Our nation's capital is a wonderful place to visit with your family, school, or friends. As South Dakota's lone U.S. Representative I want to help ensure your visit is as enjoyable and educational as possible.. Whether you are here for 24 hours or a full week, I encourage you to contact my office to see how we can help you pack in as many tours and visits as you can.
When planning your trip to Washington, the best thing you can do is plan early. Keep reading for more information on some of the best spots to visit.
-Rep. Kristi Noem
Staff-led tours of the Capitol are available Monday through Friday, and leave from my office in the Longworth building, room 1323. Please contact my tour coordinator, Katie Pudwill, at 202-225-2801, or by email at Katie.Pudwill@mail.house.gov. When you make a request, please include your available tour dates, expected number of guests, phone number and email address. Reservations are required for Capitol tours, so please make your tour request at least one month in advance to secure a ticket.
If you have made reservations through our office, please arrive no later than 30 minutes before your tour time. Backpacks, large purses, food items, aerosols, weapons and any liquids are prohibited in the Capitol and Capitol Visitors Center. We are happy to hold prohibited items in our office for you while you enjoy your Capitol tour.
White House Tours
NOTE: Unfortunately, on March 5th, the White House Visitors Office notified congressional offices that they were canceling all tours to the White House. They have cited the recent spending cuts, known as “sequestration,” as reason for doing so, and have cancelled all White House tours currently scheduled and eliminated the chance to submit new requests. Though the White House has shut its doors, we are pleased to continue offering tours of the U.S. Capitol. If you have already scheduled a Capitol tour with our office, please know that it has NOT been impacted by the recent White House announcement. If you haven’t scheduled a Capitol tour and would like to do so in light of the White House cancelling your tour, please contact Katie Pudwill directly by phone or email (202-225-2801 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
White House tours fill up very quickly. If you plan on touring the White House, you will need to contact my tour coordinator, Katie Pudwill, at least five months in advance of your requested tour date. The Secret Service requires all tour groups to fill out a security form, which Katie will send you via email after you make your request.
Availability for White House tours is extremely limited. On days when only morning tours are available, less than 1,500 passes are available and all 535 Congressional offices are competing for those spots. During the summer tour season, the White House receives over 1 million tour requests per month. Be assured, my office will contact you immediately if your tour is approved. Tour denial and acceptance is solely at the discretion of the White House Visitor’s Office.
White House tours are all self-guided, so you can take as much or as little time as you would like. The Secret Service agents stationed throughout the rooms are very knowledgeable, so be sure to ask them any questions you might have. For planning purposes, I would recommend allowing 45 minutes at the White House. The White House Visitor’s Center is also worth seeing. It is open to the public and requires no reservations. It is open seven days a week from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and can be found easily by looking for three American flags and the blue awning.
Memorials, Monuments, Museums, and Points of Interest
17th Street and New York Avenue, NW - one block west and south of the White House. The main entrance is on 17th Street. Special needs access is at 1701 E Street, around the corner from the 17th Street entrance. Phone: (202) 639-1700 Metro Stop: Four blocks from the Farragut West station or Farragut North station.
The Interior Museum is currently closed for renovations.
511 10th Street, NW - 10th Street Between E & F Streets. Telephone: (202) 426-6924. Metro Stop: the closest station to the theatre is Metro Center
900 Ohio Drive, S.W., near the Jefferson Memorial and the Potomac River. There are park rangers available from 8 a.m. to midnight every day except Christmas Day. There are no fees to visit any of the monuments or memorials in the park. Telphone: (202) 426-6841 Information. Metro stop: Smithsonian Metro stop comes out on the National Mall.
444 North Capitol Street, NW. This building houses 32 state offices. For information call the Council of State Governments at (202) 624-5386.
South bank of the Tidal Basin - At the Swan Boathouse you can rent a paddle boat to cruise on the Basin. The Smithsonian Metro stop comes out on the National Mall. Phone: (202) 426-6841
The memorial is staffed from 8 a.m. to midnight every day except December 25 by park rangers who are available to answer questions and present interpretive themes. A bookstore in the nearby Lincoln Memorial sells informational items relating to both the memorial and the Korean War. The Korean War Veterans Memorial is part of the National Park System, one of more than 360 parks representing our nation's natural and cultural heritage. Address inquiries to: Superintendent, National Capital Parks-Central, 900 Ohio Drive SW, Washington, DC 20242.
West Potomac Park at the foot of 23rd Street, NW. Telephone: (202) 426-6895. Metro Stop: Foggy Bottom or the Smithsonian Metro stop which comes out on the National Mall.
401 F Street, NW, between 4th and 5th streets. Wheelchair access at 4th and G streets. Metro Stop: Judiciary Square - Red line. Telephone: (202) 272-2448.
