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POPULAR PLACES TO VISIT

Library of Congress
202-707-8000
Location: Jefferson Building, 1st Street and Independence Avenue, SE
Metro stops: Capitol South or Union Station

The world’s largest and most open research library, millions of scholars, readers and tourists visit the Library of Congress annually. The country’s national library contains over 75 million volumes. Tours are conducted every Monday through Friday at 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm, and 3:30 pm. The Library asks that groups over 10 people call 202-707-0919 to make a reservation for a specific tour.

Kennedy Center
202-416-8524
Location: Virginia Avenue and F Street
Metro stops: Foggy Bottom/GWU (Free shuttle bus service available from Metro station every 15 minutes from 9:45 am to midnight, Monday through Saturday and noon to midnight on Sunday. Look for burgundy and white Kennedy Center vans.)

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts offers a fine arts tour daily at 9:30 am and Monday through Saturday at 4:30 pm. Reservations must be made through your Congressman’s office. Free public tours are also offered by the Friends of the Kennedy Center Monday through Friday between 10 am and 5 pm and Saturday and Sunday between 10 am and 1 pm. They depart from the Friends tour desk on Level A, and feature the Hall of States and Hall of Nations, the Center's main theaters, and dozens of paintings, sculptures, and other artworks given to the Center by foreign countries.

The US Supreme Court
202-479-3030
Location: 1st and East Capitol Streets
Metro stops: Capitol South or Union Station

The Supreme Court offers a variety of educational programs. Exhibits, which are changed periodically, and a theater that shows a film on the Supreme Court are located on the ground floor. Lectures in the Courtroom are given every hour on the half-hour, on days that the Court is not sitting, beginning at 9:30 am and concluding at 3:30 pm. The building is open from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday. It is closed Saturdays, Sundays, and federal holidays.

The business of the Court or unforeseen factors such as inclement weather may affect public access to the building, requiring changes in the Courtroom lecture schedule and/or the building's hours of operation. To obtain updated information on visiting the Court, including any schedule changes, please call (202) 479-3211. The following items are prohibited: Backpacks, duffle bags, suitcases, oversized purses or handbags; Aerosol and non-aerosol sprays including perfumes, mace and pepper spray; Cans and bottles; Food and beverages of any kind; Knives of any length, razors, and box cutters.

The State Department
202-647-3241
Location: 23rd and C Streets, NW
Metro stops: Foggy Bottom/GWU

Tour the Diplomatic Reception rooms of the Department of State, which are used for official functions and contain a premier collection of 18th Century American furniture, paintings, and decorative arts. Tours are offered Monday through Friday at 9:30 am, 10:30 am, and 2:45 pm. Tours are 45 minutes in length. Visitors must arrive at the 23rd Street entrance 30 minutes prior to their appointed tour time; late arrivals will not be admitted.

Tours must be reserved through your Congressman’s office. You must submit the following information to your Congressional office at the time of the initial request: full name, Social Security Number, date of birth, and country of origin (if not a U. S. citizen) for each person. The following items are prohibited:• Backpacks, duffle bags, suitcases, oversized purses or handbags; Aerosol and non-aerosol sprays including perfumes, mace and pepper spray; Cans and bottles; Food and beverages of any kind; Knives of any length, razors, and box cutters.

The Bureau of Engraving & Printing
202-283-2646 or 866-874-2330
Location: 14th and C Streets, SW
Metro stops: Smithsonian

See how United States currency is printed. Public tours are available Monday through Friday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm and are between 30 and 45 minutes in length. Free, same-day tickets are distributed from the ticket booth located on the 15th Street side of the building (Raoul Wallenberg Place) on a first-come, first served basis, beginning at 8:00 am weekdays. Lines form early and tickets go quickly. The ticket booth closes when all tickets (day and evening) have been distributed. To get to the ticket booth, walk through the alley on the far side of the US Holocaust Museum. Closed weekends, Federal holidays, and December 24 through January 3rd.

