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Top 5 Things to do Before Summer Ends

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Visit National Harbor

Head south to glorious National Harbor for some serious family fun! Take in the beautiful vistas from atop the Capital Wheel, or participate in this weekend's Dragon Boat Races.

Tour DC by Bike or Segway
Take a sunset ride around the district's monuments and memorials in true DC fashion (by bike or Segway, we mean!). Spots are still available on our late summer Sites@Nite and Sites by Segway tours, so book today!

See an Outdoor Movie
Have a throwback moment (drive-ins, anyone?) and see a movie in the great outdoors! There are still several spots to watch a good flick or two before summer 2014 is officially over, so check out this list here.

Cheer on the Nats
N-A-T-S, NATS, NATS, NATS! Celebrate the best of summer at Nationals Park with a hot dog, a cold beverage, and America's favorite pastime.

Paddle the Potomac
That's right- take to the river! Visit our friends at the Key Bridge Boathouse, and get your crew outfitted on some stand-up paddle boards (or a kayak or canoe). Nothing quite like enjoying a DC sunset on the water!

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What to do This Weekend in DC

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Happy Friday, everyone!

We love summer Fridays almost as much as we like bicycles (i.e. a LOT)- and that's why we're giving you a quick list of what YOU should be excited about for this weekend!

Restaurant Week
Running through this Sunday, August 17th, there are still reservations open at some of the DC area's top restaurants! 3-course lunches are $20.14 and 3-course dinners go for $35.14 for this gourmet event. Make your reservation now! (Seriously though... like, right now.)

DC Beer Week
For our 21 and over fans, Beer Week officially kicks off this Sunday the 17th! Hundreds of venues (yes, hundreds!) in the DMV area will be participating with beer-related events.

Segway the Sites
Glide around the District as you soak in all the summer goodness DC has to offer... (the monuments seriously look amazing in this golden August lighting, am I right?). Nothing wrong with playing tourist in your own city, folks!

WACA Gala
Join the Washington Area Concierge Association for "A Night in Nashville" at the Hamilton Sunday August 17th. There'll be a live performance by Amy Wilcox, a plethora of food and drinks, and raffle prizes to boot! Today is the last day to purchase discounted tickets, so get on it! Oh, and don't forget your best cowboy hat...

 

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Changing of the Guard: Goodbye, Jeffrey!

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We'd like to say an "official" goodbye to our trusty/amazing/superb/exceptional/fantastic Operations Manager, Jeffrey Holliday! His immeasurable impact at Bike and Roll DC will surely be felt for years to come (yes- he was just that good!). We're all very excited for what the future will bring him, and are thrilled to welcome new "Ops Man", Keith Winer to the team! (More on him soon...)

As some of you may know, aside from being an all-around great employee, Jeffrey was frequently the "talent" in our marketing endeavors. Let's take a look back at some of his major starring roles...

There was that time he led a filmed Segway tour around DC... Or that time he played a down and out Film Noir protagonist... or even that time he reenacted "Starbucks Drake hands"! But, lest we forget, his shining role as our cheesy bike salesman!

Ahhh, we sure will miss him... Happy Trails, Jeffrey!

 

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Top 5 Farmers Markets in DC

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Fresh air, the sweet smells and sounds of summer, and a beautiful bounty of fresh picked fruits and vegetables everywhere you look.... yes, we're talking farmers markets!

What better way to celebrate the weekend than with a trip to a local farmers market? We've done a bit of research and are bringing you the top 5 farmers markets you should be frequenting in the DC area. And the good news is, most are just a quick bike ride away! No bike? No problem. Swing by our Downtown DC location and pick up one of our DC Cool bikes, equipped with wonderfully retro-chic front baskets to haul your newly purchased goodies.

1. Dupont Circle FRESHFARM Market
One of the most popular in DC, this outdoor market is located on 20th St between Mass Ave and Hillyer Pl. During its peak, this market has over 40 farmers offering the very best in produce, meat, and baked goods. Talk about fresh!

2. Eastern Market
Not technically a "farmers market" per se, but a food and arts market that offers a plethora of options for the weekend shopper. Located in the heart of Capitol Hill, Eastern Market is historically renowned as the go-to for indoor/outdoor markets in DC. Stop by and see what all the fuss is about!

3. Del Ray Farmers' Market
Voted locally as one of the very best, the Del Ray Farmers' Market is just a bike ride away from Downtown (right off Mount Vernon Ave in Alexandria), and offers a quaint Virginia setting along with a variety of farm-fresh produce for perusal.

