Tour Requests

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Visit Washington, D.C. and Schedule Tours

You may request tours through my office by filling out your information and comments on the below form. Please read all instructions here and those that you will receive in the future carefully as to avoid tour scheduling conflicts. 

All tours are arranged through my Washington, D.C. office and are scheduled on a first come, first served basis. The earlier you are able to place your request, the more likely we will be able to honor it. Due to the high demand of these tours, we may not be able to honor all requests.

Admittance is determined by the individual tour site or agency, not by the Congressional office. Unless specified, tours are available Monday through Friday. Tickets are free, and provided on a first-come first-served basis.

After submitting your tour request, you can expect to receive a letter of receipt within one week. After the initial letter, you should receive a final letter approximately 7-10 days before your trip which outlines the tours we were able to arrange for you, and also lists confirmation numbers, meeting locations, times and so forth. If you do not receive these letters, or have questions about the process, please call the Washington, D.C. office at (202) 225-5101.

Also, you may find my "Guide to Washington" helpful in the planning of your trip.

NOTES:

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation Education Center tour is closed until further notice.
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Arranged tours are subject to changes and/or cancellations at any time.
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Should you need to modify or cancel your tour request to my office, email Kaylee Otterbacher at Sensenbrenner.DCTours@mail.house.gov -please do not submit an additional tour request. 

 
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Additional Visitor Attractions:


Washington Monument
202-426-6840
Location: On the Mall at 15th Street NW
Metro stops: Smithsonian
The Washington Monument is the city’s tallest structure, standing at 555’ 5”, a tribute to our nation’s first president. There are 897 steps the public may walk down, however, to reach the top, elevators must be used.  The lines tend to be long, but they generally move quickly.  Your wait will be rewarded by a panoramic view of the nation’s capitol from the top of the Monument.  Open daily the day after Easter to Labor Day from 8:00 am to Midnight and from Labor Day through March from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.  

Jefferson Memorial
202-426-6822
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.  You may rent paddleboats at the Swan Boathouse and cruise the Basin.  Open 8:00 am to Midnight every day but Christmas.

Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial
Location: 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 on of FDR’s four terms in office.   Park ranger talks and tours daily; available upon request.

Lincoln Memorial
202-426-6895
Location: West Potomac Park at the foot of 23rd Street
Metro stops: Foggy Bottom
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
202-634-1568
Location: Henry Bacon Drive and Constitution Ave 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.

Botanic Gardens
202-225-8333
Location: Independence and First St, SW
Metro stops: Federal Center SW or Capitol South
At the foot of the Capitol, under 29,000 square feet of glass, surrounded by ornamental pools this conservatory has more than 8,000 different types of exotic fruits, flowers and plants.

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
202-488-0400
Location: just south of Independence Ave SW between 14th St and Raoul Wallenborg Place
Metro stops: Smithsonian
The Holocaust Museum serves as a national repository for Holocaust related artifacts and materials.  Permanent exhibition is recommend for those over the age of 11.  Open 7 days a week except on Christmas and Yom Kippur.

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 from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm.

National Gallery of Art
202-737-4215
Location: National Mall between 3rd and 7th Sts, 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 & F Sts
Metro stops: Metro Center or 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.

Arlington National Cemetery
703-607-8052
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.

Washington National Cathedral
202-537-6200
Location: Massachusetts & Wisconsin Ave NW
Metro stops: Tenleytown Station to “30” series Metro bus
The National Cathedral is the second-largest Gothic cathedral in the United States.  From the Cathedral, you may view the nation’s capitol or simply enjoy the peaceful gardens and the beauty of the Cathedral.  Open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 3:15 pm, except during services and special events.  Tours are from 12:45 pm to 2:45 pm.

Smithsonian National Zoo
202-673-4717
Location: 3001 Connecticut Ave, NW
Metro stops: Woodley Park Zoo or Cleveland Park
Visit the new 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 May 1 to Sept 15 from 6:00 am to 8:00 pm (Buildings are open from 10 am to 6 pm) and September 16 to April 30 from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm (Buildings are open from 10 am to 4:30 pm).