Washington DC Tourism Information
Are you planning a visit to Washington, DC? While you are in Washington, DC, I encourage you and your family to stop by my office. Whether you're coming on a short business trip, or an extended family vacation, my office can help you make arrangements for some of the more popular Federal attractions in our Nation's Capital.
We are able to help you reserve tours to the White House, the Library of Congress, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, the Supreme Court, and the U.S. Capitol. You may place an online tour request. These tours are an excellent way to see all that the nation's capital has to offer and all of these tours are of no charge to you. All tickets are provided to my constituents on a first-come, first-served basis. Due to the large number of visitors, please request them as early as possible in order to maximize your chances.
There's more to see in Washington, DC. than just the White House or the Capitol Building. View an extensive listing of other attractions and sights to see while visiting.
One of the good things about a visit to Washington is that there are so many places to see. Here are a couple of our favorites and a longer list can be found below:
- Smithsonian Institution
- Holocaust Museum
- International Spy Museum
- Capitol Visitor Center
MONUMENTS AND MEMORIALS
- Korean War Memorial
- Lincoln Memorial
- DC War Memorial
- Jefferson Memorial
- Washington Monument
TOURS AND SITES IN DC
To request a tour of the Capitol, fill out a request form HERE
If a tour is unavailable through our office or you are unable to make either time, please visit http://tours.visitthecapitol.gov/welcome.aspx . The Capitol also offers walk up tours. The Capitol Visitor Center is open to visitors from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday except for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year's Day and Inauguration Day. Tours of the U.S. Capitol are conducted from 8:50 a.m. to 3:20 p.m., Monday through Saturday. The Capitol Visitor Center, the new main entrance to the U.S. Capitol, is located beneath the East Front plaza of the U.S. Capitol at First Street and East Capitol Street. Directions can be found here.
Metro: Capitol South
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
For Cemetery information: (703) 607-8000 www.arlingtoncemetery.org
View the graves of William Howard Taft, John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, Jacquelyn Kennedy Onassis, Earl Warren, and William Rehnquist, among others. The Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier occurs every hour on the hour during winter months and every half hour during the summer months. Visitors can also see Arlington House/Custis-Lee Mansion restored to its pre-Civil War appearance when Robert E. Lee lived there.
The Cemetery is open daily, October thru March from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. and April thru September from 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. The mansion is open daily, October to March from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and April through September from 8:00 a.m. - 6 p.m. Admission is free.
Metro: Arlington Cemetery
BUREAU OF ENGRAVING AND PRINTING
14th and C Streets, SW, Washington, DC 20228 (202) 874-2330 www.bep.treas.gov
Tour the largest producer of security documents in the U.S. where over 9 billion Federal Reserve notes and 20 billion postage stamps are produced each year.
The Visitor Center is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (door closes at 3:00). Tours run every 15 minutes from 9 to 10:45 a.m. and 12:30 to 2 p.m. tickets are given on a first-come, first-served basis. Generally, it is best to get there first thing in the morning to receive a ticket for a tour.
1801 E Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003 (202) 543-0539 www.congressionalcemetery.org
The nation’s first cemetery, dating back to 1807, is the final resting place for many significant Americans and contains a large collection of Victorian statuary. Notables buried here include John Philip Sousa, J. Edgar Hoover, Elbridge Gerry, and congressmen, among others. The Cemetery is open daily from dawn to dusk and on Saturday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Admission is free, though a contribution is requested. Guided tours and group tours can be arranged by appointment.
CORCORAN GALLERY OF ART
500 17th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006 (202) 639-1700 www.corcoran.org
Washington’s first art museum is known internationally for its distinguished collection of historical and modern American art, as well as European paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts. The Gallery is open Sunday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Thursdays. The Gallery is closed every Monday and Tuesday. Admission to the Corcoran is: $10.00 for adults; $8.00 for senior citizens, military, and students with a current student ID. Children under 6 receive free admission. Guided group tours can be arranged by appointment at least one month in advance.
