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C&O Canal

I am going to be in Washington DC from May 23- 27 (Memorial Day plus a few) We will be hopefully doing the Hop-on-Hop-off Trolley tour and possibly the Monuments in the Moonlight tour as well as spending time at the Smithsonian American Museum and the National Zoo. Is there a way to rent kayaks or even bike ride on the canal path if we are only using public transportation during our trip? I'd like to do something scenic, outdoorsy that is not walking. :) Thanks in advance for any help

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Do not plan on using any of the hop-on hop-off buses on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, as the Rolling Thunder parade will make their usual route unavailable. And really, those buses are an expensive way to see the city and a very poor choice if you plan to use them for transportation.

The C&O Canal begins right in Georgetown, a few blocks from the Foggy Bottom Metro station. Or you can take any of several buses to get into Georgetown and get on the canal path. The last I knew some of the canal is empty, so any water sport would be out. I believe there is a place to rent bikes in Georgetown, but someone else will know better than I. You do not want to use Capital Bikeshare for a long-term bike rental.

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Sounds like you want to get to Fletchers Boat House (4940 Canal Rd, NW)


Try plugging the address above into maps.google.com or wmata.com and get directions from your hotel. The place you'd really like to get to is the Canal Vistor's Center in Potomac, MD but is not public transportation friendly from DC.


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Thank you for your responses, they are helpful!!

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I haven't paid attention to details but there seem to be many kayakers on the Potomac in Georgetown. Renting a nice hybrid is great way to see the canal. About 10 mile ride to great falls which is well worth the ride.

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Look up Thompson's Boathouse. It is right next to the Watergate and to Georgetown. It is a lot easier to get to than Fletchers's and has boats form the Potomac (there is no boating on the C&O Canal, but you can bicycle the full 185 miles to Cumberland, MD, if you wanted to; it's a completely dirt/sand path and quite pleasant, but it looks the same nearly the whole length. It is very, very slightly uphill going west, and (obviously) slightly downhill going back into Georgetown. Its exact beginning is at Rock Creek Parkway and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, right at the southbound RCPkwy ramp to eastbound PA Ave.

You can get a Capital Bikeshare bike for a 3 hour C&O ride (12 miles each maybe), for example, but it would cost a few dollars, and I'm guessing, less than a regular bicycle rental, but you have to do the internet searches for that.

There are also the Rock Creek Park Trail, the Capital Crescent Trail (DC and MD) and the Mt. Vernon, Custis, and W&OD trails (VA).

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