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Monuments by Moonlight: Exploring Washington DC at Night

By Viator, June 2017

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Many DC landmarks light up after dark, so exploring at night is a great way to see the city at its most atmospheric. These night tours of DC cover many of the same sites as our favorite daytime tours, but with far less traffic and fewer crowds.

Trolley Tours
With open sides that are perfect for on-the-go photography, trolley tours are a good choice for shutterbugs. Most trolleys have live or recorded narration throughout the tour, so you’ll know what you’re looking at as you explore the key sites in central DC, such as the Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument. Some evening trolley tours can be combined with daytime tours of DC for a full day of exploring that offers especially good value.
 
Bus Tours
Climate-controlled buses are comfortable any time of year, and range from small-group vans to full-sized coaches. Whatever the group size, guides are on hand to introduce each point of interest along the way, and many tours include time to disembark and explore the sites on foot. Bring a flashlight or phone to light up dark pathways.

Night Cruises 
The Potomac River flows right past some of DC’s most important monuments, and a cruise offers unobstructed views from the water. Some river cruises offer climate-controlled cabins that are ideal on hot nights, with open-air decks for catching the breeze off the Potomac.

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Washington DC Monuments by Moonlight Night Tour by Trolley

4.5 star rating: Recommended 1538 Reviews

You haven't seen Washington DC until you've seen it at night! On this narrated evening tour, you'll enjoy the sights and sounds of Washington DC, and see ...  Read more

Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Duration: 3 to 8 hrs

From USD $43.00
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Washington DC Twilight Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 99 Reviews

Join this open-air, London style double-decker bus tour that allows you to see America's Capital City when she's at her most beautiful: by twilight! On this ...  Read more

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $45.00
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Washington DC Monuments by Moonlight Electric Cart Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 118 Reviews

Experience a whole different side of Washington, DC during our Monuments By Night tour! Climb into our all-electric Red Roadsters and tour the National Mall in ...  Read more

Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $56.00
Washington DC Super Saver: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley and Monuments by Moonlight Tour, Washington DC, ... 
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Washington DC Super Saver: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley and Monuments by Moonlight Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 68 Reviews

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. ...  Read more

Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Duration: 3 to 8 hrs

From USD $89.95
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Epic Washington DC Evening Tour: Small-Group Van Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 289 Reviews

This nightly small group bus tour is 30 minutes longer than most other companies ensuring all guests an epic evening in Washington DC. It offers the ...  Read more

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $59.00
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Washington DC Monuments by Moonlight Night Cruise

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 49 Reviews

See Washington DC like never before on a mesmerizing nighttime cruise along the Potomac River. Admire DC’s most famous monuments and landmarks including the ...  Read more

Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $25.00
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Washington DC After Dark

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 13 Reviews

The Washington After Dark Tour is a night tour of DC that will take you to a nightly visit of the top monuments in the city. It offers you a totally new ...  Read more

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $49.00

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