Metro: Farragut North or Farragut West
1776 D Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006 (202) 628-1776 www.dar.org
The museum of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution features 33 period rooms with a superb collection of American furnishings and galleries with changing exhibits. The museum is open Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 - 5 p.m. except for National holidays. Period room tours are conducted Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., and closed on Sunday. Admission is free.
Metro: Farragut West
Union Station, Washington, DC 20018 http://www.dcducks.com/index.htm
This is a land and water tour that will take you through the city and the Potomac river, its about a 90 minute tour.
Metro: Union Station
1703 32nd Street, NW, Washington, DC 20007 (202) 339-6401 www.doaks.org
A 19th-century mansion with 10-acres of gardens.
Metro: Dupont Circle
1850 West Basin Drive, SW, Washington, DC 20024 (202) 426-6841 http://www.nps.gov/frde/index.htm
This 7.5 acre memorial consists of four outdoor “gallery” rooms featuring ten bronze sculptures depicting President and Mrs. Franklin Delano Roosevelt and events from the Great Depression and WWII. The park-like setting includes waterfalls and granite carvings with FDR’s inspiring words. Open for questions from 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 p.m., you can visit it 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
FOLGER SHAKESPEARE LIBRARY
201 East Capitol Street, SE, Washington D.C. 20003 (202) 544-7077 www.folger.edu
This private, nonprofit research library has one of the world’s finest collections of Shakespeare and Renaissance materials. Public events include exhibits and lectures. Open Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Closed all federal holidays. Admission is free. There is a daily 90-minute guided tour at 11 a.m and 3 p.m Monday-Friday, and at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturdays
Metro: Capitol South
FORD’S THEATRE AND LINCOLN MUSEUM
This beautifully restored 19th-century showplace features theater’s best. The Lincoln Museum has over 400 historic objects that tell the story of Lincoln’s assassination. Each visitor age 2 and older must have a timed entry ticket. Petersen’s Boarding House (9:30-5:00) where Lincoln died is across the street. Box office opens at 8:30 a.m for distribution of same-day tickets. Individuals may pick up a maximum of 6 same-day tickets. Tickets are also available in advance by calling (202) 638-2367 or by visiting wwwfords.org. Open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. except during performances, practices, and Christmas. Admission is free.
Metro: Metro Center
FREDERICK DOUGLASS NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE
1411 W Street, SE, Washington, DC 20020 (202) 426-5961 http://www.nps.gov/frdo/index.htm
Visit the former home of famed African-American abolitionist, orator, diplomat, essayist and U.S.
Treasury auditor. Visitor center features exhibits and a film on Douglass. Open 7 days a week, with
the exception of holidays. Open daily 9:00 – 5:00 pm (April 16-October 15) and 9:00 – 4:30 pm
(October 16-April 15).
Metro: Anacostia (a mile walk)
HILLWOOD MUSEUM & GARDENS
4155 Linnean Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20008 1-877-HILLWOOD www.hillwoodmuseum.org
Opened to the public in 1977 as a public museum, Hillwood features the most comprehensive collection of 18th and 19th century Russian imperial art outside of Russia, as well as one of the world’s most important collections of 18th-century French decorative arts; which have been beautifully displayed in a grand setting as they were used by Hillwood’s founder, Marjorie Merriweather Post, heir to the Post cereal empire and one of America’s first businesswomen. Hillwood is open by appointment for 250 guests a day, Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Closed the month of January and Federal Holidays) Suggested donation is $12 for Adults, $10 for seniors, $7 for full-time college students, and $5 for children 6-18 **Children under 6 are not permitted inside the Mansion. For tickets call (202) 686-5807
Metro: Van Ness (then take a cab or 15 minute walk)
West Potomac Park at 23rd Street, NW, Washington, D.C. (202) 426-6841 www.nps.gov/linc
A 19-foot marble statue of President Abraham Lincoln is flanked by inscriptions from his Second Inaugural Address and the famous Gettysburg Address. The Memorial is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
MADAME TUSSAUDS WAX MUSEUM
1001 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20004 888-929-4632 http://www.madametussauds.com/washington/
The premier wax attraction will give visitors an interactive, full-sensory experience; they will be able to touch, see and hear major historical events and celebrities in a way unlike any other Washington D.C. attraction. The wax museum is open 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10:00 a.m. until 8:00p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Entrance is $20 for adults, $15 for children ages 3-12, and $18 for senior citizens. Tickets can be purchased online.
