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Washington, DC FAQs

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How can I tour the White House?
Tours of the White House are available by advance arrangement through your member of Congress. Tours are arranged for groups of 10 or more; smaller groups and families should request to join a tour... READ MORE
I've arranged to take a tour of the White House. Where can I store my bags/camera while I take the tour?
The White House firmly restricts items that visitors can bring with them during their tour,  including cameras, handbags, bookbags, food/drink and strollers. If it's not convenient for you to... READ MORE
How can I tour the Capitol? How can I see Congress in session?
The U.S. Capitol is open to the public for tours Monday through Saturday. The Capitol Visitors Center is open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tours are conducted from 8:50 a.m. to 3:20 p.m. Tours are free,... READ MORE
Which attractions require tickets?
Many of Washington, DC's major attractions are open to the public and do not require tickets, including the Smithsonian museums, the Smithsonian National Zoo, the National Gallery of Art, and the... READ MORE
Can I tour the Pentagon?
To request a tour of the Pentagon, go to pentagontours.osd.mil. Reservations may be booked from 8 to 90 days in advance - reservations will not be accepted for tour dates within 7 days or more than... READ MORE
Where can I find public restrooms on the National Mall?
There are public restrooms, all with handicapped accessibility, located at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, the FDR Memorial, Lincoln Memorial and near the World War II Memorial and Washington... READ MORE
How does Metro work?
Washington, DC is proud to have one of the world's best public transportation systems. Most visitors quickly master the Metro system and, in the process, discover that it's a very quick, efficient... READ MORE
Which attractions require group reservations?
Many of Washington, DC's major attractions are open for the public and do not require tickets or advance reservations, including the museums of the Smithsonian system and the National Zoo, the... READ MORE
What are the rules and regulations for motorcoaches?
In response to safety, security and preservation requirements, the Capitol Police and the Department of Motor Vehicles have recently enacted new regulations that cover permitting and traffic flow... READ MORE
What evening activities do you suggest for student groups?
If you're looking for something different to do with your group after dark, here are a few suggestions:DC's monuments and memorials are even more impressive by moonlight. Talk to your tour guide... READ MORE
My band/musical group wants to perform on the National Mall. How can we do that?
Groups of 25 or more who wish to perform at one of DC's memorials or in public spaces such as Freedom Plaza, Franklin Square, McPherson Square, Farragut Square, Washington Circle, Dupont Circle and... READ MORE
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