Congressman Gus Bilirakis

Representing the 12th District of Florida

Visiting Washington, D.C.

Congressional Tours

Multiple tours can be scheduled with the assistance of my office, including tours of:

To schedule a tour, contact Jordan Fink via email If you are unable to contact Jordan via email, please call 202 225 5755. If possible, please contact Jordan at least 30 days in advance of the desired tour dates.

Memorials, Monuments, Museums, and Points of Interest

  • The Corcoran Gallery of Art Museum - 17th Street and New York Avenue, NW - one block west and south of the White House. The main entrance is on 17th Street. Special needs access is at 1701 E Street, around the corner from the 17th Street entrance. Phone: (202) 639-1700 Metro Stop: Four blocks from the Farragut West station or Farragut North station.
  • Department of the Interior Museum - Located on the first floor of the Main Interior Building at 1849 C Street NW, Washington, DC. The Museum is accessible from both the C Street and E Street entrances; the E Street entrance is wheelchair accessible.   The Museum is free of charge.  Adults must show a photo ID when entering the Interior building to gain admittance to the Museum. Reservations (two weeks in advance) are required only for guided tours or appointments to view the building's New Deal murals located in restricted-access areas.  For further information, please call the Museum at (202) 208-4743. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm, except for Federal holidays. Also open on the third Saturday of the month. Please call ahead, (202) 208-4743, to confirm times.  Metro Stop: Farragut West station. Exit at 18th Street and walk five (5) blocks south to the Main Interior Building on E Street.
  • Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) Memorial - 900 Ohio Drive, S.W., near the Jefferson Memorial and the Potomac River.  There are park rangers available from 8 a.m. to midnight every day except Christmas Day. There are no fees to visit any of the monuments or memorials in the park. Telphone: (202) 426-6841 Information. Metro stop:  Smithsonian Metro stop comes out on the National Mall.
  • Korean War Veterans Memorial - The memorial is staffed from 8 a.m. to midnight every day except December 25 by park rangers who are available to answer questions and present interpretive themes. A bookstore in the nearby Lincoln Memorial sells informational items relating to both the memorial and the Korean War. The Korean War Veterans Memorial is part of the National Park System, one of more than 360 parks representing our nation's natural and cultural heritage. Address inquiries to: Superintendent, National Capital Parks-Central, 900 Ohio Drive SW, Washington, DC 20242.
  • The Lincoln Memorial - West Potomac Park at the foot of 23rd Street, NW. Telephone: (202) 426-6895. Metro Stop: Foggy Bottom or the Smithsonian Metro stop which comes out on the National Mall.
  • The National Building Museum - 401 F Street, NW, between 4th and 5th streets. Wheelchair access at 4th and G streets. Metro Stop: Judiciary Square - Red line. Telephone: (202) 272-2448.
  • National Mall and Memorial Parks - The sprawling lands of the National Mall & Memorial Parks include the Mall, the public promenade extending from 3rd Street near the Capitol to 14th Street.
  • National Geographic Museum at Explorers Hall - 1145 17th & M Street.  Exhibits of famous scientific expeditions. Phone: 800 NGS LINE (800 647 5463); 800 548 9797 (TDD).