Metro: Metro Center
MARINE CORPS MEMORIAL / IWO JIMA STATUE
Route 50, near Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia (703) 289-2500 http://www.nps.gov/gwmp/historyculture/usmcwarmemorial.htm
One of the largest bronze statues ever cast, this 78-foot memorial commemorates all marines who have died in battle since 1775. Felis W. de Weldon created the monument from the famous photograph showing the flag being raised on Mount Suribachi during WWII. The Memorial is open 24 hours a day, and admission is free.
MOUNT VERNON ESTATE AND GARDEN
George Washington’s Mount Vernon 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, VA 22121 (703)780-2000 www.mountvernon.org
g over 500 acres overlooking the Potomac River and 16 miles from Washington, D.C., the Estate was home to our first president. Visitors can tour the mansion, Washington’s tomb, museums, 12 outbuildings, and gardens. Special tours are available seasonally.
Metro: Not accessible by Metro
NATIONAL ARCHIVES AND RECORDS ADMINISTRATION
700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20408 1-866-272-6272 www.archives.gov
The National Archives houses the United States Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights, and many more. The National Archives is a convenient stop when visiting the Smithsonian museums.
Metro: Archives-Navy Memorial
Massachusetts and Wisconsin Avenues, NW, Washington, DC 20016 (202) 537-6200 www.cathedral.org/
A 14th-century style Gothic cathedral, garden, and shops set on 57 acres. An observation gallery offers a magnificent view of D.C. and surrounding area.
NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART
4th and Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20565 (202) 737-4215 www.nga.gov
Permanent collection of European and American paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, plus changing exhibitions from around the world. Open Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. except for New Year’s Day and Christmas. Admission is free.
Metro: Archives-Navy Memorial or Judiciary Square
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MUSEUM AT EXPLORERS HALL
1145 17th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036 (202) 857-7588 www.nationalgeographic.com/museum/
The museum makes, past and current expeditions, adventures, and scientific research come to life. It has a wide variety of changing exhibitions as well as permanent and interactive displays that reflect the richness and diversity of our world. Open Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., admission is free.
Metro: Farragut North
NATIONAL JEWISH MUSEUM, B’NAI B’RITH KLUTZNICK
2020 K St., NW, Washington, DC 20006 (202) 857-6600 www.bnaibrith.org
The museum presents Jewish culture and history using ancient artifacts and contemporary art. Permanent collections and changing exhibits highlight history, ethnography, and art, and explore Jewish culture within the context of other cultures. The museum is open by appointment only. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a date and time.
Metro: Farragut North
NATIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS MEMORIAL
E Street, NW, between 4th & 5th Streets. Visitors Center - 605 E Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004 (202) 737-3400 www.nleomf.com
Elegant marble walls display the names of nearly 14,000 federal, state, and local law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty since 1794. Interactive video displays, children’s activity packets, a gift shop, and maps are available at the Visitors Center which is open Monday thru Friday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., on Saturday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., and on Sunday from 12 noon - 5 p.m. The Memorial is open 24 hours a day.
Metro: Judiciary Square
Between Constitution and Independence Avenues, SW, Washington, D.C. www.nps.gov/nama
A splendid green park area extending about two miles from the U.S. Capitol to the Washington Monument. Lining either side of the park near the Capitol are 200-year-old American elm trees, several of the Smithsonian museums, the National Archives, and the National Gallery of Art.
