Visiting Washington, D.C.
If you are an Oregon resident who’s planning a trip to Washington, D.C., Senator Wyden's office can provide you with helpful information about all the great monuments, museums, and historic landmarks the city has to offer.
Many of the sites and attractions require that you reserve tour tickets beforehand, and Senator Wyden’s office is glad to assist you in reserving them. Tickets are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis and are subject to availability. We advise that you begin planning your trip early and submit your requests for tickets three months in advance. We will do our best to accommodate your schedule, but we cannot guarantee that your requests will be met. Also, please be aware that tours tend to fill up more quickly during the holidays, spring, and summer months.
Other Popular Attractions
The White House: Tours of the White House are available to the general public. Due to the high volume of requests, we ask that your request be made three months in advance of your trip. When submitting your online tour request, please include each individual's full legal name, birth date, social security number (if over 16 years of age), gender, country of origin, and city/state of residence (Note: Senator Wyden's office cannot submit your tour request without this information). Senator Wyden’s office will pass this information on to the White House and will notify you when your request has been approved. White House tours may also be subject to last-minute cancellations.
All tours are self-guided, although tour officers are positioned throughout the White House to help answer questions and provide information. Prohibited items include, but are not limited to, the following: cameras, purses, food and beverages of any kind, handbags, book bags, backpacks, video recorders, personal grooming items of any kind, any pointed objects, aerosol containers, guns, ammunition, electric stun guns, mace, or knives of any kind.
To schedule a tour of the White House please fill out an online request form or call Senator Wyden's Washington, D.C. office at (202) 224-5244.
Supreme Court: The Supreme Court is in session beginning the first Monday in October and continues for two weeks per month through April. No tickets are required. Hearings begin at 10 a.m. and space is limited to 250 seats.
Monuments and Memorials
- Arlington National Cemetery: The Arlington National Cemetery functions as the nation's premier military cemetery and shrine honoring those men and women who served in the Armed Forces.
- Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial: This is a memorial not only to FDR, but also to the era he represents. The memorial traces twelve years of American history through a sequence of four outdoor rooms - each devoted to one of FDR's terms of office.
- Iwo Jima/Marine Corps Memorial: The Marine Corps War Memorial is dedicated to all Marines who have given their lives in the defense of the United States since 1775.
- Korean War Veterans Memorial: The Korean War Veterans Memorial honors those Americans who gave their lives during the Korean War from 1950 to 1953.
- Lincoln Memorial: The Lincoln Memorial serves to commemorate the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln.
- Theodore Roosevelt Island Park: One of Theodore Roosevelt's greatest legacies was his dedication to conservation. Today, this island stands as a fitting memorial to the outdoorsman, naturalist, and visionary who was our 26th President.
- Thomas Jefferson Memorial: The words of Thomas Jefferson, some written more than 200 years ago, have shaped American ideals. Today, many of these impressive, stirring words adorn the interior walls of his memorial.
- National Children’s Museum: Scheduled to open in 2012, the National Children's Museum will be a vibrant new child-centered museum in the Washington region where exhibits and programs will open a window on the world of Washington serving local, regional, national and international audiences.
- Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Gardens: The Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden is a leading voice for contemporary art and culture and provides a national platform for the art and artists of our time.
- National Air & Space Museums: The Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum maintains the largest collection of historic air and spacecraft in the world.
- National Archives: The National Archives and Records Administration serves American democracy by safeguarding and preserving the records of our Government, ensuring that the people can discover, use, and learn from this documentary heritage.
- National Aquarium: Located in Baltimore, the National Aquarium is Maryland's leading tourist attraction. With over 560 different species represented, the National Aquarium seeks to stimulate interest in, develop knowledge about, and inspire stewardship of aquatic environments.
- National Museum of American History: Exploring major themes in American history and culture, from the War of Independence to the present day, the National Museum of American History collects and preserves more than 3 million artifacts.
- National Museum of the American Indian: The National Museum of the American Indian features the lifeways, history and art of Native Americans throughout the Western Hemisphere.
- National Museum of Women in the Arts: The National Museum of Women in the Arts brings recognition to the achievements of women artists of all periods and nationalities by exhibiting, preserving, and researching art by women and by teaching the public about their accomplishments.
- Smithsonian Institution: The Smithsonian Institution is the world's largest museum complex and research organization composed of 19 museums, 9 research centers, and the National Zoo. Visit the Smithsonian in person and you will see why it represents for so many the treasured icons of our past, the vibrant art of the present, and the scientific promise of the future.
- United States Holocaust Memorial Museum: A living memorial to the Holocaust, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum stimulates leaders and citizens to confront hatred, prevent genocide, promote human dignity, and strengthen democracy.
- American Visionary Art Museum: The American Visionary Art Museum exhibits art produced by self-taught individuals, usually without formal training, whose works arise from an innate personal vision that revels foremost in the creative act itself.
- Arthus M. Sackler Gallery/Freer Gallery of Art: These galleries house a world-renowned collection of art from China, Japan, Korea, South and Southeast Asia, and the Near East. Visitor favorites include Chinese paintings, Japanese folding screens, Korean ceramics, Indian and Persian manuscripts, and Buddhist sculpture.
- Corcoran Gallery of Art: The Corcoran Gallery of Art presents, interprets and preserves the art of our times and of times past; its college of art nurtures and helps shape new generations of artists and designers.
- National Gallery of Art: The mission of the National Gallery of Art is to serve the United States of America in a national role by preserving, collecting, exhibiting, and fostering the understanding of works of art, at the highest possible museum and scholarly standards.
- National Museum of African Art: The Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art fosters the discovery and appreciation of the visual arts of Africa, the cradle of humanity.
- National Portrait Gallery: Generations of remarkable Americans are kept in the company of their fellow citizens at the National Portrait Gallery. The Gallery presents the wonderful diversity of individuals who have left and are leaving their mark on our country and our culture.
- Smithsonian American Art Museum: The Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) is America's first federal art collection, dedicated to the enjoyment and understanding of American art. The museum celebrates the extraordinary creativity of our country's artists, whose works are windows on the American experience.