  • The National Postal Museum - 2 Massachusetts Avenue, NE in the Washington City Post Office Building on Capitol Hill (next to Union Station). Metro: Take Metro's Red Line to Union Station. Leave through the Massachusetts Avenue exit. As you get off the escalator, the National Postal Museum will be to your left.
  • The Phillips Collection - 1600 21st Street, N.W. The Phillips Collection is located in the Dupont Circle area, one-half block off of Massachusetts Avenue on 21st Street, between Q and R Streets. Offices and Visitor information: (202) 387-2151. Metro Stop: RED line of the Metro to the Dupont Circle Station. Exit to Q street. At the top of the escalator, go left on Q street one block to 21st Street. The museum entrance is located halfway up 21st Street on the left.
  • Smithsonian Museums - The entrances to the West Building are located on Constitution Avenue at 6th Street, NW, on Madison Drive at 6th Street, NW, and on 4th Street between Constitution Avenue and Madison Drive, NW. The entrance for the East Building is located on 4th Street between Constitution Avenue and Madison Drive, NW.
  • The Textile Museum - 2320 S Street, NW. Telephone: (202) 667-0441. Metro Stop: Take the red line to the Dupont Circle stop. Leave the station via the Q Street exit. Walk north on Connecticut Avenue. At the intersection of Connecticut Avenue, Florida Avenue and S Street cross Florida Avenue and go left. Take immediate right onto S Street. Continue walking up S Street 2 long blocks to The Textile Museum on the left.
  • The Thomas Jefferson Memorial - South bank of the Tidal Basin - At the Swan Boathouse you can rent a paddle boat to cruise on the Basin. The Smithsonian Metro stop comes out on the National Mall. Phone: (202) 426-6841
  • The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum - The Museum is located just south of Independence Ave., SW. between 14th Street and Raoul Wallenberg Place (formerly 15th St.). There is an entrance also on 14th street, next to the Bureau of Printing & Engraving. Permanent exhibition is recommended for ages 11 and up. Daniel's Story is recommended for ages 8 and up. The visit will take from an 1 1/2 to 3 hours. ONLY the Permanent Exhibition requires a timed entry pass to begin the self-guided tour of the Museum's primary exhibition. Passes are FREE and are NOT required for the Museum's other exhibitions, memorials, resources and facilities. Metro Stop: Smithsonian on the blue or orange lines exit at 12th and Independence Avenue. Telephone: (202) 488-0400.
  • The United States Navy Memorial and Visitors Center - Located at 701 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Suite 123, Washington, D.C, 20004-2608. The D.C. Metro's Green and Yellow Line stops at Archives-Navy Memorial, steps from our front door. There is a Motor Coach Drop on Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, between 7th and 9th Streets, in front of the U.S. Navy Memorial. The Memorial offers a Concert Hotline at (202) 737-2300 ext. 768 for updated schedules or cancellations due to weather.
  • The Vietnam Veterans Memorial - Henry Bacon Drive & Constitution Avenue, NW. Metro Stop:  Smithsonian Metro stop comes out on the National Mall. Telephone: (202) 426-6841.
  • The Washington Monument - On the Mall at 15th Street, SW.  Tickets are required.  They are free and available at the booth located on the west side of 15th Street, NW, on the Mall. Advance Tickets (small fee charged):  Ticketmaster:  (DC Metro) 202-432-7328 (Outside DC) 1-800-551-7328. Facilities:  Bookstore, Restrooms, Museum.  Information: 202-426-6841. Metro stop: Smithsonian

