Visiting Washington, D.C.

Below you will find information for some of the most popular attractions and sights in Washington, D.C. Each venue offers a wonderful glimpse into the history and splendor of this great city.

While you are visiting Washington, I invite you to stop by my office in 2231 Rayburn House Office Building. The Rayburn House Office Building is directly across the street from the U.S. Capitol and my office is on the second floor.

My staff and I always welcome the opportunity to meet constituents!

Also, for your convenience, I have compiled a fairly comprehensive list of Washington, D.C. tourism opportunities.

I sincerely hope you will enjoy your visit in our nation's capital. If you have any questions, or if there is anything else I can do, feel free to contact my Washington, D.C. office at (202) 225-3601.

U.S. Capitol

The Capitol Visitors Center (CVC) opened its doors on December 2nd, 2008. This state-of-the-art facility offers a wonderful introduction to the U.S. Capitol and the Legislative Branch. Tours of the Capitol are free and available Monday through Saturday from 8:45am to 3:30pm. All tours are free of charge, but they do require a ticket. Reserve your free Capitol tour tickets online through the CVC.

And don't forget to visit my office before your tour in order to pickup free Gallery Passes which allow you to see the House and Senate Chamber!

Library of Congress

Visit the largest library in the world and one of the most beautiful buildings in Washington. Guided tours of the Jefferson building are offered Monday through Saturday at 10:30am, 11:30am, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, and 3:30pm (no 3:30pm tours on Saturdays). In addition, the Library of Congress offers to reserve tour space for large groups of 10 – 60 people.

Bureau of Engraving and Printing

The BEP prints billions of Federal Reserve Notes for delivery to the Federal Reserve System each year. In addition to U.S. currency, the BEP produces several other security documents such as portions of U.S. passports and materials for Homeland Security. Open Monday through Friday (except for Federal Holidays) from 9:00am to 2:00pm. (extended hours during summer), with tours conducted every 20 minutes. Admission Fee: None, but tickets are required. Public same-day tour tickets are given out on a first-come, first-serve basis. Groups larger than 10 must submit tour requests directly to the BEP, the request form can be found here.

The White House

The White House only schedules tours through Congressional Offices. Requests are accepted up to six months in advance, but no less than one month prior to the desired dates. Getting approval for White House tour requests is always difficult because the White House is only available for tours 12-15 hours per week and there are tens of thousands of requests for tours each week.  For more information and to request a tour of the White House, click here.