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF CRIME AND PUNISHMENT
575 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004 (202) 621-5550 www.crimemuseum.org
Explore the technology and science behind fighting and solving crimes, discover the heroes of law enforcement, and venture into the dark side of the criminal mind through this intensely interactive experience. The museum is open daily March 20th-August 31st: 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. (last ticket is sold at 8:00 p.m.) September 1st –March 19th: 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. (last ticket is sold at 7:00 p.m.) Advanced tickets are available online for $17.95 for adults 12 and up, $14.95 ages 5-11, seniors, members of the military and law enforcement officers. More expensive tickets for walkup.
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF WOMEN IN THE ARTS
1250 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20005 (202) 783-5000 www.nmwa.org
Permanent collection of more than 1500 works by over 400 female artists from 28 countries, including Cassatt and O’Keefe. Open Monday - Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.. Admission fee is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors over 60, and $8 for students. Admission is free for anyone under the age of 18 and on the first Sunday of every month.
Metro: Metro Center
NATIONAL SHRINE OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION
4th Street and Michigan Avenue, NE, Washington, DC 20017 (202) 526-8300 www.nationalshrine.com
The largest Catholic Church in the Americas houses a vast collection of contemporary Christian art in the U.S. in over 60 chapels and oratories, reflecting the religious heritage of America’s many cultures. Mass occurs regularly, and book and gift shops are available. Tours are free. The Shrine is open daily in April through October 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and November through March 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Metro: Brookland/ CUA
Washington Navy Yard, Building 76, 801 Kidder Breese, SE, Washington, D.C. 20374 (202) 433-4882 www.history.navy.mil/branches/org8-1.htm
Housed in the old Naval Gun Factory, this unique collection of naval memorabilia includes parts of the USS Constitution, uniforms, and photos. Kids will like the museum’s hands-on nature. Open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on weekends and holidays from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Admission is free, however you must call ahead for an appointment. Visitors 16 and older need a valid ID.
Metro: Navy Yard
555 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20001 888-639-7386 www.newseum.org
This museum offers visitors an experience that blends five centuries of news history with up-to-the-second technology and hands-on exhibits. The Newseum features seven levels of galleries, theaters, retail spaces and visitor services. It offers a unique environment that takes museum-goers behind the scenes to experience how and why news is made. The Newseum is open daily from 9-5. Closed holidays. Tickets are $20 for adults 13 and older, $18 for seniors 65 and older, $13 for youth 7-13 and free for those 6 and under. Purchase same-day tickets at the museum or in advance online.
Metro: Archives, Navy Memorial
18th Street and New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC (202) 638-3221 www.archfoundation.org/octagon
This house served as President James Madison’s “White House” following the destruction of the real White House by the British in 1814. Open Tuesday- Sunday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Admission $5 for adults and $3 for children and seniors. Tours are temporarily suspended.
Metro: Farragut North
OLD POST OFFICE PAVILION
1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20004 (202) 289-4224 http://www.nps.gov/opot/index.htm
This former post office offers shops, restaurants, and a dramatic view of DC from a 315-foot tower. The Pavilion is open Monday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Sunday noon - 7:00 p.m. (summer) and Monday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. and Sunday noon- 6:00 p.m. (winter). Tower Tours are given daily 9:00 a.m. - 7:45 p.m. (summer) & 8:00 a.m. - 5:45 p.m. (winter). Admission is free.
Metro: Federal Triangle
OLD TOWN TROLLEY TOUR SERVICES 1-800-TOUR-HTA www.historictours.com
Old Town Trolley Tours of Washington, D.C., provides continuous trolley tours of D.C.
OLD STONE HOUSE
3051 M Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20007 (202) 426-6851 www.nps.gov/olst
Built in 1765, the oldest house in Washington offers tours Wednesday through Sunday from 12 noon - 5:00 p.m. Open daily noon to 5:00 p.m. Closed all federal holidays.
