NOTE: All touring information is subject to change. For your own travel plans, we strongly recommend you double-check the times, prices, and availability of tours prior to your visit. HSLDA will be periodically checking to make certain the following information is current, but HSLDA is not responsible for any sudden changes in security regulations and tour procedures.
Arlington National Cemetery
Open Daily October through March from 8AM to 5PM, and April through September from 8AM to 7PM. Ample paid parking is available to visitors, accessible from Memorial Drive. The cost is $1.25/hour for the first three hours, and $2.00/hour thereafter. During all hours the cemetery is open the Arlington National Cemetery Metro stop is regularly served by high-speed subway trains. The cemetery is also a stop on most tour guides' itineraries, and is serviced by Tourmobile, the popular tour buses that allow patrons unlimited reboarding for a single daily rate. Phone: (703) 607-8052. Metro Stop: Arlington Cemetary. Tourmobile rates are: Adults: $6.00, Children (3-11) $3.00. Operated daily except Christmas day. Departures from 8:30AM-4:30PM April thru November 11. (Last tour begins at 4:30pm and will accommodate the 5PM changing of the guard.) 9:30AM-4:30PM November 12 thru March.
Popular stops: the Tomb of the Unkown Soldier, the Amphitheater, the Custis-Lee Mansion and the graves of Presidents John F. Kennedy and William Howard Taft. The changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is every hour on the hour and every half hour in the summer months.
Located at the corner if Independence Avenue and 1st Street, SW. Various botanical art exhibits on display. Admission to all public areas of the United States Botanic Garden is free. The Conservatory is open 10AM-5PM daily. The Conservatory main entrance is 100 Maryland Avenue, SW. Visitors are welcome in Bartholdi Park from dawn until dusk and can access it from any of the three bordering streets: Independence Avenue, Washington Avenue, or First Street. General Information (202) 225-8333 or Program and Tour Reservations (202) 226-4082. Metro Stop: Federal Center.
Bureau of Printing and Engraving
See how United States currency is printed. The Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) operates two facilities - one in Washington, D.C., and one in Fort Worth, TX. At the present time, tours are only offered at the Washington, D.C. facility.
Congressional/VIP Tours: Congressional tours are each a 40-minute tour that is designed for the family members and constituents of Congressional Representatives and Senators. Congressional tours are conducted Monday through Friday, at 8:15AM and 8:45AM and are closed on weekends and Federal holidays. During the months May through August, a 4PM Congressional tour is offered as well. All Congressional tours must go through Congressional Representatives and Senators offices and must be submitted on the Congressional Tour Reservation Form.
General Tours: Peak Season (Tickets are required March-September) Tickets are required for all tours beginning March 3, 2003, on a first-come, first-served basis. The ticket booth is located on Raoul Wallenberg Place (formerly 15th Street). We offer same day tickets only. The Ticket Booth opens at 8AM and lines form early and tickets go quickly. Most mornings, daytime tickets are gone by 8:30-9AM. Non-Peak Season (No tickets required October-February). You may line up at the Visitors' Entrance on 14th Street. (Bus drop off for groups is still on 15th Street during this time). Please allow 45-50 minutes from the time you enter the building to the end of your tour.
Individuals that would like to visit the Visitors' Center ONLY must enter on the 14th Street side of the building at the visitor's entrance. The Visitor's Center will open from 8:30AM to 3PM The Visitors' Center contains exhibits and shops where items such as uncut currency, shredded currency, collectors' editions, and novelty items can be purchased. For updated Tour Information, please call the Tour Operations Office at (202) 874-2330 or Toll Free at (866) 874-2330. *Please note these security regulations and tour procedures can change without notice. Metro Stop: Smithsonian Station.
Capital Children's Museum
800 3rd Street, NE. Permanent and rotating "hands-on" exhibits, crafts, and performing groups. Open daily, 10AM to 5PM (Memorial Day-Labor Day, 10AM-6PM) Admission is $7/person, $5/seniors (55+), free to children two and under and members. Half-price on Sunday before Noon with no other discount. Phone: (202) 675-4149. Metro Stop: Union Station.
