Washington D.C. is a fantastic destination. The rich and vibrant history of the United States can be seen in every museum, gallery, and monument that fills our nation’s capital.
Whether you are stopping in for the day, or exploring for the week, our office would love to share the past, present, and future of our nation with you.
My office is pleased to serve Texans by offering to help schedule tours of the White House and U.S. Capitol. Due to a high volume of tour requests paired with a limited amount of tour slots, we cannot guarantee tickets. The suggested time frame for requests is below.
The White House
The White House opens their calendar for tour requests three months prior to the desired date. We ask that you submit your request to our office no less than four months prior to your desired date. This will give us the opportunity to process your request and submit it on the date it opens, significantly increasing your chance at getting a White House tour. Please keep in mind that the White House does not have tours on Sunday or Monday. The White House will not accommodate tour requests with less than two weeks’ notice.
the capitol building
We encourage constituents to submit a Capitol Tour request no more than three months in advance. Please note, we do not offer staff-guided tours on the weekends.
Again, thank you for contacting our office regarding your upcoming visit to Washington, D.C. My staff looks forward to organizing a tour for you. It is truly an honor to serve you in the Senate.
Bureau of engraving & printing
The Bureau of Engraving and Printing allows visitors the opportunity to watch money print on the presses and learn about our currency. The ticket booth for tours of the BEP is located on Raoul Wallenberg Place in Washington, D.C. Tours are approximately forty minutes long and include an introductory film, as well as a tour of the gallery in the production process. The visitor center at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing includes exhibits and currency products for sale. The BEP is closed on weekends, all Federal holidays, and the week between Christmas and New Year's Day.
The Pentagon serves as the headquarters of the Department of Defense and the center of the U.S. military command. Group tours of the Pentagon are available Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and last approximately 60 minutes. The Pentagon is located in Arlington, Virginia.
library of congress
The Library’s primary function is to make all information published and recorded readily available to both the general public and Members of Congress. The Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress, located at the corner of 1st Street and Independence Avenue SE, shares the story of the Library’s history and collections. Tours of the Thomas Jefferson Building are available Monday through Saturday at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., however, there is no 3:30 p.m. tour on Saturdays. These free tours are open to individuals and groups of fewer than 10 participants. Groups of 10 through 60 can reserve private tours with advance notice by contacting the Visitor Services Office, or calling 202-707-0919.
The Supreme Court is the final authority for the Judicial Branch of the U.S. government, where the nine justices deliberate and interpret our laws. The decisions these justices hand down guide American legal thought for generations -- exhibits and lectures detailing these historic events are offered on a rotating basis over the course of the year. The Supreme Court building is located at the corner of 1st St. NE and East Capitol, directly across from the Capitol building. The Supreme Court is open to the public every Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Lectures are held in the courtroom every hour, on the half hour, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. when the Court isn’t sitting. Admittance to join is decided on a first-come, first-served basis. The Court is closed during all federal holidays, and Court hours can change based on the business in front of the Court.
the kennedy center
The Kennedy Center serves as a national cultural center and a memorial to President John F. Kennedy. Tours are offered daily, free of charge and feature an inside look into the Center’s Hall of States Hall of Nations, five of the Center's main theaters and an interactive exhibit on the life and presidency of John F. Kennedy. The Kennedy Center is located at 2700 F Street, NW.
Tips for Travelers
Washington, D.C. is a dynamic city that attracts visitors from across the globe. Peak travel season runs from March through August; Fridays, Saturdays and three day weekends are the most crowded times. Visitors who come during non-peak times will find shorter lines and more accessible tours. The simplest way to get around the city of Washington, D.C. is by using the mass transit Metro System. Trains run every few minutes during rush hour and every 12 to 15 minutes throughout the day.