Congressional tours are offered Monday through Friday at either 8:15 am or 8:45 am. (Also note that the Bureau of Engraving and Printing operates a facility in Fort Worth, Texas. Tours can be scheduled there locally at 817-231-4000.) The following items are prohibited: Backpacks, duffle bags, suitcases, oversized purses or handbags; Aerosol and non-aerosol sprays including perfumes, mace and pepper spray; Cans and bottles; Food and beverages of any kind; Knives of any length, razors, and box cutters.

The Pentagon
703-697-1776
Location: Across the 14th Street Bridge in Virginia
Metro stops: Pentagon

Headquarters of the Department of Defense in one of the world’s largest buildings. Tours of the Pentagon are available to schools, educational organizations and other select groups by reservation only. Groups interested in touring the Pentagon should contact the Pentagon Tour Office at 703-697-1776. Tours are available for parties of 10 to 45 persons Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm and will last about an hour.

Mount Vernon
703-780-2000
Location: Mount Vernon, Virginia Visit the estate of President George Washington.

General tours are offered 7 days a week; admission is as follows: $17 for adults; $6 for seniors; $9 for youth. Hours of Operation: November through February – 9:00 am-4:00 pm March, September, October – 9:00 am-5:00 pm April through August – 8:00 am-5:00pm

Arlington National Cemetery
877-907-8585
Location: Memorial Drive and Hwy 110
Metro stops: Arlington Cemetery

Open daily October through March from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, and April through September from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm. View the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier every hour on the hour and every half hour during the summer months. See the Amphitheater, the Custis-Lee Mansion, and the graves of Presidents John F. Kennedy and William Howard Taft. Ample paid parking is available to visitors, accessible from Memorial Drive. The cost is $1.25/hour for the first three hours, and $2.00/hour thereafter. During all hours the cemetery is open the Arlington National Cemetery Metro stop is regularly served by the Blue Line subway. The cemetery is also serviced by Tourmobile, the popular tour buses that allow patrons unlimited reboarding for a single daily rate.

Washington National Cathedral
202-537-6200
Location: Massachusetts and Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Metro stops: Tenleytown Station to “30” series Metro bus

The National Cathedral is the second-largest Gothic cathedral in the United States. Tours are available on a walk-in basis Monday through Friday from 10:00 am-11:15 am and 1:00 pm-3:30 pm. Saturday, tours are available from 10:00 am-11:15 and 1:00 pm-3:00 pm.  Sunday, a tour is available from 1:00 pm-2:30 pm. Tours are closed during services and special events.

A donation is appreciated ($3 per adult, $2 per senior citizen, and $1 per child). For groups under 10 people, you may contact your Representative’s office for information on a Congressional tour.

The Old Post Office – Pavilion
202-289-4224
Location: 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Metro stops: Federal Triangle or Navy Memorial

Open daily from 9:00 am to 7:45 pm, except for Christmas Day. The National Park Service offers a tour of the bell tower with a splendid view of the city. For more information call 202-606-8691.

*PLEASE NOTE THE OLD POST OFFICE IS CLOSED ENTIRELY FOR RENOVATIONS UNTIL SPRING 2016.   

The Octagon House
202-626-7439
Location: 18th Street and New York Avenue, NW
Metro stops: Farragut West

Open Thursday through Saturday from 1:00 pm-4:00 pm. The Octagon House served as the Executive Mansion for James Madison’s following the destruction of the White House by the British in 1814. The Treaty of Ghent was signed here, ending the War of 1812. Admittance is $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for seniors and children.


MEMORIALS AND MONUMENTS


Washington Monument
202-426-6841
Location: On the Mall at 15th Street, NW
Metro stops: Smithsonian

In order to enter the Washington Monument, tickets are required. The ticket system is administered through the National Park Reservation Service (NPRS). Reservations for the Washington Monument may be made between 10:00 AM and 10:00 PM by calling 877-444-6777 over the internet at http://reservations.nps.gov.