Outdoor Theaters

  • Merriweather Post Pavilion - 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway. Located in Columbia, Maryland between Baltimore and Washington D.C. and is readily accessible from I-95. Performing arts center offers symphonic music, and pop concerts. Ticket Infor.: 703-218-6500 in Washington D.C.; 410-481-6500 in Baltimore; 800-955-5566 elsewhere
  • Wolf Trap Farm Park for the Performing Arts - 1645 Trap Road Vienna, VA 22182. The nation's first National Park for the performing arts offers opera, symphonic music, pop concerts, jazz and ballet. Only open during warm weather. Price of admission varies depending on program. Telephone: 703-255-1800.
  • Nissan Pavilion at Stone Ridge
  • Carter Barron Amphitheatre

Plantations and Historic Mansions

The Smithsonian Institution

The Smithsonian Institution - The museums are open daily, except Christmas, from 10:00am to 5:30pm (Air & Space 10:00am to 7:30pm and Anacostia Museum which closes at 5 p.m.).  Extended Summer hours are determined annually.  Smithsonian Information Center:  202/357-2700 (voice) 202/357-2729 (TTY).  Metro: Smithsonian or L'Enfant Plaza.


  • Baltimore Ravens - M & T Bank Stadium: 1101 Russel Street, Baltimore, MD 21230.
    Ravens Ticket Office Phone: (410) 261-7283
    Ravens Ticket Office Fax: (410) 468-1340
    TTY Hearing Impaired Number: 410-243-9994
  • D.C. United Major League Soccer - RFK Stadium: Located at 2400 East Capitol Street, S.E
    (202) 432-SEAT in Washington D.C. Ticket Information
    (703) 573-SEAT in Virginia Ticket Information
    (410) 481-SEAT in Maryland Ticket Information
  • FedEx Field - Located at 1600 Raljon Road, Raljon, MD 20785-4236.
  • MCI Center - Located at 7th and F Streets NW, MCI Center is the state-of-the-art home of the NBA's Wizards, NHL's Capitals, WNBA's Mystics, Georgetown Hoyas plus big-time concerts, family shows and sporting events.
  • Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards - Oriole Park at Camden Yards: 333 West Camden Street, Baltimore, MD 21201 Westside of Baltimore's Inner Harbor.
    Phone:  (410) 685-9800
  • RFK Stadium - Located at 2400 East Capitol Street, S.E. Washington, D.C.
  • Washington Capitals - MCI Center: Located at 7th and F Streets NW.
    For season tickets and partial plans, call 202-661-5050. For single-game tickets, call TicketMaster: 202-432-SEAT.
  • Washington Nationals - RFK Stadium: Located at 2400 East Capitol Street, S.E.   
    Tickets may be purchased online, by calling Ticketmaster at 202-397-SEAT, visiting the RFK Stadium Box Office or any Ticketmaster outlet.  Metro stop: Stadium-Armory Station
  • Washington Mystics - MCI Center: Located at 7th and F Streets NW
    For season tickets & partial plans call 202-661-5050
    For individual game tickets, call TicketMaster at 202-432-SEAT
  • Washington Redskins - FedExField: 1600 Raljon Road, Raljon, MD. 
    For ticket information call 301-276-6050 or email
  • Washington Wizards - MCI Center: Located at 7th and F Streets NW
    For season tickets and partial plans call (202) 661-5050.
    For single-game tickets, call TicketMaster at (202) 432-SEAT.


  • Arena Stage - 6th and Maine Ave, SW. Telephone: (202) 488-3300 or (800) 777-2238.
  • Capitol Steps - The Capitol Steps now perform every Friday & Saturday night at 7:30 pm at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center (1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC). Tickets can be purchased by calling Ticketmaster at 202-432-7328 or by going to
  • Discovery Theater - Smithsonian's Arts and Industries Building 900 Jefferson Drive, SW. Performances for young audiences. Telephone: (202) 357-1500.
  • Ford's Theatre and Lincoln Museum - 511 10th Street, NW - 10th Street Between E & F Streets. Telephone: (202) 426-6924. Metro Stop: the closest station to the theatre is Metro Center
  • John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts - New Hampshire Avenue at Rock Creek Parkway, NW. Free tours of the Kennedy Center are given by the Friends of the Kennedy Center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.  They depart from the parking plaza on Level A, and feature the Hall of States and Hall of Nations, the Center's main theaters, and dozens of paintings, sculptures, and other artworks given to the Center by foreign countries.  For more information, call (202) 416-8340 (TTY 416-8524). Foggy Bottom Metro Station.  (There is a free shuttle bus which takes visitors from the station to the center).
  • The National Theater - 1321 Pennsylvania Ave, NW. Telephone: (202) 628-6161.
  • Folger Shakespeare Library - 201 E. Capitol Street, SE. Administration: (202) 544-4600; Box Office: (202) 544-7077.
  • Source Theatre - 1835 14th Street, NW.  Location: 1835 14th Street, NW (between S & T Streets, NW, 2 blocks from the U STreet Cardoza Stop on Metro's Green Line).  Telephone: (202) 462-1073.
  • The Shakespeare Theatre - 450 7th Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20004-2207.  Ticket sales and Subscriber Services: Telephone: (202) 547-1122, Toll-free: 1-877-487-8849, TTY: (202) 638-3863 (deaf patrons only), Fax: (202) 638-3869
  • Studio Theater - 1333 P Street, NW. Box Office: (202) 332-3300.
  • Warner Theater - Theatre Location: 13th & E Streets NW, Washington DC. Mailing Address: 1299 Pennsylvania Ave., Suite 111 Telephone:  202-783-4000.  Metro:  Metro Center (Red, Orange, and Blue lines) is located 1/2 block north of the Theatre.
  • Washington Ballet - 3515 Wisconsin Ave, NW. Telephone: (202) 362-3606.
  • Washington Performing Arts Society - 2000 L Street, NW, Suite. 510, Washington, DC 20036-4907. Telephone: 202-785-9727
  • Washington DC City Pages (Theater)
  • Clara Barton National Historic Site
  • Glen Echo Park

