How to Navigate the Monuments and Memorials in Washington, DC
If you are planning on traveling to Washington, D.C. for the first time, you are probably well aware of all the incredible monuments and memorials that are not to be missed in this city.
Our team at DC Trails is well-versed on everything you need to know about this mesmerizing city and we have put together a guideline to help you navigate your tour of the monuments in Washington, D.C.
Tours to book ahead of time
Those who travel to Washington, D.C. have the luxury of minimal entry fees to many monuments and memorials in this city. However, a few of these sites still require pre-arranged tickets.
The White House is one of the most popular attractions in Washington, D.C., however, visitors are often unaware that tours of this monument must be arranged with the embassy at least three weeks prior to your arrival. Don’t forget our hop-on and hop-off tours stop by the White House and give you a chance to explore at your own pace.
The U.S. Capitol is another one of the monuments in Washington, D.C. that require visitors to organize a tour in advance. At the visitthecapitol.gov website, you can book a guided tour, featuring stops at the Crypt, the National Statuary Hall and the Rotunda.
Monuments with opening and closing times
The Bureau of Engraving and Printing does not require visitors to obtain tickets before their arrival, however, this site is only open from Monday to Friday during the hours of 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Similarly, the National Archives do not require a reservation, however, this site is closed on Mondays, and only open to the public on the first Sunday of every month.
The Supreme Court is another must-see Washington, D.C. monument with a few time restrictions to bear in mind. If you plan on visiting during a courtroom session, you can partake in the action as an audience member. Additionally, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. from Monday to Friday, there are lectures in the courtroom every 30 minutes; for these participatory events however, there are not many spots available. If you choose to visit the Supreme Court on your own, you will need to visit when court is not in session.
Monuments to see after hours
Washington D.C. monuments such as the Lincoln Memorial, the National World War II Memorial, and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial do not require pre-arranged tours and are open 24/7. Our Twilight Tour is an amazing opportunity to see Washington in a way you don’t get to during the day.
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