Federal Bureau of Investigation
NOTE: As of August 30, 2002, tours will be closed until further notice for extensive renovations. A narrated pictural tour or slideshow tour is available on the FBI's tour website.
Folger Shakespeare Library
Admission: Free. 201 East Capitol Street. (The Folger is located one block from the US Capitol, between Second and Third Streets on East Capitol Street, SE.) Shakespeare exhibits and performances. Open Monday-Saturday, 10AM to 4PM. Closed holidays. Phone (202) 544-4600, Box Office: (202) 544-7077.
Tours: Regularly scheduled, no prior arrangement necessary. Exhibition and Building:
Monday-Friday, 11AM; Saturdays, 11AM and 1PM. Garden: April through October, every third Saturday, 10AM and 11AM. Metro Stop: Capitol South or Union Station.
Ford's Theatre and Lincoln Museum
10th Street between E and F streets, NW. See the site of the assassination of one of the greatest presidents in U.S. history. Building is open every day of the year except Christmas from 9AM to 5PM Phone: (202) 426-6924.
*Note: The Theatre will close for restoration work on June 9th and will remain closed until October 1st. The Lincoln Museum is closed and will remain closed until October 1st.
Talk Schedule: (Subject to change due to restoration work.) Talks are fifteen minutes long and cover the history of the assassination and the theatre. Talks are given daily at the following times: 9:15AM, 10:15AM, 11:15AM, 12PM (no talk, walk-through), 1PM (no talk walk-through), 2:15PM, 3:15PM, and 4:15PM (last talk of the day).
Ford's Theatre is a live, working theatre located in downtown Washington, DC. As a living tribute to President Abraham Lincoln's love of the performing arts, Ford's Theatre produces musicals and plays that embody family values, underscore multiculturalism, and illuminate the eclectic character of American life. For information about performances call the Box Office at (202) 347-4833.
Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt, MD. The center was established in 1959 as the first NASA lab devoted entirely to exploring space. The Visitor Center offers something for everyone; group presentations, special events, programs for children, and exhibits. Open 10AM-4PM daily, except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day. Please call the Visitor Center on (301) 286-8981, Monday through Friday between the hours of 9AM-4PM to speak with a Visitor Center representative.
The oldest section of Washington is home to many attractions, including the C&O Canal National Historic Park. From April to September, the National Park Service operates mule-pulled canal boats along the canal from both Georgetown and nearby Great Falls, MD. Between 30th and Thomas Jefferson Streets, 1/2 block below M Street. Phone: (202) 653-5854. Georgetown DC website lists accommodations, attractions, shopping, dining, and much more. Metro Stops: Foggy Bottom-GWU, Rosslyn, and Dupont Circle.
International Spy Museum
800 F Street, NW-between 9th and 8th streets. The mission of the International Spy Museum is to educate the public about espionage in an engaging manner and to provide a dynamic context that fosters understanding of its important role in and impact on current and historic events. The Museum focuses on human intelligence and reveals the role spies have played in world events throughout history.
Open 10AM daily except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day. Last admission at 7PM April-October and 5PM November-March. Admission: $13 adults, $12 seniors (65+), active duty military/intelligence (with I.D.), $10 children, ages 5-18, children under 4 are free. Tickets are limited and advance tickets are recommended, especially for weekend and holiday visits. Advance tickets are date and time specific. Tickets are most likely to be available for Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursday and/or daily after 2PM. Purchase advance tickets for next day or future dates through TicketMaster or at the Museum's Ticket Office, located inside the Group Arrivals Entrance on 9th street. Same-day advance tickets are only available at the Museum and require a wait in the General Admission Line.
*Note: Hours are subject to change; for the most up-to-date information check online or phone the 24-hour SPY-line at: (202) 393-7798 or TTY: (202) 654-2840. All tours are self-guided. A two-hour visit is recommended; please remember the museum closes one hour after last admission. Metro stops: Gallery Place/Chinatown or National Archives/Navy Memorial.
