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Explore the famous monuments and memorials of Washington DC by moonlight on this narrated, 2.5-hour sightseeing tour. Hop aboard an open-air trolley and enjoy an educational and entertaining history of the nation’s capital while traveling past each point of interest. Take in the stunning views of an illuminated Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, the White House and many other landmarks. This is a truly unique look at the iconic monuments of Washington DC by night.


  • See Washington DC's monuments by moonlight while aboard a trolley
  • Hear entertaining anecdotes and historical information from a guide on an evening tour
  • Pass by Washington DC's most popular monuments and points of interest
  • See the FDR Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Korean War Veterans Memorial and more

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Washington DC Monuments by Moonlight Night Tour by Trolley

Washington DC Monuments by Moonlight Night Tour by Trolley

This unique trolley tour provides an entirely new perspective on the city of Washington DC and its many famous locations by moonlight.

Meet your guide and the rest of the tour group by the main entrance at Union Station. Then climb aboard one of the orange and green trolleys and enjoy the view with live commentary from a local guide.

Ride along the same streets the presidents have traveled and see the Washington Monument lit up for the evening. Pass the Thomas Jefferson and Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorials, illuminated from the Tidal Basin; the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, featuring cascading waterfalls and sculptures; and the National World War I and World War II Memorials, with a spectacular fountain display.

There’s also the Lincoln Memorial, the Korean War Veterans Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the White House, Capitol Hill and the dome of the United States Capitol, plus the United States Supreme Court Building and the Library of Congress. Along the way, hear the historic stories, facts and anecdotes that make the city of Washington DC one of the most popular tourist destinations in the United States.

Customer Reviews

Louise R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Our Moonlight Tour of the Monuments was a highlight of our trip to D. C. Our driver and guide was Hank and he was knowledgeable and entertaining. We were there over Memorial Day weekend, and the city was really busy, but Hank took us to all of the monuments, which look spectacular in the evening with the light shining on them. He allowed us ample time to get out and take photos. It is a tour that I highly recommend for anyone who plans to visit our nation's capital. Book early!!

Patricia F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

We've taken several tours in DC and this was by far the best. Our tour guide MJ made the tour a wonderful experience! He was incredibly knowledgable, funny, and personable. Best tour guide by far! Thank you for a great tour MJ!!!

Mellisa R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This tour was amazing!

Sharon H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Great trip and top notch driver/tour guide.

Brian B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Great tour guide... provided historical perspective, and funny stores/jokes to make the ride even more enjoyable. Monuments at night were awesome.

Richard T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Terrific, knowledgable driver, extensive and inclusive tour. Only wished we didn't have a big rainstorm with thunder and lightening! Didn't expect the tour company could control the weather!!

Rosemarie S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Great seeing everything at night with all the lights. Our driver. Was excellent. Best guide i have ever had. He knew all the history on everything. He made our trip enjoyable.

Barbara F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

We loved this tour. The meeting and lining up process,not so much. We were to meet our tour bus in front of Union Station this is a very busy, congested, confusing place. We eventually found where we belonged. On the trolley/bus I was stunned to realize that a bus driver who was skillfully maneuvering this large vehicle through the D.C.streets and even parallel parking it at many of the sights was also narrating as we went. He was amazing and he gave a wonderful narrative. Trouble was, we were near the back and very rude people in the seats behind us were having their own private party oblivious to the tour going on in front of them and we had a difficult time hearing much of the really interesting narrative. The driver/tour guide told many fascinating stories about the history related to the landmarks we passed or stopped at. Because it was summer about half the tour took place in the daylight. That meant we could see many of the famous buildings and sights in the daylight. The driver often went by landmarks in both directions so people on both sides of the bus could get a good view. As night fell we were at the Martin Luther King, Jr. monument and we could look across the basin at the Jefferson Monument and the Washington Monument in the distance and enjoy the sight in the twilight. We stopped at the Lincoln Monument and Korean War Memorial in the dark and the lighting was striking. As we passed the White House lit in the dark, the driver informed us stopping in front of it is now illegal and Secret Service watch closely ready to give a 600 ticket to any bus that dares stop. He crept by hoping to catch the red light at the signal directly in front but failed. Still we got a really great night time view. Our party of 4 thoroughly enjoyed the ride, the narrative and the may sights of D.C. It was a great overview of the city and a spectacular view at night. Finally, the driver was really service minded and we appreciated the little courtesies he extended.

Patricia B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

We had a great tour guide named Jewel. She was very informative as well as friendly. The night we went was our 16th wedding anniversary and the moon was full. It was the perfect night four our Monuments by Moonlight tour. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting DC!

Cindy H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Wonderful trip. HW was a wonderful guide. I saw things up close and he shared lots of knowledge.

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