Popular Tourist Sites
Washington, D.C., is a town brimming with history and culture and your visit here will provide lasting memories for years to come. Below, you will find a listing of some of the more popular tours and information which will assist you in planning to view these sites in order to make your trip the most enjoyable experience it can be.
Bureau of Engraving and Printing: 14th and C Streets, S.W. See how U.S. currency is printed. From August 31-May 5, tours begin every 10 minutes starting at 9:00 am and end at 1:50 p.m. on weekdays. Tickets are free and can be obtained from the ticket booth located on Raoul Wallenberg Place (formerly 15th Street). Please note that tickets usually are gone by 8:30. During the summer from May 6th through August 30, there are evening tours offered every ten minutes from 5:00p.m. to 6:45p.m. The ticket boot reopens at 3:30 p.m. to disburse free tickets. Closed weekends and federal holidays. Telephone: 202-874-3138. Metro: Smithsonian.
Federal Bureau of Investigation: Tours of the FBI have been indefinitely suspended. The FBI is located on E street, between 9th and 10th Streets, NW. Nearest Metro stop: Federal Triangle.
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts: Tours offered Monday-Saturday at 9:30am, 9:45am and 4:30pm. Tours last approximately one and half hours and conclude at the Millennium Stage. Nearest Metro stop: Foggy Bottom. For additional tour information, please see http://www.kennedy-center.org/
Library of Congress: Tours offered on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 8:30am. During the busy summer months, a 2:00pm tour is also offered. Tours last approximately one hour. Nearest Metro stop: Capitol South. For more information on the Library of Congress, please see http://www.loc.gov/
Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens: Tours offered everyday at 8:45am. This 45-minute walking tour of the grounds of the estate is led by one of Mount Vernon's historic interpreters and concludes with a memorable wreath-laying ceremony at Washington's Tomb. Following the tour, guests are invited to walk through the Mansion on their own. An admission fee of $8 for adults and $4 for children does apply. For more information on tours of the grounds and mansion, please see http://www.mountvernon.org/
National Archives: Tours offered Monday-Saturday at 10:15am and 1:15pm. Tours last approximately one and a half hours. Tour entrance is on Constitution Avenue, between 7th and 9th Streets, NW. Nearest Metro stop: National Archives/Navy Memorial. For more information on tours, please see http://www.nara.gov/
Old Executive Office Building: Tours offered on Saturday mornings. Your tour of this beautiful building will serve as a looking glass to America's rich architectural and historical past and will last approximately one hour. Nearest Metro stop: Federal Triangle.
United States Capitol Building: Public tours of the Capitol have been indefinitely suspended. Tours are offered on a limited basis, and all persons are subject to a security screening. This in-depth tour of the Capitol is led by a member of the Capitol Historical Society. Tours last approximately one hour. Each Congressional office may only request 2 tours per week. Nearest Metro stop: Capitol South or Union Station. For more tour information, please see http://www.aoc.gov/
United States Marine Corps Evening Parade: Friday evenings from May 7 - August 27 at 8:00pm. This special event is located at the Marine Barracks at 8th and I Streets, SE. Parking is extremely limited. Nearest Metro stop: Eastern Market. For more information, please call (202) 225-7125 x. 11.
United States Supreme Court: Monday-Friday at 2:00pm when the Court is not hearing oral arguments. Tours last approximately 40 minutes and consist of a lecture in the Courtroom, followed by a tour of the building. Nearest Metro stop: Capitol South or Union Station. For more information, please call (202) 479-3395.
Voice of America: Get a behind-the-scenes look at Voice of America, an international broadcasting agency funded by the U.S. Government with a worldwide audience of 123 million people every week. Tours are available Mon-Fri, except federal holidays, at 12pm and 3pm. Reservations are recommended. Private group tours can also be requested. Call (202)-203-4990 or visit www.voatour.com for more information.
Washington National Cathedral: Monday and Wednesday at 9:15am. This place of inspiration and beauty was built with attention to craftsmanship and artistic detail in stained glass, needlework, wrought iron, sculpture and stone. Tours last approximately 90 minutes and consist of a tour of the building and invitation to see the surrounding grounds and gardens. For more information, please see http://www.cathedral.org/
White House: Currently tickets are available to tour the White House. Tickets can be acquired by calling my Washington D.C. office about 2-3 months in advance of the desired tour date and asking for the tour coordinator. Nearest Metro stop: McPherson Square. For additional tour information, please see http://www.whitehouse.gov/