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); 703-607-8000. 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 10:45 and 12:30 to 2 (and from 5 to 7 May through August). Closed Dec. 25-Jan 1, and if the Department of Homeland Security level is elevated to code orange. Admission is free. From September through February, no tickets are required.

FORD'S THEATRE AND LINCOLN MUSEUM -- 517 10th Street NW (Metro: Metro Center, Federal Triangle); 202-426-6924. Tours are free and self-guided. Open daily 9 to 5 except during matinee performances Thursday noon-3:30 and Sunday 2-5. Closed Dec. 25.

FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT MEMORIAL -- In West Potomac Park, between the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials; 202-426-6841. Open daily 8 a.m. to midnight. Closed Dec. 25. 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. Closed Dec. 25.

KENNEDY CENTER -- 2700 F St. NW. 202-416-8340 (TDD: 202-416-8728). 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. Reservations recommended for groups of 20 or more. Printed guides are available in English, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Russian, Spanish and Turkish. 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 from 8 a.m. to midnight. Closed Dec. 25. 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 this 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. Closed Dec. 25. 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. Guided tours offered Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving and Dec. 25.Free timed tickets distributed at 9 a.m. each morning. The line forms at the southwest corner of the Capitol grounds at the corner of Independence Avenue and First Street SW, across from the Botanic Gardens. (One ticket per person.) Free admission.

VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL -- 23rd Street and Constitution Avenue NW; 202-634-1568. . Open daily from 8 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. Closed Dec. 25. Free admission.

WASHINGTON MONUMENT -- 15th Street and Constitution Avenue NW (Metro: Smithsonian); 202-426-6841. This 555-foot-high obelisk offers stunning views of the capital city. Open daily from 9 to 4:45. Reservations may be made between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. by calling 800-967-2283. There is a service charge of $1.50 per ticket plus a 50-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. until tickets for that day are gone.

WASHINGTON NATIONAL CATHEDRAL -- Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW; 202-537-6200. Open Monday- Fridays 10-5:30; Saturdays 10-4:30; Sundays 8-6:30. 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 can be arranged only through the office of a member of Congress.