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Top 10 Tours & Rentals in Washington DC

10. Metrorail/bus

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Kicking off our Top Ten Washington DC transport is one of the cleanest and most efficient transportation systems in the world: the D.C. Metrorail and Metrobus. The rail system has 91 stations across D.C., Virginia, and Maryland while the bus system has 338 routes—basically wherever you want to go, the Metro has you covered. Plus, all the buses are hybrid electric, making for a super eco-friendly ride. The Metro runs 5 AM – 12 AM on weekdays and 7 AM – 3 AM on weekends. 

9. City Segway & Bike

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You know you have always wanted to try out the two-wheeled transport trend of the century—the Segway. With fun and flexible tour options to fit exactly what you’re looking for, City Segway Tours is a sure-fire way to experience the city with extreme fun. Looking for a different kind of D.C. breeze to blow through your helmet? Sister company Capital City Bike Tours boasts the old school form of two-wheeled transport. Open daily 9 AM – 6 PM. 

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8. Odyssey Washington

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See the skyline of the nation’s capital in maximum style! For a Top 10 Washington DC river cruise along the Potomac, all aboard the magnificent Odyssey! Stand behind the stunning glass walls of the ship or hang off the front bow pretending to be on the Titanic—either way don’t miss this swanky Top Ten DC. evening getaway.Join the Odyssey for brunch, lunch, or dinner, at varied boarding times and rates which can be found here. Check out one of the Odyssey’s sister ships for additional Potomac tour times. 

7. National Pedicab

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Looking to zoom around the city without sitting in a stuffy tour bus? National Pedicab has what you’re looking for—whether it’s a full tour or a short ride. Boasting humorous yet informational tours around the city in an open-air, whimsical, wheeled pedicab, this marvelous tour is a worthy Top 10 Washington DC tours contender. Fitting 2-3 adults and as many kids as you can squeeze in, the wheeled cabs will leave you feeling refreshed and “transportained.” Open daily from 10 AM – 8 PM.

6. Old Town Trolley

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What better way to bop around the city than on a charming old trolley car? With three loops that run throughout the city and board every 30 minutes, Old Town Trolley is sure to be an amusing and playful experience. If you’re searching for a more exhilarating ride, Old Town Trolley also offers duck boat tours! Transition from the streets of DC to the Potomac River with ease under the direction of “wise quacking” captains. Trolleys run daily 9 AM – 5 PM, duck tours run daily 10 AM – 4 PM.

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5. Washington Marina

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Aye aye, captain! How could we keep this nautical wonder off our Top 10 Washington cruises? Experience the nation’s capital from the perspective of a pirate—sailing around on the Potomac River. Well that would be great, but…. ARRRRRGGGGGH… you might not know how to sail your own boat. Have no fear! The Washington Marina offers sailing lessons for pirates-in-training (or simply curious travelers hoping to learn to sail).  Boat rentals are available with hourly rates in 2, 3, and 4-hour time blocks. Open daily 11 AM – 5 PM. 

4. Battle’s Transport

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Nothing is more American than touring the nation’s capital in a big yellow school bus. That’s right, folks! Meander around the city in a school bus in true hop-on/hop-off fashion with this sweet tour. Battle’s Transportation, Inc. is a service disabled veteran owned small business and a great way to see the sights of the city. The office is open Mon – Fri 8 AM – 5 PM but the buses can be booked 24/7. 

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3. Prestige

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Looking to make a statement with a private, high-class ride around DC? Cruising in style onto our Top 10 DC car rentals is Prestige—an upscale, deluxe car rental establishment serving the capital and the greater DC area. Choose from the fastest and most luxurious brands, including Rolls Royce, Mercedes AMG, Lamborghini, BMW i8, and so much more. See the country’s historic monuments in maximum style and maximum comfort in your very own supercar. Open daily 9 AM – 9 PM.

2. Balloons Unlimited

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See Virginia, Maryland, and D.C. from a bird’s eye view—in a bright colored, gigantic, beautiful hot-air balloon! Balloons Unlimited has been soaring high above DC and the surrounding area since 1976 in multi-colored hot air balloons. Enjoy the breath-taking views while you sip on champagne and float through the clouds (just make sure to watch out for your fellow travelers—a.k.a. flying birds)! Open Mon – Fri 10:30 AM – 2 PM. 

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1. Union Station

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Easily earning the number one spot for our Top 10 Washington DC transport, Union Station has been a gem of the city since its founding in 1907. A national landmark, a major train station, and a shopping mall, Union Station is the magical hub of the nation’s capital. Some 40 million curious travelers pass through the inspiring corridors of the station every year, their adventures adding to the enchantment. While the station is open 24/7, the food courts, restaurants, and shops have varied hours of operation, which can be found here.

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