Metro: Foggy Bottom (then walk, take a bus or a cab)
1400 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301 (703) 697-1776 https://pentagontours.osd.mil/
The Pentagon is one of the world’s largest office buildings and headquarters of the Defense Department. Tours are conducted Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tours are not conducted on weekends or federal holidays.
1600 21st Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009 (202) 387-2151 www.phillipscollection.org
America’s first museum of modern art features works by Renoir, Cezanne, Bonnard, Braque, Dove, El Greco, Manet, Matisse, Miro, Monet, O’Keeffe, and Picasso. Open Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Sunday 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and students, ages 18 and under are admitted for free. Admission is free Tuesday through Friday, but certain exhibits require a fee. Also a donation is encouraged.
Metro: Dupont Circle
SAINT JOHN’S CHURCH
1525 H Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20005 (202) 347-8766 www.stjohns-dc.org
Built in 1816 across from the White House, every president since Madison has worshiped here. The church and Parish House are national historic landmarks.
Tours are available some Sundays after mass, please call for details.. Closed all federal holidays. Admission is free.
Metro: McPherson Square
SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION GROUP
100 Jefferson Drive S.W., Washington, DC 20560 (202) 633-1000 www.si.edu
Unless otherwise indicated, buildings are open daily 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (with extended summer hours) and closed on December 25. Admission is free.
SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION BUILDING - VISITOR INFORMATION CENTER
Smithsonian Institute 1000 Jefferson Dr. SW Washington DC 20004
The oldest Smithsonian museum houses the crypt of founder James Smithson, theaters, models of Washington, interactive touch-screen programs, electronic wall maps, and multilingual information and assistance. Walk-in tours are available from Friday through Monday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
ANACOSTIA COMMUNITY MUSEUM
1901 Fort Place S.E., Washington, DC 20020
As the Smithsonian Institution’s museum of African American history and culture, the Museum explores American history, society, and creative expression from an African American perspective. Open daily from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
NATIONAL AIR AND SPACE MUSEUM
600 Independence Ave SW Washington, DC 20560
The world’s most visited museum highlights the history, science, and technology of aviation and space flight. See the Wright Brothers’ 1903 Flyer, Lindberg’s “Spirit of St. Louis,” the Apollo 11 lunar command module, and an incredible collection of aviation and space treasures. Einstein Planetarium presents a free constellations program daily at 3 p.m. Additionally, the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia displays more than 150 aricraft and 148 large space artifacts that are too big to be displayed at the National Mall location. Summer hours between May 22nd and September 7th are from 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN ART
950 Independence Avenue, Southwest Washington, DC 20560
The National Museum of African Art presents and celebrates the rich visual traditions and extraordinarily diverse cultures of Africa. Visit the museum and experience the beauty and splendor of Africa’s sculptures, masks, textiles, furniture, pottery, paintings and much more.
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN HISTORY
14th St and Constitution Ave, NW Washington, DC 20001
Explore the history of science, technology, and culture in America. Highlights include flags that inspired The Star-Spangled Banner, the First Ladies’ inaugural gowns, and cars. Popular exhibitions include. The museum is open from 10:00 am until 5:30 pm.
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN INDIAN
4th St & Independence Ave SW Washington, DC 20560
This Museum is the newest Smithsonian and celebrates the rich history of the American Indian. Popular exhibits include Our Universes, Our Peoples, and Our Lives. In addition, there is a main theatre which displays storytellers as well as Native dancers.
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
10th St. & Constitution Ave. NW Washington, DC 20560
This museum is dedicated to the natural world and our place in it. View the 45.5-carat Hope Diamond, dinosaur fossils, Insect Zoo, and the world’s largest elephant, among 120 million other objects. Extended hours from March 27th to September 7th are 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY
8th and F St NW Washington, DC 20001
Museum is open from 11:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Come see thousands of pieces of art from portraits of George Washington to portraits of famous pop culture.
Metro: Gallery Place-Chinatown
NATIONAL POSTAL MUSEUM
2 Massachusetts Avenue, NE
Explore the history of postal communications with unique collections of airmail planes, stagecoaches, rare stamps and letters, Owney the postal Dog, and a Pony Express exhibit.
