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Washington DC Monuments by Moonlight Tour by Trolley

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  • 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
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  • Offered in: English


Explore the famous monuments and memorials of Washington DC by moonlight on this narrated 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

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Avoid crowds and get great views of the monuments illuminated at night from an open-air trolley.

What's Included

  • All taxes
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Food and drinks

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 1001 E St NW
    1001 E St NW, Washington, DC 20004, USA

    Tour departs from the Washington Welcome Center at 1001 E St. NW. Guests are required to check in 30 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

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 at 1001 E St NW. 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 Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, 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.

Washington Welcome Center

Tour departs from this location. Shop for unique Washington DC souvenirs

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Supreme Court (Pass By)

Supreme Court

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • If wheelchair access is required, please advise at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Emotional support animals and pets are not allowed on the tour
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 52 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

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Q:How long is the Washington DC Monuments by Moonlight Tour by Trolley?

A:The Monuments by Moonlight Tour is approximately 2.5 hours long. (Time may vary depending on road conditions and/or traffic.)

Jun 2021

Q:Are the Washington DC Monuments by Moonlight Tour by Trolley drivers knowledgeable?

A:Yes - all guides are accredited by the city government.

Jun 2021

Q:Is the Washington DC Monuments by Moonlight Tour by Trolley narrated?

A:Yes, the tour is fully narrated by knowledgeable, expert guides. It's more than just a narration, it’s an experience! You’ll hear sound effects and much more.

Jun 2021

Q:Are food and drinks allowed on the Washington DC Monuments by Moonlight Tour by Trolley?

A:Yes, food and drinks are welcome. However alcoholic beverages are not allowed under any circumstance for the safety and comfort of all of our guests.

Jun 2021

Q:Are pets allowed on the Washington DC Monuments by Moonlight Tour by Trolley?

A:Service animals are the only animals that are allowed on board the trolleys.

Jun 2021

Q:Are the Washington DC Monuments by Moonlight Tour by Trolley handicap accessible?

A:A certain number of the trolleys are equipped with hydraulic wheelchair lifts. Please call the phone number on your ticket at least 24 hours prior to your travel date to confirm an accessible vehicle.

Jun 2021

Q:Are the Washington DC Monuments by Moonlight Tour by Trolley enclosed?

A:The trolleys are open-air vehicles but have plastic windows that can roll up or roll down depending on the weather conditions.

Jun 2021

Q:What if there is bad weather on the day of my Washington DC Monuments by Moonlight Tour by Trolley?

A:Tours operate rain or shine, hot or cold, year-round. However, bear in mind that conditions can be harsh, especially in the wintertime. If the tour does not operate due to weather, you will receive a full refund.

Jun 2021

Q:Are the Washington DC Monuments by Moonlight Tour by Trolley heated in the winter?

A:Yes. During the wintertime, the trolleys are heated.

Jun 2021

Q:Can I bring my stroller on board the Washington DC Monuments by Moonlight Tour by Trolley?

A:Yes, strollers must be collapsible and will be stored up front with the conductor. Strollers in the aisle ways would constitute a safety hazard.

