Visiting D.C.

Welcome to Washington D.C.!

If you are planning a visit to our nation’s capital, Senator Padilla’s office can help you set up tours of the United States Capitol Building and The White House.  We can also provide information about many open monuments, museums, memorials and other attractions that do not require you to request tours through our office. Please fill out the tour request form or call our Washington, D.C. office at 202-224-3553.


The Smithsonian museums are gradually reopening. Several of the most popular museums have already reopened to the public, including the National Museum of African American History and Culture, The National Portrait Gallery, and the National Museum of American History. Free, timed-entry passes are available online or via phone at (919) 439-8190. Passes can be reserved up to 30 days in advance for a maximum of six visitors.

The Library of Congress has reopened to the public and free timed passes are available on their website.

The National Gallery of Art and Sculpture Garden has also reopened. Admission is free, and additional information is available online or via phone at (202) 842-6997.

The Kennedy Center has also reopened and tickets can be obtained on their website.

The United States Holocaust Memorial and Museum has reopened and free timed tickets are available on their website.

Washington, D.C., is also home to several other museums that have recently reopened, including the National Building MuseumThe Phillips Collection, and the Spy Museum. Tickets for these museums are available online for a fee.

Outdoor Activities


Washington, D.C., is known for its monuments and memorials, many of which are located on the National Mall. The National Park Service has welcomed several new memorials over the past year, including the Eisenhower Memorial, the World War I Memorial, and the National Native American Veterans Memorial.

Beyond the Mall, the DMV region is also home to several other outdoor attractions worth exploring, including the U.S. National ArboretumTheodore Roosevelt Island, and George Washington’s Mount Vernon.

Virtual Opportunities

Washington D.C., also hosts a number of virtual tours and events in light of health and public safety concerns. The National Air and Space MuseumNational Portrait GalleryNational Museum of African American History and CultureKennedy Center, and many more museums and attractions offer virtual programs to augment your trip to D.C. or prepare you for your future visit!


Travel and Accessibility Resources

Please reference the following links for access to the Washington, D.C., Visitor’s Resource Center and further resources that can address any travel or accessibility concerns you might have.

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