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Washington DC Monuments by Moonlight Tour by Trolley

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Washington DC Monuments by Moonlight Tour by Trolley

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Overview

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

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

This activity will end right where it started.
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.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Washington Welcome Center
Tour departs from this location. Shop for unique Washington DC souvenirs
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Supreme Court
Supreme Court
Pass By:  
Capitol Hill
Capitol Hill photo op from Trolley
Pass By:  
U.S. Capitol
U.S. Capitol photo op from Trolley
Pass By:  
Jefferson Memorial
Jefferson Memorial
Stop At:  
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Lincoln Memorial Stop
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Korean War Veterans Memorial
Lincoln Memorial stop
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Lincoln Memorial
Lincoln Memorial Stop
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Washington Monument
Washington Monument
Pass By:  
White House
White House
Stop At:  
Tidal Basin
MLK Jr./FDR Memorial Stop
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial
MLK Jr./FDR Memorial stop
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
MLK Jr./FDR Memorial stop
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Library of Congress
Library of Congress
Stop At:  
National World War II Memorial
National World War II Memorial
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Monuments by Moonlight Night Tour
Onboard your trolley, you'll see 100 of Washington DC's most popular monuments and points of interest, including the Capitol Building, the White House, the Jefferson Memorial and the Washington Monument. The trolley also makes night-time stops at the FDR Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and the Korean War Veteran's Memorial, allowing you to see these impressive monuments floodlit by night. While you tour, your guide provides entertaining anecdotes and historical information about the sights, along with a sprinkling of bewitching ghost stories about the spirits who haunt the nation's capital.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • 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
  • OPERATED BY Historic Tours Of America
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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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Washington DC Monuments by Moonlight Tour by Trolley?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Washington DC Monuments by Moonlight Tour by Trolley.

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  • "Grab a quick dinner beforehand, this is a long tour and you’ll arrive back at a Union Station late in the evening." See review
  • "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." See review

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Evening in Washington
Sudiprmoney
, Jun 2022
The lady guide cum driver at trolley no 620 was fun and quite informative Really a great way to familiarize with Washington
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You gotta do this!
Amanda_K
, Jun 2022
Our Guide, Lucky, was great! 3 stops was just enough and the narration was excellent in between. We got to the Lincoln Memorial at dusk and the glow from the Washington Monument in the reflecting pool was magical.
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star-5
Great tour!
Cathy_T
, Jun 2022
We enjoyed learning about the city and visiting the monuments. The driver was very interactive with the travelers.
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Mike our Tour Guide
Vishnu_S
, Jun 2022
We had a group of 13. Our tour guide was Mike using his 514. Mike was very knowledgeable, he knew so much history and was very informative. I learned so much. The tour was however was about 2.5 hours. Seems like a long time, but with driving in DC the tour didn’t take us to much places. We stopped 3 times, and had about 20 minutes per stop to rush through the monuments. This tour would be great to get a quick view of the sites, and great if you have a tour guide like Mike. He was able to fill in he 2.5 hours with very so much history that it gave me goose bumps. Great job Mike. Thank you!
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We had a great time! Our...
Lisa_G
, Jun 2022
We had a great time! Our tour guide MJ was amazing! Highly recommend this tour. Again, great time. Great guide.
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Great time.
Ken_D
, Jun 2022
Loved our guide. MJ! He seemed knowledgeable and quite humorous! Made for a fun experience. Would definitely recommend this to others
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How to really see the monuments without the heat
Maribelmc111
, Jun 2022
Had a great time seeing all the amazing monuments and our guide who I believe named Scout ot Skooter ( not sure) or something similar was very entertaining. I totally recommend this tour.
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This tour was awesome and...
Angie_C
, Jun 2022
This tour was awesome and fun. There was no moonlight but it was a perfect evening. Nice and cool. The guide was excellent throughout the tour.
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All monuments like : ...
Sor_C
, Jun 2022
All monuments like : the Washington monument, Lincoln Memorial, Thomas and Jefferson Memorial . William Tecumseh Sherman
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Twilight
KATHLEEN_T
, Jun 2022
We loved watching the sky darken over the reflecting pool. We were shown sites we didn’t know about so could come back to see later. Our driver HONEST ABE was so much fun
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Our tour guide Smiley...
Patti_T
, Jun 2022
Our tour guide Smiley gave a great narration. He is a local of DC and his pride shined through during our tour.
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It was okay
Aimee_P
, Jun 2022
It was daylight most of the time. Only dark the last 45 minutes. And many of the streets were closed, so we didn’t take the normal route and see everything. We only stopped 3 times. It was disappointing for those factors. But our driver was funny and very knowledgeable. He made it interesting. I wouldn’t pay as much as we did though. It was worth half the price.
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star-4
Great stops and monuments at night are awesome!!!
DJ_F
, Jun 2022
The driver seemed kind of rude, I think he was trying for rude humor but he wasn’t funny so it was just annoying. The trip itself was still awesome though. I’ve lived here for six years and hadn’t seen a couple if the areas yet that this hit.
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Seeing the monuments lit...
Michele_S
, Jun 2022
Seeing the monuments lit up from Lincoln memorial down the reflecting pool ! I would recommend a stop at Jefferson memorial . Since we drove around the tidal basin to the other memorials but missed this one.
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Driver was very...
Janet_M
, Jun 2022
Driver was very knowledgeable. Liked the stops we made to get up closer to certain monuments. All very well organized. Definitely a "must do" when visiting DC!
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Improvisation was impressive.
Robyn_R
, Jun 2022
Due to an event in town the tour driver had to run the tour in an unconventional route. But I think he did a very good job of still trying to get us to see many sites even when some were blocked off by police barricade. He was thinking on his feet and luckily knew a great deal about sites other than his regular route so he was able to improvise as needed. I didn’t feel like we were cheated out of any experiences even though technically we didn’t see a few things that are listed on the website description. It wasn’t the driver or tour company’s fault. Our driver was Batman.
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Monuments at night
Jim_s
, Jun 2022
Great way to see the monuments in a different way all illuminated at night without walking 😊 . Driver knowledgeable about the area
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Great way to experience D.C.!
Wendy_H
, Jun 2022
The Moonlight Trolley was a lovely experience start to finish. It is a great way to see the highlights of D.C. with just enough time at each stop to take in the history and beauty.
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Fourth Time!
Diane_H
, Jun 2022
I thought our driver did a good job. He was very personable and pleasant. I’ve been on this tour 3 times over 8 years with various grandchildren and was disappointed their weren’t more stops as I remembered before (Jefferson memorial for one). Needed more specific information to get to ML King memorial and missed it. Was a bit disappointed.
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star-5
Worth the money
Dana_B
, Jun 2022
I really enjoyed how our driver Jason incorporated his personal experience within the tour. He was personable and funny. I really enjoyed looking at all the monument.
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