Activities in Washington D.C.
g Free n Educational d Cultural u Historic
The White House g u
1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20500
Visitors’ Center: 202-456-7041
The White House is a symbol of our nation, a place where
American history is being made, and the private residence
and working office of the President of the United States. You
must submit a tour request through your Member of Congress at least 21 days prior to the visit (but no more than three
months ahead). If you are a citizen of a foreign country, please
contact your Embassy in Washington, DC to submit a request
for a White House tour. You must present specific types of
identification when you arrive, and strict rules apply. Many
items, such as handbags, are prohibited, so please be sure to
check all the rules carefully in advance.
Chinatown u d
H & 7th Sts., NW and Surrounding Area
Washington, DC 20001
More than 80 years of history—along with historic buildings
and dozens of dynamic and diverse Chinese and Asian restaurants and small businesses—are waiting to be explored in this
landmark area of Washington, DC. The symbol of the area is
the “Friendship Archway” built over H St., NW at 7th St., near
the Verizon Center and the unique row of houses on the H St.
block. Chinatown extends along H & I between 5th & 8th Sts.,
NW. The neighborhood is ideal for those who want to explore
a rich culinary experience and an interesting walk in one of
the most visited places in DC.
U.S. Capitol Building g u
East Capitol & 1st Sts., SE
Washington, DC 20004
Visitors’ Center: 202-226-8000
The U.S. Capitol Building houses both the U.S. Senate and the
U.S. House of Representatives. You can witness laws being
created, but you must have a special pass to enter the Visitors’
Gallery of either the Senate or the House. These passes may
be obtained from the office of your Senator or Representative. For more information about this and about tickets for
international visitors, please see https://www.visitthecapitol.
gov/plan-visit/watching-congress-session. For other activities,
such as the Exhibition Hall, Restaurant, and Gift Shop, simply
enter the Capitol Visitor Center, which is underground on the
east side of the Capitol. Please note that very strict rules apply
to what you can bring in with you, and be sure to check the
prohibited items list in advance.
Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park g n
3001 Connecticut Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20008
General Information: 202-633-4888
Giant pandas, lions, and elephants are just some of the exciting animals you can see and learn about when you spend the
day at one of the nation’s best zoos. The Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park spans more than 163 acres and is an ideal
urban park for outdoor lovers to combine the comfort of the
city with the excitement created by an adventure into the wilderness. Please check the Web site for daily events and hours.
Certain attractions are weather dependent. Very occasionally,
the zoo will close early for special events.
Eastern Market g d
225 7th St., SE
Washington, DC 20003
Eastern Market has served for more than 136 years as a community hub that connects neighbors, families, and visitors.
Located in the heart of the historic Capitol Hill neighborhood, Eastern Market is DC’s destination for fresh food, community events, and on weekends, local farm-fresh produce
and handmade arts and crafts. You can even choose your DC
goodbye souvenir from the Flea Market, which takes place
10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. every Sunday, year round, on 7th St., SE
between C St. and Pennsylvania Ave., SE.
Georgetown g u
M St. & Wisconsin Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20007
Georgetown Business Improvement District: 202-298-9222
The Georgetown neighborhood hosts Georgetown University
and is a must-see for ardent enthusiasts of our rich architectural heritage. The neighborhood abounds with fashionable
shops, delectable restaurants, and a lively nightlife. Among its
attractions, visitors can see the Old Stone House, which is the
oldest standing building in Washington; Dumbarton House