Tours and Other Places of Interest

  • Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial - For Information call (703)-557-0613. Metro stop: Arlington Cemetary (Tourmobile Sightseeing Transportation is available)
  • Arlington National Cemetery - Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier every hour on the hour & every half hour during the summer months. Narrated bus tour run one half hour after opening to one half hour before closing. Phone:(703) 692-0931 Metro: Arlington Cemetary
  • The Botanic Gardens - Maryland Avenue, SW. Group tours are available by request except Saturday & Sunday or during any shows. Telephone: (202) 225-8333 Metro: Federal Center South West.
  • Bureau of Engraving and Printing - 14th & C Streets, SW. See how US currency is printed.  Provides public tours Monday through Friday continually from 9:00 a.m until 2:00 p.m., leaving every 15 minutes. 
    You should enter at the Visitor Entrance on 14th Street. Group tours not available. Telephone: (202) 874-3188.  Metro: Smithsonian.
  • The United States Capitol Building - The Capitol Guide Service conducts free guided tours of the Capitol Monday through Saturday throughout the year.  During the non-peak visitor season (September through February) tours are offered every 15 to 30 minutes, from 9:00 AM until 3:30 PM. Please call 202-225-6827 for the latest recorded information on visiting the Capitol.  Metro: Capitol South or Union Station.
    Note: Tours are subject to cancellations or time changes. Please call the institution in question to verify posted tour information before planning your trip.
  • The National Children's Museum - The National Children's Museum is a vibrant new child-centered museum in Washington, DC where exhibits and programs open a window on the world of Washington serving local, regional, national and international audiences.
  • Florida House - Located on Capitol Hill at 1 2nd Street NE. While you're in Washington visit Florida House, our state's embassy, for a free tour and a glass of Florida orange juice. Florida House is open Monday through Friday, 9am-5pm. For more information call 202-546-1555. Metro: Capitol South.
  • Folger Shakespeare Library - The Folger is located at 201 East Capitol St., S.E., Washington, D.C. 20003-1094 Phone: 202-544-4600 Directions: The Folger is one block from the U.S. Capitol and is accessible by Metrobus. Limited street parking is available. Regularly scheduled, no prior arrangement necessary. Metro: Capitol South or Union Station
  • The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts - New Hampshire Avenue at Rock Creek Parkway, NW.  Free tours of the Kennedy Center are given by the Friends of the Kennedy Center from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily.  Tours leave every 15 minutes.  They depart from the parking plaza on Level A, and feature the Hall of States and Hall of Nations, the Center's main theaters, and dozens of paintings, sculptures, and other artworks given to the Center by foreign countries.  For more information, call (202) 416-8340 (TTY 416-8524).  Foggy Bottom Metro Station.  (There is a free shuttle bus which takes visitors from the station to the center).
  • The Library of Congress - Located on First Street SE between Independence Avenue and East Capitol Street, the Library of Congress houses more than 119 million items, including the papers of 23 presidents of the United States, Thomas Jefferson's rough draft of the Declaration of Independence and the earliest motion picture print.
    The Thomas Jefferson Building was completed in 1897 and restored to its original splendor in 1997. Visitors can view the Main Reading Room with its magnificent domed ceiling from the Visitors' Gallery.
    Adult's over the age of 18 can utilize the Library's collections once they register as readers in room LM 140 of the Madison Building. Please note that the stacks are closed and that books are requested for use in the appropriate reading rooms. There are guided tours daily, Monday through Saturday, at 11:30 am, 1:00, 2:30 and 4:00 pm. Spanish language tours are offered Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 12:30 pm. All tours start in the Visitors' Center in the Jefferson Building.
    Researcher hours are not the same for all reading rooms. Be sure to call 707-6400 or visit our web site at for complete information.
