How to Get Around in Washington DC
With everything from hop-on hop-off bus tours to Segway excursions, there are numerous ways to explore the capital without dealing with the hassle of traffic. Read on for how to make the journey just as fun as the destination.
Hop-On Hop-Off Bus and Trolley Tours
Ideal for time-pressed travelers, a hop-on hop-off bus or trolley tour lets you squeeze in all of Washington, DC’s top attractions—which include Capital Hill and the White House—without wasting time walking from one place to the next. Plus, commentary adds context to the sights.
Walking and Biking Tours
Walking or biking allows you to see parts of Washington, DC that you might otherwise miss. By joining a walking tour of the city, you can take in the sights at your own speed and not let small details pass you by.
Exploring the nation’s capital on a Segway is a fast and fun way to see the sights; tours let you glide through areas that are inaccessible by car without the exertion of walking or biking. Plus, traveling with a guide means that you don’t have to worry about navigating.
Washington DC’s robust public transport system makes it easy to travel by bus or Metro. While buses are the most affordable option, the underground rail system is simple and efficient, and lets you zip across town without encountering traffic. Just be sure to avoid heading to the Metro during peak commute times, when rides cost more and trains are packed.
To see the city from a different perspective, hop on a Potomac River cruise. Traveling by water creates a peaceful environment for viewing the monuments, Admiral's Row, and Old Town Alexandria. A brunch or sunset dinner cruise is the ideal escape from the crowds on land.