4. Takoma Park Farmers Market
Make the trip to historic Old Takoma for a true farmers market gem. Located off Laurel Ave, this market is open every Sunday and offers a "producers-only" philosophy that provides shoppers with only locally grown and sold items.

5. Union Market
Another not-so-farmers-market market, Union Market is located at 1309 5th Street NE. With over 40 local artisans offering a wide selection of produce, crafts, jewelry, meats, and gelato, there's sure to be something for everyone!

 

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Group Itinerary: See DC on two wheels!

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Have a group looking to tour DC (or a family that's large enough to count as a bonafide group)? See (and eat) DC on two wheels with this group-tailored 3 day itinerary! No group? No problem. This itinerary works just swell for singles too.

Day One

Start your trip off right and get the lay of the land with a bike or Segway tour! Not only do riders get to see DC's monuments and memorials up close and personally, they also learn about the history, art, architecture and culture of the nation's capital.

Afterwards, head to the Mall and stop by the National Museum of the American Indian for a unique (and amazing!) culinary experience. The Mitsitam Cafe gives visitors the opportunity to taste indigenous cuisines (buffalo, anyone?) of various Native tribes using fresh and seasonal ingredients.

Get your grub on before arriving at the Newseum where seven levels of news history awaits. With exhibits ranging from a 9/11 Gallery to "Pictures of the Year" to "Anchorman: The Exhibit," this one-of-a-kind museum is sure to wow. In the evening, have dinner in Chinatown at Del Campo restaurant where diners are treated to South American cuisine that is "meat-driven, wine-centric." Enough said!

Day Two

Nothing like coffee and pop tarts to wake up to- especially when it's gourmet coffee and homemade pop tarts at Ted's Bulletin. This local hotspot does everyone's favorite comfort food with a thoroughly modern twist.

After breakfast, head to the National Portrait Gallery to view their "American Cool" exhibit which includes a variety of celebrity portraits. Keeping in line with this citywide theme, you'll ride around town in style on "DC Cool" bikes, available for rent at Bike and Roll's Downtown DC location. Pedal down to the Southwest Waterfront to have lunch outside at the Wharf where you'll find the oldest continuously operating fish market in the United States. Cruise around at a leisurely pace before returning the bikes and making your way to Old Ebbitt Grill for dinner- Washington's oldest and most historic, famed bar and restaurant.

Day 3

Start your day in Alexandria, VA with Bike and Roll's Mount Vernon by Bike and Boat package. Pick the bikes up early and take a spin across the river to National Harbor where you'll see the brand new Capital Wheel- DC's first and only observation wheel!

Head back down the Mount Vernon Trail, lock the bikes outside (we'll pick them up!) and go on to tour our first President's magnificent estate and gardens. After a full day of historical fun, hop on the Potomac Riverboat Company's Miss Christin for a narrated boat cruise back to Old Town Alexandria. End this lovely day with dinner at Virtue Feed & Grain- and don't forget to try their delicious Guacamame Hummus!

 

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Top 5 Events This August

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Cirque du Soleil's Amaluna
The newest installation to appear in National Habor, Amaluna will run through September 21st. This show is full of all that you expect from Cirque du Soleil, along with a magical storyline about mysterious islands governed by Goddesses. We're in!

DC and Alexandria Restaurant Weeks
It's that time of year again! Summer restaurant week is back- in the District AND Alexandria! Time to fill up and celebrate. DC Restaurant Week runs from August 11-17, and offers discounted 3 course meals at over 100 of the city's finest restuarants. The same is true for Alexandria's Restaurant Week which runs from August 15-24. Bon appetit!

Bicentennial of the War of 1812 and the Star-Spangled Banner
Many cities will be commerorating the end of the War of 1812 and the Star-Spangled Banner, but the highlight of these celebrations will take place in Alexandria on August 31st. This signature event will include historical exhibits, boating activities, and food trucks. And listen to this: "To restore honor after Alexandria's 1814 surrender to British troops, Alexandria has challenged the British Embassy to a good-spirited rematch, featuring a tug-of-war, cricket match and yacht race."

National Book Festival
Bookworms unite! The annual festival held on the National Mall will be moving over to the Washington Convention Center this year on August 30th. Join over 100 award-winning authors as you hear readings and get a chance to have your favorite book autographed!

Labor Day Weekend
Kicking off August 30th, this weekend celebrates the (unofficial) end to summer, and what better way to celebrate than by bike or Segway? Say goodbye to August on two wheels as you cruise around the city and take in some glorious sights.

