Washington DC

Washington DC Monuments by Moonlight Tour by Trolley

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From US$59.95

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Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Explore the famous monuments and memorials of Washington DC by moonlight on this narrated sightseeing tour. Hop aboard an open-air trolley and enjoy an educational and entertaining history of the nation’s capital while traveling past each point of interest. Take in the stunning views of an illuminated Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, the White House, and many other landmarks. This is a truly unique look at the iconic monuments of Washington DC by night.
  • See Washington DC's monuments by moonlight while aboard a trolley
  • Hear entertaining anecdotes and historical information from a guide on an evening tour
  • Pass by Washington DC's most popular monuments and points of interest
  • See the FDR Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Korean War Veterans Memorial and more

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Avoid crowds and get great views of the monuments illuminated at night from an open-air trolley.

What's Included

  • All taxes
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Food and drinks

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 1001 E St NW
    1001 E St NW, Washington, DC 20004, USA

    Tour departs from the Washington Welcome Center, if this option is booked, at 1001 E St. NW. Guests are required to check in 30 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

This unique trolley tour provides an entirely new perspective on the city of Washington DC and its many famous locations by moonlight.

Meet your guide and the rest of the tour group at 1001 E St NW. Then climb aboard one of the orange and green trolleys and enjoy the view with live commentary from a local guide.

Ride along the same streets the presidents have traveled and see the Washington Monument lit up for the evening. Pass the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, illuminated from the Tidal Basin; the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, featuring cascading waterfalls and sculptures; and the National World War I and World War II Memorials, with a spectacular fountain display.

There’s also the Lincoln Memorial, the Korean War Veterans Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the White House, Capitol Hill and the dome of the United States Capitol, plus the United States Supreme Court Building and the Library of Congress. Along the way, hear the historic stories, facts and anecdotes that make the city of Washington DC one of the most popular tourist destinations in the United States.

Washington Welcome Center

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Supreme Court (Pass By)

Capitol Hill (Pass By)

U.S. Capitol (Pass By)

Jefferson Memorial (Pass By)

Vietnam Veterans Memorial

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Korean War Veterans Memorial

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Lincoln Memorial

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Washington Monument (Pass By)

White House (Pass By)

Tidal Basin

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Library of Congress (Pass By)

Monuments by Moonlight Night Tour (Pass By)

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • If wheelchair access is required, please advise at time of booking
  • Emotional support animals and pets are not allowed on the tour
  • Guests must check in 30 minutes prior to tour time or seat may be forfeited.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 52 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

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Q:How long is the Washington DC Monuments by Moonlight Tour by Trolley?

A:The Monuments by Moonlight Tour is approximately 2.5 hours long. (Time may vary depending on road conditions and/or traffic.)

Jun 2021

Q:Are the Washington DC Monuments by Moonlight Tour by Trolley drivers knowledgeable?

A:Yes - all guides are accredited by the city government.

Jun 2021

Q:Is the Washington DC Monuments by Moonlight Tour by Trolley narrated?

A:Yes, the tour is fully narrated by knowledgeable, expert guides. It's more than just a narration, it’s an experience! You’ll hear sound effects and much more.

Jun 2021

Q:Are food and drinks allowed on the Washington DC Monuments by Moonlight Tour by Trolley?

A:Yes, food and drinks are welcome. However alcoholic beverages are not allowed under any circumstance for the safety and comfort of all of our guests.

Jun 2021

Q:Are pets allowed on the Washington DC Monuments by Moonlight Tour by Trolley?

A:Service animals are the only animals that are allowed on board the trolleys.

Jun 2021

Q:Are the Washington DC Monuments by Moonlight Tour by Trolley handicap accessible?

A:A certain number of the trolleys are equipped with hydraulic wheelchair lifts. Please call the phone number on your ticket at least 24 hours prior to your travel date to confirm an accessible vehicle.

Jun 2021

Q:Are the Washington DC Monuments by Moonlight Tour by Trolley enclosed?

A:The trolleys are open-air vehicles but have plastic windows that can roll up or roll down depending on the weather conditions.

Jun 2021

Q:What if there is bad weather on the day of my Washington DC Monuments by Moonlight Tour by Trolley?

A:Tours operate rain or shine, hot or cold, year-round. However, bear in mind that conditions can be harsh, especially in the wintertime. If the tour does not operate due to weather, you will receive a full refund.

Jun 2021

Q:Are the Washington DC Monuments by Moonlight Tour by Trolley heated in the winter?

A:Yes. During the wintertime, the trolleys are heated.

Jun 2021

Q:Can I bring my stroller on board the Washington DC Monuments by Moonlight Tour by Trolley?

