Ages 13 and Up:
When the sun sets, this elegant city takes on a different hue, with sparkling lights and beautiful displays everywhere, and this tour gives you the best way to experience that beauty and wonder for yourself. As one of the most popular and highest rated Washington, DC night tours, the DC The Lights Tour hits all of the major attractions in the area, including the White House, Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, and so many more. Even better, you get to see these memorials and other attractions lit up at night as part of one of the most beautiful nightscapes in the world. Meet your tour group at the Old Post Office, where after an evening of exploring this beautiful city, the group will return for your convenience.
Detailed Tour Itinerary
Tour Stop at Old Post Office
Your tour will begin with the Old Post Office, which was completed in 1899. The 315-foot clock tower is an amazing sight and is the third tallest point in the modern city. Today, the Old Post Office is listed on the National Register of Historic Buildings and remains protected for future generations.
Tour Stop at U.S. Capitol
The next stop on your tour is the US Capitol Building, where the legislative branch of the US government is housed. Here, your tour guide will get off the shuttle with you and explain the building's history, as well as the area surrounding it.
Tour Stop at World War II Memorial
Then, travel to the WWII Memorial, where you will be able to honor the memories of all those who gave their lives in service during that horrific conflict. As the only 20th Century event commemorated on the National Mall's central axis, the World War II Memorial is a monument of spirit, sacrifice, and commitment by the American people.
Tour Stop at Vietnam Veterans Memorial
This national memorial honors U.S. service members who fought in the Vietnam War, those who died in service in Vietnam and South East Asia, and those who were unaccounted for during the war. Make sure to take in all three separate parts, the Three Soldiers statue, Vietnam Women's Memorial, and Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, the best known part of the memorial.
Tour Stop at Lincoln Memorial
Built to honor the 16th President, the Lincoln Memorial is in the form of a Greek Doric temple with a large seated sculpture of Abraham Lincoln. While you're admiring the statue on your evening tour, make sure to read the inscriptions of two well-known speeches by Lincoln, The Gettysburg Address and his Second Inaugural Address.
Tour Stop at Korean War Veterans Memorial
Located in West Potomac Park, the Korean War Veterans Memorial was built to commemorate those who served in the Korean War. This memorial serves as a place of reflection for visitors as they walk through the 19 stainless steel statues that form a squad on patrol.
Tour Stop at Jefferson Memorial
At the Jefferson Memorial, you will enjoy even more history and the beautiful lights that illuminate the memorial after dark. This neoclassical building was designed by architect John Russell Pope and built from 1939 to 1943. The bronze statue of Jefferson was added only a few years later.
Tour Stop at Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial
Built in 1997, this memorial is known for its unique design, its tribute to our 32nd President, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and for the fact that it tells the story of America during the years of FDR's Presidency. Easily accessible at night, four outdoor rooms portray the President's terms in office, each with different statues and quotes.
Tour Stop at Iwo Jima Memorial
Especially beautiful at night, this memorial, known officially as the U.S. Marine Corps Memorial, honors Marines who have fallen in the line of duty. Take in the different aspects, especially the statue of the flag raising on Iwo Jima, one of the most well-known events from World War II.
Tour Stop at Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
Then, head over to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, which was opened in the fall of 2011 to honor Dr. King. Although he isn't the first African-American honored with a memorial, his is the first near the National Mall and only the fourth non-President to be memorialized in such a way.
Tour Stop at The White House
Admired for its beautiful gardens and extensive offices, the White House can be seen all lit up on this tour for stunning views of the building and grounds. Inside the complex is the Executive Residence, West Wing, East Wing, Eisenhower Executive Office Building, and Blair House, a guest residence.
Stops may change due to traffic, weather, maintenance, etc.
The best part of the tour is the fact that your tour guide will hop off the bus with you at each attraction to give you a fully narrated and guided tour of DC at night!