Visit Washington D.C.
Millions of people visit Washington every year, and it’s no wonder. This is an exciting and beautiful city. The museums, monuments, buildings, and culture of Washington capture much of the history and spirit of the American experience.
Below you will find information on all the tours scheduled by our office, please read all the details before submitting your request to increase your chances of scheduling all the tours you want:
White House:The White House is a very popular attraction. You must submit your request at least one month in advance, but you can submit it as early as six months before your visit. When submitting your tour request, please keep the following in mind:
- The White House is open Tuesday-Thursday from 7:30am-11:30am and Friday-Saturday from 7:30am-1:30pm.
- The White House does not get back to our office about whether or not tour requests can be accommodated until about 2 weeks before the requested dates.
- We can only request entire days, not specific times. Therefore, do not include any days that you are not available at the times listed above.
- Once you have been assigned a tour, it is extremely difficult to reschedule if a conflict arises.
- Provide all of the information requested. This means that if any of the guests in your group have a social security number, then you must include it.
- If you a member of your group is a foreign citizen, you are welcome to include them in your request. Note the country they are from and the city they will be staying in during their visit to America, but you do not need to include their passport number.
- Take a 15 second tour: https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10152758085409238
U.S. Capitol Building:Capitol tours are available Monday-Saturday from 9:30am-3:30pm. Tours can be scheduled ahead of time or you can walk up and wait in line for tickets the day of, this wait isn’t long in the fall and winter, but can take a long time during peak tourism months in the spring and summer.
The Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP):Tours of the BEP can be extremely difficult to reserve and cannot be rescheduled. We can only request entire days, not specific times. However, if your tour request is denied, the BEP distributes a limited number of tickets for those who come early to line up in front of the ticket booth at 8am.
Kennedy Center:The Kennedy Center has tours available Monday-Friday at 9:30 am and 4:30 pm and on Saturday at 9:30 am.
Please submit the form as early as possible.This is especially important during the peak tourist season between March and October. Many of the tours that accept Congressional reservations become booked more than three months in advance, especially during the summer months and around major holidays. Congressman Schiff’s office will send you tour information as soon as your completed form is received.
During your visit, please stop by Congressman Schiff’s office to say hello, or to pick up free gallery passes which allow you to observe debate on the House and Senate floor when the chambers are in session.
Please note: Due to the number of requests Congressman Schiff receives, only residents of the 28th District of California can be accommodated. If you are not from the 28th District, please contact your Representative for tour reservations.
If you would like to request a tour of the White House, the U.S. Capitol building, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP), or the Kennedy Center, please fill out and submit the Tour Request Form.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact Congressman Schiff’s office at (202) 225-4176. Have an enjoyable and memorable visit!