Touring DC

People come to stay at William Penn House for a number of reasons.  Perhaps on the top the list of reasons is to tour this amazing city with all the museums, monuments and attractions.  Beyond the highlights and standard places to visit, however, there exists a vibrant city of diverse neighborhoods and cultures.  Bicycling and walking are two of the best ways to see more of all that the city and region has to offer.  Please see the respective websites for policies and costs.  



There are now two great options for bicycling around the area. 

Bike the Sites rents bicycles at Union Station, The Old Post Office, and in Alexandria, VA.  If you want to rent a bicycle for a half-day or more, this is your best option.  Rentals include helmets and locks.  Bike the Sites also offers guided tours.  Our staff can also give pointers on places to bike. 

Capital Bikeshare is a rapidly-growing bikeshare program in the region.  It is a great way to get from point A to point B, while not having to pay rental fees while the bike is parked.  There are a growing number of places throughout the city where these bikes are parked, including one block from William Penn House on East Capitol St.  NOTE:  Helmets are not included or offered through this company, so please plan on bringing a helmet.  We will be soliciting donations of helmets for guests, but do not have any yet to offer. 


Walking Tours

Harrington Tours.  Washington, DC resident and teacher Nathan Harrington also leads walking tours of Washington, DC.  His tours take visitors off-the-beaten-path to some hidden environmental, architectural and cultural gems.



City Segway Tours has a variety of tour options for people who enjoy being outdoors and are looking for a different way to see the sites.  They are located at 624 9th St. NW, between Metro Center and Chinatown Metro stops. 

In addition, there are a variety of tourbuses, includind DC Tours and Trolley Tours.

The Washington DC Metro is, of course, always an option and, for the savvy tourist, can be the most affordable way to see the sites both near and far in the region.