Washington Visitors Guide
Welcome to Congressman Mike Turner's Washington, D.C. Vistor's Guide Resource Center. The center is designed to provide resources and information links for students, parents, teachers, and other visitors from the Tenth Congressional District of Ohio who are interested in visiting our nation's Capital. Please check this site periodically, as we will keep you updated on tours. Thank you for your interest as well as your understanding.
If you need any additional information or assistance, my office is located in Room 2239 of the Rayburn House Office Building. Please visit my office when you are in Washington, DC.
This is a clickable image map of the Capitol Complex
Capitol - Virtual Tour
An interactive, user friendly, comprehensive and integrated multimedia tour of the U.S. Capitol. It includes panorama views and historical information about the rooms of the U.S. Capitol, as well as, information about the objects found in those rooms. This tour will leave you with the feel of an actual visit to the U.S. Capitol and serve to provide a unique "Capitol" experience.
A listing of some of the more popular entertainment venues in the Washington, DC Metro area including Sport/Concert venues and theaters.
House & Senate Galleries
Information on how to obtain House and Senate gallery passes to observe debate on the floor of Congress.
Memorials & Monuments
A listing of some of the more popular Memorials & Monuments in the Washington, DC Metro area.
A listing of some of the more popular Museums in the Washington, DC Metro area.
This site provides information on public transportation in the Washington DC Metro area, including Metro's trip planner (a feature that provides routes, time and cost of trips in the Washington metropolitan area); a Metrorail map which includes important station information (i.e.,location, fare information, elevator/escalator status and neighborhood maps); and Information on Metroaccess (an alternative transit services for disabled riders).
Other Places of Interest
A listing of some of the other more popular places of interest in the Washington, DC Metro area including Aquariums, Parks, and Plantations/Historic Mansions.
Prohibited Items for Tourists
A listing of some of the more common items prohibited by Security screening at federal buildings, monuments, and museums in the Washington, DC Metro area.
Tips on Touring DC
Basic tips on how to have a safe and enjoyable visit to our nation's Capital.
A listing of some of the more popular Tourist attractions in the Washington, DC Metro area.
Information on airports and Metrorail (Subway) service in the Washington, DC Metro area.
Washington DC's Chamber of Commerce Visitor's Guide
Monuments are only the tip of the iceberg: D.C. has diverse neighborhoods and cultural riches that rival any international city. The Washington DC's Chamber of Commerce Visitor's Guide will help you find out where to visit and keep your finger on the pulse of our active city.
Washington, DC Convention Center
The sparkling new 2.3 million square foot convention center is now open for business. Located in the heart of the nation's capital, it is steps from historic museums, great restaurants and wonderful attractions.
A listing of tours my office can try to help you arrange as well as the guidelines for requesting congressional tours.
If you happen to be able to plan your trip to Washington D.C. in advance, you will be able to see much more of the city. Also, on a first come - first serve basis, we can offer Congressional Tours of certain attractions in the Washington area. This tour option allows you to make better use of your time in Washington. The tours are not necessarily substitutes for the public tours, but rather allow you the optimum ability to use your time in Washington, by not having to wait in often long lines.
If you are interested in this option our tour coordinator will do their best to fill your requests based on time schedules and availability. Requests for all tours are suggested months in advance of your visit. To request tours, please complete my tour request form.
My office can try to arrange Congressional tours of the following attractions:
The White House
Group tours of the White House must be scheduled through my office and are scheduled based on the order in which they are received by the White House and the availably of tour time-slots. Please submit your request between 3 weeks and 90 days prior to your arrival in Washington. After a tour request is submitted by my office, the White House Tour Coordination Staff will inform my staff of the acceptance or denial of the tour request. This will happen approximately three weeks prior to your requested tour date.
Gallery passes are required to visit the House and Senate chambers. The Senate Gallery is only open to the public while the Senate is in session. Requests for gallery passes and Capitol tours should be submitted to my office at most 5 months in advance prior to arrival in Washington. For large groups, further notice is required. Guided tours of the Capitol will begin and end in the Capitol Visitor Center. The Capitol Visitor Center is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday. The Capitol tends to book up quickly for March through August. Plan accordingly.
The Library of Congress
The Library of Congress is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution and serves as the research arm of Congress. It is the largest library in the world, with more than 130 million items on approximately 530 miles of bookshelves. It has over 138 million books, nearly three million recordings, and countless other pieces of information. Please request tours of the Library of Congress through my office a maximum of 2 months prior to your arrival in Washington.
The Kennedy Center
The Kennedy Center is the nation’s performing arts center and living memorial to President John F. Kennedy. On the tour, constituents will be able to see the Presidential Boxes, private lounges, all theaters and public spaces, and the interactive exhibit honoring the life and presidency of John F. Kennedy. Please request tours of the Kennedy Center at least two months prior to arrival in Washington.
My office can only secure tickets for tours of the Center for Performing Arts, not for any of the various performances. For performance tickets, please visit http://www.kennedy-center.org or contact the ticket office at (202) 467-4600.
The Bureau of Engraving and Printing
The Bureau of Engraving and Printing designs and manufactures U.S. currency, postage stamps, Treasury obligations and other U.S. securities. As you tour the building you can observe the various phases of currency production Please submit a tour request through my office for the Bureau of Engraving and Printing between 3 and 6 months prior to your arrival in Washington. Public tours are also available on a first-come, first-served basis, Monday - Friday (9:00 – 10:45 am, 12:30-3:45 pm, 5:00-7:00 pm).
Once you get to Washington, you probably will need a good map. I suggest that you stop by my office where we would be more than happy to provide you with one. I hope that these special arrangements offered by my office will ensure your trip to Washington is a memorable one.