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Free tours are conducted by Friends of the Kennedy Center volunteers weekdays from 10am-5PM and from 10AM-1PM on Saturdays and Sundays. Visitors should go to the Tour Lounge located on Parking Level A. Tours depart from the parking plaza on Level A, and feature the Hall of States and Hall of Nations, the Center's main theaters, and dozens of paintings, sculptures, and other artworks given to the Center by foreign countries. Congressional tours are conducted at 9:30AM and 4:30PM Monday through Friday and 9:30AM Saturdays. Contract your Representative or Senator's office for tickets. The Kennedy Center phone number is: (202) 444-1324. For information on performances, call (202) 467-4600. Metro Stop: Foggy Bottom.
Library of Congress
Public tours are offered at 10:30 and 11:30 AM and 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30PM Monday-Friday in the Great Hall of the Thomas Jefferson Building located opposite the U.S. Capitol near the corner of 1st Street and Independence Avenue, SE. Saturday public tours are offered at 10:30 and 11:30AM and 1:30 and 2:30PM Closed Sundays and Federal holidays. For more information on guided tours, ask at either of the information desks in the Visitors' Center of the Jefferson Building, call the Visitor Services Office at (202) 707-9779, or email us at email@example.com. Metro Stop: Capitol South.
Open daily. Mount Vernon welcomes visitors on the following schedule: April through August from 8AM- 5PM. March, September, October from 9AM-5PM. November through February from 9AM-4PM. Grounds are cleared one-half hour after closing. General admission to Mount Vernon: adults $11, seniors (62+) $10.50, children 6-11 $5, children 5 and under are free. Annual pass $15. Audio tour rental is an additional $4. Guidebook $5.
National Aquarium of Washington DC
Located on the lower level of the Department of Commerce building on 14th Street between Pennsylvania and Constitution Avenues, NW. Open daily from 9AM to 5PM (last admission given at 4:30PM), closed Christmas. The National Aquarium gift shop is open daily form 9AM-4:30PM. A self-guided tour of the Aquarium takes approximately 45 minutes to an hour. Animal Keeper Talks and Animal Feedings are at 2PM daily: Sharks: Monday, Wednesday, Saturday. Piranha: Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday. Alligators: Friday. *Note: No food or drink is permitted within the Aquarium. Admission: $3 for adults, $.75 for children ages 2-10 years old. Children under 2 years old are free. Phone (202) 482-2825. Metro Stop: Federal Triangle.
Note: The National Archives Building is being renovated. The Rotunda is temporarily closed from July 5, 2001 until September 2003. The Rotunda is where the Magna Carta, the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights are on display. The research rooms will remain open during the renovation. Researchers will be able to conduct their work and the normal research hours will continue. However, renovation activity may sometimes require minor adjustment to the research hours. Before planning a visit, please check this web page for the latest information about hours. Located on Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th Streets, NW. Open daily from 10:00AM to 5:30PM. Closed Sundays and Federal Holidays. Phone: (202) 501-5000. Metro Stop: Archives-Navy Memorial.
National Building Museum
401 F Street NW. Monday through Saturday: 10AM-5PM, Sunday: 11AM-5PM. Admission: Free. Created by an act of Congress in 1980, the National Building Museum is America's premier cultural institution dedicated to exploring and celebrating architecture, design, engineering, construction, and urban planning. An ingenious system of windows, vents, and open archways allows the Great Hall to function as a reservoir of light and air. The impressive Italian Renaissance design, with its central fountain and eight colossal Corinthian columns-among the tallest interior columns in the world-has also made the Great Hall a sought-after spot for gala events, including many Presidential Inaugural Balls, from 1885 to the present day.
*Note: Suggested that visitors allot two hours for their visit to the Museum. Group tours are approx. 45 minutes. For information on self-guided group visits for students' grades 1-12, college students, or adults, please call (202) 272-2447, ext. 3300. Metro Stop: Judiciary Square.
National Gallery of Art
Admission: Free. Constitution Avenue between 3rd and 9th Streets, NW. The main building and I.M. Pei's magnificent East building house the nation's art treasures and are connected by an underground concourse. Open 10AM to 5PM Monday through Saturday and 11AM to 6PM Sunday. Closed Christmas and New Years Day. For current information on Museum policies and security policies please visit the website. Phone (202) 737-4215. Metro Stops: Judiciary Square, Archives-Navy Memorial, or Smithsonian.
