Visiting Washington

Visiting our nation's Capital is a priceless experience. If you decide to plan a trip to Washington, DC I am happy to assist you in any way I can.

There are many exciting attractions in and around the city. Below are the sites that my office can submit Congressional tour requests for. To arrange these tours please fill out Tour Request Form or contact my Washington D.C. office at (202) 225-4201 and we will assist you and answer any questions you may have. Please remember, that while my office will request tours for the sites below, we cannot guarantee tickets as they are distributed by the individual locations.

While I have advocated for a full reopening of the Capitol and ending Speaker Pelosi’s misguided mandates, unfortunately the U.S. House of Representatives remains largely restricted. New guidance allows Senate offices to resume staff-led Capitol Tours. Groups of up to six guests every half-hour between 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM Monday through Friday through the Senate side only. Tours are limited to thirty minutes and will be allowed to include only the Crypt, the Rotunda, and the Brumidi Corridor. The Capitol Visitor Center, the Old Senate Chamber, and the Old Supreme Court Chamber will remain off-limits. Offices will be capped at two tours per week, and as a result, some tour requests may not be accepted. All guests must complete a health screening before visiting and be advised of CDC mask recommendations.

For your convenience, I have included Sen. Cornyn and Sen. Cruz’s contact information below.

Senator John Cornyn
(202) 224-2934

Senator Ted Cruz
(202) 224-5922

As a result of the continuing federal effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, all tours of the White House, Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Supreme Court, and Arlington Cemetery have been suspended. Should you have any additional questions, please contact Congressman Taylor's office by phone at (202) 225-4201

The United States Capitol Building is among the most architecturally impressive and symbolically important buildings in the world. It has housed the meeting chambers of the Senate and House of Representatives for over two centuries. It stands as a monument to the American people and their government. Whenever possible my office will provide a personal staff led tour of the Capitol Building. These tours are available Monday through Friday with the exception of federal holidays. Availability for these tours is limited and advance reservations are required. If for some reason my office is unable to provide you a personal staff led tour, we will assist you in arranging a public tour of the Capitol.
For more than 200 years, the White House has been more than just the home of the Presidents and their families. Throughout the world, it is recognized as the symbol of the President, of the President's administration, and of the United States. Tours of the White House are available Monday through Saturday with the exception of federal holidays. Tours of the White House can be requested through my office; however, I ask that you place a request as early as possible due to the large demand and limited availability. Requests can be made as early as six months in advance and are considered by the White House Visitor's Center on a first come first serve basis. In order for my office to submit a tour request on your behalf we must submit detailed information for each individual attending the tour. In addition to the Tour Request Form, please have the following information available for each individual when you contact my office: Full name (first, middle, last), date of birth, Social Security number, city and state of residence, and gender. All information is required and kept confidential. While I recommend submitting your request as soon as possible, please note that the White House does not inform Congressional offices of tour request status until 2-3 weeks prior to requested tour date. Once your request has been submitted it is up to the discretion of the White House to fulfill your request. Neither I nor my office has any influence over their decision. The White House does not accept tours requested less than a month in advance.
The Supreme Court is the highest tribunal in the nation for all cases and controversies arising under the Constitution or the laws of the United States. The Court stands as the final arbiter of the law and guardian of constitutional liberties. Its charge, emblazoned over the doors of this building, is to ensure "Equal Justice Under Law." The Supreme Court is open to the public Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 4:30 p.m. with the exception of federal holidays. Visitors are encouraged to take advantage of a variety of educational programs available during their visit including Courtroom Lectures, a visitors’ film, and exhibitions that are changed periodically. Additionally, my office can assist you with scheduling Congressional Lecture for up to six people.
The Library of Congress offers many exciting activities for those visiting Washington, D.C. The Thomas Jefferson Building offers guided and self-guided tours of the building and exhibitions. Congressional tours of the Library of Congress can be reserved through my office for Monday through Friday in the morning and the afternoon. Public tours are conducted Monday through Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
You'll see millions of dollars being printed during a tour of the BEP. The tour features the various steps of currency production, beginning with large, blank sheets of paper, and ending with wallet-ready bills. As the U.S. Government's security printer, the BEP is responsible for the design, engraving and printing of all U.S. paper currency. A world leader in printing technology, the Bureau also produces portions of U.S. passports, materials for Homeland Security, military identification cards, Immigration and White House invitations, and other U.S. securities. While my office can assist you in reserving a tour, securing tours of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing is extremely difficult and requires 6 months advance notice. Public tours are also available; however, tickets are required for all tours beginning the first Monday in March, on a first-come, first-served basis. Same day tickets are offered beginning at 8:00 a.m. and typically sell out by 9:00 a.m.

Additional Tours

In addition to the tours listed above, Washington has many other attractions you may be interested in. You will be able to find even more information on additional public tours as well as transportation information and other helpful information for the city here.