If you love real history like I do, our nation's capital is a fascinating destination, and I'm ready to make your visit as enjoyable as possible. My office can assist Iowans in arranging tours of some of the most popular sites in Washington, D.C., including:
Tours may be requested up to six months in advance. Because of the high demand for tours and limited availability, Iowans are encouraged to submit tour requests as early as possible.
The Capitol’s chambers, rotunda, art and architecture provide a behind-the-scenes perspective of how Congress works. Senator Grassley offers staff-led tours of the United States Capitol at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. each weekday, excluding federal holidays. Due to size limitations for staff-led tours, groups larger than 30 should book their tours through the Congressional Visitor Center.
Tours of the White House are granted on a first-come, first-served basis at the discretion of the White House Visitors Center. You may request a White House tour through Senator Grassley’s office up to six months in advance. These tours are in very high demand with limited availability, so Iowans are encouraged to request White House tours as early as possible. The White House does not accept requests within 21 days of the tour date. Security information is required for every person in your party wishing to tour the White House.
Typical White House tour hours are:
Tuesday-Thursday: 7:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Friday: 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Saturday: 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
The self-guided tour of the East Wing is subject to cancellation by the Visitors Office due to official business that may come up.
Iowans interested to in seeing how money is produced may enjoy a visit to the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. Tours of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing booked through congressional offices are available in the early morning for groups smaller than ten people. Congressional tours are also available in late afternoon during the summer months. Congressional tours fill up quickly but public tours can also be booked on the bureau’s website.
The Kennedy Center continues to host performances and promote arts education since its opening in 1971. Highlights of the tour include the Center’s main theaters, the Hall of States and Hall of Nations and art from around the world. Congressional tours of the Kennedy Center are available Monday through Friday at 4:00 p.m. Public tours are offered throughout the day.
The FBI Education Center is open Monday through Thursday for tours booked through Congressional offices. Tours are only conducted at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. Security information is required. Tours fill up quickly and last approximately two hours. A minimum of four weeks advance notice is required. Groups of 12 or more visitors must book their tour directly with the FBI.