National Law Enforcement Memorial
Located on E Street between 4th and 5th Streets. The memorial is open year around, 24 hours a day. When visiting the Memorial, make sure you also stop at the Visitors Center, which is less than two blocks away at 605 E Street, NW. More than 30 impressive exhibits help to explain the history of the Memorial and of the law enforcement officers it honors. The visitors center is open Monday through Friday from 9AM-5PM and Sunday 12PM-5PM. Phone: 202-737-3213. Metro Stop: Judiciary Square.
*Note: The Newseum, which has been relocated to the corner of Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., and 6th street, is scheduled to open in 2006. For more information contact the Newseum staff at: 888/NEWSEUM (639-7386), or call 703/284-3544. Metro Stop: Judiciary Square.
Located across the 14th Street Bridge in Virginia. *Note: Tours of the Pentagon are available to schools, educational organizations, and other select groups by reservation only. Groups interested in touring the Pentagon should contact the Pentagon Tour Office at: (703) 695-1776. Virtual tours and historical information about the Pentagon can be found on the website.
1st Street and Maryland Avenue, NE. The nation's highest judicial body meets in this building. The Supreme Court offers a variety of educational programs. Exhibits, which are changed periodically, and a theater, where a film on the Supreme Court is shown, are located on the ground floor. Lectures in the Courtroom are typically given every hour on the half-hour, on days that the Court is not sitting, beginning at 9:30AM and concluding at 3:30PM. The building is open from 9AM to 4:30PM Monday through Friday. It is closed Saturdays, Sundays, and federal holidays. *Note: The business of the Court or unforeseen factors such as inclement weather may affect public access to the building, requiring changes in the Courtroom lecture schedule and/or the building's hours of operation. To obtain updated information on visiting the Court, including any schedule changes, please call (202) 479-3211. Metro Stops: Capitol South or Union Station.
Independence Ave. and First St., SW. The Capitol is open to the public for guided tours only. Tours will be conducted from 9AM to 4:30PM Monday through Saturday. The Capitol is closed on Sundays, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Visitors must obtain free tickets for tours on a first-come, first-served basis, at the Capitol Guide Service kiosk located along the curving sidewalk southwest of the Capitol (near the intersection of First Street, S.W., and Independence Avenue). Ticket distribution begins at 9AM daily. Ticketholders will be directed to the South Visitor Receiving Facility, which is located south of the Capitol; from there they will proceed to the Capitol to begin their tour. Maximum tour size is 40 people. Contact your Representative or Senators for staff guided personal tours and for passes to the House of Representatives and Senate galleries. The Congressional Special Services Office provides information about tours for the disabled by telephone at 202-224-4048 (voice) or 202-224-4049 (TDD).
Because of increased security and the construction phase of the Capitol Visitor Center, please contact the U.S. Capitol Guide Service if you have any questions before your visit. Recorded information is available at 202-225-6827. Metro Stops: Union Station or Capitol South.
United States Holocaust Museum
Admission: Free. Open daily (except December 25th and October 6th for Yom Kippur) from 10AM to 5:30PM. The museum is located at 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW, near the corner of 14th Street and Independence Avenue.
No Passes are necessary for entering the Museum building, special exhibitions, the interactive Wexner Learning Center, and other Museum resources. Timed passes are necessary for visiting the Permanent Exhibition: The Holocaust and can be obtained at the Museum on the day of your visit or in advance by calling tickets.com. Passes are necessary for entry to the Anne Frank The Writer exhibition. For advance passes please visit Tickets.com or call 1-800-400-9373 (service fees apply). Each day, the Museum distributes on a first-come first-served basis a large but limited number of timed entry passes for use that same day.
*Note: Allow extra time when you first arrive at the Museum to pass though the building entry line that can form during spring and summer. Allow at least two hours to visit the museum. Phone: (202) 488-0400. Metro Stop: Smithsonian.
