Visiting D.C.

Packed with museums, history, and monuments, visiting Washington, D.C. is an important part of understanding our country’s past, and who Americans are as a people.

Below is a description of some of the most popular attractions in Washington, D.C., along with some tips to help make your experience as positive as possible. Washington, D.C. is your city - make the most of it!

Contact Claire's office at or call 202-224-6154 for advice.

  • Capitol Building

    Capitol Building

    Tours of the Capitol are available six days a week through the Capitol Visitors Center. The Visitors Center is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, with tours departing from the Visitors Center between 8:50 a.m. and 3:20 p.m. To reserve a tour spot through the Visitors Center, visit or call 202-226-8000.

  • The White House

    The White House

    The White House offers a limited number of tour tickets to each Congressional office for distribution to constituents. Claire's office requests tickets on a first-come, first-serve basis to Missourians, so please submit your information as early as possible. White House tours are the most difficult to secure, so we recommend that you request tickets six months in advance. Please note, we cannot guarantee all ticket requests will be secured. Tours are offered 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Fridays, and 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturdays.

  • Bureau of Engraving and Printing

    Bureau of Engraving and Printing

    Bureau of Engraving and Printing tours are available through Congressional offices during the peak tourist season of March through August. During the off-peak season of September through February, groups of fewer than 10 do not require tickets. For additional information, visit the Bureau of Engraving and Printing's website.

  • Pentagon


    Located in Arlington, Virginia, across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C. the Pentagon is the headquarters of the U.S. Department of Defense and the center of the U.S. military command. Tours are available Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and may be requested through the Pentagon's website