Exploring Washington DC by Water

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Discover the best landmarks and attractions of Washington D.C. in an exclusively special way by taking a water tour. Get in a sightseeing cruise or have fun kayaking through the calm waters of the city.

Washington Monuments Cruise – It is a 90-minute trip in the Potomac River starting from Georgetown and ending at Old Town Alexandria. A cruise ride is obviously one of the best and relaxing ways to explore the city and take pictures of the Capital. You will get to see stunning bridges, the Lincoln Memorial, the Capitol building, the Washington Monument, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

You will also get a close view of the bridge structures such as the 14th Street Bridges and the Arlington Memorial Bridge. The tours will be operating in any climatic condition and the cruise has both outdoor and indoor spaces. You will be accompanied by a well-informed tour guide, who will narrate the significance of the places, and also answer your questions.

Cherry Blossom Festival Cruises – These tours are scheduled during the springtime, when the cherry trees of the Capital blossoms. There are several cruise trips, which make sure that their visitors get to see the beauty of blossoms.

The 50-minute cruise ride departs from the Washington Harbor, moves forward highlighting the cherry blossoms in the West Potomac Park, and ends at the Tidal Basin. You can also glance at several monuments during the trip. The cruise ride is scheduled for Sundays, Saturdays, and Fridays.

Cruises on the Odyssey, Spirit of Washington or Capital Elite
– This 45-minute cruise ride starts from Gangplank Marina at Six and Water streets SW, and includes lunch, brunch, or dinner. You get to spent time near Hains Point, which is known as the best place for blossom display. You can also take reserved water taxis at any time from Washington Harbor to the Tidal Basin.

Water Kayaking

Kayaking in the flat waters of Washington DC is another remarkable way to enjoy the scenic beauty of the city, even if you are new to kayaking. You can easily paddle along the calm waters of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, or head to the gentle Patuxent River for kayaking through the mesmerizing sceneries of Washington DC.