DC Monuments Night Tour: Illuminated Iconic Attractions
5,152 Ratings
Experience the magic of Washington DC at night on this illuminating tour of the city's iconic monuments. See the White House, Korean War Memorial, and more, all beautifully lit up and offering stunning photo opportunities.
Duration: 3 hours
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
  • United States Navy Memorial and Naval Heritage Center - Start/End Location
  • White House - Guided Stop (outside only)
  • U.S. Capitol - Guided Stop (outside only)
  • National World War II Memorial - Guided Stop
  • Jefferson Memorial - Guided Stop
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial - Guided Stop
  • Lincoln Memorial - Guided Stop - Includes walking. This stop is conjoined with the one below.
  • Korean War Veterans Memorial - Guided Stop
  • Vietnam Veterans Memorial - Guided Stop
What's Included
  • Professional English-speaking tour guide
  • Complimentary bottled water
  • In-depth guided city tour
  • Travel in style on a high-end bus (choices of closed-top, open-top, or glass-top convertible)
What's Not Included
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • Luggage Storage
Additional Information

DC during the twilight and nighttime is among the most gorgeous cities globally! Immerse yourself in its splendor on this unforgettable city highlights nighttime tour. As darkness descends on the capital, all famous landmarks are illuminated, bathing the city in a sparkling radiance and offering numerous opportunities for photography.

Your tour commences from the U.S. Navy Memorial, from where you’ll step onto the plush tour bus to celebrated attractions including the White House, the Korean War Memorial, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial.

Each architectural marvel and monument sports a unique lighting display at night. Disembark from the bus to delve into the wonders of the memorials in the company of your guide, making the most of several photo spots. The luminous cityscape is visible at the beginning and conclusion of your tour, comprising views of the glittering Tidal Basin and Thomas Jefferson Memorial.

It doesn’t get more enchanting than this when it comes to nighttime tours in Washington DC!

  • Small carry-on bags are allowed; however it recommended to travel light
  • For security reasons, the tour operator reserves the right to search any bags or purses you bring on board
  • Please note that most attractions in Washington, DC are equipped with metal detectors at the entrances, and to make your sightseeing experience as seamless as possible, we recommend traveling light on our tours
  • No food allowed on buses (snacks are fine!)
  • Convertible buses switch from open-tops to glass-tops between Oct 15 - Mar 15 due to colder temperatures
701 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest
US Navy Memorial Plaza
Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

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Mar 30, 2024
Great Tour guide!! - This was a great night tour! Our driver Sylvia and tour guide Dion were amazing!! He's very knowledgeable about all the things!! Take this tour!!
Review provided by Viator
Dec 31, 2023
Monuments tour…Washington DC - Our tour guide, Kareem and driver Ali, were very friendly, professional and helpful. Kareem is articulate, knowledgeable and fun. I will highly recommend to others!
Review provided by Viator
Jun 4, 2022
Open Top Bus Worth the $ - We really enjoyed our tour guide and driver Chris. He was so knowledgeable as well as very kind. At each stop he gave us information followed by time to walk around and take pictures . We never felt rushed and the open top was really a unique experience. I am not usually one to spend this much but this tour is worth the extra money.
Review provided by Tripadvisor
Jul 15, 2021
The tour itself is great, the TOURGOD makes it 100x better! - You know how most of us having those boring jobs, the same routine, day in and day out? Nick the Tour God at USA Guided Tours has one of those too, but that doesn't get him down. Despite the fact that he's seeing the same spots, day after day, dealing with traffic while trying to give a tour at the same time, this guy just gets it. It's one thing to lead a tour full of facts and oddball stats, but this guy is absolutely passionate about it, and his years of experience have paid off and made him a freaking star. The tour itself needs nothing extra to be well worth it, but Nick made sure to make it well worth your money.
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Nov 7, 2020
Amazing Tour - This tour was outstanding!! Our tour guide Terry and driver Ali were both wonderful! Terry was so knowledgeable about the monuments and city itself. Both Terry and Ali made sure we had enough time to see everything at each monument, so we didn’t miss anything. Terry even offered to take pics of your group if you wanted her to! In terms of COVID, they made sure everyone had their masks on while on the bus, the group was very small and we were spread out on the bus. They had bottled water that you could take from a cooler while getting on or off at each stop. I could not recommend this tour enough!! A great way to see all the monuments and learn so much about each one!
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Jul 21, 2023
Knowledgeable guide. ... - Knowledgeable guide. Only saw one side of the capitol because the bus was late getting back to us after visiting a monument
Review provided by Viator
May 30, 2022
Underwhelming - A couple less stops to give more time at each. He starts the clock, finishes talking, tells everyone to stay together but then by the time we get out to the site, it’s been 10 minutes and we’ve only got 5 minutes left.
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Dec 2, 2020
Thanksgiving Tour - This was a good tour but I gave it a three for a few reasons. Their web site shows gorgeous pictures of the White House lit up at night. In reality, you don't get even close to the White House. They take you to an open field and the White house is at lease half a mile away and looks crowded between buildings. The Capital is also quite a distance away but you get a better picture because it's an open field. A couple of the monuments weren't lit, although this wasn't the tour guides fault but it was disappointing. The tour guides did know their stuff and were very accomodating so that helped.
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Jun 1, 2022
I truly cannot recommend this tour. - I have travelled extensively and love taking guided coach tours as a way to learn interesting and/or lesser known facts about an area and its history. When en route from one stop to the next on this particular tour, the guide was silent 80% or 90% of the time. What spiel he had to give, he gave at each site, making passengers decide between exploring the monument/memorial or standing in a cluster to listen to what he had to say. The stops never allotted more than 20 minutes, but often less time, from disembarking to re-boarding the bus. The guide and driver were obviously not used to working together, as I gathered by overhearing a few their conversations, during one of which the guide asked the driver repeatedly for her phone number, which she was compelled to repeat three times, each time more loudly than the last, until I'm fairly certain every passenger heard it. I must say that the bus driver did an excellent job maneuvering such a large vehicle smoothly and safely through such busy streets. As a person already fairly familiar with Washington, D.C., the bare bones information provided by the tour guide did less disservice to me than to anyone who may have been visiting this gorgeous city for the first time. I also found it unseemly for the guide to have emphatically solicited for tips as we returned to the Navy Memorial. The sign on the wall of the bus that informed guests that tips were accepted and split evenly should have been left to stand on its own. I truly cannot recommend this tour.
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Apr 18, 2022
Just a ride from place to place with almost no commentary - I expected some commentary related to history of the visited places (and perhaps some trivia), but that barely happened. As a foreigner I don't feel I learned much at this trip. Perhaps this tour is better suited for Americans, who learned all these things in school and now just want to visit memorials? Thomas, our guide, and the driver were basically taking us to all the spots and gave us 15-20 minutes at each place to visit them by our own. So it's more like an Uber taking you from place to place rather than a "guided tour". Disappointing experience, overall.
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up to 9 guests
1 Adult
June 2024