River & Trail Outfitters owners Lee and Eunsook Baihly have been acquainting customers with the area's natural beauty since 1972. Their outdoor-exploration company's more than 70 friendly staffers accompany customers on relaxed, informative rafting, kayaking, canoeing, biking, and tubing excursions. In addition to having mastered river- and boat-safety skills, staff members are experienced in first aid, CPR, and the correct way to ask dolphins for directions. River & Trail Outfitters also accommodates businesses, organizing team-building events and rock wall rentals or hiking trips. The Baihlys' environmental commitment extends to an in-house recycling program and the use of biodiesel fuels.
Run by three generations of DC locals, Bike and Roll sends pedalers into the nation's modern and historical capitol. Sightseers are outfitted with ETs with maps so they can undertake self-guided tours along the National Mall, which is lousy with landmarks. To break with the hustle—and should one be so inclined, the bustle—cyclists can explore one of the city’s many meandering bike paths including the Capital Crescent Trail and Rock Creek Trail. The company’s line of tandem bikes and Trek comfort hybrids make for smooth rides along the flat terrain of the capital.
For a more itineraried experience, guided tours spirit groups through the historic sights. Local story-tellers regale cyclists with tales about the Capitol Building, Lincoln Memorial, the White House, and Mount Vernon, the home where George Washington lived after hatching from the egg incubated in the Statue of Liberty's torch.
Just a tiny repair shop at its inception, Rollin’ Cycles has since blossomed into a full-service store offering quality bikes and maintenance services. From Fuji road bikes and hybrids to Breezer and SE cycles, their inventory contains fits for all riders. In addition, technicians keep bikes in tiptop shape by providing regular tune-ups, performing cleanings, and playing lullabies with brass bike bells.
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Recommended Age Group: Adults
What is one fun, unusual fact about your business?
Our event is designed to be both challenging and fun, hence the reason we end at a beach!
What should people know about Bike to the Beach?
Our rides are fully supported and geared toward people who are not every-day cyclists.
What was the most enjoyable part of Bike to the Beach?
The best part of Bike to the Beach events is the people you meet who become lifelong friends and/or cycling companions.
Is fundraising required of participants?
While not required, we encourage our cyclists to raise $500 to support autism awareness.
Big Wheel Bikes’ Georgetown outlet is right next to the C&O Canal towpath, a popular place for cyclists who like pedaling on packed dirt and clay. For those who prefer smoother rides, it takes just minutes to pedal from Big Wheel Bikes to the Crescent Trail or the Rock Creek Parkway Trail. Easy access to the best trails in DC is only part of the reason why Big Wheel Bikes is a top shop for longtime cyclists and novices alike. Bike rentals are available for anyone looking for just a bit of pedaling fun, and the road bikes, mountain bikes or hybrid cycles they loan out are sturdy and easy to handle. Of course, the shop also offers repair services and sales of both new and used bikes and merchandise, with helmets and cable locks provided for bike renters upon request.
Trimming the main, tacking, and learning the lingo, tender-footed sailors earn their chops at Washington Sailing Marina along the Potomac River. During classes, adults or kids as young as nine learn to man the tiller on Sunfish or Flying Scots—small boats ideal for beginners. Once students have passed their certification tests, they're welcome to rent out boats with up to five friends.