Night-Time Monuments Bus Tour: Washington D.C. Illuminated
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Experience the magic of Washington D.C. at night with our Night-Time Monuments Bus Tour. See the iconic monuments and memorials illuminated under the stars for an unforgettable 3-hour adventure.
Duration: 3 hours
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
  • U.S. Capitol - Get great pictures outside the beautiful and iconic U.S. Capitol as the sun goes down and the lights come up!
  • White House - See and photograph the exterior of one of the world’s most famous residences and hear the amazing history that goes with it.
  • National World War II Memorial - Visit this spectacular spot honoring the 16 million Americans who served in history’s most cataclysmic war!
  • Jefferson Memorial - Catch the Tidal Basin in all of its nighttime glory along with the memorial to one of our most accomplished and interesting Presidents.
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial - See the dramatic memorial to the legendary civil rights leader in its lovely Tidal Basin setting with beautiful trees and views.
  • Korean War Veterans Memorial - Visit this stunning memorial to the U.S. and U.N. troops who served in one of history’s most misunderstood conflicts.
  • Lincoln Memorial - Experience the majestic beauty of the Reflecting Pool, the National Mall and arguably the most famous of all of DC’s attractions honoring Abraham Lincoln.
  • Vietnam Veterans Memorial - View the world-famous “Wall” including the Women’s Memorial built to tell the complicated, often heartbreaking story of this unforgettable conflict.
  • U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial - See the so-called Iwo Jima Memorial and its famed figures raising the flag with stunning views of the city - honoring the USMC and its many sacrifices.
  • Washington Monument - UPGRADE: Optional upgrade available at checkout to include ticket for self-guided entry into the Washington Monument. Tickets will be handed out during your night tour and can be used for the following day of travel.
What's Included
  • Moonlit tour of Washington DC for a unique experience
  • Fully narrated, 3-hour sightseeing tour
  • Expert professional tour guide accompanying guests
  • Photo opportunities at 10 top attractions
  • Visits to significant DC sites, memorials, and Arlington Cemetery
  • Upgrade available for Washington Monument entry
  • Includes complimentary bottled water
What's Not Included
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off
Additional Information

The city of D.C. is an intriguing place, which turns enchanting under the starlit sky at night. Experience the captivating sight of celebrated monuments and memorials under the glow of lights with our knowledgeable guide during a memorable 3-hour tour. During the spring and summer months, one might get the chance to witness a stunning sunset with symbolic landmarks like the Capitol or the Washington Monument in your view. As twilight sets, observe the illuminations brightening up popular spots like the White House and Lincoln Memorial. Throughout the autumn and winter, one can admire the city’s radiant beauty right from the inception of the tour, even delighting in the seasonal holiday decorations from November through January. This tour offers an ideal mix of riding and walking time, encompassing all major nocturnal sights in DC, all while you learn about the nation’s capital from our friendly and engaging live guide. If it’s your first time in DC, a night tour is a definite requirement. And if you’ve been here before, you’ll understand why numerous people wish to relive this experience.

  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Guests may choose to stay on the bus at any stop as desired or ask the tour guide how to modify the amount of walking at any stop.
  • There will be standing and walking during this tour. Please wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather as much of the tour is outdoors. Umbrellas and layers are recommended.
  • UPGRADE: Optional upgrade available at checkout to include ticket for self-guided entry into the Washington Monument. Tickets will be handed out during your night tour and can be used for the following day of travel.
  • If you purchase an additional tour or ticket: Please ask your tour guide or driver for your upgrade when being checked in.
  • All purchases of packages are final. Tickets are not refundable or transferable. Cannot be exchanged for another ticket. Only refundable in the event the site is closed.
800 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest
Guests will meet at the bus stop on Pennsylvania Avenue, NW close to the corner with 9th Street NW, near the National Archives building. The bus will arrive approximately 15 minutes prior to your departure time. 800 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC 20004
Cancellation Policy

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

Customer Ratings
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Jun 24, 2024
A beautiful, historical exploration of our Nation’s Capital - We had a wonderful evening viewing the National Monuments at Nightime. Our guides Sally (narrator host) and Godfrey(driver) were very skilled at touring the important moments of the tour. Sally has a great delivery of information. She was witty, informative and insightful to the the history behind all the monuments. Her candor and humor sprinkled in with the true reverence for our nation’s historical past made the trip delightful. Godfrey maneuvered adeptly through the city that had several blockades up for the upcoming 4th of July celebration. He always had a smile to share and was great at helping people get on /off the bus. The bus was comfortable and air conditioned which was welcomed on a 95 degree night. The tour was organized well, it is a bit rushed, but in order to pack in all the stops it has to be punctual. The history of our nation is a complicated one, in a compact 200 years. Sally delivered us through the history and culture of our nation’s capital. It was so important to get the back story before each stop so that you can soak in the meaning and importance of each monument. The night time views give an ethereal feeling as you visit each spot. The crowds are not nearly what they would be during the day and it was a beautiful night. Each monument was well lit and enjoyable. I highly recommend this tour. We are visiting from Hawaii and only had one 24 hour period in DC this was a perfect way to get inspired by our Nation’s Capital, where our democracy was born and reigns. Our freedom is not free …as the Korean War memorial reminds us. And Dr King’s quote: we must focus on the positive affirmation of peace. This really resonated with me and my 16 year old son. A beautiful tour of Washington DC
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Jun 24, 2024
DC nightbus - The tour guide and driver were friendly and polite. Vernon our guide had a vast knowledge of the area that he shared with humor and facts. We will never forget bus#. The driver knew how to get around all the street closers. The full moon made it extra special.
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Jun 23, 2024
Fantastic! - James and Chris were great tour guides with DC Tours. We saw so many monuments and learned so much about each. A great way to see a lot in a short time and gives you the essence of DC.
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Jun 22, 2024
Wonderful experience - All of the extra stories associated with monuments and buildings provided by our tour guide Bernie. Bernie spoke in a clear tone I was able to hear.
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Jun 20, 2024
Experience an evening DC tour under the lights - Our tour was amazing! Ty the guide was extremely informative and made learning about all the sites fun! The bus was a comfortable and welcome place to rest and cool off from the heat wave in DC this week! Seeing the sites in the evening under the lights was a new and impressive experience! I highly recommend it!
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Jun 19, 2024
Signature DC Tours - Kris and James were terrific. We highly recommend. Driver was superb and tour guide was excellent. Gave a great tour with no problems.
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Jun 15, 2024
Night time Awe - This was an awesome tour and our tour guide was great. I would recommend seeing the monuments at night. The only problem we had was that the Pride parade was going on and our tour bus couldn't pick us up at the designated address and there wasn't very good communication of where to meet instead. Our tour ran behind, but it was still worth it.
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Jun 15, 2024
Price of tour was okay but wouldn’t repeat. - Tour was nothing to brag about. Towards the end of the tour it was so dark you really couldn’t really see much. Tour guide was fine. Unbelievable amount of other tour busses touring, would not take the tour again.
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Jun 20, 2024
Careful booking here. Very confusing - The app and the communication are awful , no return calls or chats. Terrible description of the tour and the type of bus. I was scammed.
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Jun 15, 2024
Complete rip off - The only memorable experience I can relay is that if you happen to make a mistake with your purchase date, you are out of luck. I have had no acceptable response from Viator or the tour operator. In no way recommend this service.
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up to 15 guests
1 Adult
July 2024