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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"Brilliant tour!!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 17, 2019 NEW
This tour was amazing! Guide really knows his stuff! Would 100% recommend to anyone going to DC, makes it easier to see what you actually want to explore in more depth! Steve was really friendly and enthusiastic about his job! A must do when in DC :)
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"Interesting introduction to US political history and some of the less commonly visited neighbourhood's "
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed May 12, 2019 NEW
On my first visit to Washington I thought it would be good to find out more about the history and processes of US politics, so I booked onto the politics and pints tour. Trish was my guide for the tour and she was great...super enthusiastic and knowledgeable. We were a mixed group with one non-native (me) and she did a fantastic job of balancing the level of conversation to be inclusive but not overwhelming (for me)/dumbed down (for everyone else). I found the tour to be a great balance of knowledge and sightseeing. We went through some beautiful residential areas that I wouldn't have seen if I hadn't gone on this tour. Trish did a great job of opening debate and conversation in the group ending in a bar at the end (for the pints) where we had an interesting group discussion because of the atmosphere she created. If you're looking for something a bit different to the monument and memorial tours (or if you've done these already) I think that this is definitely an option you should look into.
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"Washington DC Tour."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 30, 2019 NEW
We had a lovely tour today with Sasha. She was very passionate about the history of America and made us feel welcome. The tour was very interesting and informative, would definitely recommend. Thank you Dave and Lora
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Austin, Texas
"Wonderful Moonlight Tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 29, 2019 NEW
We really enjoyed our Moonlight Monument tour and Cortland made it enough better. The sights were undoubtedly beautiful but Cortland was so personable and informative and made our tour one not to forget. Thank you so much for a great time!! Lisa & Chris Austin, Texas
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Greensboro, North Carolina
"Great intro to DC"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 29, 2019 NEW
If you have never been to D.C., the "Washington D.C. unveiled" tour is perfect. It covers nearly everything around the National Mall with useful information, which can help you then decide where to spend more time. Our guide, Julia, was fantastic! She was informative with a dash of humor for the whole 2 hours. The stops are very brief and the car needs a sound system of some kind as the traffic and especially rear seating are disadvantages to getting the most out of your tour guide. Great job Urban Advnetures.
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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.