DC at Dusk Tour in Washington, DC

USA Guided Tours701 Pennsylvania Ave. NWWashington, DC 20004
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See historic Washington DC from a new perspective. When the sun goes down and the monuments light up, you’ll embark on an unforgettable tour experience. This 3-hour tour brings guests around our nation’s capital for epic photo opportunities and history lessons at notable landmarks, monuments, and historic sites. Hop off the tour bus at each stop to see each landmark up close and in person.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Washington Travel Experts
  • Tour duration: approximately 3 hours long.
  • The tour starts at the U.S. Navy Memorial.
  • The tour includes stops in Washington DC and northern Virginia.
  • Bring your camera for extraordinary photos of DC landmarks lit up at night.


from DC at Dusk Tour
Don’t miss the chance to experience Washington at night! This three-hour night tour takes you on a light-filled journey through historic Washington, DC, and nearby Northern Virginia.

The tour begins at the U.S. Navy Memorial at 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW - halfway between the White House and the U.S. Capitol - and will bring you a unique and breathtaking look at our nation’s capital! On your way to the U.S. Capitol Building (the first stop) you pass the National Archives, which houses historic U.S. documents - the original Declaration of Independence, The
Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. In route, you will also see the Newseum, the Canadian Embassy, and the National Gallery of Art.

Emerging in sight will be the U.S. Capitol, where you’ll take in a memorable, two-mile long, panoramic view of the Smithsonian Museums (the largest museum complex in the world), and the Washington Monument (the tallest, freestanding stone structure in the world), flooded with lights –creating an unforgettable experience.

On your way to the White House, you’ll pass the U.S. Botanic Garden, Grant’s Memorial, The U.S. Navy Memorial, the Robert F. Kennedy Department of Justice, and the J. Edgar Hoover Federal Bureau of Investigation.

When arriving at the White House, you’ll not only see the Executive Residence of the President and his family, you will also see the Dwight D. Eisenhower Executive Office Building. This stop also includes a walk past Lafayette Park, honoring the Marquis de Lafayette, leader of French forces.

Next, your next stop is the National World War II Memorial. Along the way, you will see the headquarters of the American Red Cross, the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Organization of American States (OAS).

Once finished at the World War II Memorial, you will visit the beautiful Jefferson Memorial – which was built from 1938 – 1943 – on the Tidal Basin, lined with cherry trees that were a gift of friendship to the People of the United States from the People of Japan.

Across the Tidal Basin, you’ll visit the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial – dedicated in 2011; quite a site, at night!

On the walking part of the tour, you will visit the Korean War Veterans Memorial, and via a nice stroll along the tree line, you will emerge in front of the Lincoln Memorial and Vietnam Veterans Memorials.

On the way to the last stop at the U.S. Navy Memorial, we visit the Iwo Jima Memorial, where you can take in a twinkling, and spectacular view of the Washington, DC landscape.

Tripster Customer Reviews

Mary W.
Orlando, FL
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"Poorly run and we hit another vehicle"
July 2019
We were there on the Anniversary of the Apollo 11 flight therefore it was anticipated that traffic was going to be an issue. Our guide assured us we would be back by 10:15 pm since we left for the tour early. Our guide also said the driver knew short cuts to keep us away from the Apollo traffic. At one point he was driving us away from the Apollo traffic and then literally turned us around to go right back into the heart of it. It is my opinion that this was deliberate because the guide was obsessed with seeing the Apollo projection on the Washington Memorial and mentioned it over 10 times. The guide kept mentioning that the projection was "once in a lifetime" and it didn't matter that we were stuck in traffic because we were all on vacation. While in traffic we hit another vehicle and the driver and guide avoided the whole accident and didn't even stop.

People were literally asking to get off the bus while sitting in traffic. My group was not on vacation and had to be at a conference at 7 am. The tour did not end until midnight putting us back to our hotel even later.

I expressed my discontent in an email prior to submitting this review to see if they would be willing to rectify this poorly run tour but avoidance seems to be issue with this company.
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Chris L
Niles, Michigan
"A unique way to see the Capital"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 25, 2020 NEW
To see Washington, D.C. at night is a unique way to view the many outdoor monuments that are typically seen during the day. We took the night tour and found the pace and guide commentary spot on. Our guide was Chris who is obviously very knowledgeable about history and remains interested in sharing it. One other advantage to seeing the sights at night is the reduced number of other tourists you will encounter during the day. This is a great way to see the most famous of the monuments with a guide and driver who are very professional.
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"Granddaughters to DC last weekend!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 21, 2020 NEW
With the advice of the fine people at the Dupont Circle Hotel we arranged for a tour on our first day. The tour was run by Tracy (“Sunshine”) and Chris. Both were lots of fun and VERY knowledgeable. Our girls (10,9 and 6) truly warmed up to them. The site stops were great and gave us all a wonderful view of the fabulous city. We would HIGHLY RECOMMEND this tour to anyone visiting!!! Dan and Katherine Bottjen Sailouterbanks.com
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"Great Memorial Tour & Transportation Service."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 20, 2020 NEW
Josh is a very upbeat grounded dude. Even when there are other surly people in the group who are just trolling to bait someone, he forges a clear optimistic pathway ahead.
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Reading, United Kingdom
"Highlights of DC"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed January 08, 2020 NEW
Great tour guide, lots of local knowledge and insights to the places visited. Saw most of the monuments on the National Mall. Plenty of time for photographs and for asking questions. Only downside was the increased security at Arlington Cemetery needed a passport rather than just photo ID. Check to make sure on the current requirements.
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"Best 1/2 day tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 06, 2020 NEW
My wife and I recently took the 1/2 day tour. The driver (Tony) and the guide (Joey) were the best. My wife and I attempted to tour the area on our own. That turned out to be a disaster and very stressful. We opted for this tour, and I tell you that Joey was so knowledgeable about the monuments, places, buildings, and history, that we came home more greater informed than ever. Tony made us fell safe and both he and Joey made this the most enjoyable tour’s We have ever taken. We totally recommend this tour. “ The Washington DC Highlights 1/2 day “ is your best choice. And Joey is by far the best guide. You won’t go wrong choosing it.
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Frequently Asked Questions about DC at Dusk Tour

Where do I meet for the tour?
Tours meet and begin at the US Navy Memorial.

When should I arrive?
We highly recommend you arrive at least 20 minutes before your scheduled departure time to ensure your reservation is honored. You have up to ten (10) minutes before the scheduled departure time to ensure your seat on the tour. Ten (10) minutes before the departure time, we note outstanding reservations as "no shows." If we have walk-up passengers, they will be given a ticket and will be boarded at this time.

What vehicle is used for the tour?
We use 35-passenger shuttle vans for daily mixed tour groups. We reserve the right to substitute our larger 55-passenger buses, depending upon demand and/or our tour schedule. The 55-passenger buses have bathrooms on board for your convenience.

Can I bring a baby stroller or wheelchair on the bus?
Unfortunately, the shuttles are not wheelchair accessible, nor is there storage for baby strollers. If you have a wheelchair, please call us to make special vehicle arrangements for your tour. Some of our tours involve longer walks so if you like, you may stay on board the shuttle, near the landmark, without exiting the shuttle bus every time.

How long is the tour?
The tour is approximately 3 hours long. Tours leave at 7:30 pm and return around 10:30 pm.

What sights will we see on the tour?
Sights and stops include:

  • White House
  • U.S. Capitol Building
  • World War II Memorial
  • Thomas Jefferson Memorial
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial
  • Korean War Veterans Memorial
  • Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  • Lincoln Memorial