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Washington, DC Tourism Information

Capitol Hill

United States Congress

U.S. Capitol Visitor Center
Book a tour, look at a Capitol map and find other useful information. The mission of the Visitor Center at the U.S. Capitol is to provide a welcoming and educational environment for visitors to learn about the unique characteristics of the House and the Senate and the legislative process as well as the history and development of the architecture and art of the U.S. Capitol.

Map of Capitol Grounds
The Capitol, House and Senate office buildings.

Virtual Tour of Capitol
Explore the nation's Capitol, including the old and current House chambers.

Library of Congress

Each of “America’s Library buildings," named for a U.S. President (Adams, Jefferson, and Madison), contains millions of cataloged books and other print materials on 530 miles of shelving is a world-renowned research center for scholars easily accessible to both Congress and the public. Special exhibitions—including a permanent display of the Gutenberg Bible, the first book printed with movable type—make the Library a favorite tourist attraction. 

Supreme Court of the United States

“Equal Justice Under Law” is the promise on the portals of the Supreme Court building. Court sessions begin the first Monday in October and continue two weeks per month through April. Courtroom seats are available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis when the Court is in session. Twenty-minute courtroom lectures are available every hour on the half-hour when the court is not in session. Group tours are available and must be made in advance. First and East Capitol Streets, NE.

United States Botanic Garden

Located at the base of Capitol Hill, the conservatory features more than 20,000 plants, including exotic flowers and fruit species. 

National Mall and Memorial Parks

The sprawling lands of the National Mall & Memorial Parks include the Mall, the public promenade extending from 3rd Street near the Capitol to 14th Street, including the:

National Mall Walking Tour
Explore the National Mall with this walking tour provided by National Geographic.


More Museums

White House

Tours of the White House are very popular and scheduled on a first-come, first-serve basis. We generally advise constituents to request tours at least three months in advance. The White House has said that it will not accept tour requests within 21 days of the requested date. In other words, the White House requires at least three weeks advance notice. You have the option to request up to three potential dates for your tour. Tours are offered Tuesday through Thursday, 7:30 am - 11 am; Friday, 7:30 am - 12 pm; and Saturday, 7:30 am - 1 pm. No tours are offered on Sunday or Monday. Please keep in mind that the White House only approves a small percentage of tours. White House tour requests require additional personal information such as name, date of birth, place of birth, and Social Security number. Please be prepared to provide this information for members of your tour party when the White House responds to your initial request. The White House tour is self-guided and includes the ceremonial rooms in the center of the White House and the East Wing. All White House tours are free of charge. (Please note that White House tours may be subject to last minute cancellation.)

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Metro: McPherson Square

For the most up-to-date information about touring and visiting the White House, call the 24-hour Visitors Office Information Line at 202-456-7041.

Historic Homes


Major League Sports

  • Capitals (NHL)
    Verizon Center, 7th and F Streets NW
  • Mystics (WNBA)
    Verizon Center, 7th and F Streets NW
  • Nationals (MLB)
    Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol Street, SE
  • Redskins (NFL)
    FedEx Field, 1600 Raljon Road, Raljon, MD
  • DC United (MLS)
    RFK Stadium, 2400 East Capitol Street, SE
  • Wizards (NBA)
    Verizon Center, 7th and F Streets NW

Other Points of Interest

Getting Around

Public Transportation


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