Washington DC

Washington DC Monuments by Moonlight Tour by Trolley

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  • 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • 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 Travellers 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 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

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Supreme Court (Pass By)

Supreme Court

Additional Info

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

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 cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled 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.

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Traveller 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.
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Space city guy to Nation's Capital
Joshua_W, Mar 2023
Drew, our driver, was very informative of local city, museums, and monuments. I felt safe on the drive, very comfortable seating. The sites were amazing at night, lit up.
Definitely would do this again.
Antoinette_P, Mar 2023
The narration my tour guide was great. Guide gave information that I had never heard before. Trip was very entertaining.
Awesome Presence
Pamela_J, Mar 2023
Seeing the monuments in person is awe inspiring. You cannot appreciate them in pictures like you can in person.
DC Moonlight Tour
Tanya_B, Mar 2023
Learning the history behind all of the monuments and the city made for a more wonderful experience thank just visiting them.
Nestor_V, Mar 2023
Smiley was our tour operator. What an amazing tour. Smiley made this such a memorable experience. I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone.
MJ was knowledgeable and funny!
Jennifer_D, Mar 2023
MJ was a great tour guide on the Trolley! He was both funny and knowledgeable! Highly recommended seeing DC at night and this was a great way to cover a lot of ground quickly!
Quick nite tour
JEFF_M, Mar 2023
We enjoyed the stops, could have used more time during the stops to enjoy the history more. Hollywood was an excellent guide!
Hollywood is awesome
jennifer_m, Mar 2023
Hollywood was an amazing driver and tour guide. He was animated, funny and engaging. He cared about our experience and made sure we got to see everything we were supposed to, even if we ran over on time.
The Best Way to See DC is w/Hollywood
Tiffany_H, Mar 2023
I couldn’t have been more pleased with my decision to take this tour! Our excursion was guided by Hollywood and let me tell you he was the best at what he does. He was very knowledgeable, courteous, and engaging with the passengers. His narratives enhanced the trip in a major way for me. I recommend this tour highly and if you’re lucky Hollywood will guide the way!
Favorite part of the Trip!
Theresa_M, Mar 2023
All of us loved the tour. It is fun for little kids to grandparents. I learned new facts too. Lots to see. Dress warm!
Monuments by Moonlight Rocks!!
Kara_L, Mar 2023
Our tour guide Hey was excellent!! We had great weather, learned a lot and the Cherry Blossoms were in bloom!!
Best tour in DC
Robin_M, Mar 2023
Our guide Mahet was very knowledgeable and the tour was amazing. We saw all of the monuments and he even drove us by Arlington Cemetery.
Knowledgeable and Fun
Chris_T, Mar 2023
The tour guide was knowledgeable and fun! She kept me engaged and I must confess that isn’t easy. I highly recommend the tour.
Don’t go when it’s cold
Ericia_W, Mar 2023
It was cold so the bus had plastic windows. The plastic wasn’t clear so I couldn’t see anything! The narrative was good but I took the tour to see the sights. This excursion was a waste of money and time. I arrived early to check in and the workers were rude and told me to come back later. When I came back there were about one hundred people in line.
Loved it!
Meaghan_G, Mar 2023
We loved the tour! Perfect amount and length of stops. Our tour guide Jason was fun & knowledgeable. Will definitely recommend to families visiting DC!
A great Tour with Fantastic views!
Stephanie_J, Mar 2023
Great tour with an amazing guide! Make sure to get there early to get a good seat. Our guide was very knowledgeable and kids loved it. It was cold, wished we had bundled up, other than that, great!
Jason was an awesome tour guide. He made the whole experience a great one - especially with it being a rainy night
Beth_G, Mar 2023
Our tour guide Jason. Knowledgeable. Professional. Enthusiastic and engaging A rainy night. But still a good time
MJ was our tour guide and...
Anna_P, Mar 2023
MJ was our tour guide and to say the experience was exceptional feels like an understatement! The tour was informative, fun and full of laughs. Highly recommend!!
Pamela_T, Mar 2023
We took this trip our first night in town. It’s a great way to get to know the city and see all the sights. It was so dang cold, though, that it was hard to enjoy getting off at the locations we stopped at. Our driver and host, FJ, was fabulous!!
Great time!
Tammy_C, Mar 2023
Great tour to see all the monuments! Our conductor Smiley was very entertaining and made it very personable with all the stories! Glad they had coverings on the windows as it was 🥶 freezing. Must do when visiting DC!