Tours and Tickets in Washington


I am so pleased you are considering a trip to Washington, D.C.  I first visited the District in 1961 when we were preparing for the Freedom Rides.  Every American who can do so should visit and learn about our nation’s capital.  I am happy to help any way I can.

Most places in Washington do not require tickets.  These include places like the memorials along the National Mall and the Smithsonian museums.  Others, like the Bureau of Engraving & Printing and the Library of Congress, require same-day tickets.  You can find information on these by visiting my Washington, D.C., Tourism Information page.  For a comprehensive guide on popular tourist locations in the Washington, D.C., metro area, please click here.

Some places, notably the White House and the U.S. Capitol, do require pre-arranged tickets.  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 to maximize your chances. 

The White House

White House tours must be arranged no fewer than 21 days in advance. However, they are filled first-come, first-serve, so I encourage you to submit your requests as early as possible to maximize your chances. Tours are not available on Sundays or Mondays, and they are sometimes not available on other days depending on the White House’s schedule.

The White House needs extra security information to arrange a tour.  Once you submit a request, my office will contact you.  We will need detailed information for every person in your group, including names, dates of birth, places of birth, Social Security numbers, and places of residence.  Social Security numbers are not required for visitors under 16. 

Once my office submits a tour request, we will not hear back from the White House until approximately two weeks before the dates you ask for.  Please note that the White House, not my office, makes all decisions about tours.  The White House receives hundreds of tour requests each day, and it is not always possible to schedule a tour.  My office will be in touch with you as soon as your tour is either confirmed or denied.

The United States Capitol

U.S. Capitol tours require much less information than White House tours.  You can find out more information by visiting the Capitol Visitors’ Center website.  You can book a tour yourself, or my office will be happy to arrange one for you. 

You may obtain passes to visit the U.S. House and Senate galleries by visiting my office, in room 343 of the Cannon House Office Building across the street from the U.S. Capitol.


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