It is no secret that there are plenty of museums, memorials, and government offices to tour in Washington, D.C. However, what I have come to find out, that many people are unaware of, is the opportunity to be given a personal tour of some place special, such as the U.S.
Capitol, through your state offices at no cost.
All you need to do to book a tour is contact one of your state senator’s offices or representative’s office’s and request a tour. Most of the time that may be done online through the senators’ or representative’s website. Make sure to complete the request about six months before your desired visit. Typically, Capitol tours are always approved; however, White House tours are more difficult to come across.
Tours are usually given by an intern or staff member of the office you requested your tour from, and they tend to know so many ins and outs of the building and of what is going on considering they work there on a day-to-day basis. Also, you will have the chance to see a senator or member’s official office which can be a treat itself.
When I was given my tour of the capital by a staff member, I was quite amused by the interesting fun facts I was given that they had acquired over the course of their time working there. They took me to some hidden nooks that only they had a badge to, such as the speaker’s balcony that faces the national mall.
I definitely recommend this to anyone that lives in Washington, D.C. and has not seen either the Capitol or White House and to anyone visiting the area.