Washington DC Night Tour: Illuminated Historical Landmarks
945 Ratings
Experience the magic of Washington DC at night on this 90-minute tour. See iconic landmarks illuminated and learn about their fascinating history. Choose between a recorded commentary or a live guide for an immersive cultural experience.
Duration: 2 hours
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
  • Big Bus Tours - Washington DC becomes even more beautiful after the sun sets. Join us on our 90 minute narrated Night Tour to discover the nation’s capital from a whole new perspective.

*The Night Tour takes two hours and is not a hop-on, hop-off tour.

What's Included
  • Audio Guided Tour Monday - Thursday
  • 120 minute Night tour, note not a hop-on hop-off
  • Live Guided Weekend tours
What's Not Included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Additional Information

Embark on a captivating 90-minute night tour of Washington DC. Enjoy the enlightening narratives about each significant landmark, available in English, French, German, Spanish & Brazilian Portuguese. Opt for a weekend ticket and benefit from a live guide sharing insights into the city’s rich culture and turbulent past.

Sweep past monumental structures and highlights including the Capitol Building, the Washington Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial, the White House, Rosslyn, Georgetown, Pentagon and more. Stand in awe of the Lincoln Memorial, beautifully lit and reflecting in the Lincoln Memorial Pool.

  • Panoramic night tour operates on a first-come, first-served basis, so arrive early to secure your seat. Everyone sits up top unless otherwise requested (if option selected)
  • Night Tour is not a hop-on hop-off tour
  • Operation times are subject to change without notice
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Please advise at time of booking if wheelchair assistance is required
  • Customers are advised to download the Big Bus app to find out real-time bus tracking information and Stop location. Alternatively please visit the Big Bus website.
Union Station
Massachusetts Avenue Northeast
Redeem your voucher with Big Bus staff at the bus passenger pick-up zone in front of Union Station by Columbia Circle
Cancellation Policy

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

Customer Ratings
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May 22, 2024
Miss Gale is the best! - Very informative and interesting presentation, especially with the hospitality of the hostess/driver Miss Gale. She made it so enjoyable, sharing information and her passion for the spots we visited. We would recommend this tour. Carley and her grandparents from California.
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May 12, 2024
Hop on hop off bus was great for day tour - Hop on hop off bus was super convenient. Bus drivers were nice too. Alphonso the bus driver was the best. Didn't have any issues.
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May 4, 2024
Monuments at night tour - Enjoyed this for many reasons. Love the hop on hop off bus in many cities to get your bearings of the place, where things are located. I like that you learn more about the place based on the commentary provided. This tour was great because our driver Ms Gale, was friendly, and answered any questions we had. I also liked this particular trip because beyond the monuments, we got to go through the different Burroughs and learn about them too.
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May 3, 2024
Night Tour/Day Tour - Ms. Gale was an excellent host and driver! The tour was great and informative. If you’re looking for something to do in DC that shows you all the sights with the ability to get on/off - this is the tour. They offer both a day/night. Nighttime DC vs. daytime DC is vastly different!
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May 1, 2024
Best way to see the DC sites - This is a great way to see the sites in Washington. A 2-day may be necessary to see everything you want to do. Drivers were very nice and informative. They explained that we needed to get on different bus to go to Arlington National Cemetery. The web site didn't state it nor the brochure but you need to transfer from Red to the Pink line to see the monuments and the cemetery. All in all a great experience.
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Apr 19, 2024
A must-do activity! - Our guide, miss gale, made the trip extra special. She was funny, informative and friendly. What an amazing intro to our nation’s capital. Thank you.
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Apr 5, 2024
Very nice - Lincoln memorial at night was spectacular, but we did not have enough time. Iwo Jima memorial and other moments were great at dusk. However very cold up top & outside.
Review provided by Viator
Apr 6, 2024
2.5 Hour Tour is Too Long - I have done a similar tour in Chicago on Big Bus and loved it and had high hopes for this tour. However, it was very disappointing. We arrived to Union Station 30 minutes early as requested and there was no signage of where to go. We were told to go stand by a traffic cone in the cold, where we waited for 20 minutes. Not a huge deal. But the tour was entirely too long. From start to finish, it took 2.5 hours. Most of the tour, the bus was moving at a very low speed, probably less than 15mph so it was boring most of the time between sights. It felt like we would never get back to the station. Multiple people on the bus thought it was too long and just wanted to get off. It’s a great idea, but it needs to be significantly shorter.
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May 14, 2024
I never got to take the... - I never got to take the tour as the bus never showed up. And now you are refusing to refund my money!!!!
Review provided by Viator
Apr 28, 2024
Don’t go - We were scheduled for 6:30 pm and didn’t leave until 6:50. We were supposed to return at 8:30 and returned at 9:10. We were dropped off at L’Enfant Plaza late and it was dark and nothing open at that hour. When I called the next day, I was told the tour was at 7 when it states in the website the tour was at 6:30. The Viator rep was rude.
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up to 9 guests
1 Adult
July 2024