Visiting Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C. is one of the world's grandest cities. In addition to the U.S. Capitol, the White House, Supreme Court and government buildings, there are famous monuments, internationally recognized museums, and numerous other attractions to enjoy during your visit.  

Senator Corker's office can provide you with helpful information to make your stay memorable. You will find below details about Senator Corker's weekly constituent breakfast, Tennessee Tuesday, information about U.S. Capitol and White House tours, as well as a list of many other attractions in the nation's capital. 

If you have any further questions about your trip to Washington, please contact Senator Corker's Washington, D.C. office at 202-224-3344. While you are in town, please stop by the office, which is located in room number 425 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill.

Tennessee Tuesday
When the Senate is in session, Senator Corker and Senator Alexander hold an informal breakfast on Tuesday mornings for Tennesseans visiting Washington. 

Tennessee Tuesday provides a great opportunity to speak with both senators and schedule meetings with their staffs to discuss legislation important to you or your organization. A Senate photographer attends regularly to take photos. 
If you would like to join us, please contact our office in advance of your visit to Washington so that we can arrange for your attendance. To register online, click here.
We look forward to seeing you at the next Tennessee Tuesday. 
Call: (202) 224-3344 
Contact: Bentley Olson

United States Capitol Tours

The Capitol Visitor Center (CVC), located on the East front at First Street and East Capitol Street, NE (view map), is the new main entrance to the U.S. Capitol building and is open to visitors from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday except for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year's Day and on Inauguration Day. All public tours of the U.S. Capitol originate from the CVC and are available Monday through Saturday, 8:50 a.m. to 3:20 p.m. Tours need to be scheduled in advance either online through the Advance Reservation System or through the office of one of your Senators or your Representative.

Senator Corker’s staff conducts tours of the U.S. Capitol for Tennesseans at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. For security reasons, staff-led tours are for groups of fifteen or less. Please make all staff-led tour requests at least two weeks in advance using our tour request form. If you have further questions about your tour request, please contact Senator Corker’s office at 202-224-3344.

For groups larger than fifteen people or for tours on Saturdays, Senator Corker's office can schedule tours through the U.S. Capitol Guide Service. Guided group tours are offered Monday through Saturday. Please make all group requests three to four weeks in advance. Due to limited availability, please understand that we cannot accommodate all tour requests.

The galleries of the Senate and the House of Representatives are open to public view whenever either body is in session. The House of Representatives is open when the House is out of session, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Please request tickets for the galleries from Senator Corker’s office when you call about your visit to Washington.

All visitors to the Capitol are required to go through security screening. Please follow the link below to a list of prohibited items. Cameras, cell phones, and other digital devices are permitted.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Prohibited Items

For more information about the U.S. Capitol visit: 

Call: (202) 224-3344  
Contact: Bentley Olson

White House Tours

White House

Senator Corker’s office coordinates with the White House to schedule tours for Tennesseans.

The White House schedules tours Tuesday through Saturday, during morning hours, and accepts requests with at least 30 days notice and up to six months in advance. The White House operates on a first-come, first-served basis, so we recommend providing 4-6 months advance notice for the best chance of securing a tour. For the White House, you may provide a specific date or range of dates when you would like to tour, but you may not request time of day. In other words, you must be prepared to come anytime on the day(s) you request. Unfortunately, we will not be able to accommodate requests received less than 30 days in advance of your visit.

The following information is required by the White House Visitors Office for every member of a group before a tour request can be placed: full legal name (first, middle, and last - as it appears on identification), gender, date of birth, social security number (or passport number and country of issuance for non-US citizens), city and state of current residence (or city and country of current residence if outside US), US citizenship (yes or no), and country of citizenship.

To request a tour of the White House, click here.

Call: (202) 224-3344
Contact: Bentley Olson

Message from the White House Visitor’s Office: On September 4, 2009 President Obama announced that visitor access records to the White House Complex will be made publicly available 90-120 days after the date of visit. This policy includes all guests touring the White House. Please be aware that your full name and the date of your visit will be part of the publicly released records. Your date of birth, Social Security Number and all other information provided will not be released.
Other Places of Interest in Washington, D.C.

Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington, VA 22211-5003
(703) 607-8000
Metro: Blue Line to Arlington Cemetery

245 1st Street, SW
Washington, D.C. 20024
(202) 225-8333 [general]            
(202) 226-4082 [reservations]
Metro: Federal Center SW, walk north two blocks
Open from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily.
14th and C Streets, SW
Washington, D.C. 20228
(202) 874-3188
Metro: Blue line to Smithsonian
Public Tours: 9:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m. (every 15 minutes)
1776 D Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20006
(202) 879-3241
Metro: Blue or Orange line to Farragut West
Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Sat.  Call to make reservations.
700 Army-Navy Drive
Arlington, VA 22202
(202) 307-3463
Metro: Blue or Yellow line to Pentagon City
Hours: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

West Basin Drive, SW
Washington, D.C. 20004
(202) 426-6841
Metro: Blue line to Smithsonian
Open year round.

20th Street and Constitution, NW
Washington, D.C. 20551
(202) 452-3324
Metro: Blue or Orange line to Foggy Bottom
Tour time: Offered only on Thursdays at 2:30 p.m.  Please arrive 10 to 15 minutes ahead of time to be processed through security.  Groups of 10 or more should schedule a private tour by calling the tour office directly. 
4155 Linnean Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20008
Check website or call to make tour arrangements.
100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW
Washington, D.C. 20024–2126
(202) 488-0400
Metro: Blue line to Smithsonian
10 a.m.–5:30 p.m. every day including weekends
Closed only on Yom Kippur and Christmas Day.

International Spy Museum
800 F Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
(202) 393-7798
Metro: Red, Yellow or Green lines to Gallery Place-Chinatown
701 East Basin Drive, SW
Washington, D.C. 20004        
(202) 426-6841
Metro: Blue line to Smithsonian
Open 8:00 am to 11:45 pm daily, closed on December 25th.
2700 F Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20566
(800) 444-1324 or (202) 467-4600
Metro: Blue Line to Foggy Bottom. 
Kennedy Center is a few blocks southwest next to the Watergate. Public tours are offered from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday and from 10:00a.m.until 1:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. No tickets are necessary and no reservations required.

French Drive, SW
Washington, D.C.20024
(202) 426.6841
Metro: Blue line to Foggy Bottom
Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Closed: December 25

101 Independence Avenue, SE
Washington, D.C. 20540
(202) 707-9779
Metro: Orange or Blue Line to Capitol South
Tours are conducted Monday through Saturday, at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. (there is no 3:30 tour on Saturday)  Please arrive at the Jefferson Building’s Horse Shoe Entrance at 1st Street opposite the Capitol.

23rd Street and West Potomac Park, NW
Washington, D.C. 20242
(202) 426-6841
Metro: Blue Line to Foggy Bottom
Hours: Open Daily 8:00 a.m. to midnight
Closed: December 25
MLK Memorial
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial
1964 Independence Ave, SW
Washington, DC 20024
(202) 426-6841
Metro: Orange or Blue line to Smithsonian or Foggy Bottom
Open: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Closed: December 25
3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway
Mount Vernon, VA 22121
(703) 780-2000
Metrorail: Yellow Line to Huntington Ave, then board Fairfax Connector Bus 151 or 152 toward Huntington Station.  Exit at Mount Vernon/George Washington's Home.
Mount Vernon is open seven days a week, every day of the year, including holidays and Christmas. Mount Vernon welcomes visitors on the following schedule:
April through August from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
March, September, October from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
November through February from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

National Arboretum
3501 New York Avenue, NE
Washington, D.C. 20002-1958
(202) 245-2726
Directions: On weekdays, the closest Metrorail subway stop is Stadium Armory Station on the Blue and Orange lines. Transfer to the B2 Metrobus; disembark the bus on Bladensburg Road at Rand Street, just past the Arboretum sign on the right. Walk back to sign at R Street and walk down R Street two blocks to Arboretum entrance.

700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20408-0001
(202) 501-5000
Metro: Green or Yellow Line to Archives-Navy Memorial
Open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
*During the winter months (the day after Labor Day through March 31), the Archives will close at 5:30 p.m. 

401 F Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 272-2448
Metro: Red, Yellow or Green lines to Gallery Place – Chinatown
Free Daily Tours of the Museum are offered Monday through Wednesday at 12:30 p.m., and Thursday through Sunday at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. No reservations needed for groups fewer than 10.
3101 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20016-5098
(202) 537-6200
Metrobus: From Capitol - At Independence Avenue, SW and 1st Street, SW, take 34 or 35 bus toward Friendship Heights and exit at Cathedral Avenue, NW
Notes: Tours begin at the Cathedral’s west end.
Donation: $3 adult, $1 child.
Hours: Monday–Friday 10–11:30 a.m. and 12:45–4:00 p.m., Saturday 10-11:30 a.m. and 12:45- 3:30 p.m. Sunday 12:30–2:30 p.m.

