Things to do in

Washington, DC

The US capital offers up plenty of famed monuments and museums for your touring pleasure.

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Top 10 attractions to see in Washington DC

When describing the US capital, suffice it to say that big things come in small packages. Within the 61-square-mile district, you can brush up on your American history, then walk among the locals and discover the spirit of the city's oldest neighborhoods.

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Planning Your Visit

  • White House Tickets

    Make a reservation through your congressional office up to six months in advance and no less than 21 days. The self-guided tour takes place Tuesdays - Thursdays from 7:30AM to 11:00AM; Fridays from 7:30AM to 12:00PM; Saturdays from 7:30AM to 1:00PM. You must bring your government-issued identification on the day of the tour. Non-US citizens must contact their embassy in Washington DC for assistance. Admission is free.

  • US Capitol Tickets

    It's recommended to book the free, 90-minute tour well in advance either through your senator's or representative's office. You can also make a reservation online yourself. The Visitors' Center is open Monday through Saturday from 8:30AM to 4:30PM. Admission is free.

  • Washington Monument Tickets

    Due to the limited number of visitors allowed each day, tickets are issued on a first-come, first-served basis. You can either pick up your tickets at the Washington Monument Lodge on 15th Street or reserve your ticket in advance online for a fee of $1.50 per ticket. Every ticket indicates a specific entry time. Opening hours are daily from 9:00AM to 10:00PM (Memorial Day through Labor Day), otherwise from 9:00AM to 5:00PM. Admission is free.

  • What else is for free?

    It's free to visit the memorials, the Smithsonian Museums, and the National Zoo. Admission is also free to enter the US National Archives, but it's advised that you make a reservation in advance at a fee of $1.50 per ticket.

Good to know

  • Language
    English
  • Currency
    USD ($)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (-05:00)
  • Country Code
    +1
  • Best time to visit
    Spring - it's just getting warmer and it may not be as crowded as the summer!

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What people are saying about Washington, DC

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The guide held information about our Country that I knew and understood, yet he educated me beyond my knowledge due to my geographical location. The tour inspired me, refreshed my memories and rejuvenated my spirit. I look forward to working with you in the very near future.

Fantastic way to get oriented and see a lot in a short period of time. It would take you two days of walking to see everything we saw during the tour. Our tour guide was knowledgeable and really enhanced the tour with history and stories as we rode along.

We had an awesome experience at Arlington Cemetery. Our guide was very knowledgeable & full of information. Definitely recommend booking this tour! You will nit be disappointed!

The red route was great: we saw everything - and more - that we hoped to see. The staff were very helpful. The commentary was very good, informative and timely.

They did an excellent job. The whole audience was entertained and had a fun time.