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November 20, 2011

Washington Monument, Washington DC…a good one to do simply just because it’s been in lots of movies

The monument in honour of the 1st President, George Washington is actually a large obelisk (555 feet high). Construction took 36 years to be completed. During the Civil War, construction was halted. When it resumed, the quarry no longer had rock of the same exact shade; so a lighter one had to be used. You’ll notice the difference in colour on your way up.

Tickets are free, and they are distributed at 8:30am. I arrived at 8.25am and waited for 45 minutes in the spiralling queue.  Although you received tickets at 8:30am, your tour time may not be until 11:30am, or later.

It’s fun to say you’ve been there, but that’s about all I got out of it. Not the best thing you could do in DC but it is still a good one to do simply just because it has been in lots of movies. This is the true truth as i say it as it is…

September 2, 2011

City Segway Tours, Washington DC…Yes. Yes. Yes. You must do this.

As an experienced Segway rider (is that nerdy? yes it is), I was ok with the quick instructional time and the hilarious safety video where a stick person falls off a Segway in every way imaginable and in the worst ways possible. Then the guide takes you outside to an alley for a practice run.

The tour itself was pretty awesome. The tourguide was well-informed and we hit up a lot of spots that I wanted to visit anyways on foot. I tried walking the day before but retired after covering only Washington monument, Lincoln memorial, WWII and the Vietnam and Korea war memorials.  It was just too taxing on the feet.

Riding a Segway just kicks ass.  There is no better place than the National Mall to ride one of these babies around.
I recommend this tour to anyone visiting the D.C. area whether or not you’ve seen the sights.  This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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