Tours of Washington DC are not complete without checking out the celebrated memorials and monuments in the city. If you are first time visitor to the city, the world famous memorials and monuments in the city will be at the top of your list. Most of these attractions of the city are located on the National Mall that extends from the U.S. Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial and most of them run along the Constitution Avenue.
Washington DC tour experts say that most of these memorials and monuments are open round the clock, 365 days a year and that you need not make any advance reservations to visit them. The monuments and memorials in the National Hall include the Lincoln Memorial, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, the FDR memorial, National World War II Memorial, and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
These memorials are run by the National Park Service (NPS) and will be staffed by NPS Rangers. These rangers will be available to clear your doubts from 9:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. and they usually organize many tours and programs throughout the year. After touring the iconic attractions of the city, you can move on to tours that require tickets.
Washington DC Tours That Require Tickets
You will need you to book tickets in advance to visit some of the popular attractions in Washington DC. Usually, the tickets are free or have a very small charge. If you plan to visit the U.S. Capitol, you need to book the ticket in advance, which can be done free from the official website. The guided tours start at the Capitol Visitor Center, which includes a 13-minute intro film, together with visits to the Crypt, National Statuary Hall, and the Rotunda.
When the Supreme Court is not in session, tourists can take self-guided free tours of the place. There are trained docents to give courtroom lectures every thirty minutes from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. on all weekdays. Tourists can also attend oral arguments when the Supreme Court is in session. However, the seats are very much limited. If you wish to attend oral arguments, you will need to wait in line before the commencement of a courtroom session.
You may also visit the National Archives and the Bureau of Engraving and Printing free of charge, as they are open to the public. In busy months, you might need to queue up to get inside these places.