A:Yes, strollers must be collapsible and will be stored up front with the conductor. Strollers in the aisle ways would constitute a safety hazard.

Jun 2021

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Traveler Tips

Grab a quick dinner beforehand, this is a long tour and you’ll arrive back at a Union Station late in the evening.
If you have difficulty walking or seeing in the dark, you may want to reconsider this tour as there are areas that are poorly lit and with uneven walkways.


3,319 reviews
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Qiana_R, Sept 2023
I definitely recommend this tour. A night view of the monuments is breathtaking. Our tour guide (Mike) was very knowledgeable.
great tour and our guide, Big Red, was wonderful
Paula_S, Sept 2023
Our guide was informative and stopped for photo ops. Nice evening weather. Pickup was great except for the birds
Great tour
Rini_F, Sept 2023
Buckeye was AMAZING! Very knowledgeable and the monuments are night are stunning. The trolly was perfect, loved being in the open air.
Amazing Views of DC
Rachel_M, Sept 2023
Such a great way to see all the sights! We really enjoyed this tour and the stops were perfect with just enough time.
Sooner Steve Da Man!!
Raymond_I, Sept 2023
Sooner Steve was a great guide and driver. We saw the places we were hoping to see and Steve got us back before the rain hit!
Moonlight Monuments Magic
Jacqueline_W, Sept 2023
Our conductor Mike was a fountain of DC knowledge! His narration of the Moonlight Monuments tour was fantastic!
Great night on the trolley!
Anonymous, Sept 2023
Great night in DC! Our trolley driver, Sooner Steve, was fantastic! Lots of great information and history, great personality, and sense of humor. The monuments and city were beautiful, at night. Could have used 5 more minutes at each stop, but we’re slow walkers. Highly recommend!
Great way to see DC at night
Sandy_M, Sept 2023
Byron the entertainer was fantastic. My 9 year old granddaughter loved the entire experience. Great narration and multiple stops to enjoy the memorials. I have always had good experiences with Old Town Trolley in several cities I have visited. I would definitely recommend.
Great start of DC visit!
Victor_R, Sept 2023
The driver was great! Nice commentary mixed with humor even if the jokes were corny! Easy boarding- good views from bus!!
Great experience and different view of city
Hazel_E, Sept 2023
On time, well organized and very knowledgeable guide. Wish there was more illumination in the monuments but overall, it was good.
Excellent excellent excellent trip!
Tena_P, Sept 2023
I’ve taken this tour twice now. One last year and one 09/20/2023. The monuments were beautiful at night, but what really made the trip so much fun was Byron Tyler!! He was amazing and made the trip worth every penny! Thank you for employing him and he deserves a raise!
Wonderful nighttime experience!
Nancy_S, Sept 2023
Our guide was very engaging and knowledgeable about Washington and Virginia, the history about the buildings in the city as well as the monuments. We saw the monuments during the day, then wanted to experience DC and the monuments at night. We were not disappointed! Yours are definitely the way to go!
An enjoyable and informative experience
Susan_B, Sept 2023
Dominique, our guide and driver, was terrific. The directions from staff before, during and after the tour were clear and efficient.
Entering D.C.
antonio_m, Sept 2023
Was a nice short tour, Recommend early on your trip, Will get to see a lot and learn of a lot more great things to do while in D.C.
Date Night FUN
Fallyn_G, Sept 2023
Great for a date night, and to learn about the city you are in even if you are from the city. You are guaranteed to learn something new, meet other interesting and fun people and enjoy the bus ride with a great tour guide. Mike was very personable and engaging.
A Tour for the Ages
Leslie_M, Sept 2023
Our tour guide was excellent! Her vast knowledge of the historical, whimsical, engaging and entertaining aspects of DC and the moments was epic! She exudes a deep passion for her city and her country. She is also a skilled bus driver!!! We couldn’t believe how talented, funny, adorable and knowledgeable she was while driving the streets. This is an unforgettable tour and tour guide!
A Night to Remember
Marian_G, Sept 2023
Loved our guide, Jewel. She made the trip very enjoyable. She shared lots of bits of info that added to a typical tour. The tour was just the right amount of time. It was a great tour for an elderly person with limited walking ability.
Smiley for President
Alex_M, Sept 2023
Our guide, Smiley was absolute amazing! We were captivated for hours on our ride with him. Smiley is amazingly knowledgeable and an all round lovely individual who made our trip to DC memorable.
Fantastic tour!! Worth every penny!!
Christen_S, Sept 2023
The entire experience was incredible!! Driver was just super, very familiar with all of DC and history of buildings. And seeing the monuments at night made them even more amazing!!!
Margarita_O, Sept 2023
Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. It made our experience even more memorable. Thank you so much!!

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