  • The National Aquarium - 14th Street between Constitution Avenue & D Street, NW. Tanks filled with fish, frogs, alligators, sharks, etc. Telephone: (202) 377-2825.
  • The United States National Arboretum - 444 acres of trees, shrubs and assorted plants in the northeast section of the District of Columbia. Guide services for organized groups are available. Please make reservations for groups. Entrance: New York Avenue, NE. Metro: Stadium Armory on the blue or orange lines, then Bus number B-2, B-4, or B-5 to the intersection of Bladensburg Road and R Street, Walk east of R street 300 yards to the R street gate. Telephone: (202) 637-7000.
  • The National Archives - 7th & Constitution Avenue, NW. Metro stop: Archives.
  • The National Cathedral - It is located on Mount Saint Alban in Washington, D.C., which is one of the highest points in the city. Guided tours are given Monday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 3:15 pm and Sundays from 12:30 to 2:45 pm except during special events and services. There is a suggested donation of $2.00 per adult and $1.00 per child for tours. The grounds tour takes you through the Bishop's Lawn and Gardens. You get many details on the plants and trees in the garden. These tours are given on Wednesdays from 10:30 - 11:30 am, April through October.
  • The United States Naval Observatory - 34th Street and Massachusetts Avenue, NW. The U.S. Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C. conducts a free 90 minute tour of its facilities every Monday night at 8:30 pm, except on Federal holidays. Reservations are not necessary for individuals or for small groups, but groups of 15 to 30 should call or e-mail to make reservations. The tour includes presentations about the Master Clock, observations through telescopes (weather permitting), a video presentation on the mission and history of the Observatory, and discussions with staff astronomers. The Observatory is not open to the public at any other time. For tour reservations or for further information please call (202) 762-1467, or e-mail the USNO Public Affairs Office.
  • The Eisenhower Executive Office Building - Next door to the White House, the Old Executive Office Building (OEOB) commands a unique position in both our national history and architectural heritage. Designed by Supervising Architect of the Treasury, Alfred B. Mullett, it was built from 1871 to 1888 to house the growing staffs of the State, War, and Navy Departments, and is considered one of the best examples of French Second Empire architecture in the country.
  • The Pentagon - Across the 14th Street Bridge in Virginia (I-395). Sights to see: the Flag Corridor & Hall of Heroes. Telephone: (703) 697-1776 Metro: Pentagon.
    Note: Tours are subject to cancellations or time changes. Please call the institution in question to verify posted tour information before planning your trip.
  • The Department of State - 2201 C Street, NW.  Tours of the Diplomatic Reception Rooms are given at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 2:45 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Reservations are required and should be made approximately four weeks in advance.  Due to the large volume of requests, reservations can be made up to three months in advance.  Tours may be arranged by contacting the Department of State Tour Office on 202-647-3241, fax (202) 647-4232, or TDD (202) 736-4474 between the hours of 8:15 - 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 - 5:00 p.m. weekdays.  The State Department Tour Office is closed on weekends and holidays.  Metro stop: Foggy Bottom
    Note: Tours are subject to cancellations or time changes. Please call the institution in question to verify posted tour information before planning your trip.
  • The Supreme Court - First Street & Maryland Avenue, NE. Open Monday through Friday except on Federal holidays. Tours & public lectures are conducted in the courtroom from 9:00am to 4:30pm every hour on the half hour, except when court is in session.  No tours are given during August.  Reservations can be made through you Senators' or Representatives' office.  When the Court is in session tours are only given on Thursdays and Fridays.  To see the Court in session, wait in two lines outside the building.  The lines start forming around 8:30 a.m. so get there early!  Public lectures are conducted in the courtroom from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. when the Court is not in session. Telephone: (202) 479-3000.  Metro: Capitol South or Union Station.
