Combine sightseeing with an exhilarating boat ride on a Potomac River cruise. Here are three great options to see the city from the water.

Take a break from pounding the pavement and relax on a riverboat. The scenic waterways of the Potomac River are ideal for a short sightseeing trip or a luxurious catered meal. These riverboat companies are guaranteed to show you a great time.

Dinner Cruises

Odyssey Cruises are known for their elegant dinner cruises and live music. Each trip is two to three hours long for a memorable evening of D.C.'s most famous landmarks. Enjoy a three-course meal and live music with cocktails from the cash bar. Not only do they book large groups, but they are experts at special occasion gatherings like weddings and corporate events.

Departure Port: Pier 4 | 580 Water Street SW | Washington, D.C.
Tickets: Weekday prices start at $114.90 | Weekend prices start at $134.90 | Free for children under 3
Menu: View online here

Odyssey cruise

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Sightseeing Cruise

The Potomac Riverboat Company runs sightseeing tours from the D.C. Wharf and Old Town Alexandria. You can see the D.C. landmarks or head south and see George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate all without battling DMV traffic.

Tickets: D.C. Monument Tour: Adult tickets start at $20, Children's tickets start at $14 | Mount Vernon Tour: Adult Tickets $50, Children's tickets $39
Duration: 60 minutes for the D.C. monument tour | 90 minutes for the Mount Vernon tour
Website: Potomac Riverboat Company


Courtesy of the Potomac Riverboat Company

Water Taxi

When your goal is to get from point A to point B with a bit of scenery in between, then the Water Taxi is your best bet. Run by the Potomac Riverboat Company, it makes stops in Old Town Alexandria, Georgetown, the D.C. Wharf, and National Harbor. On game days, it also runs a special route to Nats Park.

Tickets: Start at $15 for adult one-way tickets
Website: Water Taxi Information
Duration: Approximately 45 minutes one-way

water taxi

Courtesy of Potomac Riverboat Company

What is your favorite way to get around along the Potomac River? Let us know in the comments!