Orientation Express

When I launched DC Cycling Concierge in May, I knew I had a lot to offer visitors as a private guide leading customized bike tours. Between my passion for bicycling and my love of Washington DC, I’m always psyched to show people the best this city has to offer, and there is no better way to sightsee and explore Washington DC than by bike. I also knew that there is a lot I will be learning this first year about the needs and goals of my guests. What has been fun to discover is how much my private bike tours help my guests get oriented for a fantastic visit!

The Caruthers clan of Texas at the President Lyndon B. Johnson Memorial

The Caruthers clan of Texas at the President Lyndon B. Johnson Memorial

The Caruthers family from Texas is an example of a family who already know that biking was a great way to explore and experience a new area, but who also knew that a knowledgeable local would enhance their visit significantly. This was their first trip to Washington DC and they were bringing their bikes with them. Since they booked their ride well in advance, we were able to schedule a preliminary call to discuss some of their goals and the sights they wanted to see. It became clear very quickly that giving them an orientation ride would help them maximize the rest of their visit. The 20 mile route I developed not only included visits to many of DC’s most famous sights, it included a half dozen recommended routes they could expand upon. For instance, biking from their hotel in downtown DC, I showed them the safest routes to the National Mall and the many Smithsonian museums and monuments. I also showed them how to most easily get to the Mt Vernon Trail, the W&OD Trail, and the Capital Crescent Trail for rides they could do by themselves in the following days.  As they wrote in their Trip Advisor review, their orientation ride took “the worry and stress out” of their bike tour with “just the right amount of fun, history and riding.”

Even though Lisa grew up near and lived in DC, she loved not having to figure out the route

Even though Lisa grew up near and lived in DC, she loved not having to figure out the route

On the other end of the spectrum was my guest Lisa and her family.  While Lisa grew up in the Washington region and lived in the city for several years, she quickly saw the benefit of hiring the DC Cycling Concierge.  When I met her family in the lobby of the Ritz Carlton in Georgetown, I pulled out a map and reviewed the route I had planned based on the goals I learned from texts with Lisa. At the end of the route preview, the family was clearly excited and Lisa stated “And that is why we hired the DC Cycling Concierge, because even though I know many of these places, I wouldn’t have a clue how to safely bike this whole route.” The other benefit of their private bike tour became evident later on when one of her daughters said she wasn’t feeling well. On the fly I was able to alter the route to keep their top destination priorities in tact, while shortening our loop to accommodate our slower pace.

When you have precious little time to experience such a great city as DC with countless options, it always helps to get some orientation to make the most of your trip (be it a vacation, a business trip, or a bit of both). In just a few hours, I can pack a lot in, keep it fun, and give you a clear sense of what you want to do with your remaining time in DC. And you can’t beat a customized experience!  As the Caruthers family noted in their Trip Advisor review, it was money well spent.