Visiting Washington D.C.
Below is a list of the tours and attractions that visitors to Washington may be interested in seeing. However, due to the need for increased security following the 9/11 and anthrax attacks, visitor information should be confirmed with each attraction to get the most recent information and possible restrictions. Many of the tours can also be arranged directly using an online reservation system. My office may be able to help arrange a tour the White House. These tours are in great demand so please give my office several weeks advance notice.
U.S. Capitol Building
The Capitol is among the most architecturally impressive and symbolically important buildings in the world. The Senate and the House of Representatives have met here for more than two centuries. Begun in 1793, the Capitol has been built, burnt, rebuilt, extended, and restored; today, it stands as a monument not only to its builders but also to the American people and their government. If you are interested in observing the House of Representatives in session, please call, write, or stop by my Washington office to request free gallery passes.
The White House offers extremely popular self-guided tours Tuesday through Saturday from 7:30am to 12:30pm. Due to very heavy demand and closures due to scheduled events these tours can be difficult to get. My office can request tours of the White House for constituents up to six months in advance but whether we are granted these tours request is solely the discretion of the White House Visitors Center. It is best to contact our office as soon as you are aware of your travel plans to Washington, D.C. The White House will designate the time. The White House is not open for tours on Sunday or Monday and reserves the right to cancel a tour at any time. The White House may not have tickets for the day you request. While we cannot guarantee that you will get a tour of the White House rest assured that we will do our best to exhaust all resources on your behalf.
Upon submission of your request, my office will provide you with an email confirmation. The White House generally notifies my office two weeks prior to the requested tour date, and my office will follow-up with you accordingly.
Bureau of Engraving and Printing
See how United States currency is printed. Open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. Closed weekends, Federal holidays and December 24 through January 3rd.
Library of Congress
The world’s largest and most open research library, millions of scholars, readers and tourists visit the Library of Congress annually. Our country’s national library contains over 75 million volumes. Tours are conducted every hour on the hour from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Friday. The Library asks that groups over 10 people make a reservation for a specific tour.
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The Washington Monument is the most prominent structure in Washington, D.C. and one of the city's early attractions. It was built in honor of George Washington, who led the country to independence and then became its first President. The Monument is shaped like an Egyptian obelisk, stands 555' 5 1/8" tall, and offers views in excess of thirty miles. It was finished on December 6, 1884.
World War II Memorial
The World War II Memorial commemorates the sacrifice and celebrates the victory of "the greatest generation." Friedrich St.Florian's winning design balances classical and modernist styles of architecture, harmonizes with its natural and cultural surroundings, and connects the legacy of the American Revolution and the American Civil War with a great crusade to rid the world of fascism.
The words of Thomas Jefferson, some written more than 200 years ago, have shaped American ideals. Today, many of these impressive, stirring words adorn the interior walls of his memorial. The Thomas Jefferson Memorial stands as a symbol of liberty and endures as a site for reflection and inspiration for all citizens of the United States and the world.
"In this temple, as in the hearts of the people for whom he saved the Union, the memory of Abraham Lincoln is enshrined forever." Beneath these words, the 16th President of the United States—the Great Emancipator and preserver of the nation during the Civil War—sits immortalized in marble. As an enduring symbol of Freedom, the Lincoln Memorial attracts anyone who seeks inspiration and hope.
"The only thing we have to fear is fear itself." These are the words of our 32nd President, a man who embodied the meaning of the word courage. Despite being stricken with polio at age 39 and paralyzed from the waist down, he emerged as a true leader, guiding our country through some dark times: the Great Depression and World War II. The memorial honors this man, his story, and his era.
Abraham Lincoln was shot and killed on April 14, 1865. A well-known actor, John Wilkes Booth, desperate to aid the dying Confederacy, stepped into the president's box at Ford's Theatre and pulled the trigger.
Learn about how one action altered America's power to reconstruct after the Civil War.