 

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Cat and Aladdin Go Down Under!

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Our Marketing Director recently travelled to Australia and New Zealand for business, and was kind enough to bring a plus one in the form of her favorite (plush) camel! Let's take a gander at the photo diary Aladdin kept during his trip...

 

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Mount Vernon by Bike and Boat Summer Adventure

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Looking for THE perfect family-friendly summer adventure? Well, look no further! Our stupendously fun Mount Vernon by Bike and Boat package will have the whole family grinning (and spinning!) all day long.

Enjoy some breakfast and coffee in Old Town, then arrive at the Alexandria Waterfront by 11am to pick up your gear for the ride. Peddle down the magnificently beautiful Mount Vernon Trail, where you'll glide over marsh land, past winding hills and water views to our first President's estate.

Lock your bikes up outside Mount Vernon, and spend the day marveling at the lush grounds, adorable farm animals, and beautifully maintained mansion. Catch the boat by 4pm and take the adventure to the water aboard the Potomac Riverboat Company's Miss Christin. Enjoy a fun (and funny!) narrated boat cruise back to Old Town Alexandria, where you'll be dropped off at 5:30pm.

Hungry after all that summer fun? Swing by Virtue Feed & Grain for a delicious meal (we recommend the Chesapeake crab cakes!) ... and maybe a grown up beverage for the adults in the group. 

Long live summer!

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Announcing Smithsonian National Mall Tours

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Bike and Roll DC is excited to announce the launch of a fifth location: Smithsonian® National Mall Tours launching from the
National Museum of American History! Bike and Roll has partnered with the Smithsonian Institution to provide the only Segway tours to depart directly from the National Mall.

Tour-goers will ride beside history with our Smithsonian Highlights by Segway! Prepared in consultation with Smithsonian experts, this premiere Segway tour highlights the architecture, art, culture, and history of Washington, DC's National Mall and many of Smithsonian's famed museums. Hear the many stories behind DC's landmarks and most famous national treasures on this guided tour.

Covering over 1,000 acres of the National Mall and Memorial Parks, this is DC's only tour that departs directly from the Mall at the National Museum of American History. Must be at least 16 years old to participate. (Min. weight 100lbs, max 260lbs.)

Click here for the official press release!

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Tag us with #BikeandRoll!

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Come on, don't be shy... we're all taking them... (selfies that is!)

I do it, you do it, we all do it! Selfies happen, people. Especially on our bike and Segway tours, and we want to see them!

After your tour, tag your best photos with #BikeandRoll so we can get a good look (and maybe even turn you into a quasi-celebrity by reposting them on our various social media channels!) You can also search for all things Bike and Roll related by using #BikeandRoll... since we know you want to keep up with what your favorite tour company is doing!

Check out these awesome pics from tour-goers who used our hashtag, loud and proud!

 

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Keep Cool with DC Cool

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Summer heat's got you feeling beat? Well, don't fret (or sweat)— our DC Cool bike rentals are the perfect antidote to Washington's trademark summer scorchers.

Seriously though, think about it... why walk around in this blasted heat and humidity when you can glide through it on two wheels? Biking offers a breeze that feels like free AC on hot summer days, and you get to your destination in less than half the time it would take to walk!

Still not sold? We've got a few things that might sweeten the deal for you! All of our DC Cool retro-chic bike rentals come with a bottled water and a This Bar Saves Lives snack so you can cool down and refuel after biking the sites.

We've said it once and we'll say it again: keep cool with DC Cool, folks!

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Happy Independence Day!

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Three cheers for the red, white, and blue!

We hope you and yours have an absolutely splendid fourth of July filled with fun, sun, family, good food, and of course fireworks!

All three of our DC locations will be open for rentals only today from 9:00am - 5:00pm. Happy Fourth, everyone!

 

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Top 5 July 4th Activities in DC

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USA! USA! USA!

Phew- now that we've gotten that out of our system (yes, we are in World Cup mode), we'd like to share with you some of our favorite picks for Fourth of July activities in good ole' Washington!

1. Washington, DC's Independence Day Parade
A terrific daytime celebration, the July 4th Parade starts around 11:45am, and travels down Constitution Avenue between 7th and 17th streets. This patriotic parade will include a variety of bands, drum corps, floats, balloons, and hundreds of happy spectators- you should be one of them!