U.S. Naval Observatory
34th and Massachusetts Avenue, NW. The U.S. Naval Observatory is one of the oldest scientific agencies in the country. Established in 1830 as the Depot of Charts and Instruments, its primary mission was to care for the U.S. Navy's chronometers, charts and other navigational equipment. Today, the U.S. Naval Observatory is the preeminent authority in the areas of Precise Time and Astrometry, and distributes Earth Orientation parameters and other Astronomical Data required for accurate navigation and fundamental astronomy.
Public tours of the USNO are now offered on alternating Monday evenings from 8:30PM until 10PM. You must submit a tour request form through the USNO website. Tours include a video presentation overview of the Mission and History of the Naval Observatory, a view of the development of USNO's timekeeping responsibilities with a member of the Observatory's Time Service Department staff, and (weather permitting) viewing of celestial objects with the 12-inch Alvan Clark refractor with a staff Astronomer.
*Note: Tours of the U.S. Naval Observatory have resumed, but on a limited basis. They may be cancelled at any time with little notice. **Important: Check the U.S. Naval Observatory's website for tour conditions, security details: http://www.usno.navy.mil/tour_info.shtml. Phone: (202) 762-1467.
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW. The White House is always closed to tours on Sunday and Monday. Note: Tours of the White House are currently being scheduled for school and youth groups grades one through 12 and organized U.S. military and veteran groups. School groups are defined as students in grades 4 through 12 and who are enrolled in the same school or school district, but they also include homeschool groups of no less than 10 students and one adult for every ten students. These self-guided school group tours will be scheduled from 7:45-10:30AM Tuesday through Saturday. Contact your Representative or Senators to reserve group tickets. The White House is often closed for official events, so it is advised that visitors call in advance. For the most up-to-date information, call the 24-hour Visitors Office Info Line at 202-456-7041. Metro Stop: McPherson Square.
*Note: Regardless of whether you are able to tour the White House all visitors should stop by the White House Visitor Center. The center is open seven days a week from 7:30AM until 4:00PM and features many aspects of the White House, including its architecture, furnishings, first families, social events, relations with the press and world leaders, as well as a thirty-minute video. Allow between 20 minutes to 1 1/2 hours to explore the exhibits. The White House Historical Association also sponsors a sales area. Please note that restrooms are available, but food service is not.
Virtual tours of the White House are also available online at: http://www.whitehouse.gov/history/life/ or http://www.whitehouse.gov/history/whtour/.
Washington's National Cathedral
Tours begin at the Cathedral's west end. Please call (202) 537-5596 for a weekly listing of special events or check the Cathedral's website for touring conflict information. A donation of $3 adult, $2 senior citizen, $1 child is requested. Proceeds support Cathedral programs and ministry. *Due to heavy tourist demand March through June tours may be slightly shorter.
Behind the Scenes Tours are conducted Monday through Friday, July through February at 10:30AM and 1:30PM. See the "other side" of the vaulting, glimpse bosses, gargoyles and stained glass windows up close and find new views of the city from on high. Must be at least 12 years old, have sensible shoes (lots of stairs) and be comfortable in close quarters and with heights. Admission: $5. No reservations. For more information please e-mail the Cathedral at firstname.lastname@example.org. *Note: More information is available on the website.
Cathedral Hours: Sunday 8AM-6:30PM; tours offered: 12:45-2:30PM; Museum Store: 9:30AM-5PM. Monday through Friday, 10AM-5:30PM; tours offered: 10-11:30AM; 12:45-3:15PM; Museum Store: 9:30AM-5PM. Saturday 10AM-4:30PM; Tours offered 10-11:30AM; 12:45-3:15PM; Museum Store: 9:30AM-5PM. Organ demo on Wednesdays approximately 1:15-3:15PM. *The Nave is closed to tours on Saturdays due to special events. Please visit the website for information about later summer hours, or contact the Cathedral by phone at: (202) 537-5596.
Wolf Trap Park for the Performing Arts
Virginia Route 7 near Vienna, VA. The nation's first national park for the performing arts offers opera, symphony music, pop concerts, rock, folk, jazz and ballet. Concerts are given all winter in the Barn, which has 3,500 indoor seats. The Filene Center has approximately 7,000 indoor/outdoor seats. Phone: (202) 255-1860.
