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.


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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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"Excellent way to tour DC"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 22, 2019 NEW
We had Katie as our guide, and she was wonderful! So knowledgeable and fun. You should take this tour on your first day in DC and take notes for the places you want to re-visit later.
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"Washington DC Tour - Electric Car "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 18, 2019 NEW
Hands down, best way to see DC! Our guide Katie was Knowledgable and spoke clearly which was really helpful because my mother has a hearing loss. Also loved the size of the group which was small. I would highly recommend this trip. Frances MacDougall BC Canada
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Darwin, Australia
"An Amazing Tour "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 13, 2019 NEW
This late evening tour was a fantastic tour around the significant sites of DC. The tour is done in a seven seater electric car around dusk and it offers a wonderful photo opportunity of taking great pictures of the capitol building , Whitehouse, Lincoln Memorial and so many more. Sasha the driver and guide was a great source of information and gave a memorable tour. This tour is well worth the time and money and will allow you to take those memorable pictures
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Tina R
"An excellent tour for our first time to DC!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 10, 2019 NEW
This was our first time to Washington DC so we were looking for a fun tour to do on our day of arrival. We came across this tour last minute and it sounded like what we were looking for, so we booked it. Our tour guide was Steve and let me tell you: He was so much fun and knowledge and kept you on your toes throughout the whole tour that before you know it... the tour was done! Lol He drove by the most iconic and historic locations while mentioning local locations within the city which made it much more enjoyable. I highly, highly recommend giving this tour a shot for those coming for the first time or for those learning more about the city. A true gem.
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Lauren N
"Parents beware"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed July 09, 2019 NEW
I booked a 10:00 tour. I have three children, my youngest is under 4. When you buy tickets on TripAdvisor, it does not allow you to buy tickets for kids under 4. I read the rules and it said to contact the company regarding lap children. So, I contacted the company via email to tell them that I also had a 3 year old lap child. I received an email in return that stated I needed to buy a ticket for my child under 4. The email had no phone number, no email, a Skype address in Vietnam, and a Facebook page. Literally no contact information or helpful information. I went to TripAdvisor to try to add a person to my tour. There is no option for this. I tried to cancel and re book of five people. The tour was sold out. I spent almost an hour on the phone. Ultimately I had to rebook myself and pay full price and change the time to the 2:00 tour. I spent hours and I had to re arrange all of our travel plans. No one offered me a discount even though the mistake was not mine. This mistake was entirely with Tripadvisor and Urban Adventures. No one truly helped me. Parents, beware of this tour. I would save yourself the time and headache and do something else while in DC.
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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.