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Visiting Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C. hosts a number of wonderful sights and attractions that offer a unique glimpse into the history and foundation of the United States. I realize it is long journey from the Central Coast and my office strives to make your experience in D.C. as enjoyable and memorable as possible. Below, you will find information on some of the most popular attractions in Washington. If you would like to request a tour of any of the attractions below, please click here.
In addition to the tours you are able to request through my office, I have also compiled a list of other Washington, D.C. attractions for you and your family to enjoy.
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 are always eager to meet constituents!
I sincerely hope you will enjoy your visit in our nation's capital. If you have any questions, or if there is anything else that my office can assist you with, please don’t hesitate to contact my Washington, D.C. office at (202) 225-3601. We are looking forward to hearing from you!
The White House only schedules tours through Congressional Offices. Our office strongly suggests submitting your request to our office more than three months prior to the desired tour dates. Submitting your request more than three months in advance allows our office to process requests at the earliest possible time. Please note that the White House does not accept requests made less than one month prior to the requested tour dates. Getting approval for White House tour requests is often difficult because the White House is only available for tours 12-15 hours per week and receives tens of thousands of requests for tours each week. Submitting a request less than three months in advance greatly decreases the chance for your request to be approved. For additional logistical information about the White House tour, click here.
The U.S. Capitol is among the most architecturally impressive and symbolic buildings in the world. The Senate and the House of Representatives have met here for more than two centuries. The Capitol Visitor Center (CVC), the new main entrance to the U.S. Capitol, is located below the East Plaza of the Capitol – between Constitution and Independence Avenues. This state-of-the-art facility offers a wonderful introduction to the U.S. Capitol and the Legislative Branch. Tours of the Capitol available Monday through Saturday from 8:45am to 3:30pm.
The Library of Congress is the nation’s first established cultural institution and the largest library in the world, with millions of items including books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts in its collections.The Library provides Congress, the federal government and the American people with an enduring source of knowledge to inform and inspire their intellectual endeavors. 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.
The Supreme Court Building was designed by Cass Gilbert and built from 1931 to 1935. The Court first sat in the building on Monday, October 7, 1935. The building, majestic in size and rich in ornamentation, serves as both home to the Court and the manifest symbol of its importance as a coequal, independent branch of government. Tours introduce visitors of all ages to the judicial functions of the Supreme Court, the history of the Building, and the architecture of the Courtroom.
The Bureau of Engraving and Printing (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. The Bureau of Engraving and Printing is open Monday through Friday (except for Federal Holidays) from 9:00am to 2:00pm. (extended hours during summer). Groups larger than 10 must submit tour requests directly to the BEP. The request form can be found here.
A tour of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, situated on the banks of the Potomac River, is a highlight of any visit to Washington, D.C. As the nation's performing arts center and a living memorial to President John F. Kennedy, the Kennedy Center welcomes three million visitors annually. The tour highlights the historic events that led up to the establishment of a national cultural center, as well as an interactive exhibit on the life and presidency of John F. Kennedy.