All Smithsonian Institutions offer tours and, unless otherwise noted, are open from 10AM until 5:30PM. Admission: Free. Closed December 25. Phone: (202) 357-2700.
1901 Fort Place, SE. A museum of African American history and culture. This museum explores American history, society, and creative expression from an African American perspective. Metro Stop: Antacostia.
Arts and Industries Building
Located at 900 Jefferson Drive, SW. Features a variety of ethnic and cultural exhibitions. Opened in 1881 in time for the inaugural ball of President James A. Garfield, the building was constructed to exhibit materials acquired from the nation's Centennial Exposition at Philadelphia. Over the years the Arts and Industries Building has served as a repository for many special exhibitions, from the first ladies' gowns to the Spirit of St. Louis, now displayed in other Smithsonian museums on the Mall. Metro Stop: Smithsonian.
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
12th St., SW at Jefferson Drive. A gift to the Smithsonian Institution, this museum features Far and Near East artworks, some dating back 2,000 years. The Arthur M. Sackler Gallery displays of Asian art, including objects that date back to the 3rd millennium BC. Metro Stop: Smithsonian
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
7th Street and Independence Avenue, SW. Filled with art from all over the world, the Hirshorn features contemporary painting and sculpture from the past 125 years. Metro Stop: Smithsonian.
National Air and Space Museum
Located at Independence Avenue, SW between 4th and 7th Streets. Open 9:45AM to 5:30PM daily, closed December 25. The world's most popular museum, displaying the Wright Brother's plane, the Spirit of St. Louis, the Apollo II command module and several other interesting exhibits, including and IMAX film theatre. Metro Stop: Smithsonian.
National Museum of African Art
950 Independence Avenue SW. This museum has in its possession the finest American collection of African art, as well as American art influenced by African styles. Metro Stop: Smithsonian.
National Museum of American History
14th and Constitution Avenue, NW. Highlights include the First Ladies' gowns, George Washington's uniform and tent; Abraham Lincoln's top hat, Dorothy's ruby slippers from the Wizard of Oz, the Star Spangled Banner, and much more. Also, a special exhibit dedicated to the presidents of the United States. Metro Stop: Smithsonian.
National Museum of Natural History
The National Museum of Natural History is dedicated to understanding the natural world and our place in it. Exhibits include the mounted African Bush elephant, dinosaur skeletons, a 92-foot model of a blue whale, the Hope Diamond, bones of a tiny pocket mouse, and much more. Metro Stop: Smithsonian.
National Postal Museum
2 Massachusetts Avenue, NE. In addition to one of the world's largest collections of stamps and philatelic materials, the National Postal Museum has postal history material that pre-dates stamps, vehicles used to transport the mail, mailboxes and mailbags, postal uniforms and equipment. Metro Stop: Union Station.
National Zoological Park
3001 Connecticut Avenue, NW. The 163-acre Smithsonian National Zoological Park in Rock Creek Park was established by an Act of Congress in 1889. Grounds and animal buildings are open daily (except for December 25). Winter: Mid-September to Mid-April: 9AM-6PM (animal buildings close at 4:30PM); Summer: Mid-April to Mid-September: 8AM-8PM (animal buildings close at 6PM). Admission: Free. Metro Stop: Woodley Park.
*Note: In the spring, many school buses full of children arrive at the Zoo between 10:00am and noon. For a more enjoyable, quieter experience, it is recommend that you visit early in the day, from 8-10AM, or later in the afternoon after 2PM. The animals are generally more active at these times too, and lines to see the giant pandas are most likely to be short.
17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW. This Smithsonian museum emphasizes American crafts and decorative art. Make sure to see the opulent upstairs rooms, which are modeled after the Louvre in Paris. Metro Stops: Farragut West or Farragut North.
Smithsonian Building: "The Castle"
10th and Jefferson Drive, SW. Open from 9AM to 5:30PM. The "Castle" houses the Institution's administrative offices and the Smithsonian Information Center. Highlights: 24-minute video orientation, interactive touch-screen stations with information on the Smithsonian in six languages and on other capital attractions, electronic wall maps and scale models of the federal city. Metro Stop: Smithsonian.