Those making advance reservations will be charged $1.50 service fee per ticket, plus a $.50 handling fee per order. Free tickets are distributed for that day's visit from the kiosk on the Washington Monument grounds at 15th Street and Madison Drive on a first-come first-served basis. Hours for the ticket kiosk are 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, but tickets do run out early. Hours for the Washington Monument are from 9:00 am to 4:45 pm; closed December 25. No food, drink, or large bags are allowed in the monument.

Jefferson Memorial
202-426-6841
Location: South end of the Tidal Basin at 14th Street
Metro stops: Smithsonian

This monument is in honor of Thomas Jefferson, third president, author of the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights. It is open 24 hours every day except December 25th. Rangers are on duty from 9:30 am-11:30 pm.  

Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial
202-426-6841
Location: West Basin Drive, between the Potomac River and the Cherry Tree Walk of the Tidal Basin
Metro stop: Smithsonian

This memorial is a tribute to both President Roosevelt and the time in which he lived. There is a sequence of four outdoor rooms, each representing one of FDR’s four terms in office. Open daily from 8:00 am to midnight.

Lincoln Memorial
202-426-6841
Location: West Potomac Park at the foot of 23rd Street
Metro stops: Foggy Bottom or Federal Triangle
This monument is in honor of Abraham Lincoln, sixteenth president, overlooking the Reflecting Pool toward the Washington Monument and the US Capitol. Open 24 hours daily.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial
202-426-6841
Location: Bacon Drive and Constitution Avenue NW, on the Mall
Metro stops: Foggy Bottom Constructed of black granite to honor all Americans who served in the Vietnam War. In chronological order are over 58,000 names inscribed in the marble wall. Open 24 hours daily.

World War II Memorial
202-426-6841
Location: East end of the Reflecting Pool, between the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument
Metro stops: Smithsonian

The World War II Memorial is the first national memorial dedicated to all who served during the Second World War. The memorial honors all military veterans of the war, the citizens on the home front, the nation at large, and the high moral purpose and idealism that motivated the nation's call to arms.

Korean War Memorial
202-426-6841
Location: French Drive, SW
Metro stops: Foggy Bottom This memorial commemorates the service men and women who fought in the Korean War. The memorial is open daily 24 hours except on Christmas Day.


MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES


Smithsonian Museums
202-357-2700
Location: National Mall
Metro stops: Smithsonian

As the world’s largest museum complex, it holds over 139 million artifacts of American history; including the Air and Space Museum, Arts and Industries, Museum of Natural History, and Museum of American History. Open year round, except on Christmas Day, from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm.

Smithsonian National Zoo
202-673-0127
Location: 3001 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Metro stops: Woodley Park/Zoo or Cleveland Park

Visit the panda exhibit, see the orangutans swing, or tour the heritage gardens and wetlands. This visit takes a minimum of three hours; parking charges are per hour. The grounds are open daily from April 3rd to October 31st from 6:00 am to 8:00 pm (buildings are open from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm) and November 1 to April 2 from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm (buildings are open from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm).

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
202-488-0400
Location: Just south of Independence Avenue, SW between 14th Street and Raoul Wallenborg Place
Metro stops: Smithsonian

The Holocaust Museum serves as a national repository for Holocaust related artifacts and materials and is recommended for those over the age of 11. Open 7 days a week except on Christmas and Yom Kippur.  Monday-Friday, 10:00 am- 6:20 pm and Saturday/Sunday from 10:00 am - 5:20 pm.  Admission is free, although there are a limited number of tickets given out daily. It is recommended that you plan to arrive early during peak tourist season. To reserve tickets for a specific day at the museum, tickets can be obtained from Tickets.com at 1-800-400-9373 for a fee of $2.75 per ticket.

