Things to do in Washington D.C. at Night

The Lincoln Memorial at twilight. The statue of the 16th president can be seen illuminated between pillars.

Night Life

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With summer days here and temperatures rising, enjoying a cool summer night out in Washington D.C. is a great way to explore our Nation’s Capital. Witness the city’s “dark side” and enjoy these things to do in Washington D.C. at night.

Lincoln Memorial

Visit the Lincoln Memorial, which commemorates the nation’s 16th president, President Abraham Lincoln. As one of the city’s main attraction, the memorial offers a glorious glow from the steps of the memorial that can only be seen at night. As a bonus, when you visit at night there are likely to be fewer people, allowing for a more intimate visit of this famous memorial.

Tidal Basin

An iconic destination in Washington D.C., Tidal Basin is a perfect spot to take a stroll and view city lights that illuminate the many stunning monuments of the city. Visitors can see Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial, and George Mason Memorial come to life at night.

Dupont Circle nightlife

If you are looking for a happening nightlife, Dupont Circle is it. Filled with nineteenth-century row-houses this historic neighborhood offers various pubs, sports bars, and clubs that are sure to add a little entertainment to the night. Stay in the middle of the action with one of our vacation rentals located in the Dupont Circle neighborhood.

Bartholdi Park

Located across from The United States Botanical Garden, the famous “secret garden” of Washington D.C., Bartholdi Park, features a large fountain as the main attraction and centerpiece of the park. The park gets its name from the artist Frederic Auguste Bartholdi, who designed the fountain and who would later go on to design the Statue of Liberty. At night, the fountain lights up and showcases showers of illuminated water.

Pentagon Memorial

Created to honor the 184 people that lost their lives on American flight 77, during the 9/11 attacks, the Pentagon Memorial lights up the night sky with the illuminated commemorative benches. Representing each victim’s life that was lost, the benches contains a pool of water that reflects lightonly seen in the evenings. To truly appreciate every detail that went into its construction, this memorial is best seen at night.

Jefferson Memorial

A bronze statue of Thomas Jefferson is highlighted with white marble columns that glow at night at the Jefferson Memorial. A shimmering reflection of the towering memorial in the water is a magical scene that can only be seen and appreciated at night.

Georgetown Sunset Cinema

Every Tuesday night sit amongst the stars and enjoy a cinematic feature at the Georgetown Sunset Cinema. Films start around 8:30/8:45 pm, so arrive early to get a spot and enjoy a picnic dinner before the show starts.

Twilight Tattoo

Every summer on Wednesday evenings spectators can take part in the unique Washington D.C. experience of Twilight Tattoo. Watch a military pageant featuring members of the Old Guard and “Perishing’s Own” band. The drive across the Potomac River to Virginia is worth it for this free,family-oriented event.

Evening parade at the Marine Barracks

Every Friday night starting at 8:45 pm, the United States Marine band puts on a concert with an evening parade following, to honor those who have fought and still fight in the Marines. There are general admission lines, but you are not guaranteed a seat, so reservations are suggested if you want a seat.

While there are many things to do during the day in the city, spend some time exploring the unique look and feel of Washington D.C. at night and book your stay at one of our D.C. VacationRentalslocated throughout the city.

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