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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Susan B
"A conflicted tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed November 23, 2018 NEW
My husband and I were visiting DC for a weekend away, and we booked this tour ahead of time based on positive feedback and promotion by word of mouth. The stops on the tour were just what we were looking for and we enjoyed seeing so many monuments at night. I felt, however, that the experience was somewhat disappointing because of our less than stellar tour guide. She was knowledgeable and pleasant, but often made inappropriate comments, was obviously politically biased, and rushed through her commmentary. Would definitely try this one again, but maybe in the spring, and not necessarily with the same company.
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Heather D
Peoria, Illinois
"Wonderful Tour Guide!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 16, 2018 NEW
A group of ladies from work planned a wonderful Moonlight Monument Tour and were delighted by our fantastic tour guide, HW. He was so much fun and had such knowledge about the DC area! The entire trolley was impressed! We did not have the best weather, but he did everything he could to give us the best views and kee is entertained. I highly recommend!!
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Richmond, Virginia
"A Beautiful Way To See Monuments"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 13, 2018
Smiley, our driver, was a highlight of the tour. Wear comfy shoes and bring a sweater; you will be hopping off and on the trolley at many stops. This is a great way to get pictures during less crowded times.
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Carolyn W
"great tour!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 29, 2018
This was a great tour and the monuments were beautiful at night. The cart tour allowed us to save our feet and still enjoy the beautiful monuments. The tour guide also pointed out other important landmarks and buildings around the National Mall.
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Sydney, Australia
"Great Tour - so glad we chose to do this one!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 27, 2018
With so many Night Tours offered in Washington DC it was difficult to choose which one to do. We thoroughly enjoyed this one although I'm sure they are all good. We departed from Union Station and although my husband and I arrived about 20 minutes early there was already a huge crowd waiting for the bus. This looked disappointing but it really worked for us. There were a couple of buses parked at the Station but these were not the ones that were loaded first. There were 3 buses (I think, or maybe it was just 2) that arrived and these were filled - the only thing was, these buses had obviously picked up from hotels along the way so they were NOT empty when they arrived. So by the time we were at the head of the queue and ready to load - yay! that bus arrived empty!!! We were very lucky to get good seats. It is just the luck of the draw, but do be aware that getting to the pick up point early is not really a great benefit. The tour was fabulous and we had a great guide and driver - Just Joe. He very considerately slowed down for photo shots in places that he was not able to stop, he was very informative as well as humorous in his explanations. Truly it was an unforgettable tour and our last stop in particular at the Iwo Jima Monument was very emotive. Washington city is absolutely beautiful and to visit some of the monuments at night is so memorable. My favourites were the Martin Luther King memorial and the Lincoln memorial, and of course the Iwo Jima memorial. Some of the others, like the Korean War Veterans memorial are better seen during daylight hours. Love this tour!!
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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.