help but I wanted to ensure a smaller sized group!
Bike and Roll DC was the answer! They offered a nights monument tour that was 3 hours in length and around 4 miles biked. The tour left at 6:30 which is just dark enough for getting started. They also try to keep it around 16 riders and staying off the street. Just right for two adults who never have a reason to ride a bike anymore.
It was raining the day of our tour and we were contacted to see if we wanted to plan on the tour or switch nights. That is customer service!!!!!! Since we had two nights in DC and it was not pouring rain we chose to go ahead with our tour. This was great as everyone else backed out, private tour for us!
I will admit to getting turned around and having to ask for help in finding the meeting location. We were so close to it but my phone couldn’t figure it out. People in DC were so helpful, a nice man pointed us round the corner and we were there.
You are given a bottle of water, a helmet and safety vest before you get your bike. The bike has a small pouch on the front for your water, camera or whatever you need to carry. And for night tours a safety light.
One bonus with the weather being wet earlier I think we missed some of the crowds. As you can see its pretty quiet at the Jefferson monument. It was dry for our tour and we ran into crowds more at Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr and FDR. Everything else was very empty! My favorite was FDR and the Korean War. Something spooky and lifelike about the Korean War Monument at night.
Lincoln is where we ran into all the school groups. Oh My! I would hate to see it during busy season with the school groups. We also hit the WW II, Vietnam Wall, and saw the White House light up in the dark. We also rode on sections right along the tidal pool, very cool!
Our tour went by very quickly and our guide was great at the history and holding our attention. We had one minor little mishap when my Daughter failed to communicate that she was stopping in front of my sister on a narrow path. Come Christmas time it will be really funny that my sister ended up in a bush off her bike. I wish I had a pic of that!
We would 110% recommend this Bike and Roll DC tour. We had so much fun and even if we had been with 13 others it still would have been a great time!
More information can be found here: http://bikethesites.com/Tours/
I used a AAA discount that saved us $10 each for our tour. Save $10 on tour price. Save $10 on daily rental rate. Make reservations online at http://www.bikethesites.com. Use “AAA” as coupon code. Bring your AAA card with you for proof at check in.