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Other Attractions in Washington, D.C.

While the Capitol may be the center of Washington, D.C., there are many other notable sites across the city. To assist in planning your visit, below are a few additional resources regarding other attractions near the Capitol Building that are not affiliated with the Architect of the Capitol.

White House

Public tour requests must be submitted through one's Member of Congress. These self-guided tours are available from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays (excluding federal holidays or unless otherwise noted). Tour hours will be extended when possible based on the official White House schedule. Tours are scheduled on a first come, first served basis. Requests can be submitted up to six months in advance and no less than 21 days in advance. You are encouraged to submit your request as early as possible as a limited number of spaces are available. All White House tours are free of charge. (Please note that White House tours may be subject to last minute cancellation.)

If you wish to visit the White House and are a citizen of a foreign country, please contact your embassy in Washington, DC for assistance in submitting a tour request.

More at whitehouse.gov/about/tours-and-events.

Smithsonian Museums

Founded in 1846, the Smithsonian is the world’s largest museum and research complex, consisting of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park and nine research facilities.

Most Smithsonian museums and the National Zoo are free and open every day of the year except December 25. View a complete list of hours and get more information on planning your visit.

More at si.edu/Visit/Index/map-mall.

National Mall and Washington Monument

Officially established in 1965, National Mall and Memorial Parks actually protects some of the older parkland in the National Park System. Areas within this premier park provide visitors with ample opportunities to commemorate presidential legacies; honor the courage and sacrifice of war veterans; and celebrate the United States commitment to freedom and equality.

To tour the Washington Mounment Call 1.877.444.6777 or visit www.recreation.gov to reserve tickets. The ticket window is located at the Washington Monument lodge located at the near the base of the Monument near 15th street.

More at nps.gov/nacc/planyourvisit/index.htm.