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Washington DC: Monuments by Moonlight Nighttime Trolley Tour

1. Washington DC: Monuments by Moonlight Nighttime Trolley Tour

See the most popular monuments of the U. S. capital illuminated at night on a guided trolley tour. The route follows streets that have been traveled by presidents and makes three stops for you to get off the trolley and explore the memorials on your own and take photos. Enjoy entertaining commentary from a professional tour guide who will entertain you with stories about the Capitol’s colorful past. The three stops on the tour are: 1. The Martin Luther King Memorial & the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial 2. The Iwo Jima Memorial (aka US Marine Corps War Memorial) 3. The Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and the Korean War Veterans Memorial Besides stops at the major memorials, you will also get spectacular views of the Washington Memorial the White House, the National Mall, the Capitol Buildings, the Jefferson Memorial, the Smithsonian Museums and Castle, the FBI & Dept of Justice Buildings, and the World War II Memorial.

Washington DC Monuments by Night Bike Tour

2. Washington DC Monuments by Night Bike Tour

Bike to the major sights of Washington, D.C. on a guided tour after dark. Enjoy America’s capital city at night, when the air is cooler, the monuments are crowd-free, and the illuminated views are magnificent. As dusk sweeps the city and the memorials and monuments light up magnificently, your guide will take you through the National Mall and around the Tidal Basin near the Washington Monument, the war memorials, the Lincoln Memorial, the FDR Memorial, and the Jefferson Memorial. Along the way you’ll have the opportunity to learn about each of the sights, and also a few minutes to walk through the memorials and experience them on foot. This 4-mile ride is rated as easy, covering mostly flat terrain. All riders are provided with reflective vests and safety lights.

Washington, DC: Big Bus Open-Top Panoramic Night Tour

3. Washington, DC: Big Bus Open-Top Panoramic Night Tour

Experience the beauty of Washington, DC on an open-top sightseeing tour at night. Discover the grandeur of the nation's monuments and memorials dramatically illuminated by the city lights. Climb aboard a double-decker bus for a journey down the dramatic National Mall, flanked by the White House and Jefferson Memorial. From the dome of the US Capitol Building to the World War II Memorial, you'll see Washington, DC at its most enchanting. Sit back and relax as you learn the history of Washington from the entertaining and expert digital commentary.

Washington DC: Small-Group 3-Hour Night Tour

4. Washington DC: Small-Group 3-Hour Night Tour

Experience the history and culture of the nation’s capital on this comprehensive, 3-hour, small-group tour. You will travel in a comfortable vehicle, complete with phone chargers, umbrellas, and a flat-screen TV. This tour is lead by a Professional Guide. You will encounter such sites as the US Capitol building, the White House, the National Mall, Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial & World War II Memorial. You will also drive past several Smithsonian Museums, the FBI Headquarters, the US Treasury, and much more.

Washington DC: National Mall Night Bus Tour

5. Washington DC: National Mall Night Bus Tour

Admire the atmospheric landmarks of the capital from an open-top or glass-top bus as the sun sets on Washington, DC. Take a trip to the twilight zone with mesmerizing views of the city highlights at dusk. See the most famous monuments lit up, casting a glimmering glow over the city. Begin at the U.S. Navy Memorial, before heading through the half-light to capture views of the White House, the Korean War Memorial, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. Each monument features special illuminations at night, with regular opportunities to hop off and see the spectacular sculpture work up close, along with countless photo opportunities. Marvel at the full shimmering skyline at the start and endpoint of your tour, which also includes views of the twinkling Tidal Basin and Thomas Jefferson Memorial. Night tours don’t get much more magical than this, and pair perfectly with a day tour the following day.

DC at Night: Historical Highlights of the National Mall

6. DC at Night: Historical Highlights of the National Mall

Get to know Washington DC at night through its collection of iconic outdoor monuments on a tour with an energetic local guide. Explore the city after sunset, when the buildings are illuminated brilliantly. Spend 2.5 hours browsing the most important national memorials of the United States capital and understand their place in the country’s history. As well as exploring DC’s rich history, see the monuments and memorials of the National Mall that feature figures like George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Your local guide will share stories about the major players and events in American history that have earned memorials on the Mall and the mysterious symbolism built into these structures. Revisit memorials to World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam. Highlights include the Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial, the Washington Monument, the Korean Veteran's Memorial, the World War II Memorial, and the White House. You will be treated to many photo opportunities along the way, so keep your camera handy.

Washington, DC: 3-Hour Holiday Lights Night-Time Bus Tour

7. Washington, DC: 3-Hour Holiday Lights Night-Time Bus Tour

Take in the illuminated beauty of some of Washington DC’s most famous buildings and monuments, with all their festive décor. Be in awe as you travel through the streets of America’s capital city with its twinkling lights. Your tour will be led by a licensed DC tourist guide who will share stories about the history of this national festival and its fun historic local roots. Your first stop will be the West Lawn to view the People’s Tree evergreen Christmas tree, which has been displayed on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol building since 1964. Each year, the lighting of this tree marks the start of the holiday season on Capitol Hill. This majestic illuminated tree shining in front of the U.S. Capitol is a unique and beautiful part of the Capitol’s holiday season. Next stop is the White House Ellipse, where you will disembark the bus to visit D.C.'s own Pageant of Peace, which symbolizes America’s wish for peace around the world. The centerpiece of the Pageant is the National Christmas Tree decorated with thousands of beautiful twinkling lights. With the backdrop of the White House, it is one of the most glorious holiday sites in D.C. Radiating out from the National Christmas Tree are 56 additional Christmas trees, decorated with hand-made ornaments from each state, territory, and the District of Columbia. A life-size nativity scene and 20 foot tall Menorah are also on the Ellipse. There will also be a stop in the historic Georgetown area to visit one of the installations of the GLOW Light Art Exhibition, which is an outdoor multi-site exhibition featuring national and international pieces of art using light in creative and innovative ways. You will also get a glimpse of the holiday decorations along the main shopping street of this exclusive quaint neighborhood, which was founded in the 17th-century. Along the way, you will experience breathtaking views of the National Mall, with a clear view of both the Washington Monument and the U.S. Capitol Building, which is a photographer’s dream.

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4.7 / 5

based on 740 reviews

Ada was a fabulous driver for our trip. The pre - recorded commentary was interesting. Ada provided a stop at the MLK memorial after we were unable to see the Iwo Jima site- police blocked it. She also provided rain ponchos that came in handy for the last 10 min of the trip! The nite open air bus ride was great! ** Ada escorted us to the Korean War memorial so we could find it and get back in time for departure! We were using crutches to walk! We were afraid to miss the bus! She was so kind and thoughtful.

The tour was fantastic, but DO NOT BOOK IT WITH GET YOUR GUIDE! It says that it's an open-top tour bus, and you get a "discounted rate", but actually they are booking you on the cheaper closed-top tour bus. The company was really nice about letting us switch, but if you want to make sure you know what you are booking you should book directly with USA Guided Tours.

This was a wonderful experience and a great way to see and experience all of the monuments. Our tour guide, Chris, was funny and knowledgeable about everywhere we stopped! Would 10/10 recommend.

Wonder trip, the driver had a tremendous amount of knowledge and was very helpful.

It was very informative and enjoyable. Our guide was smart, funny and attentive.