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FAQ: Where can I store my belongings during a White House Tour?

Rules of White House tours Touring the White House is one of the most memorable and quintessential DC experiences for visitors and locals alike. (Note: White House tours must be booked well in advance. For information on how to book a tour, visit our White House tours FAQ page). It is important to...

The White House
100 Free & Almost Free Things to Do: African American History & Culture

Washington, DC’s history is entwined with its large population of African American residents, as evidenced by the more than 200 sites on the African American Heritage Trail in the city. Here are more than 20 important sites that celebrate the history and experience of African Americans in the...

Funk parade
How Can I Tour The White House?

Requesting a tour Touring the White House requires some advance planning. Public tour requests must be made through your member of Congress (find your member of Congress and contact information here ) and submitted up to six months in advance and no less than 21 days prior to your visit. If you...

The White House
Tours of DC's Monuments & Memorials

At the heart of any trip to Washington, DC is a visit to the National Mall , a two-mile green expanse from the U.S. Capitol Building to the Lincoln Memorial . Along the way, visitors see the Washington Monument , the Vietnam Veterans Memorial , the Korean War Memorial , the World War II Memorial ,...

National Mall Washington Monument at night
16 Things to Do in Rock Creek Park

Rock Creek Park was founded in 1890 by the United States Congress as a recreational resource for the nation’s capital. These 1,800 acres cut a wide swath through Northwest Washington DC, providing a haven for people and wildlife. An oasis in a bustling city, most of Rock Creek Park consists of...

FAQ: 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 national monuments and memorials. You can buy tickets for some of Washington, DC's most popular...

10 Breweries to Check Out in Washington, DC

When you’re looking for a cold one, look beyond the big beer producers and taste something distinctly DC. Frosty, frothy, heady, hoppy, sour – whatever your preference, you can find it at any of these local breweries.

3 stars brewing company
100 Free & Almost Free Things to Do: Best of Town

One surprising and pleasant discovery you’ll make when visiting Washington, DC - many events, museums and attractions are free. Here are a free activities that await on your trip to the nation’s capital.

Smithsonian Castle
Visiting the Washington National Cathedral

Stained-glass windows, Gothic spires and flying buttresses make the Washington National Cathedral look ages old, but the grand church was actually constructed during the 20th century. Though overseen by the Episcopal Church, the house of worship welcomes people of all faiths to its impressive site...

National Cathedral Exterior
How Do I Tour the Capitol Building and See Congress in Session?

The U.S. Capitol is one of the most recognizable buildings in the world. The story of its construction parallels the growth of a nation. The iconic Capitol Building remains an evolving space where visitors can see democracy in action. Currently, parts of the building, including the Dome, are...

Capitol