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Washington, DC: After Dark 3-Hour Guided Evening Tour

Product ID: 6753
View the beautiful sights and monuments of Washington, D.C. lit up at night on this guided tour of the nation's capital. Take in spectacular views and enjoy great photo opportunities as you learn about the city from a professional guide.
About this activity
Duration: 3 hours
Starting time 7:00 PM
Printed voucher required
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Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • View famous buildings and landmarks lit up at night
  • Learn about the American capital city from a professional tour guide
  • Get spectacular photo opportunities of the White House, Jefferson Memorial, and more
Full description
If you’ve ever wanted to see the sites of the capital city in the twilight hours, this is the tour for you. Washington DC is fantastic by day, and at night it really comes to life, with the monuments lit up from below.

Seeing DC monuments at night is a special experience that not many visitors try out. The various landmarks look brilliant while illuminated and with this tour you’ll see so many of them. Our in-depth tour is available almost every evening of the year.

There are stops on the tour at which visitors can stop off and take a look around, such as the impressive Lincoln Memorial and the inspiring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. The Lincoln Memorial is one of the best sites to see in the city, as it’s a humbling homage to the 16th president. The architecture of the memorial is astounding and looking upon it is sure to inspire awe in any visitor.

War memorials also take pride of place in the city, with the Iwo Jima and Korean War Memorials, both of which look especially striking in the dark. The Korean War Memorial is made up of 19 life-size soldier figures and, at night, these are illuminated by spotlights. It makes for a wonderful trip for those interested in military history or sculptures. A stop at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall (not very well lit per the request of the National Park Service) is also a humbling experience and with this tour you can spend time truly appreciating it. There are almost 60,000 names on this war memorial of those who were killed or missing during the conflict.

These memorials are just a couple of the most famous in the city and they are truly breathtaking at dusk. The White House is often pictured on television during the day, so not many realize how it looks at night. The entire structure of the iconic building is lit and, on this tour, you’ll get the opportunity to take a picture in front of it. This is the quintessential Washington DC site, so you wouldn’t want to leave the city without a photo opportunity.

While you’re touring the city, you’ll also get to see more of the city from the comfort of our motor coaches. Travel in comfort as you see the U.S. Capitol Building, Washington Monument, Pennsylvania Avenue and more. An experienced and licensed driver guide will show you all of the sites and give you insider knowledge on their history.

This tour is for any visitor that wants to see another side to the city and its monuments. The history and atmosphere experienced on the trip are unlike any other, so it’s perfect for those who have been on tours before, as well as newcomers to the city. Ride around the city in luxury and enjoy yourself as you discover DC after dark.

Sites that you can hop-off to visit: 
• Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial
• Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
• Jefferson Memorial
• Lincoln Memorial
• Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall
• Korean War Memorial
• White House (photo stop only)
• Iwo Jima Memorial

Sites you can view from the coach/double decker: 
• U.S. Capitol Building
• Pennsylvania Ave.
• Washington Monument
• U.S. Capitol Reflecting Pool
• Federal Triangle
• Kennedy Center
• Georgetown

  • Professional driver and tour guide
  • City tour
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Gratuities (optional)

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Meeting point

Tours depart from Union Station, Bus Terminal Level: 50 Massachusetts Ave. NE, Washington, DC 20002

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Customer reviews

Overall rating

3.7 / 5

based on 43 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4 / 5
  • Organization
    3.9 / 5
  • Value for money
    3.8 / 5
  • Safety
    4.6 / 5
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Good but start point is far away & accent of guide is hard to get

The tour was surprisingly good - we went to many places and the guide gave useful info. It is a good mixture of sitting in the bus and walking around the monuments - so many of them are outside and require good 15 to 30 min to see. Only issue was that he guide had a very heavy accent and it was hard to understand him. Also, the starting point that is marked on the maps is wrong - bus leaves from the city bus station which is some 30 min away from downtown. Check that! Also, it is best to print out the ticket. In our case, they did a compromise and let us forward us the confirmation but it was on the border. Otherwise, great route, good info, and really enjoyable. At night all of the monuments are lit up in just gorgeous colors so it creates amazing atmosphere.

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August 20, 2018

Our guide was very informative and extremely helpful. He always took the time to make us feel comfortable and gave us a great tour.

February 16, 2020

Loved the tour, very knowledgeable tour guide.

January 30, 2020

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Gray Line DC - Martz Group

Product ID: 6753