Washington DC Information

Washington, DC is not only the proud home of the nation's capital, but also a city dotted with famous sights, free attractions, and an endless calendar of special events. It is commonly known as D.C., The District, or simply Washington. DC offers year-round inspiring experiences, well-known monuments and much more to see. Some of the most popular tourist attractions include:

The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington DC, 20500
202-208-1631
Home of every US president except George Washington, the White House is a top attraction for visitors all over the globe. Designed by James Hoban, it is significant for its Federal architecture. Tours of the White House must be made through one's member of Congress (Senator or Representative) and will be accepted up to six months in advance. Tours are scheduled approximately one month before the requested date.

U.S. Capitol
545 Seventh Street SE, Washington DC, 20002
202-225-6827
The United States Capitol is among the most symbolically important and architecturally impressive buildings in the nation. The Capitol is located on Capitol Hill and is an example of 19th-century neoclassical architecture. Visitors must obtain free tickets on a first-come, first-served basis. Ticket distribution begins at 9:00 a.m.

National Gallery of Art
West Building, Constitution Avenue and 6th Avenue, Washington DC, 20565
202-737-4215
The National Gallery of Art offers visitors a permanent collection of European and American paintings, sculpture, decorative arts and works on paper, plus changing exhibition of art from around the world. There are two different buildings at the Gallery: one holds paintings from the 13th through the 18th centuries and the other modern art examples.

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
100 Raoul Wallenberg Plaza SW, Washington DC, 20024
202-488-0400
The Holocaust Memorial Museum depicts the rise of Hitler's Germany and the horrors of World War II. While visiting, one can find out about the history of the 6 million Jews and others who suffered and died during the Nazis rule of Germany. The museum has a number of exhibitions, artworks, publications, and artifacts relating to the Holocaust.

National Air and Space Museum
Sixth and Independence Ave., SW, Washington DC, 20560
202-357-1686
The National Air and Space Museum, the most popular of the Smithsonian museums, houses the Wright Brothers' 1903 Flyer, Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis, Apollo 11 lunar command module and a wide collection of aviation and space technology treasures. Also, the Albert Einstein Planetarium presents a free program on the constellations, every day starting 3 p.m.

The International Spy Museum
800 F Street NW, Washington DC, 20004
202-393-7798
The International Spy Museum presents the history of espionage and also the importance of espionage in winning the Cold War. The museum features the largest collection of international espionage artifacts ever placed on public display.

U.S. National Arboretum
3501 New York Ave. NE, Washington DC, 20005
202-245-2726
The National Arboretum is located in Northeast Washington DC and features more than 446 acres of trees, shrubs, flowering plants, picnic grounds, herb garden and famous Bonsai collection. This fabulous flora and fauna is especially known for its Asian, azalea and conifer collections.