Monuments by Moonlight Night Tour in Washington, DC

Historic Tours of America50 Massachusetts Avenue, NEWashington, DC 20001
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Overview

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.

Description

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. Tour only departs from the Washington Welcome Center at 1001 E St. NW

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M2438UClindsayk
"Great experience"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 29, 2020 NEW
The tour was fantastic. Sooner Steve was a great tour guide who was extremely knowledgeable but also continued to captivate the information and keep it entertaining and interesting. I would recommend this tour to anyone visiting DC.
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kmaidaho
Idaho
"What an experience!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 09, 2020
It was a chilly evening, but oh so spectacular anyway. Our tour guide, Buckeye, provided loads of history as we traveled the streets of DC on the monument tour. There are many important, noteworthy, historic buildings--those were the unexpected bonuses. The first 30 minute stop is at the FDR Memorial. Close by (within walking distance) is the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. I'm embarrassed to admit that I didn't even realize there was a MLK Jr. memorial. It was an impressive sight to behold! The next 30 minute stop was at the Lincoln Memorial. Of course, the reflecting pool that stretches between Lincoln and the Washington Monument provides a magnificent backdrop for photos from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Adjacent to Lincoln is the Korean War Memorial and also the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Both of those are poorly lit, so keep in mind that a return trip in the daylight may be needed in order to fully appreciate. The last 10-15 minute stop was at Iwo Jima. It is simply amazing at night. I was struck by an amazing sense of patriotism as I viewed this tribute to our military. I enjoyed this tour a lot and would recommend it. Wear gloves, a scarf and warm socks.
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jdolson
"Cold but so very interesting"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 24, 2020
Buckeye was a great host and gave us so many interesting facts. It was cold but his wit and care kept us going through the whole tour. I enjoy when the operator takes passion in their craft providing unique things that you would only get from them in photo ops or fun facts just on the journey
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S2231WQrobertar
"Great tour enhanced by fabulous guide!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 20, 2020
We were so lucky to have a gorgeous night (in February!) to take this tour. “Sooner Steve”, our guide was exceptionally knowledgeable and friendly which enhanced the whole experience. I would highly recommend this activity to see the sights in a unique way. So beautiful to see the monuments lit up!
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542marina
Bremerton, Washington
"Must See Monuments by Moonlight"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 10, 2020
My husband and I took the Monuments by Moonlight tour the first evening we arrived in DC and are very pleased with that decision. The tour is very convenient because it is something you can do after all the museums and other tourist sights are closed. Our driver/tour guide provided many intresting facts and stories. The tour gave us the opportunity to see many of the monuments in a few hours, many more than we would have seen on our own. The monuments are less crowded and have a totally different look at night, some eerie but all more majestic when lit up at night. Some of the monuments were just drive-by and others we had some time to explore for a while. The benefit of taking the tour is the convenience and the history. If you really find a monument that strikes you, you can always return later on your own. We did that for a few, but learned from the tour which ones were good for a quick visit. I would highly recommend the tour if you are interested in seeing a large number of monuments.
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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.