2. Visit the National Archives
Looking for a splendid way to celebrate America's birthday? Visit the National Archives to see where it all began! From 10am-5:30pm on July 4th, the Archives will be open (for free!) to the public and displaying our nation's most important preserved documents, along with a special ceremony and many family-friendly activities.

3. A Capitol Fourth Concert
What could be better than Fireworks in DC? Fireworks AND an amazing concert! A Capitol Fourth is an annual event that takes place on the West Lawn of the United States Capitol building. Performers this year will include Frankie Valli, John Williams, and Patti Labelle- talk about a star spangled Birthday!

4. Fireworks on the National Mall
The main event! Launched from the Reflecting Pool area, this spectacle is not to be missed. Arrive early to get through security and stake out some spots around the Washington Monument and Reflecting Pool. (And start practicing your "oohs" and "ahhs" now!)

5. Explore Some Off-the-Mall Spots
Bike and Roll DC's tours will be closed for Independence Day, but you can still rent a bike at any of our DC locations (open 9am-5pm) and cruise around some lesser-visited neighborhoods (or the top 10 FREE sites) and trails to celebrate all of the things that make DC so... well... DC!

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Top 5 Things We Love South of the Mall

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As most all of you know by this point, our new National Mall tour center is located in L'Enfant Plaza (which is undergoing a serious revitalization these days!) Read up on our very favorite things about the new neighborhood we call home.

1. The Waterfront
With prime real estate on the Potomac River, the Southwest Waterfront is definitely worth a visit (or two, or ten...). There you'll see the oldest continuously operating fish market in the whole United States in the Maine Avenue Fish Market. Nearby you'll also find the Gangplank Marina, which houses hundreds of boats and outdoor dining to boot.

2. Nationals Park
Arguably the most popular destination in Southeast DC, Nationals Park is located along the Anacostia River in the Navy Yard area of Washington. It is home to our fabulous Nationals baseball team, but also boasts a wide array of culinary treats for game-goers. Flying Dog beer and a Ben's chili dog, anyone? Yeah, we thought so.

3. Food trucks
Granted, food trucks are the rage all over the DC area, but we're especially fond of the variety and volume of trucks that set up shop daily in L'Enfant Plaza. Check out Food Truck Fiesta before grabbing a bite and then head over to a nearby park (or the Mall!) to enjoy your sure-to-be-amazing dish.

4. L'Enfant Plaza's Face Lift
Major progress is being made in the Southwest neighborhood as a whole these days, but especially in our neck of the woods at L'Enfant Plaza. The new outdoor atrium is officially open, which leads to an underground shopping and dining center. With new stores and restaurants popping up all the time, this is sure to be a major SW destination!

5. Hains Point
What better way to spend your lunch break than with a quick bike ride? This is how many Washingtonian professionals spend their midday respites at Hains Point. Ride around the East Potomac Park and head back to your office happy and recharged- Bike and Roll DC approved!

 

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Ride with Pride!

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A few Bike and Roll-ers ventured out on our super spiffy DC Cool bikes for the first annual DC Bike Party Pride Ride (in association with Capital Pride). Take a gander at all the pride-filled fun that was had!

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These Bikes Save Lives

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One of the things we love most about being a young give-back company is that we get to work with a lot of other companies who are doing amazing things. That's why it's been so fun to be working with Bike and Roll DC​, and such an honor ​for our bars to be ​included ​with each of their​
"DC ​Cool" bike rentals!

We think it's pretty cool that we get to give life-saving food to children in need around the world, and to have Bike and Roll DC promote that cause through the cool people around Washington riding their cool bikes is just... well... cool!

We've had similar partnerships with other great companies like People Water, Out of Print, and now with Bike and Roll DC. We're learning that not only is there a place for companies that do good and give back, but it's becoming the cool way to do business.

​- Todd Grinnell, Co-Founder, This Bar Saves Live​s

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Top 5 Memorial Day Weekend Activities in DC

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Capital Wheel Grand Opening
They planned this pretty well, huh? Opening just in time for Memorial Day Weekend, the Capital Observation Wheel will run daily through summer from 10am-11pm. Ticket prices start at $11.25.

Rolling Thunder Rally
Departing from the Pentagon at noon on Sunday the 25th, this annual ride raises awareness for better veteran benefits and POW/MIA issues. Thousands of motorcyclists will ride (and rumble!) over the river into Washington, DC. for a musical tribute.

