My staff and I are delighted to assist constituents planning a visit to the District of Columbia.
Constituents seeking a tour of the White House or U.S. Capitol should contact my Washington, D.C. office.
I also encourage my neighbors from New York to visit our Washington office while they’re in town. We are located in Room 1708 of the Longworth House Office Building, across Independence Avenue from the Capitol.
Please check out the following links for more ideas:
Arlington National Cemetery – Tour sites include the Arlington National Cemetery Visitors Center, Kennedy grave sites, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Robert E. Lee Memorial, and Arlington House (Lee's home). The Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier takes place every hour on the hour and every half hour during the summer months. The Cemetery is open daily, October through March from 8 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., and April through September from 8:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. Metro: Arlington Cemetery.
Bureau of Engraving and Printing – (202) 874-3188, 14th and C Streets, S.W. See how U.S. currency, at a rate of $30 million daily, postage and revenue stamps are printed. Real and counterfeit paper money and coins are on display. Public tours are given Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Please call (202) 874-2330 to make reservations. Metro: Smithsonian.
FDR Memorial – Located between the Jefferson and Lincoln Memorials on Ohio Drive and West Basin Drive. One of the most expansive memorials in the nation, the monument to our 32nd president, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, has four outdoor "rooms" containing shade trees, waterfalls, statuary, and quiet alcoves. Open 24 hours daily.
Federal Bureau of Investigation – (202) 324-3447, E Street between 9th and 10th Streets, N.W. FBI Headquarters remains closed for public tours until further notice.
Ford's Theatre and Lincoln Museum – (202) 426-6924, 10th Street between E and F Streets, N.W. A living memorial, President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated here in 1865. Open every day of the year, except Christmas and during rehearsals and performances, from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Metro: Metro Center.
Holocaust Memorial Museum – (202) 488-0400, 14th and C Streets, S.W. Chartered by Congress, this museum is a national memorial to the Holocaust of World War II. Open daily from 10:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Admission is free, but tickets are required. Beginning at 10:00 a.m., a limited number of free tickets are available at the museum box office, located at the 14th Street entrance. Tickets may also be reserved in advance through Ticketmaster at (800) 551-7328; there is a surcharge for this service. Metro: Smithsonian.
Jefferson Memorial – (202) 426-6821, located at the Tidal Basin in East Potomac Park, S.W. See the bronze statue of Thomas Jefferson inside a replica of the Roman Pantheon. Open 24 hours daily.
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts – (202) 467-4600, 2700 F Street, N.W. Free tours of the Kennedy Center are given by the Friends of the Kennedy Center from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. They depart from the parking plaza on Level A, and feature the Hall of States and the Hall of Nations, the Center's main theaters, and dozens of paintings, sculptures, and other artworks given to the Center by foreign countries. Metro: Foggy Bottom.
Korean War Veterans Memorial – (202) 634-1568, located on the National Mall, southeast of the Lincoln Memorial. An etched granite mural runs alongside statues of soldiers as a memorial to those who fought in the Korean War. Open 24 hours daily. Metro: Foggy Bottom.
Library of Congress – (202) 707-5000, 1st Street, S.E. between Independence Avenue and East Capitol Street. Visit the largest library in the world and one of the most beautiful buildings in Washington, D.C. Public tours are given Monday through Saturday at 11:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 4:30 p.m. All tours start in the Visitor's Center in the Jefferson Building. Metro: Capitol South.
Lincoln Memorial – (202) 426-6895, 23rd Street and Constitution Avenue, N.W. Open 24 hours daily. Metro: Foggy Bottom.
Mount Vernon – (703) 780-2000, located at the end of the George Washington Memorial Parkway in Virginia, just 16 miles from downtown Washington, D.C. and 8 miles from historic Old Town, Alexandria. The home of George Washington is open every day of the year from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. April through August; from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. March, September, and October; and from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. November through February.
National Archives – (202) 501-5000, 8th Street and Constitution Avenue, N.W. On display in the Rotunda are the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights, the Constitution, and a copy of the Magna Carta.
National Cathedral – (202) 537-6207, Massachusetts and Wisconsin Avenues. The Cathedral is one of the largest church buildings in the world. The 14th century Gothic style architecture contains President Woodrow Wilson's tomb. There are guided tours available Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 3:25 p.m., and Sunday from 12:45 p.m. until 2:45 p.m., except during services and special events. Three shops (open 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.) and the gardens (open until dusk) are also accessible. Call the Cathedral for tour reservations.
Pentagon – (703) 697-1776, Arlington, VA. Headquarters of the United States Department of Defense and the nerve center for command and control, the Pentagon is virtually a city within itself. The Pentagon presently houses approximately 23,000 military and civilian employees and about 3,000 non-defense support personnel dedicated to protecting our national interests. Tour requests and guidelines for groups of five or more should be made through the Pentagon’s webpage, and should be made at least two weeks in advance. Metro: Pentagon.
Smithsonian Institution – (202) 357-2700. Most museums are open daily from 10:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Metro: Smithsonian. Click on the Smithsonian link for further information on each museum within the Smithsonian system.
Supreme Court – (202) 479-3000, 1st Street and Maryland Avenue, N.E. The U.S. Supreme Court building is open Monday through Friday (federal holidays excluded) from 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Public lectures are conducted in the courtroom every 30 minutes, Monday through Friday, from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., except when the Court is in session. Metro: Capitol South or Union Station.
United States Capitol – (202) 225-6827, 1st Street and Independence Avenue, S.E. Metro: Capitol South. Individual tours, as well as passes to the House Gallery, may be arranged by contacting my Washington, D.C. office.
United States Department of State – (202) 647-3241, 2201 C Street, N.W. The Diplomatic Reception Rooms of the Department of State, which are used for official functions hosted by the Secretary of State and other high level government officials, are open for pre-arranged tours at no charge. These rooms hold a premier collection of 18th Century American furniture, paintings and decorative arts. Guided tours are conducted Monday through Friday at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., and 2:45 p.m. Tours are 45 minutes in duration. Reservations are required and should be made approximately four weeks in advance, due to the large volume of requests. Tours may be arranged by calling the number above between the hours of 8:15 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. weekdays. This is a Fine Arts tour, not recommended for children under the age of twelve.
Vietnam Veterans Memorial – (202) 634-1568, located at Henry Bacon Drive and Constitution Avenue, N.W. A memorial to the more than 58,000 soldiers who lost their lives in the Vietnam War. Open 24 hours daily. Metro: Smithsonian.
Washington Monument – (202) 426-6841, located on the National Mall at 15th Street, S.W. Take an elevator ride to the top of the 555 foot structure for Washington's best view. Tickets are required. Distribution of the free tickets starts at 8:30 a.m. at the booth located on the west side of 15th Street, S.W. Tickets may also be reserved in advance by calling 1-800-967-2283 or online via the National Park Service Reservation Center ($1.50 fee per ticket). Open daily from 9:00 a.m. until 4:45 p.m. Metro: Smithsonian.
The White House – 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Because White House tours are a very popular tourist attraction and fill up quickly, it is suggested that requests be made at least 3 to 4 months in advance. Please contact my Washington, D.C. office to submit details of your request, which must include the date, the number of people in your party, and information for a primary contact person.
World War II Memorial – (800) 639-4WW2, located on the National Mall on Constitution Avenue, between the Washington Monument and the Reflecting Pool. The World War II Memorial honors the 16 million who served in the armed forces of the U.S. during World War II, the more than 400,000 who died, and the millions who supported the war effort from home. Symbolic of the defining event of the 20th Century, the memorial is a monument to the spirit, sacrifice, and commitment of the American people.