MEMORIALS & MONUMENTS
Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial
In west Potomac Park, midway between Lincoln and Jefferson memorials, on the west shore of the Tidal Basin. Open 24 hours daily, with park staff on duty from 8AM to midnight. This is a memorial not only to FDR, but also to the era he represented. The monument traces twelve years of American History through a sequence of four outdoor rooms-each one devoted to one of FDR's terms of office. Metro Stop: Smithsonian.
South bank of the Tidal Basin. Open All Year, 8AM-11:45PM (exception: closed December 25). The museum located in the basement of the memorial. A bookstore and Restrooms located in the basement of the memorial. Elevator access. You can rent paddleboats to cruise the basin at the Swan Boathouse. Phone: (202) 426-6841. Metro Stop: Smithsonian.
Korean War Veterans Memorial
Adjacent to Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, NW. Open daily from 8AM to midnight. The Korean War Veterans Memorial honors those Americans who answered the call, those who worked and fought under the trying of circumstances, and those who gave their lives for the cause of freedom. Metro Stops: Foggy Bottom or Smithsonian.
Directly west of the Mall in Potomac Park at 23rd Street, NW, between Constitution & Independence Avenues. Open 24 hours daily with park staff on duty from 8AM to Midnight. The Lincoln Memorial is a tribute to President Abraham Lincoln and the nation he fought to preserve during the Civil War. 20 to 30 minute ranger-led programs are available throughout the day from June through September. Metro Stop: Foggy Bottom or Smithsonian.
Marine Corps Memorial (Iwo Jima Statue)
Route 50, near Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia. The Marine Corps War Memorial stands as a symbol of this grateful Nation's esteem for the honored dead of the U.S. Marine Corps. While the statue depicts one of the most famous incidents of World War II, the memorial is dedicated to all Marines who have given their lives in the defense of the United States since 1775. The Marine Sunset Review Parade is held in front of the Memorial on Tuesdays from 7-8:30PM, June through August, and is free to the public. Metro Stop: Rosslyn. (The Memorial is located about a six-block walk north of the Rosslyn Metro Station.) Entrance also available through Arlington Cemetery.
*Note: The Iwo Jima statue depicts 6 men raising the flag in the exact same positions as in the original WWII photo. Therefore, there should be 12 hands in the photograph (including the two hands of a private who just released the pole), but it's rumored that sculptor Felix W. de Weldon included a 13th hand, which symbolizes the hand of God assisting the marines in raising the flag.
National World War II Memorial
The National World War II Memorial, located on the National Mall commemorates the sacrifice and celebrates the victory of the WWII generation. The World War II Memorial creates a distinct, evocative and serene tribute yet remains respectful and sensitive to its historic surroundings. *Note: The memorial is scheduled for completion in June of 2004.
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Constitution Avenue & Henry Bacon Drive, NW. Open 24 hours daily. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial serves as a testament to the sacrifice of American military personnel during one of this nation's least popular wars. Ranger-led programs are given throughout the day from June through Labor Day. Metro Stops: Foggy Bottom or Smithsonian.
15th & Constitution Avenue, NW. Open daily: Memorial Day through Labor Day, 8AM to 11:45PM; rest of the year, 9AM to 4:45PM; closed December 25. Free tickets are distributed for that day's visit on the Washington Monument grounds at 15th Street and Madison Drive on a first-come first-served basis. Hours for the ticket booth are 8:30AM to 4:30PM, but tickets run out early. Reservations for the Washington Monument may be made by calling (800) 967-2283 or over the internet at http://reservations.nps.gov. Those making advanced reservations will be charged $1.50 service fee per ticket, plus a $.50 handling fee per order. Please note, no food, drink, or large bags are allowed in the monument. Metro Stop: Smithsonian.
Recorded messages - Dial a park (202) 619-7275, Dial a Museum (202) 357-2020.
Transportation - Parking is very limited in Washington. Taxis, buses and the Metro subway are available every day for transportation to and from Washington, DC. Visitors are encouraged to use the metrorail system.
Additional Washington, DC web sites are:
Official Tourism Site of Washington, DC
Washington, D.C. Homepage
Washington, D.C. Pages