DC Cool Bikes
What better way to celebrate Memorial Day than with a ride around the memorials on a retro-inspired bike that happens to be red, white and blue? Our DC Cool bikes will take you around our nation's capital in true cycle-chic style— they even include a water bottle and This Bar Saves Lives snack! Ride on.

Memorial Day Concert
Celebrate the holiday with some live tunes. The National Memorial Day Concert will be held on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol at 8pm. And the cherry on top: it's FREE!

Memorial Day Parade
The main event! This annual occasion is the highlight of the holiday weekend. Beginning at 2pm on Monday the 26th, this patriotic parade includes marching bands and veterans from all 50 states. Start practicing your "USA!" chants now!

 

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Bike to Work Day this Friday, May 16th!

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It's that time of year again!

Bike to Work Day is this Friday, and boy, do we have reason to celebrate! This annual nation-wide event (created by the League of American Bicyclists) is all about bringing awareness to the many healthy benefits of bike commuting.

Want to ride on Friday? Excellent! First, you should register here and select a pit stop location (there are 79 to choose from!). Pit stops will be offering complimentary refreshments, entertainment, and raffle prizes for registered riders. And, if you want to say hello to some bonafide Bike and Roll-ers, stop by the Freedom Plaza pit stop between 7am-9am for a free safety check from our oh-so-skilled fleet manager!

Don't have your own bike? No worries, we can help you out! Rent an overnight Trek Comfort Hybrid from our Downtown DC or Union Station locations and get a $5 off discount with code "BTWD"!

We sure look forward to seeing a lot more two-wheeled friends out and about this Friday... ride on!

 

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DC Cool Bikes Now Available (with This Bar Saves Lives snack!)

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What's cooler than cool? DC Cool.

Washington's new creative ad campaign, run by Destination DC, aims to capture the essence of our capital's innate energy by highlighting local hot spots and off-the-beaten path must-see's to potential visitors.

Running for all of 2014, this campaign was inspired in large part by the new "American Cool" exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery. This exhibit examines the very nature of what it means to be "cool," using several legendary celebrity figures' portraits to illustrate the point— think Miles Davis, Elvis Presley, Billie Holiday, Jay-Z, Kurt Cobain, etc. Pretty, well, cool... right?

Keeping in line with this concept, we'll be offering our interpretation of DC (and American) "Cool" in the form of awesomely retro chic bikes available for rent at our new Downtown DC location.

Our DC Cool bike is the epitome of cycling in style; these babies come equipped with supple leather seats, hammered aluminum fenders, and front baskets as an homage to the golden age of cycling. They'll even be named after 12 of the celebrities from the "American Cool" exhibit, so don't be surprised when you spot Jimi Hendrix riding around the Lincoln Memorial!

And to make things even cooler yet, we'll also be including a This Bar Saves Lives snack bar (the company we raved about here) and a bottle of water with every full day rental. These beautiful bikes will go for $11/hr and are available on a walk-up first come, first served basis.

::Snaps fingers and scats for extra cool-ness::

 

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Top 5 Things We're Looking Forward to in May

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Happy May, everyone! Looks like Spring is finally here to stay (fingers crossed and knock on wood...)

Here's a roundup of the top 5 events we're looking forward to this May!

Bike Month
May is one of our very favorite months—and not only because of the glorious weather. May marks National Bike Month, a cycle-centric celebration sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists. All month long there will be many bike-friendly ways to take part, including Bike to Work Day and Bike to School Day. We'll be representing yet again at Freedom Plaza in DC for this year's Bike to Work Day, so make sure you stop by to say hello!

DC Cool Bikes
New to our Downtown DC location this month are our much buzzed about DC Cool bikes. Named after celebrities from the National Portrait Gallery's American Cool exhibit, these retro-chic beauties are truly oh-so-cool! So cool, in fact, that full day rentals include a This Bar Saves Lives snack and bottled water. Ya dig?

Reopening of the Washington Monument
A moment three years in the making! Our beautiful Washington Monument will officially reopen to the public with a ceremony on May 12th to include a special appearance by Al Roker. Public tours of the Monument will recommence shortly after the ceremony ends.

Tour de Fat
The fantastical fete that is Tour de Fat is returning once again to Yards Park in DC on May 31. Family-friendly and celebrating all things biking, Tour de Fat includes a bike parade followed by all day silly celebrations.

Capital Wheel Opening
Take in the vista that is Washington, DC from the gondola of an enormous observation wheel! Set to open this month, the Capital Wheel is located in National Harbor and stands at 180 feet tall. Once open, the wheel will operate year-round from 10am-10pm.

 

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