Committing their enterprise to eco-friendly tourism, the women at SegZone Tours guide visitors through the historic streets of Annapolis, along the city waterways of Dover, and around the track at Dover International Speedway—all aboard segways. For groups or private parties, tour leaders can also focus excursions on local gardens, architecture, and wildlife in areas often unreachable by car or paraglider. They also guide themed seasonal tours, such as rides along haunted-house routes or past holiday-light displays. With an eye toward safety, staff members always provide thorough instruction on riding before tours or rentals, though they often give customers license to race or argue over whose segway would look better with flames painted on the side. When not leading guided excursions for customers or school groups, the team organizes corporate team-building events as well as indoor obstacle courses for recreation.
Voyager Executive Sedan Transportation’s licensed, insured, and security-cleared drivers have chauffeured clients such as Ed Gillespie, Janine Turner, Michael Steele, Don King, and the Mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Whether they’re toting around national politicians or people who can lick their own elbows, the drivers provide the same level of professional care. They roll up punctually in vehicles ready to whisk people away to events, the airport, or just around town for a night out. Voyager also specializes in regional trips, coordinating long-distance travel to locales such as New York City, Atlantic City, and Philadelphia.
Washington, DC, is ripe with history, and Go-DC Tours’ buses comb the streets to find every bit of it on their city-spanning tours. The tours, which can last three to eight hours, follow the scent of varied topics, from hunting the trails of the many memorials and their makers to exploring military history. The local excursions, though shorter, delve more deeply into the history of some of the DC area’s famed locales, such as Georgetown and Old Town Alexandria. As the air cools and fall turns the leaves, tour guides lead seasonally themed outings such as the Halloween Ghost Tour, which chills guests with the more gruesome tidbits of the city’s story, including the grisly evening when Lincoln’s ghost tried in vain to tip over the Washington Monument.
Each Capitol City Brewing Company location comes equipped with an in-house brewing system. It allows brewmaster Kristi Mathews Griner to monitor every step of her process and start serving her latest handcrafted batches within hours of completion. The system is a point of pride for Capitol City, whose Arlington eatery prominently displays its brewing technology for visitors.
Capitol City's set-up yields four signature beers year-round, including Amber Waves Ale, winner of the Great American Beer Festival's bronze, silver, and gold medals on three separate occasions. Inspired by English-, Belgian-, and German-style brews, Kristi also creates a rotating selection of seasonal beer such as golden ale made with real fruit, rather than the tempting fruit snacks she found in her lunchbox.
Beer not only fills up at least seven or eight Capitol City taps year-round, but also finds its way into the kitchen. Chefs marinate grilled breasts of organic chicken in Amber Waves Ale and flavor juicy bratwursts with Prohibition Porter. Though beer-free, other regional dishes—such as crab cake sandwiches served with house-made Old Bay tartar sauce—are specifically made to complement the bar's pours.
Under the tutelage of Pedego's eagle-eyed guide, travelers motor through on a monumental tour of D.C. landmarks astride a zippy electric bicycle. Form and function fuse into the retro-cruiser styled vehicles, which bop along at speeds of up to 20 miles per hour under the power of human legs or an electric engine. After donning the provided safety gear and packing the complimentary snack and water, riders mount the motorized cycle for a two-hour tour that begins and ends at the U.S. Marine Memorial, whirring past famous sites like the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, and FDR’s boyhood dunk tank in the process. A daily online calendar helps match riders with an open schedule slot.
Leave it to a DC bus company to build its service upon democratic principles: DC2NY lets its riders vote on issues such as whether or not to make rest stops or watch movies. This novel approach to customer service was developed by a senior management team with decades of experience in the hospitality industry, and it is no doubt part of the reason for a seemingly endless list of customer compliments. Riders also tend to be fans of the modern fleet of buses, which are equipped with free WiFi and bottled water, well-kept bathrooms, and electrical outlets in every other row.
Most of the roundtrip voyages take place between DC or Virginia and New York City, with convenient pickup locations at Dupont Circle and Union Station in DC, Penn Station in New York, and two Virginia-area Metro stations. Weekend trips often have express service with no additional pickups, and the summer season brings routes headed toward Rehoboth and Dewey Beaches in Delaware. For regular commuters, DC2NY offers a membership program, which grants special pricing, rewards points redeemable for tickets, and the privilege of declaring yourself mayor of your seat.