Monuments by Night Tour in Washington, DC

12th & 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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Windsor Locks, Connecticut
"Mall & Monuments by Electric Car offered by Washington DC Urban Adventures"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 09, 2020 NEW
This was a great tour given by our guide “Steve”. Steve was very personable and entertaining. He was very knowledgeable, provided a great deal of useful and accurate information. I personally have done a great deal of reading about American History, especially as it pertained to the Revolutionary War, the Civil War and WWII. The details he provided about things that occurred especially during those periods of time was spot on, Thank you very much. Bill Vayda
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Gail C
"A stroll through a little-known area of DC"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 24, 2020 NEW
We walked around the H Street, Northeast corridor of Washington, learning about local history and the climb back to gentrification of the area. I am a longtime resident of northern VA, just outside DC, but have only been to H Street area once. It was great to learn more about it and to taste different flavors of the area. Note the places we stopped where basically drop-by places, not restaurants as such, which is to be expected for this kind of tour. Some were also part of a small local chain. H Street is an area that was burned out during the post-MLK assassination riots and its was a long time before it revived. But it is one well worth knowing about now. Our guide Leila was terrific. She is very interested in history (my passion). Furthermore, because she lives in the area, she was able to tell us about a lot of other spots we passed along the way. Note this is a specialized tour, I think more for DC residents or people who like offbeat tours, like food. I recommend a ticket in advance not because it will sell out,but because it is not really a buy at the door kind of activity.
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"Exceptional in spite of incident"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 09, 2019
We took the 2-hour electric car of the DC monuments with Steve B. Steve was knowledgeable and humorous with an extensive knowledge of the monuments which he shared with enthusiasm. We regret that the family that started the tour with us caused a scene when they decided to leave the tour early. The father had been on his cell phone the entire time he was in the car. This was very annoying. He stated he was not enjoying the tour. (How could he?) Steve made multiple attempts to improve the experience for him, but without success. In spite of this incident, our adventure with Steve was exceptional.
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"Washington Vacay"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 28, 2019
We had the pleasure of having Steve as our tour guide. The day was rainy so the tour was a great choice. We highly recommend taking this tour. Steve was very knowledgeable and had a great sense of humor. We only had a couple of days in Washington so this was the best way to see as much as we could. You will not be disappointed.
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Atlanta, Georgia
"What a fab way to see the city"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 19, 2019
We had a fabulous tour with Steve B. He made it interesting and fun. His knowledge to the city was amazing. We loved the fact we could stop and get off at various sights also providing photo opportunities. Steve kindly took photos of our group and forwarded them on to us which was an extra bonus. Highly recommend this tour with Steve.
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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.