Tours & Events
In the early part of 2020, more detailed tour information will be available on this site, and tours will be available to be booked through the District of Columbia State Council. In the meantime, there’s no harm in preparing and planning anyway! There is so much to do in DC, might as well see what you and your family want to do while you’re in the Nation’s Capital!
Saint John Paul II National Shrine
Located in Brookland (AKA “Little Rome”), the Saint John Paul II National Shrine is the nation’s premier shrine to St. John Paul II. Owned and operated by the Knights of Columbus, it includes a beautiful church decorated in mosaic, a chapel with a Blood Relic of the Saintly Pope, and a state-of-the-art exhibit on the life of Karol Wojtyla.
Basilica of the national Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
Also located in Brookland is the largest Roman Catholic Church in North America and one of the ten largest churches in the world. The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception is designated by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops as a National Sanctuary of Prayer and Pilgrimage, dedicated to the patroness of the United States, the Blessed Virgin Mary under her title of the Immaculate Conception.
National Mall and Memorial Parks
Known as “America’s Front Yard,” the National Mall and Memorial Parks are the preeminent memorials and tourist areas in the District of Columbia. Surrounded by memorials, museums, monuments, and much more, the National Mall contains multitudes. It’s best to spend a day or two walking from the Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial, stopping at a few museums and memorials on the way.
Along the National Mall, you can find the following memorials, museums, and monuments (along with others):
Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Washington Monument, World War II Memorial, African America Civil War Memorial, American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial, Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument, District of Columbia War Memorial, Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site and the House Where Lincoln Died, Pennsylvania Avenue National Historic Site, World War I Memorial, in addition to 150 statues, reservations, circles, fountains, and park spaces in downtown Washington, D.C.
The U.S. Capitol is home to both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate. Tours of this magnificent building are available to all through the Capitol Visitor Center. U.S. residents may contact their representative or senators for tours as well. Walk-ins at the Capitol Visitor Center can be accommodated, but reservations are highly-recommended. More information is available at the Capitol Visitor Center’s website.
Located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, the White House is perhaps the most recognizable house in the world. Home to the President and his family, it is available for tours only by reservation through one’s Member of Congress made no less than 21 days in advance. More information is available on WhiteHouse.gov.