The sprawling lands of the National Mall & Memorial Parks include the Mall, the public promenade extending from 3rd Street near the Capitol to 14th Street, including the:
- Jefferson Memorial
- Korean War Veterans Memorial
- Lincoln Memorial
- Roosevelt Memorial
- Vietnam Veterans Memorial
- Washington Monument
- World War II Memorial
Explore the National Mall with this walking tour provided by National Geographic.
1145 17th & M Street. Exhibits of famous scientific expeditions. Phone: 800 NGS LINE (800 647 5463); 800 548 9797 (TDD).
1811 R Street NW. Telephone: (202) 265-6280. Metro: Take Metro's Red Line to Dupont Circle. Leave through the Q Street exit. Walk one block north on Connecticut Avenue to R Street. Turn right and walk east two blocks to 18th Street.
2 Massachusetts Avenue, NE in the Washington City Post Office Building on Capitol Hill (next to Union Station). Metro: Take Metro's Red Line to Union Station. Leave through the Massachusetts Avenue exit. As you get off the escalator, the National Postal Museum will be to your left.
1600 21st Street, N.W. The Phillips Collection is located in the Dupont Circle area, one-half block off of Massachusetts Avenue on 21st Street, between Q and R Streets. Offices and Visitor information: (202) 387-2151. Metro Stop: RED line of the Metro to the Dupont Circle Station. Exit to Q street. At the top of the escalator, go left on Q street one block to 21st Street. The museum entrance is located halfway up 21st Street on the left.
The entrances to the West Building are located on Constitution Avenue at 6th Street, NW, on Madison Drive at 6th Street, NW, and on 4th Street between Constitution Avenue and Madison Drive, NW. The entrance for the East Building is located on 4th Street between Constitution Avenue and Madison Drive, NW.
2320 S Street, NW. Telephone: (202) 667-0441. Metro Stop: Take the red line to the Dupont Circle stop. Leave the station via the Q Street exit. Walk north on Connecticut Avenue. At the intersection of Connecticut Avenue, Florida Avenue and S Street cross Florida Avenue and go left. Take immediate right onto S Street. Continue walking up S Street 2 long blocks to The Textile Museum on the left.
The Museum is located just south of Independence Ave., SW. between 14th Street and Raoul Wallenberg Place (formerly 15th St.). There is an entrance also on 14th street, next to the Bureau of Printing & Engraving. Permanent exhibition is recommended for ages 11 and up. Daniel's Story is recommended for ages 8 and up. The visit will take from an 1 1/2 to 3 hours. ONLY the Permanent Exhibition requires a timed entry pass to begin the self-guided tour of the Museum's primary exhibition. Passes are FREE and are NOT required for the Museum's other exhibitions, memorials, resources and facilities. Metro Stop: Smithsonian on the blue or orange lines exit at 12th and Independence Avenue. Telephone: (202) 488-0400.
Located at 701 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Suite 123, Washington, D.C, 20004-2608. The D.C. Metro's Green and Yellow Line stops at Archives-Navy Memorial, steps from our front door. There is a Motor Coach Drop on Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, between 7th and 9th Streets, in front of the U.S. Navy Memorial. The Memorial offers a Concert Hotline at (202) 737-2300 ext. 768 for updated schedules or cancellations due to weather.
Henry Bacon Drive & Constitution Avenue, NW. Metro Stop: Smithsonian Metro stop comes out on the National Mall. Telephone: (202) 426-6841.
The Voice of America Studio Tour is a behind-the-scenes look at live broadcasting in radio, television, and the Internet in several of the 44 languages used by the VOA. Tours are free to the public, guided with audio and video features, and last 45 minutes. Reservations are recommended but not required. Tours are offered at 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Voice of America is located at 330 Independence Ave., S.W. Washington, D.C. 20237 off of the Federal Center S.W. Metro stop on the Blue and Orange Lines. Phone: (202) 203-4990.
On the Mall at 15th Street, SW. Tickets are required. They are free and available at the booth located on the west side of 15th Street, NW, on the Mall. Advance Tickets (small fee charged): Ticketmaster: (DC Metro) 202-432-7328 (Outside DC) 1-800-551-7328. Facilities: Bookstore, Restrooms, Museum. Information: (202) 426-6841. Metro stop: Smithsonian
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW. Public tours of the White House are
available for groups of 10 or more people. Requests must be submitted
through one's Member of Congress and are accepted up to six months in
advance. These self-guided tours are available from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30
p.m. Tuesday through Saturday (excluding federal holidays), and are
scheduled on a first come, first served basis approximately one month in
advance of the requested date. We encourage you to submit your request
as early as possible since a limited number of tours are available. All
White House tours are free of charge. Metro: McPherson Square.
Note: Tours are subject to cancellations or time changes. For the most up-to-date information about touring and visiting the White House, call the 24-hour Visitors Office Info Line at 202-456-7041