    Note: Tours are subject to cancellations or time changes. Please call the institution in question to verify posted tour information before planning your trip.
  • The Department of the Treasury - This building was built in 1836 and since then has served as the headquarters for the Treasury Department. The tour includes the history of the Treasury Department and the building's architecture history. This includes a tour of the Andrew Johnson suite, where, in 1865, President Johnson conducted official business for 6 weeks after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. It also includes the beautiful Salmon P. Chase suite, the Cash room (the site for Grant's inaugural reception), and the 1864 burglar proof vault. Entrance through Appointment Center doors located next to the White House on 15th street between F and G streets, NW. Hours: Saturday morning, lasting 90 minutes. Admission: free. For Tour information or to make an advanced reservation call (202) 622-0896. For hearing impaired tours call (202) 622-0692. Metro: Metro Center.
    Note: Tours are subject to cancellations or time changes. Please call the institution in question to verify posted tour information before planning your trip.
  • Voice of America - During free guided group tours, visitors learn our history and how VOA has expanded from the shortwave broadcasts of the 1940s to today's AM, FM, television, and Internet. Our central newsroom, radio, and television studios feature prominently in the tours, which are approximately 45 minutes long.
    Tour Days and Time: Monday through Friday (except holidays) 11:45 a.m.  Reservations are required, but the tours are free. To schedule a tour, please visit our online reservation and ticketing site, which provides you with an instant overview of available VOA events.  You may also contact the Office of Public Affairs by calling (202) 619-3919, or sending an e-mail to  Tours are limited to no more than 25 people.
  • The White House - 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW. Public tours of the White House are available for groups of 10 or more people. Requests must be submitted through one's Member of Congress and are accepted up to six months in advance. These self-guided tours are available from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday (excluding federal holidays), and are scheduled on a first come, first served basis approximately one month in advance of the requested date. We encourage you to submit your request as early as possible since a limited number of tours are available. All White House tours are free of charge. Metro: McPherson Square.
    Note: Tours are subject to cancellations or time changes. For the most up-to-date information about touring and visiting the White House, call the 24-hour Visitors Office Info Line at 202-456-7041
  • Zoological Park - 3001 Connecticut Avenue, NW.15: 6:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m., animal rooms open 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.; September 16 to April 30: 6:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., animal rooms open 10:00 - 4:30 p.m. unless otherwise posted.  Phone (202)673-4800 or 673-4717. Metro stop: Woodley Park


  • Baltimore/Washington International Airport
    General Information (301) 261-1000
    Ground Transportation (301) 261-1091
    Amtrak BWI Station (301) 674-1167
  • Dulles International Airport
    General Information (703) 471-7838
    Lost and Found (703) 471-4114
    Taxi Service (703) 528-4440
    Travelers Aid (703) 661-8636
  • Washington National Airport
    General Information (703) 685-8000
    Lost and Found (703) 685-8034
    Metro Information (703) 637-7000
    Travelers Aid and Paging (703) 684-3472
  • Amtrak
    (800) USA-RAIL
  • Metro (Public Transportation)
    6:00am to 11:30pm (days & times vary by route)
    Transit Information, Timetable Requests & Parking Information (202) 637-7000
    Handicapped Assistance (202) 962-1245
    Lost & Found (202) 962-1196
  • Tourmobile Service:
    The National Park Service has concessionaire-operated guided tourmobiles that travel from Capitol Hill to Arlington Cemetery and points in between with unlimited reboarding privileges the day of ticket purchase; call for rates.  Tourmobile opearates daily 9:30 to 4:30 p.m.  Phone (202) 554-7950 or 628-4844.
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