Monuments by Moonlight Night Tour in Washington, DC

Historic Tours of America50 Massachusetts Avenue, NEWashington, DC 20001
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Hop aboard, sit back, and enjoy a leisurely 2.5-hour trolley tour of our nation’s capital. Along the way, you’ll see and learn about notable landmarks including the White House, the Capitol Building, the Korean War Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, and so many more. Throughout your tour, your local tour guide will tell you captivating stories, historical facts, and even about a few ghost sightings!

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Washington Travel Experts
  • The tour is approximately 2.5 hours long.
  • Tours depart every night from Union Station.
  • Stops include the Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and more.


from Monuments by Moonlight Night Tour
Experience the beauty and awe of our country’s most stirring monuments in a whole new way—by moonlight. On the Monuments by Moonlight Tour you’ll be transported to many of the city’s most famous sights, while enjoying the tranquil night and evening breeze.

During the 2-½ hour tour, the trolley will stop at the Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Korean War Memorial, Iwo Jima, FDR Memorial, and Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial (beginning 9-26-11). You’ll see the Capitol Building, the White House and more. As the tour journeys through the city, our knowledgeable conductors share amusing anecdotes, historical facts and even some spooky stories about ghostly sightings in the city.

You’ll see Washington DC like never before and without all the hustle of the day. At each stop you’ll have the opportunity to take a stroll through the most famous spots, learn how each monument and memorial has a significant meaning and what it represents. This is a tour that allows you to see the glorious beauty and architecture of our most treasured memorials and tributes.

Climb on board our Monuments by Moonlight Tour for a new view of the city and all it is famous for. The tour departs each evening from Union Station.

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Pittsgrove, New Jersey
"This moonlight tour should be used to supplement your own paced visit, not to replace it!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 14, 2019 NEW
It's all about your expectations. This is a great tour if you only want to see a unique view of some of the monuments but not to visit them. You are picked up in front of Union Station and embark on a 2 1/2 hour adventure. Out driver was engaging and informative, as he took us around town pointing out the many buildings and monuments. As in many bus tours, your photo opportunities are for the most part based on what side of the trolley you are on as you wiz by. There are three stops during the tour; two of which enable you to briefly depart for a half hour to see two memorials each (Lincoln Memorial & Korean War) & (MLK and FDR Memorials). The third stop is at the Iwo Jima Memorial. You synchronize your watches to the return time. It's nice to see the memorials in the artificial light but there is hardly any time to really appreciate and tour them in respectful time. We found ourselves in a race to bounce from one to the other and taking pictures as we moved. It's also very dark on the paths so footing became an issue as well. If you have the time and finances tour on your own and supplement your visit with this tour
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Houston, Texas
"Mr History is simply the best!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 12, 2019 NEW
My husband and I just got back from the Monuments by Moonlight tour and we loved every minute of it. Our tour guide, Mr History, was absolutely phenomenal - so enthusiastic and so very knowledgeable. We were given about 40 minutes off the bus at the Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam and Korean War memorials. Also made stops at the FDR, MLK, and Marines (Iwo Jima) memorials. So amazing to see these monuments at night. Highly recommend this tour and extra bonus if you get Mr History as your guide!
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"Awesome Tour with H. W."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 11, 2019 NEW
I am here for business but decided to take a Trolly Tour called Monuments by Moonlight. H. W. was the tour guide and he was marvelous. So knowledgeable, funny, and a great driver. I am coming back in November with my husband and we are 100% doing this again and hopefully with H. W.
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Teresa R
"Tour at Night of Monuments"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 07, 2019 NEW
This is the first time we have taken the Monuments tour at night and it was fantastic!! Even though you may have seen all of the Monuments during the day, seeing them at night is unbelievable! It is also cooler, in case you are there in the summer heat as we were, and not as crowded! I urge you to absolutely take this tour, you won't regret it!!
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"Monuments By Moonlight"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 04, 2019 NEW
My 15 year old son and I really enjoyed this tour. The tour brought us all around the city and it was neat to see the different monuments lit up at night. It also was a relaxing way to get some cool views of the city/monuments as we drove around. Buckeye was our guide and he was outstanding! He was very informative and made sure he gave ample time at each of our stops for us to wander around. We enjoyed his stories and his sense of humor. I would definitely recommend the moonlight tour, I actually think I will do it again the next time I visit Washington.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Monuments by Moonlight Night Tour

How long is the tour?
The tour is approximately 2.5 hours long.

Where does the tour depart from?
Tours depart from Union Station each evening on the following schedule:

  • March 13 – November 5: 7:30 pm
  • November 6 – March 12: 6:30 pm

What languages are the tours in?
The tour is in English.

Is the tour narrated?
Yes. Your expert tour guide will tell you all about our nation’s capital along with captivating history and stories.

Do I need a reservation?
Yes. We strongly encourage you to make a reservation to ensure you have a seat on the tour.

I have a wheelchair and would like to take it on the tour. Do I need to make other arrangements?
If you would like a wheelchair-accessible trolley, we ask that you call at least 24 hours in advance to give us notice and allow us to make accommodations for you. For more information, go to accessibility services.

Is there a place for me to put my stroller?
We have room for strollers and folding wheelchairs at the front of our trolleys.

Are food and drinks allowed on the tour?
Food and drinks are welcome. However, alcoholic beverages are not allowed under any circumstance for the safety and comfort of all of our guests.

Are your trolleys open-air?
Our trolleys are equipped with windows that can be opened and closed as needed. They also have roofs to protect passengers from the elements.

Are your trolleys air-conditioned?
No. The trolleys are open-air vehicles with windows that can be opened and closed as needed. With the cold nighttime air and temperatures, it is recommended that passengers bring a jacket.

Are the trolleys heated?
Yes. During the wintertime, we use heated trolleys that are glass-enclosed specifically for the colder weather.