Old Town Trolley and Monuments by Moonlight Package
Washington DC, USA
- Monuments by Moonlight: See the Iwo Jima Memorial, FDR Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Korean War Memorial, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial.
- National Mall and Downtown Loop: Includes the above and the Air and Space Museum, the Spy Museum, National Archives, Ford's Theatre and the Supreme Court.
About this Washington, DC tour
The man responsible for much of the design you'll see bathed in beautiful light is Pierre L'Enfant. A French-born Revolutionary War veteran and architect based in New York, he had already worked on some prominent designs for major American cities when his old war buddy George Washington hired him to design the District in 1791.
L'Enfant had seen the modest mock-ups and European suggestions provided by then-Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson. He knew what most people expected to see from the design of the new federal district.
And he rejected all of it.
Two centuries later, the capital still closely resembles L'Enfant's original plan. He had called for a grand baroque grid of wide, sloping avenues lined with elegant trees that would create a vast network of open spaces to be owned and developed by each of the fifteen states. And instead of reserving the most scenic, picturesque natural formation for the nation's leader, as was customary in Europe, L'Enfant placed Capitol Hill there, on an elevated hill overlooking what is now the Mall.
It's a physical testament to the spirit of democracy. And when you see these beautiful monuments illuminated by the evening lights, one thought will come to your mind:
L'Enfant knew what he was doing.
The French term for a bratty child could apply to Pierre L'Enfant, the temperamental architect commissioned to design the District of Columbia. After tearing down the home of a city commissioner without permission and refusing to change his plans or even share their details, President Washington had no choice but to fire his old friend. Despite the rocky ending to his commission, most of L'Enfant's designs became reality.
Please make your way to the Union Station at 50 Massachusetts Ave. NE (Metro-Union Station Stop on the Red Line) Welcome Center - 10th & E ST. (Metro-Gallery Place Station).
Reservation time applies to the Monuments by Moonlight portion of this package only,and reservations are required. Please arrive 30 minutes early.
Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, or steep terrain. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Tour is not fully wheelchair accessible.
Bus Tour, Scenic, Family Friendly, Cultural
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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