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DC After Dark

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See the splendor of Washington, D.C. flooded in lights, from the US Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial


  • All of our drivers are licensed, Washington, D.C. tour guides
  • See DC’s famous national monuments illuminated
  • Enjoy the beauty of the Iwo Jima, Lincoln, and many other memorials
  • Stop for can’t-miss photo opportunities at select monuments (weather permitting)
  • From the comfort of our luxury double deckers (we reserve the right to modify with a closed-top motor coach as necessary), view the Washington Monument, U.S. Capitol Building, Kennedy Center and More (please dress appropriately for cool/cold nights).


  • Narrated night tour as you drive around to each historic monument and memorial


  • Hotel Pick-up
  • Food and beverages
  • Optional guide gratuities

Please Note

  • This tour is unavailable on Sunday & Monday, Memorial Day, July 3rd, July 4th, New Year’s Eve, New Years Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.
  • You must be present at our Union Station office by the time the tour is scheduled to depart to guarantee ridership on the tour. We are located at 50 Massachusetts Ave. NE, Washington, DC 20002, on the Bus Terminal Level. Once the tour departs, guests cannot join along the route. You should arrive between 15-30 minutes before your tour's scheduled start time to check in properly.
  • Our drivers are licensed DC sightseeing guides, but they do not get off and accompany you to each memorial, as they are responsible for the motorcoach, itself.

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78% of reviewers liked this tour
Apr 23 2018
The driver was courteous and very knowledgeable. Even though it was a very crowded time of year at the monuments to take this tour, it went well for us.
Apr 08 2018
Horrible traffic made worse by a boring driver who didn’t make himself excited or caring about what he did. Stressful enough with traffic but his driving and speaking were equally bad. I always take visitors to Grayline but doubt I would pay this much again. Too little for how much we paid.
Reply From The Gray Line Team:
We sincerely apologize for your experience. Normally, we are known to satisfy and accommodate all of our customer's preferences. Thank you for providing us this valuable feedback. We will take it into account and use it to fix any deficits in our tour planning. 

- The Gray Line Team
Apr 05 2018
Our bus driver was very nice and very knowledgeable about the city of Washington. He gave us a lot of information about where we were going and different sites throughout the city. It seemed as it there wasn't enough time at our memorial stops to get to the memorial, actually go into the memorial, and no time to go to the gift shop which was mentioned on the tour info. Not the driver's fault, I just don't think enough time was allotted for these stops. At the Jefferson Memorial we had 20 minutes, not enough time. At the Lincoln Memorial we had 30 minutes, not enough time, .At the White House, we had 15 minutes, not enough time. I don't think I would choose this tour again unless changes were made in this area. Again, our bus driver was very nice but tour was lacking quality as far as the rest of it was concerned. Quite expensive for what we received.
Dec 06 2017
Covered all the major memorials
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DC After Dark

If you’ve ever wanted to see the sights 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.

What can you see on this Tour?

Seeing DC monuments at night is a special experience that not many visitors to the city 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, so we’ll take you around the city any time.

There are stops on the tour at which visitors can stop off and take a look around, such as the impassive Lincoln Memorial and the inspiring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. The Lincoln Memorial is one of the best sights 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 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 sight, 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. Our experienced and licensed driver guide will show you all of the sights and give you insider knowledge on their history.

Why should you go on this Tour?

This tour is for any visitor that wants to see another side of 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 we show you DC after dark!
STOPS (Locations guests get off and visit)
Jefferson Memorial
Lincoln Memorial
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall
Korean War Memorial
Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial OR Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
World War II Memorial


U.S. Capitol Building
Pennsylvania Ave.
Washington Monument
U.S. Capitol Reflecting Pool
Federal Triangle

Tour time:

4:30 - 7:30 pm
January 2nd to March 31, 2018