Embassy of Australia
United States of America
Embassy address: 1601 Massachusetts Ave, NW Washington DC 20036 - Telephone: (202) 797 3000 - Fax: (202) 797 3168

Visiting Washington D.C. and the White House

*** Please note: The Embassy has been advised by the U.S. Department of State that, at present, access for foreign nationals to White House tours as part of an Embassy-sponsored public tour group is on hold.


Washington, D.C. is one of the most exciting and memorable places to visit in the United States. Each year tourists flock to see the White House, the Capitol Building, the Washington and Jefferson Memorials and a host of other historical, cultural and political attractions.

*** Please note: The Embassy has been advised by the U.S. Department of State that, at present, access for foreign nationals to White House tours as part of an Embassy-sponsored public tour group is on hold.

You might wish to explore alternative experiences related to the White House, starting with a visit to the White House Visitor Center. Further details can be found at http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/tours-and-events.

Visiting the Capitol and United States Capitol Visitor Center is another experience open to all visitors. For more information visit http://www.aoc.gov and http://www.house.gov/house/tour_services.shtml.


Other places to visit

There is plenty to see and do in Washington D.C. and much of it is free. Aside from the White House Visitor Centre and the Capitol Building, you can tour the Supreme Court and many federal government agencies like the Bureau of Engraving and Printing and the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI).

Admission is also free for all thirteen Smithsonian museums and the National Zoo in Washington D.C.. The Smithsonian Institution is the world's largest museum complex and research organization. See http://www.si.edu/visit for more details.

Other attractions include the Washington Monument, the Lincoln, Jefferson and Roosevelt memorials, Arlington National Cemetery, the Vietnam memorial, the Korean War memorial and the Battle of Iwo Jima memorial. The National Park Service arranges tours of these and many other sites in and around Washington D.C.. For further information, visit http://www.nps.gov/state/dc.


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