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City Segway Tours DC
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Washington DC Segway Tour
Ranked #4 of 139 Tours in Washington DC
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Owner description: As you cruise through the Nation's Capital, past the monuments, White House and American icons, you will receive a great orientation, informative historical and current-day information, heaps of unique and fascinating stories, fantastic photo ops and superb personal service from your guide. Take a guided Segway, Bike, or Electric Bike Tour or rent a bike to see the sites at your own pace
Hamilton, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“It's different.......”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2008

I would agree with most of the other reviewers. A fun way to see all the main sites, although some find the Segway easier to learn than others. By the end though, you will be very confident and have had a great time. Would like to do another tour now in another location - a fun way to get around.

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“Excellent orientation tour. Do this first!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2008

Recently I was in Washington DC for my first time. I found the City Segway Tour on TripAdvisor as a highly rated attraction. It cost $70 for a 3 hour tour. (A credit card is required to ensure a damage deposit that is cancelled at the end of the tour) This is an excellent way to get your bearings around DC and I highly recommend City Segway on the first day of your trip. I took the morning trip (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.) There were 15 reservations that morning. We were split into 2 groups, each with a tour guide.

After a 5 minute orientation video, we were out into the adjacent alley to get hands on (or should I say feet on) experience. After about 2 minutes, the whole group was doing laps in the alley. Don't be intimidated, this is not a difficult skill to learn. Starting out at a maximum speed of 6 mph, you graduate to 10 mph about an hour into the tour. Pedestrians seem acclimatized to these vehicles passing them.

Stops are made at important sites and there is plenty of time for photos. The tour guide is willing to snap the pics for your pose. Points of interest include Ford Theatre (Lincoln Assassination), FBI, Newseum, Canadian Embassy, The Capitol, Supreme Court, Library of Congress, Archives, The Mall, Smithsonian, Washington Monument, The White House and many more. The tour guide was very well informed and answered questions at each stop.

Halfway though the tour we stopped at a hot dog / souvenir vendor for about 15-20 minutes. There are no public washrooms accessible during the trip, except in an emergency so limit your coffee that morning and go before you leave the tour office.

4 Thank dcm997
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“A fun experience, but beware...”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2008

First, of the fact that they don't allow children under age 16. This put my family in the uncomfortable position of having to leave our 6'0", 15 year old son at the hotel while we went on the tour. Also, beware of the price. I understand that the segways are a novelty, but for four people, it was $280, and the tour doesn't even show you the monuments! Learning about the history of the Smithsonians is less fun than simply riding the segways. Our guide was pretty knowledgeable, and it was a unique experience, but for the price I definitely expected a lot more.

Thank KBag
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jjqb08, Operations Manager at City Segway Tours DC, responded to this review, August 25, 2008
Thanks for recently visiting City Segway Tours of Washington, DC. I wanted to take a brief moment to respond to your review. First, I am sorry for the inconvenience that was caused by our age restriction. The District of Columbia enforces the minimum age for Segway riders and has set that age at 16 years old. We would love to tour with those as young as 12 years old, but obviously are forced to obey the lay of the land. Our other Segway operations (Atlanta, Chicago, Paris, and San Francisco) operate with a 12 year old restriction.

In regards to traveling to see the monuments: the National Mall and the popular monuments (Lincoln, Korean, Vietnam, and World War II), are technically National Park Land and under the watchful eye of the National Park Service. NPS has prohibited Segway use in these areas to maintain the integrity and respect of these memorials. Therefore, we have adjusted our tour to follow these guidelines in place.

We feel that for the $70, you get the best tour in town. Other local Segway tours charge less or more and only tour for two hours.

Thanks for taking the time to review our tour, and hopefully overall you had a good experience.
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“Evening tour is great”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2008

Great tour and great fun. The evening tour in the summer when it has cooled down a bit is excellent. After a while you are zipping along like a pro on the Segway, seeing almost all worth seeing. Take the tour at the beginning of your visit to get a good overview of the attractions.

1 Thank ChTh
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Arlington, Virginia
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“Tons of Fun”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2008

Although we are locals, we thought it would be fun for the family (2 adults, 2 older teens) to do a Segway tour of the city. I chose the evening tour (6pm - 9pm) in order to avoid the heat of an August day and to avoid a lot of the pedestrian traffic. This turned out to be absolutely the right decision.
We were paired with another family with kids of similar ages to ours to make up a group of 8 and our guide was a college student named John. After watching the required safety video, I think we were all convinced that we would be falling off the Segway at every opportunity, but after practicing in an alley next to the company's office with John, we were fairly confident. By the time our group got to our first stop, the White House, we were extremely confident. Riding a Segway is a lot easier than it looks (no balancing problems) and even more fun than you think it would be. (Halfway through the tour, our kids were ready to start saving up for a Segway instead of a car!)
We made several stops during the tour and John gave excellent commentary. Being longtime residents of the area, we were familiar with the places we stopped and we could tell that John knew his stuff. But his commentary was never like a memorized script--you could tell that he had visited every place we stopped (and more). I think his expertise in and enthusiasm for the area was helpful to the out-of-town family that was in our group. John also offered to take group photos of each of us with our cameras in front of the White House and the Capitol and ours turned out great!
The tour covered a lot of territory, but did not stop at any of the monuments because, as was explained to us, the National Park Service does not allow Segways at the monuments. This was not a big problem since there was more than enough to see on our tour without going to the monuments.
For those who might have reservations about riding a Segway, they are easy to manuver and easy on which to keep your balance. (Even if you can't ride a bike, you can ride a Segway.) The guides don't take you over any terrain which would be difficult for the Segway, so I never felt as if I were going to fall. At the end of the evening, nobody in our group wanted to get off their Segways, so John told us to go ahead and do a "victory lap" in the alley to end the evening.
You will definitely have a good time on this tour and be ready for your face to be sore from smiling so much. I will definitely do this again if we visit another city with Segway tours.

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