Congressman Pete Visclosky

Representing the 1st District of Indiana

Washington DC Tourism Information

Capitol Hill

United States Congress

U.S. Capitol Visitor Center
Book a tour, look at a Capitol map and find other useful information. The mission of the Visitor Center at the U.S. Capitol is to provide a welcoming and educational environment for visitors to learn about the unique characteristics of the House and the Senate and the legislative process as well as the history and development of the architecture and art of the U.S. Capitol.

Map of Capitol Grounds
The Capitol, House and Senate office buildings.

Virtual Tour of Capitol
Explore the nation's Capitol, including the old and current House chambers.

Library of Congress

Each of “America’s Library buildings”, named for a U.S. President (Adams, Jefferson, and Madison), contains millions of cataloged books and other print materials on 530 miles of shelving is a world-renowned research center for scholars easily accessible to both Congress and the public. Special exhibitions —including a permanent display of the Gutenberg Bible, the first book printed with movable type—make the Library a favorite tourist attraction. First Street and Independence Avenue, SE.

Supreme Court of the United States

“Equal Justice Under Law” is the promise on the portals of the Supreme Court building.Court sessions begin the first Monday in October and continue two weeks per month through April. Courtroom seats are available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis when the Court is in session. Twenty-minute courtroom lectures are available every hour on the half-hour when the court is not in session. Group tours are available and must be made in advance. First and East Capitol Streets, NE.

United States Botanic Garden

Located at the base of Capitol Hill, the conservatory features more than 20,000 plants, including exotic flowers and fruit species. First Street and Maryland Avenue, SW.

National Mall and Memorial Parks

The sprawling lands of the National Mall & Memorial Parks include the Mall, the public promenade extending from 3rd Street near the Capitol to 14th Street, including the:

National Mall Walking Tour
Explore the National Mall with this walking tour provided by National Geographic.

Smithsonian

More Museums

White House

Public tours of the White House are available. Requests must be submitted through one's member of Congress.  These self-guided tours are available from 7:30 AM to 11:00 AM Tuesday through Thursday, 7:30 AM to 12:00 PM Fridays, and 7:30 AM to 1:00 PM Saturdays (excluding federal holidays or unless otherwise noted). Tour hours will be extended when possible based on the official White House schedule. Tours are scheduled on a first come, first served basis. Requests can be submitted up to six months in advance and no less than 21 days in advance. You are encouraged to submit your request as early as possible as a limited number of spaces are available. All White House tours are free of charge.  (Please note that White House tours may be subject to last minute cancellation.)

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Metro: McPherson Square

For the most up-to-date information about touring and visiting the White House, call the 24-hour Visitors Office Information Line at 202-456-7041.

The White House has lifted its longstanding camera and photo ban on public tours.  Guests are now welcome to take photos throughout the White House tour route and keep those memories for a lifetime.

Watch the First Lady announce the lifting of the photo ban by clicking here.

Q&A: Lift of the Photo Ban on White House Tours

  1. Why is the White House lifting the ban: Smartphone technology and the internet have revolutionized photography and how people share their photographs.  The White House wants guests to be able to keep the memories of their visit here for a lifetime and share them with their family and friends. #WhiteHouseTour
  2. What type of cameras will be allowed: Phones and compact cameras with a lens no longer than 3 inches (stills only) are permitted inside as long as their use does not interfere with other guests’ enjoyment of the tour.  
  3. What is prohibited: Video cameras including any action camcorders, cameras with detachable lenses, tablets, tripods, monopods and camera sticks are not permitted. Talking or texting on cellular phones is not permitted while on the tour.

Historic Homes

Theaters

Major League Sports

  • Capitals (NHL)
    Verizon Center, 7th and F Streets NW
  • Mystics (WNBA)
    Verizon Center, 7th and F Streets NW
  • Nationals (MLB)
    Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol Street, SE
  • Redskins (NFL)
    FedEx Field, 1600 Raljon Road, Raljon, MD
  • DC United (MLS)
    RFK Stadium, 2400 East Capitol Street, SE
  • Wizards (NBA)
    Verizon Center, 7th and F Streets NW

Other Points of Interest

Getting Around

Public Transportation

Maps

Online resources for use by Students, Parents and Teachers.
Resources of interest to those planning a visit to the nation's capital, including informational links on Washington, DC, attractions, tours and tickets.