This review was for the Mt Vernon bike ride round trip. This is an all-day bike rental with tickets to get into Mt. Vernon.
The ride starts out at old town Alexandria by the Torpedo Factory. There is about a half mile traveling the streets of Alexandria, then onto a dedicated paved bike trail for the remainder of the 9 miles to Mt. Vernon. The trail parallels the GW parkway, and has some nice views of the Potomac River along the way. The route is not steep but has some up and down over hills, which is something I wouldn't have expected along a flat stretch of the river. The person who set us up with the bikes gave us clear directions, with pictures, on how to get to the bike trail.
We went to Mt Vernon on July 4th, 2014. It was an amazing day, clear, cool and windy due to the aftermath of a hurricane which passed by off the coast of the Atlantic. Despite the crowds, Mt Vernon was a good place to visit on the 4th. They had a large band, daytime fireworks, birthday cake, and several demonstrations of life back in the 18th century. The bike trail itself was not crowded.
The bikes themselves were decent ones and in good condition. These were hybrid bikes with a front suspension. Tires were inflated properly, gears changed correctly, and the seats were comfortable.
My only complaint was with the lack of amenities in Alexandria at 10 in the morning. There was no place nearby to go to the bathroom (there was a Starbucks open a couple blocks away), and no place to fill up our water bottles. We found out later that there are public bathrooms and a water fountain about 3/4 of a mile down the bike trail.
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