Visiting DC

If you are planning a trip to Washington, DC, I encourage you to explore all that our nation's capital has to offer and know that my office is here to help. We are happy to assist Nevadans in scheduling tours of the Capitol and the White House. We also offer Senate Gallery passes on days the Senate is in session. Below are additional ideas and information for your trip, and if you need assistance with your visit, please email tours@cortezmasto.senate.gov or call (202) 224-3542. Enjoy your trip to Washington, DC!

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The U.S. Capitol

The U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives convene in the United States Capitol, a longstanding symbol of our democracy. When visiting the Capitol, you will learn about the roots of our legislative process through a guided tour, an informational video, and a visit to the Exhibition Hall. My office is happy to assist in scheduling a tour of the Capitol and offer Senate Gallery passes on days the Senate is in session. If you need assistance with your visit, please email: tours@cortezmasto.senate.gov or call (202) 224-3542. Tours can also be scheduled online at: https://tours.visitthecapitol.gov.

The White House

Self-guided tours of the White House are available from 7:30am-11:30am ET Tuesday through Thursday and 7:30am-1:30pm ET Fridays and Saturdays (excluding federal holidays or unless otherwise noted). Tour requests can be submitted through our office up to three months in advance and no less than 21 days in advance. You are encouraged to submit your request as early as possible as a limited number of spaces are available. All White House tours are free of charge. Please note that White House tours may be subject to last minute cancellation.

The Supreme Court

The Supreme Court, which houses our nation’s highest court, inspires visitors with the words “Equal Justice Under Lawâ€? inscribed above its main entrance. Learn more about the U.S. judicial branch by taking advantage of the courtroom lectures, visitors’ film, and rotating exhibitions Monday-Friday 9:00am-4:30pm ET. More information can be found on The Supreme Court website.

Library of Congress

The Library of Congress boasts a collection of more than 162 million items. Learn how the largest library in the world functions as an agency of the legislative branch of the U.S. Federal government. Public tours are given Monday-Friday 10:30am, 11:30am, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, and 3:30pm ET and Saturday 10:30am, 11:30am, 1:30pm, 2:30pm ET. More information can be found on the Library of Congress’ website.

U.S. Botanic Garden

The U.S. Botanic Garden is a living plant museum established by the U.S. Congress in 1820.  Lectures, workshops, children and family programs, and musical events are available through registration on the Botanic Garden website. The Conservatory and National Garden are open every day from 10:00am until 5:00pm ET and admission is free. More information can be found on the U.S. Botanic Garden’s website.

The National Mall

The National Mall is flanked by the U.S. Capitol to its East, the Potomac River to its West, and the White House to its North. A visit to Washington isn't complete without seeing the Mall and its memorials honoring our country's rich, diverse history and influential leaders. The National Mall and Memorial Parks are open 24 hours a day and offer various programs and activities that can be found online.

The Smithsonian Institution Museums

The Smithsonian Institution is the world's largest museum and research complex. It includes 19 museums and the National Zoological Park. Celebrations, lectures, performances, gallery talks, and films are offered throughout most of the Smithsonian museums. Most museums grant free admission and are open every day of the year except December 25. Information on specific museums can be found online.

Additional Resources for your visit:

The U.S. Senate Guide to Visiting DC - https://www.senate.gov/visiting/visitingdc.htm

Washington DC Visitor Resources - https://dc.gov/page/visitors-resource-center