Metro: Union Station
NATIONAL ZOOLOGICAL PARK
3000 block of Connecticut Avenue, NE. Washington DC (202) 673-4717
See over 3,000 exotic animals, birds, reptiles, and other animals. Open daily: 6:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. from November through March, buildings open 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. from April through October, buildings open 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Admission is free. Guided and group tours are available by appointment.
Metro: Woodley Park-Zoo
1st Street & Maryland Avenue, NE, Washington, DC 20543 (202) 479-3211 www.supremecourtus.gov
The Supreme Court is the highest tribunal in the Nation for all cases and controversies under the Constitution or the laws of the United States. Although the Supreme Court does not offer guided walking tours, visitors are encouraged to tour the building on their own and take advantage of a variety of educational programs including Courtroom Lectures, a visitors’ film, and court-related exhibitions. Courtroom Lectures are available Monday through Friday. On days that the Court is not sitting, lectures are generally scheduled every-hour on the half-hour beginning at 9:30 a.m. with a final lecture at 3:30 p.m. When the Court is in session, Courtroom Lectures are available only after Court adjourns for the day.
Metro: Capitol South or Union Station
2320 S Street, NW, Washington, DC 20008 (202) 667-0441 www.textilemuseum.org
This elegant museum features historic and contemporary hand-made textile arts from around the world. Open Monday to Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 - 5 p.m. Suggested donation is $5.
Metro: Dupont Circle
50 Massachusetts Avenue, NE, Washington, DC 20002 (202) 289-1908 www.unionstationdc.com
This working train station has been beautifully restored and houses over 100 places to eat, drink, and shop; 9-screen cinema complex; plus international money exchange, car rentals, and Amtrak ticket counter. Store hours: Monday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. and Sunday noon - 6 p.m. Restaurant hours vary.
Metro: Union Station
UNITED STATES BOTANIC GARDENS
100 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20001 (202) 225-8333 www.usbg.gov
This living museum houses permanent collections of tropical, subtropical, and desert plants. Open daily 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., except January 1, Yom Kippur, and Christmas Day. Admission is free.
Metro: Federal Center SW
UNITED STATES HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL MUSEUM
100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW, Washington, DC 20024 (202) 488-0400 www.ushmm.org
This somber and moving museum tells the story of the Holocaust through artifacts, films, photographs, and oral histories.
UNITED STATES NAVAL OBSERVATORY
3450 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20392 (202) 762-1467 www.usno.navy.mil
Visit with staff astronomers, see the Master Clock, make observations through telescopes (weather permitting), and see a video presentation on the mission and history of the Observatory. A free tour is conducted on alternating Monday nights at 8:30 pm-10:00 pm., except on federal holidays. Reservations are required 4-6 weeks in advance.
Metro: Inaccessible my Metro Rail
UNITED STATES NAVY MEMORIAL AND NAVAL HERITAGE CENTER
701 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, #123, Washington, DC 20004 (202) 737-2300 www.navymemorial.org
View towering masts, waving flags, tiered waterfalls and the Lone Sailor statue. Inside, see nautical interactive videos, the Ships Store, and the spectacular At Sea film shown hourly. Open Monday -Sunday from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission and movies are free, call 202-380-0733 to schedule your tour.
Metro: Archive-Navy Memorial
VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL
21st & Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20001. (202) 634-1568 http://thewall-usa.com/
This modern v-shaped memorial of black granite is inscribed with the names of people missing or killed in the Vietnam War. Directories help locate names on the walls; name rubbings are available upon request. Frederick Harts’s life-size bronze sculpture depicts 3 young servicemen. Open 24 hours 7 days a week daily.
