Renting an electric scooter is a fast and fun way to see the nation's capital. Electric scooters give you access to areas that are otherwise hampered by limited public transportation or steep hills.

When you rent a Bird electric scooter, you are charged $1 to start and then $0.39 per minute. (A temporary hold of $3 may be placed at the start of your ride.)

The Bird app has a map feature, but if you have an Apple phone and watch, I recommend that you use the features together to get to your desired destination.

If you stop for only 2 minutes, that is 78 cents if you hold on to your scooter. That's cheaper than paying $1 to restart.

On the flip side, if you stop for 30 minutes to get a bite to eat, you'll be charged $11.70 if you place a hold on your scooter.

You can park them just about anywhere. If you end your ride in a preferred parking zone, the app will give credit to your account.

IMPORTANT TIP Make sure you have enough batttery left on your phone to end your ride through the app.