Jun 2021

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Traveler Tips

Grab a quick dinner beforehand, this is a long tour and you’ll arrive back at a Union Station late in the evening.
If you have difficulty walking or seeing in the dark, you may want to reconsider this tour as there are areas that are poorly lit and with uneven walkways.
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Great Trip
Jackie_P, Aug 2022
😊 Our conductor, Smiley, told fascinating stories about the buildings and monuments. He instructed us on things to look for at each stop.
Excellent evening outing.
Frank_G, Aug 2022
The driver, Mr History was excellent tour guide. We experienced a very nice history lesson along with the monuments. I would recommend.
Monumental Experience
Luis_M, Aug 2022
Marcel did an amazing job! Driving A+ / Communication A+ / Humor A+ He’s the kind of driver that should train others!
Fun and knowledgeable
Marisa_B, Aug 2022
Iwojima memorial and the Martin Luther King memorial also The trolly riide with Batman driver he was funny
Fun little tour
Pamela_C, Aug 2022
Extremely informative tour guide (his name was Batman lol), smooth ride, we stopped at all the sites we wanted to see.
Excellent tour, even in the rain. Better than the one with closed windows.
Robin_W, Aug 2022
Marcell was an excellent tour guide. His storytelling was very interesting and super humorous. We had a great time.
Overpriced and not worth it
Shawn_G, Aug 2022
Not worth the money! Sound system was low and people were talking so we could hardly hear anything. Only 3 photo stops compared to the 10 most other tours offered. Also, it left at 7:30 instead of leaving later so the first hour of the tour wasn't lit up. Kind of defeats the purpose of a monuments by moonlight tour! They took our money and ran with this one. It’s a total tourist trap. I definitely wouldn’t book through this company again.
Moonlight tour
Alexandria_I, Aug 2022
It was good tour. Definitely sit in middle of the bus best spot to see everything. Yiu learned of some monument yiu usually don’t see or hear about.
Jacqueline_G, Aug 2022
The lighting on the monuments is phenomenal. It is much cooler in the the evening and smaller crowds! You get a better experience and more information versus touring alone. Excellent tour! BE EARLY IF POSSIBLE. The lines get long quick.
Different view in the evening!!!
Charles_T, Aug 2022
The lighting on the monuments… breath taking. Cool in the the evening and not big crowds! You got a different perspective at night. Great tour
Mr. History was the best!
Alyssa_B, Aug 2022
Mr. History was phenomenal! He knew his stuff and engaged the tour bus while telling us the history of the sites. I was also impressed by how much he engaged the kids and encouraged them to participate and ask questions. Loved it!
No refund
Amy_S, Aug 2022
I'm sure the tour was great. It was 100 degrees that day and my elderly father could do no more. It was rainy and the night prior was stormy. I asked for my money back and was told no. I was just frustrated after booking so much through Viator.
Best way to see the city
Paola_P, Aug 2022
I love history and coming to DC has been on my bucket list for years; I love that we got to visit on the trolley because it would it have taken too long doing it on our own, the best idea I ever had was to book this tour. Mr. History our guide was not only very knowledgeable but kind, respectful and funny. My favorite part was that we could go see FDR memorial as he is my favorite president, I literally cried tears if joy when I heard we were going to visit him. I am very happy that we took this trip and that my family got to enjoy it with me, thank you for being part of our memories.
Great First night overview
Colette_K, Aug 2022
The Memorial stops and seeing the evening light as a back ground Excitement in my 14 year old grandson
Nirajan_B, Aug 2022
It was excellent experience. Guide was excellent. His presentation was awesome. Bus tour is way better than electric cart.
Smiley is THE MAN!!
Timothy_R, Aug 2022
Our driver Smiley was AWESOME. He made the whole trip fun, engaging and we all learned something new.
Information Station
Marjorie_F, Aug 2022
Loved the narration and enthusiasm of driver-Smiley who kept us looking forward to our beautiful journey on this tour of DC!
Glory Under the Stars
Charlene_A, Aug 2022
Tour Guide's informative synopsis of Washington DC. The sights of the scenic areas at night captured the beauty of the district. It was amazing!
Great tour!
Susan_C, Aug 2022
Our tour guide, Hollywood, provided great info in a fun way! I would recommend this tout to anyone hoping to see all of the sites of DC!
Best Tour in DC!!!!!
Jaime_S, Aug 2022
Mr. History was our tour guide and he provided an EXCELLENT experience for all. He was very informative, very animated, kept everyone’s attention, and pointed out things that weren’t listed on the tour. We have been in DC for 4 days and this is, BY FAR, the BEST tour we have done. Job very well done Mr. History!!!!!!!!


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