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  • Location:Washington D.C., District of Columbia
  • Duration:1 day (approx.)

Washington DC Super Saver: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley and Monuments by Moonlight Tour

Explore Washington DC at your leisure on a hop-on hop-off trolley and see the city's landmarks illuminated on a guided night tour with this super saver combo. Hop on and off as often as you like at any of 20 trolley stops at landmarks including the White House, US Capitol, Lincoln Memorial and Jefferson Memorial. Then at night, take a guided trolley tour to see the same monuments lit up and hear fascinating anecdotes and ghost stories.


  • Washington DC money-saving combo of hop-on hop-off trolley tour and guided night trolley tour
  • See top Washington DC attractions including the White House, Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument by day and night
  • Visit major DC landmarks at your leisure on hop-on hop-off trolleys, getting on and off at any of 20 stops
  • Admire the city all lit up at night on a guided night trolley tour packed with fun facts and stories

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What You Can Expect

Washington DC Super Saver: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley and Monuments by Moonlight Tour

Monuments by Moonlight

Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour
Board your trolley at any of its 20 stops throughout Washington DC and use your included guidebook to help plan your day. Travel three different routes and listen to onboard commentary on the sights you pass, hopping on and off as often as you like. Since the trolleys run every half hour from morning to evening, they're a convenient way to get around the city and cover all the must-do sights! This is DC's only trolley with GPS Tracking! You can find the your next trolley arrival, nearby trolley stops, and there is even a call-in feature. No phone app is required! Maximize your time on the trolleys with the use of this tool.

There are three different trolley routes (see Itinerary for a complete list of stops):

National Mall and Downtown (Orange Loop)
 The orange line travels along the National Mall with stops at all the Smithsonian Museum buildings, as well as the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, United States Capitol and Supreme Court buildings.

National Cathedral, Uptown and Georgetown (Green Loop
) The green line goes uptown to the National Zoo and National Cathedral. It then takes you through Embassy Row on its way to historic Georgetown, Washington's oldest neighborhood that is a hot spot for shopping and dining. Finally, the green line goes to the White House and White House Visitor Center.

Arlington National Cemetery Shuttle (Red Loop; 10-15 minutes) The Arlington Cemetery line shuttles between the Lincoln Memorial and Arlington Cemetery.
 The last return shuttle from Arlington National Cemetery is at 4:30pm.

Guided Night Trolley Tour
After a day of touring the city on your own, meet your guide at 7:30pm at Union Station and board your trolley to begin your 2.5-hour narrated night tour of more than 100 attractions. Be dazzled by the sight of floodlit landmarks including the White House, Washington Monument, FDR Memorial, Korean War Veteran's Memorial and Iwo Jima.

As you travel the streets of the US capital, your guide will share historical facts, engaging anecdotes and spooky ghost stories. By the time you return to Union Station, you'll have seen many of the city's can't-miss sights with this money-saving combo that's the perfect balance between free time and guided sightseeing.

Please note: If certain attractions are closed, your guide will recommend alternative routes.


Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour stops:

* Washington Welcome Center: Ford's Theatre, Petersen House, International Spy Museum
* The White House Visitors Center: The White House Visitor Center, The White House, National Aquarium
* National Archives: National Archives, National Gallery of Art East and West Buildings, Marian Koshland Science Museum, the United States Navy Memorial
* Union Station, Smithsonian National Postal Museum
* US Capitol, US Supreme Court, Library of Congress
* Air & Space Museum, Museum of the American Indian, Hirshhorn Museum, U.S. Botanic Gardens
* Holocaust Memorial Museum, Bureau of Engraving & Printing
* Jefferson Memorial, George Mason Memorial, Tidal Basin - paddle boats, FDR Memorial
* Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, World War II Memorial, Shuttle to Arlington Cemetery
* Museum of American History, Washington Monument
* Museum of Natural History, Old Post Office Pavilion and Bell Tower
* Newseum, National Gallery of Art - West Building, Marian Koshland Science Museum
* White House Gifts
* National Geographic Museum, Charles Sumner Museum and Archives
* Dupont Circle, Woodrow Wilson House, Textile Museum, Phillips Collection
* Woodley Park Shopping and Dining Neighborhood, Adams Morgan Shopping and Dining Neighborhood, National Zoo
* National Cathedral: Open daily 10am - 4pm, tours available daily
* Georgetown University, Old Stone House
* Stephen Decatur House, Lafayette Park, White House Grounds, Eisenhower Executive Office Building, Octagon House, Renwick Gallery, Corcoran Gallery
* Chinatown, The National Museum of Women in the Arts, National Portrait Gallery, American Art Museum

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Great Tour and narrator. Would recommend this to everyone and would do it again.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

We used the Hop-on Hop-off Trolley during the day and we took the Monuments by Moonlight Tour. We were very satisfied with both but the moonlight tour was really nice.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Great time, Just Joe made it informative and fun.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

The driver also told us the brief history of othrt buildings thst we passed as well as the places at the stops.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Excellent way to see everything at your own pace. The drivers were very informative Hoya Hank was a little over the top, though.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This is the best way to see the city in the shortest possible time. Make sure that you get an early start as this is a one DAY ticket and not a 24 hour ticket. The drivers were funny and well informed and we had a great day. The Monuments by Moonlight is a MUST as it is definitely the best way to see the monuments. If you only have one day, this is the way to do it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Both the day and Eric'S evening tour were outstanding. There are so many points of interest ,but they covered them well. So glad we hopped off at The National Cathedral So glad to sit down for the nice long Moonlight tour. We did not vAlidate out tickets so the driver took us to the ticket location. Very helpful
Thank you so much

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

my cousin and I really enjoyed the tours. We booked a hop on, hop off day trip followed by a night tour in DC. The drivers were very knowledgeable about the city. The night tour driver was especially good giving many tidbits about each monument to make sure to see. We would highly recommend these tours, especially if you have a limited amount of time to spend in DC.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

We had a great time in Washington. We decided to do this tour both day and night. Our only mistake was spending too much time seeing all the sights during the day. It was too long of a day because the night tour just repeated all the stops we had seen during the day. Cudos to the staff that helped us get back to Union Station. We missed the last shuttle and they ran a special loop out to get us saving us a lot of steps to get back to the pickup point. Thanks again to them.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

A fantastic way to get around and see the sights of this impressive city. Trolleys run regularly all day up until around 5 and drop off and pick up at key locations. Guides are knowledgeable and entertaining. The Moonlight Tour paces itself with a couple of stops that you can get off at and walk about at before continuing and gives you a different view of the city than the day tour. Trolleys are open-sided but have plastic roll-down covers for when it rains, although this does limit the view!

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