Monuments by Night Tour in Washington, DC

Urban Adventures12th & Independence Ave., SWWashington, DC 20201
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Bring your camera and put your photography skills to the test as you tour Washington DC’s notable monuments by moonlight. Seeing our country’s capital at nighttime is an experience unlike any other. You’ll explore National Mall and more from the comfort of an all-electric Red Roadster for the ride of a lifetime. From memorials to monuments, you’ll see it all on this twilight tour.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Washington Travel Experts
  • Tour begins at 8:00 pm.
  • Tour duration: approximately 2 hours.
  • Bringing a camera is encouraged.
  • An ideal tour for all ages.


from Monuments by Night
Ready to test your night-photography skills and see some jaw-dropping views while learning the history of the United States through the National Mall? Hop on our all-electric Red Roadsters and get ready for the ride of your vacation!

We’ll start our tour at the Smithsonian metro station, where our guides will take you back in time to the city’s origins and give you some tips for exploring the city on you own. As we work our way through the Smithsonian complex, our guides will regale you with story behind our amazing museums and help you choose which one you will visit during your stay.

Next we’ll take you past two of DC’s most incredible monuments, the Washington Monument and the Jefferson Memorial. Afterwards, you’ll be able to wander through the FDR and MLK memorials and enjoy a stroll along the jaw-dropping Tidal Basin at sunset.

Continue on past the World War I and World War II Memorials to the Lincoln Memorial, where you will be blown away by views of the Potomac River and the National Mall sparkling in the dark.

You’ll be entertained by stories of the city’s history, statues, and famous buildings on your way to the White House, where you’ll see possibly the most iconic American structure. Continue on towards Capitol Hill and be astounded by the Supreme Court, the Capitol Building, and the Library of Congress. End your tour on a high note by asking your guide for some recommendations for the rest of your stay in the city.

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Norfolk, Nebraska
"Great private evening tour!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 10, 2019 NEW
We booked a private evening tour as a way to show our kids (11, 8, 3) the monuments after dark. Thom was a great guide! He taught us lots of interesting facts, was willing to tailor the tour to our interests and answered all my kids questions. We all loved the experience! Our kids loved his “little red car”!
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Weimar, California
"crowded roads and venues but great to see at night"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 24, 2019 NEW
The monuments by night are really worth seeing. For some reason last night was really crowded with many tour buses and tons of school groups. (Thank you kids and chaperones for your consideration of others in use of walkways, and taking photos.) Our driver Steve told interesting stories and emailed us a few group shots before I had even woken up the next morning. He dropped us off very close to our hotel, saving us the cab ride home with tired kids. Very nice!
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"Great way to see DC"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 13, 2019
One thing that always catches first-time visitors to DC off guard is the sheer distance between attractions. The electric cart tour is a very enjoyable solution. Our tour was fun and informative, and Julia, our guide, is a gem. There was plenty of time allowed to see the monuments during several stops along the route. We had a great time, and I highly recommend this tour as an alternative to miles of walking.
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Kerem K
"Steve was awesome."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 06, 2019
Really enjoyed it and can’t wait to take my son back to repeat the experience with him. Had fun while learning a lot....
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Steenbergen, The Netherlands
"Amazing tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 29, 2019
Thanks Steve B. for the great tour. So much information and brought in a nice and funny way. Enjoyed every minute of this tour. Great service to drop people of at the end of tour where they need to be. Absolute a must to do for this great experience. 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼
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Frequently Asked Questions about Monuments by Night

When does the tour begin?
Tours begin at 8:00 pm.

How long is the tour?
Tours are approximately 2 hours long.

Where does the tour begin?
Meet your tour guide at 12th & Independence Ave., SW, Washington DC (Smithsonian Metro Stop) at the base of the Department of Agriculture Building.

Are children welcome on the tour?
Yes. Children under the age of 4 must sit on a parent’s lap during the tour. Please consider the late nature of this tour when deciding to bring children.

What should I wear?
We recommend wearing comfortable, weather-appropriate attire as well as sturdy walking shoes. While you will not be walking during the tour, closed-toe shoes are the most comfortable for touring Washington DC. Since the tour is at night, it is recommended that guests also bring a jacket.

Is a tour guide gratuity included in my price?
No. Tips for tour guides are always appreciated, but not required or included in your tour price.

Is the tour rain or shine?
Yes. A little rain won’t ruin the fun. However, in the case of extreme weather, your tour may be canceled. Your tour guide will contact you in this rare situation.

Does the tour include a stop for food and drinks?
No. Be sure to ask your tour guide for restaurant recommendations after the tour.

Can I smoke on the tour?
No. Smoking is prohibited while the tour is in progress.

Will I need to walk anywhere?
With the all-electric Red Roadster, guests do not need to walk. Sit back and enjoy touring Washington DC.