Visiting Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C. offers multiple attractions for people of all ages. Take a trip to some of our nation’s most influential landmarks and attractions, like the U.S. Capitol or the Washington Monument. Come visit D.C.’s countless museums, memorials, gardens, and more! My office will be more than happy to assist you as you plan your trip to our nation’s capital. Please fill out a tour request form through my website to get assistance with all of your tours. Upon receiving your request, a member of my staff will reach out to you.
With limited parking and heavy traffic, I recommend taking public transportation while in Washington. The Metro is the best option for traveling, and can take you all around D.C. and the surrounding areas. You can find more information about the Metro by clicking here.
The Circulator Bus is also an option for public transportation. It runs between popular sites, such as Dupont Circle, Georgetown, Rosslyn, and other destinations. For more information and routes, visit their website at www.dccirculator.com.
Be prepared! When visiting D.C., be advised that there will be a lot of walking and traveling to different sites. For example, the distance between the Capitol steps and the Lincoln Memorial is about 1.2 miles (1.8 km). If you need any disability assistance, please visit http://dc.about.com/od/disabledresources/a/DisabledAccess.htm.
As the meeting place of our nation’s legislature, the U.S. Capitol is a symbol of the American people and their government. Public tours led by the Capitol Visitors Center are offered throughout the day Monday through Saturday from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. My staff-led tours are also available Monday through Friday during office hours. Please fill out the tour request form to setup a tour of this historic site.
Located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, the White House is the official dwelling of the President of the United States. Tours of this remarkable residence are offered Tuesday through Saturday mornings and can be requested through my office.
Tours should be requested 4-5 months in advance as spots fill up quickly and my staff will need adequate time to prepare your request. The White House cannot guarantee a tour, even if requested in the preferred time span. My office will be informed of your tour confirmation one to two weeks prior to your requested tour date.
If you wish to tour the White House, please submit a tour request form. A member of my staff will promptly reach out to you with instructions on how to submit your personal information to the White House for a background check.
The White House Visitor Center is open to the public seven days a week, 7:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. No reservations or tickets are required. They offer exhibits, an information booth, and merchandise for all ages!
Public tours of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing are given on a first-come, first-served basis. The tours run every 15 minutes from 9:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. You will be able to walk along the gallery overlooking the production floor where you can see millions of dollars being printed. The tour lasts about 40 minutes and includes an introductory film along with the gallery tour.
My office can request a tour reservation in advance for groups with more than 10 people. These tours run every 15 minutes between 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 a.m.
The Visitor Center is open on weekdays from 8:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. with the doors closing at 3:00 p.m. The Center includes exhibits and currency products.
Want to get an inside look at one of the major intelligence agencies in the country?
The FBI Experience is a self-guided tour at FBI Headquarters. Open to the public, the tour features interactive multimedia exhibits, content and historical artifacts that help illustrate the importance of the Bureau’s work to protect our nation. The FBI Experience offers tours Monday through Friday at 9:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. You will get a glimpse of the special tactical training Special Agents and FBI personnel receive, as well as an array of cases the Bureau has investigated over the years.
The newly renovated FBI Experience opened for tours in July 2017.
My office would be happy to help you request this tour. Requests must be made through the tour form. Three months advanced notice is recommended but not required.
For groups of 20 or more fill out the FBI Experience Group Visit Request form.
As the headquarters to the Department of Defense, the Pentagon is an excellent place to visit while in D.C. Tours are offered Monday through Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Please be advised that tours take approximately an hour, and you will be walking about a mile and a half.
My office would be glad to set up a tour for you. Reservations may be booked 14-90 days in advance, but it’s best to put in a tour request early as they do fill up quickly. When your request is approved, the Pentagon requires you to fill out a security information form. Please fill out the tour request form to request this tour.
The highest court in the United States is open to the public Monday through Friday from 9:00a.m. to 4:30p.m. There are no guided tours, so please feel free to come and visit when it suits you. Courtroom lectures are offered every hour on the half hour beginning at 9:30 a.m. when Court is not sitting, with the last lecture at 3:30 p.m. When the Court is in session the lectures begin after Court adjourns for the day. The Supreme Court schedule is available on their website.
While at the U.S. Supreme Court, see if you can sit in court and hear an oral argument. You can either attend the entire argument or visit just briefly. Please be aware that many cases attract large crowds so plan to arrive early to ensure a seat. For more information, click here.
While in D.C., make a stop to the largest library in the world! The Library of Congress is also the oldest cultural institution of the United States and the largest rare book collection in North America. Public tours of our national library are offered Monday through Friday, from 10:30 a.m. through 3:30 p.m. on the hour. Saturday tours are offered from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on the hour. These tours are available on a first come, first served basis so please plan accordingly.
The National Archives is a popular attraction. You can view the original Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. The museum is open daily with tours from 10:00 a.m. through 5:30 p.m. Reservations are not required, but recommended. To reserve a tour, please visit the National Archives website and submit a request. Tickets are free, but there is a $1.50 processing fee per person.
The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is a great stop to make while in D.C. The tour highlights the historic events that led up to the establishment of the national cultural center that is also our nation's living memorial to President John F. Kennedy, and includes an interactive exhibit on his life and presidency. Visitors also learn about the works of art given to the Center, such as Robert Berks's bust of President Kennedy, Willy Weber's Apollo X, and the stunning Israeli Lounge.
To request a tour of the Kennedy Center, please fill out the tour request form.
United States’ official memorial to the Holocaust is open seven days a week, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:20 p.m. During March – August, my office can secure you a ticket to visit the museum on your own time. From September – February the museum does not require prearranged tickets. To request tickets or more information, fill out the tour request form.
The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture opened on September 24, 2016. The museum is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. The museum has collected more than 36,000 artifacts.
The historic significance and high visibility of the museum are attracting a high volume of visitors. Due to the level of interest, the museum is implementing a Timed Pass system to welcome as many visitors as possible. Timed Passes for the general public are free of charge and can be obtained in advance of your visit. A limited number of same-day passes are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
The museum is open seven days a week from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
For more information and to reserve tickets please visit the museum's website or call 800-514-3849.