Visit Washington, D.C.
Washington D.C. Sightseeing
Whether you visit often, or you haven’t been back since you left the Page School, there are always tons of great things to do in Washington and many of them are free. While the Alumni Association is unable to help you organize or schedule any tours, we have compiled information below on how you can organize your own. If you have questions about an event, please email us.
Below are some tours that may be of interest:
A new Capitol Visitors Center (CVC) opened in 2008, which is the starting point for most tours. General tours are available at the CVC website or through your Congressman’s or Senator’s office. Additionally, many Congressional offices provide staffer-led tours to constituents. Note the only way on to either Floor is through your Senator or Member of Congress, though this is not guaranteed. Please contact your member directly.
Joint members of the US Capitol Historical Society (USCHS) and the US Capitol Page Alumni Association or new “Charter Donors” receive a free walking tour of the Capitol exterior. Non-members can book for $10 per person.
Free tours of the Library of Congress are available on a first-come first-served basis. The tours do not include the fourth floor/attic of the Jefferson Building (e.g. the Page School).
The Supreme Court has multiple opportunities to tour. If timed right, visitors can hear an oral argument. The Supreme Court building is open to visitors Monday-Friday only and visitors are welcome to tour it on their own. There are no guided walking tours. There are also 30-minute Courtroom Lectures available Monday-Friday.
To tour the White House, you must submit a request through your Member of Congress up to three months and no later than 21 days in advance.
Tiber Creek Tours: Private tours for one to 13 people in luxury vehicles with a driver plus personal tour guide who will accompany the group at each venue. Tours are typically custom-designed to anywhere in the Washington area including Mount Vernon. Tours can range from four to eight hours.
The Loba DC After Dark: A tour that visits the illuminated monuments at night with 15 to 20 minutes spent at each destination.
Marine Barracks Evening Parade: Every Friday evening in May through August from 8:45 to 10:00 p.m. at 8th and I Street SE, there is a free concert by the Marine Corps Band and presentations by the Color Guard and Silent Drill Platoon. Reserved guests are admitted at 7 p.m.; remaining seats are open at 8 p.m. Tickets are available after March 1, 2017. Book early as this usually sells out.