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Visiting Washington, D.C., soon?

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By Geoff Davis

Are you planning a visit to Washington, D.C.? 
Whether you are coming on a school trip, family vacation or business trip, my office can help you make arrangements for some of the more popular attractions and landmarks in our nation’s capital.  We are available to help you reserve tours of the U.S. Capitol Building, Pentagon and White House.  These tours are an excellent way to see the highlights of Washington at no charge to you. 
My staff conducts Capitol tours Monday through Friday (excluding federal holidays).  We also would be happy to schedule a Capitol tour for your group through the Capitol Visitor Center.  The Capitol Visitor Center is open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.  It is closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and Inauguration Day.  Tour hours and ticket availability varies throughout the year, so please contact my office as early as possible in order to secure your Capitol tour.
The Pentagon tour is a great way to get to see and learn more about our nation’s Department of Defense.  Tours are available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and normally last approximately an hour.  The program does not operate on federal holidays and weekends.  Reservations may be booked from eight to 90 days in advance. 
Parties of any size may request a tour of the White House regardless of age or type of group.  There is no maximum or minimum number; however, during peak seasons, smaller groups may have an easier time getting a tour.  All tour requests for the White House must first be submitted through your representative or senator’s office and are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis by the White House Visitors Office.  The tour usually lasts about an hour. 
All White House tours are self-guided; however, U.S. Secret Service agents are available to help answer questions and share interesting historical information.  Requests for tours may be submitted up to six months in advance, and up until 21 days before the requested tour date.  Tours are scheduled Tuesday through Thursday from 7:30 to 11 a.m., Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., and Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (excluding federal holidays or unless otherwise noted).  All guests who plan to visit the White House must provide the following information: full name, date of birth, Social Security number (guests 18 and older), country of citizenship, gender, and city and State of residence.  If you wish to visit the White House and are a citizen of a foreign country, please contact your embassy in Washington, D.C. for assistance in submitting a tour request.
If my office can help you plan any of these tours during your next visit to Washington, please feel free to submit your request via my website at geoffdavisforms.house.gov/ConstituentServices/TourRequest.htm.  To learn more about other attractions in the Washington D.C. area, please visit: geoffdavis.house.gov/ConstituentServices/visitdc.htm.  
Anytime you are in Washington, D.C., feel free to stop by the office located in Room 1119 of the Longworth House Office Building.  I look forward to seeing you soon in our nation’s capital.