National Zoo
3001 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20008  
(202) 633-4800
Metro: Red Line to Woodley Park-Zoo
Hours:  Grounds open April 1- October 31, 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; November 1- March 31, 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Smithsonian Institution
Admission to 14 Smithsonian museums and the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., is free. The Smithsonian museums in Washington, D.C., are open every day of the year except December 25. Extended summer hours, including Art Night on the Mall, are determined annually. The museums are open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Anacostia Museum and Center for African American History and Culture
Arts and Industries Building - 900 Jefferson Drive, S.W. Open 10 AM to 5:30 PM Daily
Closed December 25
Freer Gallery of Art - Jefferson Drive at 12th Street, S.W.
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden - Independence Avenue at 7th Street, S.W.
National Air and Space Building - Independence and 6th Street, S.W.
For more information on all tour descriptions and special tours, programs, science demonstrations, or to make reservations, call the Tours and Reservations Office at 202-357-1400.
National Gallery of Art - 4th Street between the Mall and Constitution Avenue, N.W.
National Museum of American Art - 8th and G Streets, N.W.
National Museum of American History - 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, N.W.
National Museum of Natural History - 10th Street and Constitution Avenue N.W.
National Portrait Gallery - 8th and F Streets, N.W.
National Postal Museum - 2 Massachusetts Avenue, N.E.
Renwick Gallery - Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street, N.W.
National Museum of African Art - 950 Independence Avenue S.W.
Sackler Gallery - 1050 Independence Avenue S.W.
S. Dillon Ripley Center - 1100 Jefferson Drive, S.W.
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
14390 Air and Space Museum Parkway
Chantilly, VA 20151
Hours: 10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Open every day except December 25.
Admission: Free
Parking: Public Parking is available for $12.
Security: All visitors are screened upon entry. Certain items are prohibited.

United States Supreme Court
First Street and East Capitol Street, NE
Washington, D.C. 20543
Metro: Orange or Blue Line to Capitol South
On days when the court is not in hearing oral arguments, the public lectures take place every half-hour on the hour beginning at 9:30 a.m. and the last lecture is at 3:30 p.m.
Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-seated basis. 
The ground floor of the building, which is the public exhibit, is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. 
Washington Navy Yard
Building 76
805 Kidder Breese, SE
Washington, D.C. 20374-5060
Metro: Green line to Navy Yard (25 minute walk from Navy Yard metro stop)
Tour groups and individuals who do not have military or Department of Defense identification and want to visit the Museum should call in advance for an appointment.
New Hours, until further notice:
Monday through Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Weekends and holidays: 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.) Please call by noon on Friday for weekend visitation
Closed: Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas, and New Year’s Day

Vietnam Memorial
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
The memorial is located on the West end of the National Mall just north of the Reflecting Pool and East of the Lincoln Memorial.
Metro: Blue or Orange Line to Foggy Bottom
Hours: Open 24 hours a days.  Rangers are on duty to answer questions from 9:30 am to 11:30 pm daily.
900 9th Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
Metro: Orange or Blue Line to Smithsonian
Hours: 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. Seven days a week, tickets distributed at 8:30 a.m. at 15th Street NW and Madison Dr., reservations can be made for a fee at 

WWII Memorial
World War II Memorial
The memorial is located on the National Mall, between the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial, at the eastern end of the Reflecting Pool along 17th Street, NW/SW.
Metro: Orange or Blue line to Smithsonian
Hours: 24 hours a day.  Rangers are on duty to answer questions from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. daily.
National Park Service Visitor Information: (202) 426-6841

Woodrow Wilson House
2340 S Street, NW
Washington, D.C .20008
Metro: Red Line to Dupont Circle
Hours: 10 am - 4 pm, Tuesday - Sunday.   Closed Mondays, and Major Holidays.  Group tours by reservation with a minimum 3 days notification.  Non-reserved general tours are available on a walk-in basis during operating hours as space permits.
Admission: $7.50 Adults; $6.50 Seniors; $3.00 Students, Under age 7 free.  Friends of the Wilson House & National Trust members free.  Group Rates available.