Area Attractions

The Washington, D.C., Visitor Information Center is in the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW (Metro: Federal Triangle, Metro Center). Call 202-328-4748 for more information.

The National Park Service can answer questions about many events, monuments and memorials in town. Call 202-619-7222.

Here are some of the major tourist attractions in the Washington area:

ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY -- Memorial Drive, at southern end of Memorial Bridge (Metro: Arlington National Cemetery); 703-607-8052. The cemetery is open to the public at 8 a.m. daily. From April 1 to Sept. 30 the cemetery closes at 7; the other six months it closes at 5. Major attractions include the Tomb of the Unknowns, where a formal changing of the guard ceremony is held every half-hour in the summer and on the hour the rest of the year.

BUREAU OF ENGRAVING & PRINTING -- 14th and C streets SW (Metro: Smithsonian); 202-874-3188. Guided tours of the currency printing facility available Monday through Friday 9 to 2 (and from 5 to 6:40 June through August). Admission is by free, same-day timed-entry ticket available from 8 to 1:45 (and from 3:30 to 6:30, unless tickets are gone, from June through August). The tickets are given away at a booth on Raoul Wallenberg Place (15th Street NW) near the Holocaust Museum. From October through March, visitors can take self-guided tours from 9 to 2. No tickets are required then.

FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT MEMORIAL -- In West Potomac Park, between the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials; 202-426-6841. Open 8 a.m. to midnight daily. Free admission. The seven-acre, outdoor memorial has four galleries, each representing a different term in FDR's presidency.

JEFFERSON MEMORIAL -- South bank of the Tidal Basin (Metro: Smithsonian); 202-426-6821. Open daily 8 a.m. to midnight.

KENNEDY CENTER -- New Hampshire Avenue NW and the Rock Creek Parkway. 202-467-4600 (TDD: 202-416-8524). Free guided tours of the Kennedy Center are given in English Monday through Friday from 10 to 5 and Saturday and Sunday from 10 to 1. Printed guides are available in English, Spanish, German, French and Japanese. Tours depart from the parking plaza on Level A, and feature the Hall of States and Hall of Nations, the center's theaters, and the dozens of paintings, sculptures, and other artworks given to the Center by foreign countries.

KOREAN WAR VETERANS MEMORIAL -- Constitution Avenue, between 21st and 22nd streets NW; 202-426-6841. Open daily 8 a.m. to midnight. This memorial consists of 19 larger-than-life statues of soldiers from each branch of the armed forces whose images are reflected in a 164-foot-long wall bearing the message inlaid in silver: Freedom Is Not Free.

LINCOLN MEMORIAL -- 23rd Street NW, between Constitution and Independence avenues; 202-426-6842. Open daily 8 a.m. to midnight. Free admission.

MOUNT VERNON -- At the south end of the George Washington Parkway, eight miles south of Alexandria; 703-780-2000. The 45-acre estate, home and burial place of George Washington, is open daily 9 to 4 November through February, 8 to 5 April through August, 9 to 5 in other months. Adults $11, seniors $10.50, ages 6 through 11 $5, under 6 free.

U.S. CAPITOL -- East Capitol Street and First Street NW (Metro: Capitol South, Union Station); 202-225-6827. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 (closed Sundays, open national holidays) p.m. March through August, 9 to 4:30 September through February. Guided tours offered from 9:30 to 3:30. Free timed tickets distributed at 8:15 each morning. The line forms at the southwest corner of the Capitol grounds. (One ticket per person.) Free admission.

VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL -- 23rd Street and Constitution Avenue NW; 202-634-1568. Free admission. Open 24 hours, staffed from 8 a.m. to 11:45 p.m.

WASHINGTON MONUMENT -- 15th Street and Constitution Avenue NW (Metro: Smithsonian); 202-426-6841. Recently refurbished, this 555-foot-high obelisk offers stunning views of the capital city. Open daily from 9 to 5. Reservations may be made by calling 800-967-2283 or over the Internet at There is a service charge of $1.50 per ticket plus a fifty-cent handling charge per order. Free tickets will be distributed for that day's visit from the kiosk on the Washington Monument grounds at 15th Street and Madison Drive (Metro: Smithsonian) on a first-come, first-served basis. The ticket kiosk will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

WASHINGTON NATIONAL CATHEDRAL -- Wisconsin and Massachusetts Avenues NW; 202-537-6200. Open fall, winter, and spring daily from 10 to 4:30; May 1 through Labor Day, weekdays 10 to 9, weekends 10 to 4:30. Suggested donation $3 adults, $1 children. Guided tours also available; call for schedules.

WHITE HOUSE -- 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-208-1631 or 202-456-7041 (TDD: 202-208-1636 or 202-456-2121). Tours of the White House are open for organized school, military and veterans groups only.