VIETNAM WOMEN’S MEMORIAL
21st & Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC (202) 426-6841 www.vietnamwomensmemorial.org
Located across from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, this 2,000-pound bronze statue by Glenna Goodacre depicts 3 servicewomen and 1 wounded soldier supported by sandbags. Open 24 hours. Please call 1-866-822-8963 if you have any questions
15th & Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20001 (202) 426-6841 http://www.nps.gov/wamo/
One of the tallest masonry structures in the world, this majestic obelisk was dedicated in 1885 to the memory of the first U.S. President. An elevator ride takes you to the top of the spectator view. Open daily 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (9 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. from April 1st through Labor Day) except Independence Day and Christmas. Free timed passes are required. For advance tickets online reserve at www.recreation.gov.
WEST POTOMAC PARK
15th and Maine Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20024 (202) 479-2426
Enjoy paddle boating March through September on the beautiful Tidal Basin, located near the Jefferson Memorial. Boat rental is available daily 10 a.m. – 5pm during the week and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on the weekends.. Cost is $10 an hour for a two person boat and $18 an hour for a four person boat.
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20502 (202) 456-7041 www.whitehouse.gov
The White House has been the home of every President except George Washington. Due to heightened security and a heavy demand for White house tours, availability for tours is very limited. The White House decides who receives tours and staff at the White house lead the tours. Our office places requests on behalf of constituents. Please email us at email@example.com to request a tour. The White House will accommodate only a small percentage of those requesting a tour.
Metro: McPherson Square
WHITE HOUSE VISITOR CENTER
Southeast corner of 15th and E Streets (202) 456-7041 www.whitehouse.gov/about/tours_and_events/
The White House Visitor Center significantly enhances White House tours by showcasing White House architecture, furnishings, first families, social events, and relations with the press and world leaders. A 30-minute video is also shown. The Center is open seven days a week from 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Metro: Federal Triangle
WOODROW WILSON HOUSE
2430 S Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20008 (202) 387-4062 www.woodrowwilsonhouse.org
Washington’s only presidential museum, the former home of President and Mrs. Wilson following their White House years features original furnishings, presidential memorabilia, and changing exhibits. The House is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Admission is $7.50 for adults, $6.50 for seniors, and $3 for students. Children 7 and under are free, but you need a days notification for groups of 3 or more.
Metro: Dupont Circle
WORLD WAR II MEMORIAL
Located on 17th between Constitution and Independence Avenues, Washington, DC 20001 (202) 619-7222
The World War II Memorial honors the 16 million who served in the armed forces of the U.S., the over 400,000 who died in service, and the countless number of men, women, and children who supported the war effort from home. The memorial is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Day Trips for the Surrounding Area
ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND - SAILING CAPITAL www.ci.annapolis.md.us
On the Chesapeake Bay, Annapolis is the quaint home to a thriving maritime community, a lovely antique and historical district, and the United States Naval Academy. Also serving as the capital of Maryland, Annapolis is a friendly, more quiet respite from the high paced tempo of DC.
UNITED STATES NAVAL ACADEMY www.usna.edu/NAFPRODV/VC/
Armel-Leftwich Visitor Center is located on the grounds of the Naval Academy. (401) 263-8687
The Visitors Center provides visitors the unique opportunity to view the Freedom 7 capsule, exhibits illuminating life as a midshipman, guided walking tours of the grounds and campus, and a model of the USS Maryland. The center is open daily, except for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Days. The center is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from March through December and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in January and February.
NAVAL ACADEMY TOUR
52 King George Street, Annapolis, Maryland 21402 (410) 293-8125 http://www.usnabsd.com/for-visitors/tips-for-visitors/
Located in the capital of Maryland, Annapolis, it is 33 mile east of Washington D.C. The visitors center gives guided tours daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Tickets are $9 for adults, $8 for seniors 62 and older, $7 for students from 6 to 18, and free for pre-schoolers. Visitors need valid photo ID.
BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - CHARM CITY www.ci.baltimore.md.us
The Charm City, known for the warmth and hospitality of its locals, sits comfortably on the Chesapeake Bay, just 40 miles northeast of the Nation’s capital. Founded in 1729 by Lord Baltimore, the city grew rapidly into a center of shipping and industry. Within a few years, Baltimore was known as a dynamic locale for culture and lively adventure. With more than 200 communities from the trendy, artsy Fells Point to family friendly Inner Harbor, Baltimore has many adventures to offer to visitors.
