Our nation’s capital is a great place to visit. From the treasures of the museums and galleries to the majestic and towering monuments, Washington, D.C. is full of vitality and history. Each D.C. tourist destination is a testament to America’s past and a hint to the promise of her future. See below for more detailed descriptions of some of Washington's most popular tourist attractions.
The United States Capitol is home to some of the most historic events in our nation’s history. The iconic dome is one of the most recognizable architectural accomplishments in America. But most importantly, the building is home to our bicameral legislative body and the 535 elected representatives from across our nation. The Capitol Visitors Center is a tremendous resource that contains Capitol Complex maps, brochures and tips for your visit. The general visiting hours of the Senate and Capitol are: Monday through Saturday, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm.
My office can help arrange Congressional tours of the Capitol Monday through Friday. For the best possibility to reserve a spot on a tour, all requests should be made 30 days in advance of the scheduled visit.
The White House
The White House, home to each United States President since John Adams, also offers tours rich in history and tradition. The tours are self-guided and are offered from 7:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday (excluding federal holidays). You can visit the White House’s Visitor Center page for more information. For security purposes, White House tours require more personal information than other sites, and tours must be requested from the White House Visitor’s Office at least 30 days in advance.
Constituents are required to go through their federal representative’s office to arrange a White House tour, and my office is able to provide that service for you.
The Supreme Court
The Supreme Court building is home to the highest court in the land. The Supreme Court offers exhibits, which are changed periodically, lectures in the Courtroom itself (when the Court is not sitting) and film screenings in the building’s theater. The Supreme Court is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and closed Saturdays, Sundays and federal holidays.
All Supreme Court tours begin at 2 p.m., but space is extremely limited and requests should be made at least 60 days in advance. For more information about arranging a tour through our office, please click here.
The Treasury Department
The Treasury Building is the oldest departmental building in Washington and has had a great impact on the design of other governmental buildings. Built in stages between 1836 and 1869, it was one of the largest office buildings in the world at the time of its completion. It served as a barracks for soldiers during the Civil War and as the temporary White House for President Andrew Johnson following the assassination of President Lincoln in 1865. The Treasury Building is unquestionably a monument of continuing architectural and historical significance.
Guided tours of the Treasury Department last approximately an hour and take place on Saturday mornings, excluding some holiday weekends. Please note this is not where currency is printed, check below for the Bureau of Engraving and Printing for that tour information. To arrange a tour through our office, please click here.
The Library of Congress
The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world and serves as an invaluable resource for Congressional research. The 130 million items contained in the library include 29 million books/printed materials, 12 million photographs and 4.8 million maps, as well as millions of recordings and manuscripts. While you may not have time to read everything in this impressive collection, you can still schedule a tour for Monday through Friday from our office. For the best possibility to reserve a spot on a tour, all requests should be made 30 days in advance of the scheduled visit. Click here to schedule a tour, and check out the Library of Congress visitors’ page for more information.
Bureau of Engraving and Printing
At the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, you can witness the journey a piece of paper takes from blank document to U.S. currency entering the economic bloodstream. Tours are available Monday through Friday (except on federal holidays) and the public ticket booth opens at 8 a.m. However, to arrange a tour through our office, all requests should be made 60 days in advance of the scheduled visit, as space is very limited on these tours. For groups of 10 or more, please find further information at the BEP’s website. For groups smaller than 10, please click here to arrange a tour through my office.