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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: Big Bus Open-Top Panoramic Night Tour

2. 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 Monuments by Night Bike Tour

3. 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: 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: Monuments by Moonlight Electric Vehicle Tour

5. Washington DC: Monuments by Moonlight Electric Vehicle Tour

Test your night photography skills and see some jaw-dropping views while learning the history of the United States on this monuments tour at night. Hop into the electric-powered vehicle and learn about the monuments illuminated at night with your guide. Start at the Smithsonian Metro station, before heading towards the Smithsonian complex. Your guide will regale you with the story behind the amazing museums at the largest museum complex in the world. Drive past two of the city's most famous monuments, the Washington Monument and the Jefferson Memorial. Afterward, wander through the Franklin D Roosevelt and Martin Luthe King memorials and enjoy a stroll along the serene Tidal Basin at sunset.  Continue past the World War I and World War II Memorials before arriving at the Lincoln Memorial. Here, be amazed by the views of the Potomac River and the National Mall sparkling in the dark.  Be entertained by stories of the city’s history, statues, and famous buildings on your way to the White House. Take a monument here to capture what is possibly the most iconic American landmark, known worldwide.  Your tour will end by exploring Capitol Hill. Home to the world-famous dome of the United States Capitol, plus the United States Supreme Court Building and the Library of Congress. 

Washington DC: National Mall Night Bus Tour

6. 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.

Washington DC: Boos and Booze Haunted Pub Crawl

7. Washington DC: Boos and Booze Haunted Pub Crawl

In DC, business has always been handled at the bar. Take a sip of liquid courage and stroll through the same time-worn, vintage pubs that presidents, top officials, and whistleblowers have frequented for the last 150 years. Some of them are still hanging around. Share a brandy with the spirit of Ulysses S. Grant at Round Robin. Hear tales of bootlegging congressmen, backroom deals, and a grisly murder at the National Theatre. Try to capture a ghost on camera as you savor signature cocktails and mouth-watering appetizers prepared by some of the city’s most acclaimed bartenders and chefs. You’ll head home with a new favorite drink and a head full of spooky, shocking tales to entertain friends and family.

Washington DC: Ghosts of the Capital Haunted Walking Tour

8. Washington DC: Ghosts of the Capital Haunted Walking Tour

Visit the capital city's most haunted locations in the company of a knowledgeable and experienced guide. Kick off your tour with an introduction to the dark history of the nation's capital before embarking on a haunted route to 8 locations located near the White House. After an introduction into general history and hauntings of DC, walk through the dark streets to President's Park and listen to stories and eyewitness accounts of personal hauntings, like St. John's Episcopal Church, also known as the President's Church. From there, head to the most important haunted house in the country, the White House. Learn about Lincoln's ghost that greets each incoming President when they take office, and hear how he still tries to help the leaders of the free world from the grave. You will then visit a host of other haunted locations where you will hear, in gripping detail, the history and eyewitness accounts of hauntings and paranormal activity in DC. Finally, head to the final stop at the Treasury Building, where you will listen to a final recap of D.C.'s strange activity, ask any ghost questions you might have, and check out and exchange any paranormal pictures and activity caught on camera.

Washington D.C.: Dark Nights in D.C. Ghost Tour

9. Washington D.C.: Dark Nights in D.C. Ghost Tour

Learn the terrifying history of Washington D.C. in this adult-only tour. Discover the restless spirits that linger in the city. Listen to tales of horrific murders, mysterious deaths, and tragic suicides. Explore the sites of past hauntings of soldiers and presidents. Spend your night passing by some of D.C.s most haunted buildings, surrounded by the dark, in the glow of the moonlight. Pass by Octagon Museum, Eisenhower Executive Office Building, Decatur House, Hay-Adams House, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Cutts-Madison House, Lafayette Square, and The White House. Prepare to indulge your dark side with this thought-provoking ghost tour. Feel centuries of darkness creeping around you as your tour guide divulges the city’s secrets.

DC at Night: Historical Highlights of the National Mall

10. 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.

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based on 815 reviews

The tour covers some of the places that I never expected to be mentioned in a tour like this. I expected the same old grand locations, and, sure, there is the occasional usual haunt mentioned, but I was surprised how many other places in the same area are truly fascinating and have really good stories. Trust me, for a history buff, this tour is PURE GOLD! I really enjoyed this tour.

Our guide was Bruce and he was very knowledgeable about the monuments and buildings in the city. You could tell that he was passionate for his city! We loved that we were his only riders and the open vehicles found maneuver around into doors they bigger vehicles couldn’t. He stopped almost anywhere we wanted to for pictures. Would do it again!

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.