National Gallery of Art
202-737-4215
Location: National Mall between 3rd and 7th Streets at Constitution Avenue, NW
Metro stops: Smithsonian or Archives

The National Gallery of Art is one of the world’s largest marble structures, measuring 780 feet in length and containing more than 500,000 square feet. Open year round Monday through Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sundays from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm every day except Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Ford’s Theater and Lincoln Museum
202-426-6924
Location: 10th Street between E and F Streets
Metro stops: Metro Center, Gallery Place, or Archives

The building is open every day between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm with the exception of Christmas. The Peterson house, where President Lincoln died, is across the street and free tours are available.

US Botanic Gardens
202-225-8333
Location: Independence Avenue and 1st Street, SW
Metro stops: Federal Center SW

At the foot of the Capitol, under 29,000 square feet of glass and surrounded by ornamental pools, this conservatory has more than 8,000 different types of exotic fruits, flowers, and plants. Open daily from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

The Corcoran Gallery
202-639-1800
Location: 500 17th Street, NW
Metro stops: Farragut West

The collection's paintings and sculpture are the legacy of William Wilson Corcoran (1798-1888), the museum's founder and a leading patron of American art. Together with its noted holdings of 19th-century American prints and drawings, the Corcoran continues to broaden its collection to include a wide selection of works by contemporary artists. Today, the Corcoran is renowned for its collection of 20th-century paintings, sculptures and photography. The gallery is open Wednesday through Monday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, and until 9:00 pm on Thursdays. The gallery is closed on Tuesdays, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, and Thanksgiving.

The Corcoran also offers private tours for groups of 15 or more. Tours last approximately 45 minutes. Private group tours must be arranged at least a month in advance. There are admission fees in the amount of $12.00 per family, $6.75 per individual, $4.75 for seniors, and $3.00 for students with a current ID. All day Mondays and after 5:00 pm on Thursdays, visitors are invited to pay as they wish in the form of a donation.

The Spy Museum
202-393-7798
Location: 800 F Street NW
Metro stops: Gallery Place/Chinatown or National Archives/Navy Memorial Metro Station

Gain access to the world's largest collection of international espionage artifacts ever placed on public display. Over 600 pieces are on exhibit, including a collection of G-Man toys from the 1930s and 1940s when interest in G-Men ("G" stands for "Government," in this case FBI agents) was at a high and children searched for worthy role models. Hours vary depending on the season.

Same-day tickets may be purchased in person at the International Spy Museum for use on the same day either for immediate access or for a time later the same day. All tickets are date and time specific and are subject to availability. Advance tickets may be purchased at the museum or through Ticketmaster at 800-551-SEAT orTicketmaster.com

The National Museum of Women in the Arts
202-783-5000
Location: 1250 New York Avenue, NW
Metro stops: Metro Center

The National Museum of Women in the Arts is open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Saturday, and Noon to 5:00 pm on Sunday. The museum is closed on Christmas, Thanksgiving, and New Year’s Day. From Renaissance artist Lavinia Fontana to Camille Claudel and Mary Cassatt, the National Museum of Women in the Arts exhibits works various female artists. There will be an admission fee for this museum.

The Textile Museum
202-667-0441
Location: 2320 S Street, NW
Metro stops: Dupont Circle

Over 11,000 textiles and 1,000 rugs to view. Open Monday, Wednesday-Friday from 11:30 am - 6:30 pm; Saturday from 10:00 am-5:00 pm; Sunday 1:00 pm-5:00 pm.  It is closed on Federal holidays and December 24th. Admission is free, but a $5 donation is appreciated.


TRANSPORTATION
                                                          
For those unfamiliar with the city, driving can be confusing and parking very difficult to find. However, public transportation is easily accessible to those visiting the D.C. area. Taxis, the Metrorail subway and bus systems, Uber, and Lyft are available every day. Visitors are encouraged to use the Metro system. For Metro schedules, fare prices, and trip planning advice, visit www.wmata.com/

Taxis

Diamond 202-387-2221
Yellow 202-544-1212
Taxi Transportation Service 202-398-0500

Trains
Amtrak - 800-872-7245
MARC - 800-325-7542