Visiting Washington, D.C.

VISIT OUR NATION'S CAPITAL

Our nation’s capital is beautiful throughout the year and is a popular vacation spot for people around the world. With the museums, parks, and monuments, almost all of which are free, a trip to Washington, D.C. is an enriching historical and cultural experience. If you and your family are planning a trip to Washington, D.C please review the sections below for more information about visiting the Capitol, White House, and other popular attractions. You can contact my Washington, D.C. office at (202) 225-7772 or send an email to Madison.Albrecht@mail.house.gov for more information and to set up tours of the White House and Capitol.

Tours My Office Can Request on Your Behalf

White House Tour

Public tours of the White House are available by appointment Tuesday through Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 12 noon. Requests should be submitted as soon as possible, especially for dates during peak season such as March-July and December. Up to three tour dates can be requested.  

**Unfortunately, White House tours have reached capacity through the end of 2018. Please note, White House tours are not being offered from December 22 to January 1. If you are interested in taking a tour of the Capitol or another Washington, D.C. site, we are happy to assist.** 

To request a White House Tour, please send an e-mail to Madison.Albrecht@mail.house.gov in my D.C. office and include the following information:

• Name
• Number of People in the Group
• Requested Tour Dates (Maximum of three dates, Tuesday through Saturday morning)
• Home Address
• Cell Phone Number 
 
After submitting your request, you will receive an email directly from the White House Visitors Office with a secure link to submit the remaining information required for the request. This information must be submitted directly to the White House to complete your request. Please note: All tours are subject to approval by the White House and may be denied or canceled at any time due to special events. You can contact my Washington, D.C. office at (202) 225-7772 or email Madison.Albrecht@mail.house.gov for more information. 

If you are not able to secure a tour of the White House, there is the White House Visitors Center that is open from 7:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., 7 days a week. It is located at the intersection of 15th and E Streets NW.

United States Capitol

The United States Capitol in Washington, D.C., is among the most architecturally impressive and symbolically important buildings in the world. It has housed the meeting chambers of the Senate and the House of Representatives for almost two centuries. Begun in 1793, the Capitol has been built, burnt, rebuilt, extended, and restored. Today, it stands as a monument not only to its builders, but also to the American people and their government.

U.S. Capitol Tours also require advanced notice. To request a tour of the Capitol, please send an e-mail to Madison.Albrecht@mail.house.gov in my D.C. office, and include the information below.
  • Name
  • Number of people in the group
  • Requested Date for the tour (Monday-Saturday)
  • Requested Time (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)
  • Home Address
  • Cell Phone Number
The Congressional Special Services Office provides information about tours for the disabled by telephone at (202) 224-4048 (voice) or (202) 224-4049 (TDD). Additional accessibility information is available.

The Pentagon
Public tours of the Pentagon are available Monday through Friday between 10am and 4pm, by appointment with a minimum of thirty days advanced notice. Group tours of five or more individuals from an educational institution (K-12, college, or home school) may book tours through the Pentagon directly by calling (703) 697-1776 or by e-mail. For those who do not meet these requirements, please contact my office at (202) 225-7772 or by email so that I may assist you in scheduling a tour.

U.S. Department of the Interior Tour
The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), with eight bureaus, is the nation's principal conservation agency, charged with the mission "to protect and provide access to our Nation's natural and cultural heritage and honor our trust responsibilities to Indian tribes and our commitments to island communities." The Department of Interior tour is an all day tour and are limited to groups of five or fewer. Specifically, the tour takes you to the destinations below. Please note that at various times some destinations may be closed for renovation:

To request a Department of Interior tour please send an e-mail to Madison.Albrecht@mail.house.gov in my D.C. office at least two months in advance, and include the information below.

  • Name
  • Number of people in the group
  • Requested Date for the tour (Monday-Friday)
  • Home address
Please note that no wheelchairs, walkers, strollers, or car seats are permitted on this tour. 

Other Places of Interest

The Library of Congress
Public tours of the Library of Congress are conducted Monday through Friday at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. and on Saturdays at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. Walk up tours are available without reservations, or if you prefer to have an advance reservation, contact my office by email. For more information on the available tours, visit the Library of Congress Website.

The Supreme Court
Public lectures are conducted at the Supreme Court Monday through Friday at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. During oral arguments, visitors are able to sit and observe in the court room. More information on the courtroom calendar and information for visitors can be found here

Bureau of Printing and Engraving

The Bureau of Engraving and Printing offers tours Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Between March and August, free admission tickets are required for tours. A limited number of timed tickets are distributed at the ticket booth at 8:00 a.m. For more information on visiting the Bureau of Printing and Engraving, please call (866) 874-2330 or visit its website

The Smithsonian Institution 
Open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with free admission to the Smithsonian Institute, Anacostia Museum and Center for African American History, Arthur Sackler Gallery, Arts and Industries Building, Freer Gallery of Art, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, National Air and Space Museum, National Museum of African Art, National Museum of American History, National Portrait Gallery, National Postal Museum, National Zoological Park, Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum, and Udvar Hazy Center. For more information call (202) 357-2700 or visit its website.

The Kennedy Center
Free tours are from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Weekend tours are given from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Reservations can be made but are not required.  For more information, call (202) 416-8340.

Arlington National Cemetery
Open daily October through March from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and April through September from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier occurs every hour on the hour and every half hour during summer months. For more information, call (703) 607-8000.

National Arboretum
The Arboretum grounds are open 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. every day of the year except Christmas. Admission is free. For more information call (202) 245-2726 or visit its website.

National Zoo
The National Zoo is open every day of the year except for Christmas.  Admission is free. The National Zoo’s website offers schedules for special interactive attractions such as fish feeding, sea lion or seal training, meet a mammal keeper, and pelican feeding. For more information call (202) 673-4800.

Theodore Roosevelt Island
Theodore Roosevelt Island is open every day between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. For more information call (703) 289-250 or visit its website.

United States Botanic Garden
Open daily (including weekends) from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Groups of 10 or more can request a tour by appointment. For more information call (202) 225-8333 or visit its website.