Constituent Services

Visiting Washington, D.C.


Washington, DC at nightOur nation’s capital is just a short trip from New York City, by car, bus, airplane or train.  There are many interesting and educational sites to take in while visiting Washington, D.C.  From taking in the monuments and the beautiful Smithsonian museums lining the national mall, to touring the U.S. Capitol and the White House, many of these attractions are free or low cost. 

Capitol Tours

Congresswoman Velázquez’s staff can help arrange tours of the United States Capitol for visiting groups or individuals.  For a staff-led tour, please email or fax (202) 226-0327.  You will have to submit the number of people requesting the tour and contact information for the group.  These requests must be received in writing at least six weeks in advance of your visit. 

Additional tour and U.S. Capitol information can be found here or here.

White House Tours
The office can also help you arrange a tour of the White House.  You must submit your requests and required security information at least 90 days in advance of your visit.  Please be aware that there is a very high demand for tours of the White House.  We recommend that you contact the office up to six months in advance.  To request a White House tour, please email or fax (202) 226-0327.  Your request must be made in writing and include the number of people requesting the tour and contact information for the group.  For security screening purposes, additional personal information may be required from group members before the tour can be scheduled. 

For more White House information, click here

Directory of Tours and Visitor Information

A comprehensive list of monuments, museums, historic buildings, sporting attractions, and theaters has been compiled by the House of Representatives.  Please find that helpful information here.


Many visitors use the city’s public transportation system instead of a car to navigate Washington, D.C.  The Metro is a reliable way to get around the city. Visit Metro's Web site for public transportation maps and other travel assistance.

Maps of Washington, DC and tourist attractions:

For additional tourist information, please visit the official Washington, D.C. tourism website.