Visiting Washington, DC
If you are planning a visit to our nation's capital, Senator Booker's office can set up tours of the United States Capitol Building and The White House. We can also provide information about other attractions that do not require you to request tours through Senator Booker's office.
UNITED STATES CAPITOL BUILDING
The United States Capitol is open for tours Monday through Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tours begin with a 13-minute orientation film and are approximately one hour. Senator Booker's office is happy to request a tour on your behalf to the Capitol for groups of less than ten people. If you have a group of more than ten people, please request your tour through the Capitol Visitors' Center here. If you need assistance regarding your Capitol tour, please fill out the tour request form or call our Washington, D.C. office at 202-224-3224. Fields marked with an (*) are required. Once you have submitted your request, you will receive a response from Senator Booker's office within 3-5 business days.
THE WHITE HOUSE
Senator Booker's office can arrange tours of The White House for New Jerseyans visiting D.C. Self-guided tours are offered on a limited basis Tuesday through Thursday from 7:30 am to 11:30 am, and on Friday and Saturday from 7:30 am to 1:30 pm. If you would like to request a tour, fill out the tour request form at least six weeks in advance of your scheduled trip to Washington, D.C. Requests may also be submitted for up to six months in advance of the tour date. Once you have submitted your request, you will receive a response from Senator Booker's office within 3-5 business days with more information.
Please note that while every effort will be made to accommodate your tour request, The White House offers a limited number of tours and can fill up four to six months in advance, particularly during the spring and summer months and during holiday times.
OTHER POPULAR TOURS
BUREAU OF ENGRAVING AND 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 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.
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