THE NATIONAL AQUARIUM IN BALTIMORE
Pier 3, 501 East Pratt Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21202 (410) 576-3800 www.aqua.org
The aquarium boasts four levels of tanks housing an impressive collection of more than 14,000 specimens of marine life, including jellyfish, sea turtles, dolphins, sharks, and whales. The experience is enhanced by an extensive display of educational and interactive exhibits. The aquarium is open daily with the exception of Thanksgiving and Christmas. Admission is $29.95 for adults, $28.95 for seniors (60 and older), $19.95 for children ages 3-11, children 3 and below are free. The hours vary but are usually from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
THE BALTIMORE ZOO
Druid Hill Park, Baltimore, MD 21217 (410) 366-5466 www.marylandzoo.org
The Zoo is home to more than 1200 exotic birds, mammals, and reptiles. The zoo also features two special, state-of-the-art exhibits on the Maryland Wilderness and on African animal life. The park is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with extended hours from May through Labor Day. The zoo is closed Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.. Admission for the weekends is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, $10 for children, and those 2 and younger are free. During the week admissions for adults is $11, for seniors $10, and for children $9. On the first Tuesday of every month, children (0-15) are admitted free until 10 a.m. with each paying adult.
OCEAN CITY, MARYLAND www.oceancity.org
Located 136 miles southeast of Washington, Ocean City offers ten miles of beautiful, clean beaches on the southernmost tip of Maryland and the Atlantic Ocean. Along with the beaches and the boardwalk life, Ocean City offers an assortment of family friendly activities
WILLIAMSBURG, VIRGINIA http://www.visitwilliamsburg.com/
About 156 miles southeast of Washington, Williamsburg serves as an excellent example of the wonderful things that can result from the past melding with the present. With one foot in the colonial seventeenth century and another firmly in the present, Williamsburg is, for good reason, one of North America’s most popular destination points.
COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG www.history.org
Imagine that you crossed a bridge and stepped back through time to the eve of the American Revolution. What would you see? What would you eat? Where would you shop? Colonial Williamsburg will help to answer all of those questions and more. In a little over 300 acres and more than 500 restored and reconstructed buildings, the 4,000 member staff of historical interpreters and re-enactment specialists will recreate the eighteenth century American experience for all who visit. Colonial Williamsburg presents a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in a dynamic point in our Nation’s history. Rates and times vary by season, call or see website for most up-to-date information.
WILLIAMSBURG WINERY, LTD.
5800 Wessex Hundred, Williamsburg, VA 21345 (757) 229-0999 www.williamsburgwinery.com
Built in 1985 on the remains of a 1607 winery, this winery provides visitors a different sort of experience in the Virginia area. Visitors are free to take professionally guided tours through the winery, museum, and underground barrel cellars. Admission to the winery is $8.00 for adults 21 and over. Guests under 21 may take the tour for free but may not consume any of the wines. The winery is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and on Sundays from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. from November 1st to March 31st, and 10:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Monday thru Saturday and 11:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sundays from April 1st to October 31st.
MONTICELLO - THE HOME OF THOMAS JEFFERSON
931 Thomas Jefferson Parkway, Charlottesville, VA (434) 984-9822 www.monticello.org
A beautiful plantation resting in the Virginia Piedmont about 125 miles from Washing-ton, D.C., Monticello beckons visitors to come taste her charms. The park sprawls over 5,000 acres and brings to life the days of Jefferson and the new republic. With four farms and exhibits illuminating the lives of Jefferson, his family and slaves, the park provides a unique experience to gain greater knowledge of another time and one of our Nation’s great leaders. The park operates on seasonal hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., March through October, and 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. from November through February. Admission prices vary by age and season; see website for up-to-date information.
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