Twilight from the Top of the Washington Monument

Take postcard-worthy photos as the sun sets from the top of the Washington Monument

Quick Details

With the re-opening of the Washington Monument after 2 years of repair work from the 2011 earthquake, we are now pleased to offer a special twilight safari to the top of the Monument for a limited number of clients.

The views from this 550 foot tall structure are nothing short of spectacular, ESPECIALLY as the sun is setting, casting a golden light on the U.S. Capitol and RFK Stadium in the east and eventually a deep blue glow of civil twilight behind the Lincoln Memorial and Arlington Memorial Bridge off to the west, the White House and and the city of Washington off to the north, and the Jefferson Memorial, Tidal Basin, National Airport and Arlington, VA off to the south. THIS is the time to get your REALLY postcard-perfect pix of DC!

On this safari Washington Photo Safari director and professional architectural photographer E. David Luria will first give an orientation on nighttime photography, shooting on Manual Mode, and then he will take you to the top of the Washington Monument for hand-held picture-taking opportunities out of the Monument windows!

After spending 30-45 minutes at the top, we will come down and photograph the fountains of the nearby World War II Memorial and the view down the Reflecting Pool toward the Lincoln Memorial. Due to space considerations, the safari is limited to 5 people.

  • Chevron down What to Bring
    • Camera
    • Lenses
    • Extra memory cards
    • Extra charged battery
    • Accessories such as filters, remote release
    • Weather appropriate clothing
  • Chevron down Where to Meet
  • Meet on plaza in front of Washington Monument Visitor Entrance at base of Monument.  Nearest METRO is Smithsonian on Orange/Blue/Silver Lines . Limited free street parking available.

  • Chevron down Your Instructor
  • E. David Luria is founder and director of the Washington Photo Safari, which has trained 36,000 amateur photographers – an average of 5 people every day, 365 days a year, since it was founded in 1999. Trained in Paris by a protégé of Henri Cartier-Bresson, Mr. Luria is a member of the American Society of Media Photographers and the Society of Photographic Educators and has had his images of DC appear in over 100 publications, calendars, and postcards and on 30 magazine covers.