Washington D.C. Attractions

White House
American Citizens are permitted to take tours of the White House, but they must receive permission from their congressional representative first. Tours are self-guided, and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Visitors are required to provide photo identification, and flash photography and video cameras are prohibited.

Capitol Hill
Tours of Capitol Hill are available six days a week from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. These tours are free; however, guests must register in advance for them. The first stop on the tour is the Visitor's Center, where a short film is shown before departing. Tours do not include a visit of House chambers, as these require special permission in order to access.

Lincoln Memorial
The Lincoln Memorial sits in the National Mall and is a tribute to our 16th President. This attraction is open to visitors 24 hours a day, but special programs are offered only during the day here. It is brilliantly lit at night, making it visible for quite a distance. There is also a nearby reflecting pool.

National Arboretum
The National Arboretum is located on more than 400 acres, and is full of hundreds of different flowers. It is especially known for its collection of Azaleas. There are plenty of trails that are ideal for walking or biking, and guests can also enjoy a picnic lunch here. The gardens are especially interesting to visit at Christmas time, since the grounds are lit up with thousands of lights throughout.

Ford's Theater
Ford's Theater is the location where President Lincoln was shot. It is still a working theater that produces numerous plays and musicals throughout the year. There is a miniature museum that depicts the life of President Lincoln, and educational programs are put on from time to time as well. Tours of the theater can be taken for free, while tickets are required for all performances.

National Cathedral
The National Cathedral is one of the largest in the country. Several U.S. Presidents have worshiped here during their terms in office. During the years, many memorable events in our nation's history have taken place here. A few of them include a prayer vigil for the Iranian hostages during the 1970s and a national prayer service for the victims of 9/11. Regular worship services are held here each Sunday, and members of the public are welcome to attend.