Tours and Guides

If you are planning a trip to Washington, D.C., Sen. Cornyn would be happy to assist you with scheduling tours for the following points of interest:
  • The White House
  • The United States Capitol
  • The Bureau of Engraving and Printing
  • The Pentagon (Limited to school groups; church, synagogue, and mosque groups; and military groups.)
Please note White House tours often need to be booked 2-3 months in advance. Additionally, due to changes in security clearance procedures, White House and FBI tour requests must be submitted more than 21 days in advance of the requested tour date or the tour will be denied. Additional security information needed for request to be submitted. If you have any questions, please contact the D.C. office at 202-224–2934.
Public Tours:
Many monuments, museums, and historical sites offer free public tours throughout the year. Please note that some attractions are unable to fulfill requests even if they are made with considerable lead time. This is especially true from March through September.
Other Information About Washington, D.C.:


1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Tours of the White House take visitors through the East, Green, Blue, Red and State Dining rooms. Thousands of visitors request White House tours each day, so the White House is only able to accommodate a fraction of those requests, especially during the busiest months of April through August.
White House tours are conducted Tuesday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., and Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. You can also stop by the White House Visitor Center, located on the corner of 15th and E Streets, N.W. The Visitor Center is open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Senator Cornyn’s office is happy to submit tour requests to the White House for Texas residents. To comply with White House policy, we must collect detailed information about each member of your party a month in advance of your trip. If the White House has space available, our office will be in touch with you approximately 14 to 30 days prior to the date of your tour. We are not able to submit requests more than six months prior to the tour date requested.
For more information about White House tours, please visit the White House’s Tours and Events website.
If you have any questions, please call the tour coordinator at 202-224-2934.
East Plaza of the U.S. Capitol 
First Street and East Capitol Street, N.E.
The U.S. Capitol, home to the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, offers visitors a close-up look at democracy in action. Through films, exhibits and tours, you will learn how Congress works and how citizens can participate in our government. You may book tours of the Capitol either through my office by completing the tour request form or through the Capitol Visitors Center.
Capitol Visitor Center
The Capitol Visitor Center opened in 2008 and allows visitors an easy and accessible way to learn about the U.S. Capitol. The CVC is open Monday through Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. except on Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s and Inauguration Day. You do not need a reservation to tour the Capitol Visitor Center, but you must be on a guided tour to enter the U.S. Capitol itself. Tours of the Capitol begin in the Capitol Visitor Center and are offered from 8:50 a.m. to 3:20 p.m. The tours are free, but reservations are required. You can learn more about the Capitol Visitor Center and schedule a Capitol tour at
Senate Visitors’ Gallery
The Senate Visitors’ Gallery is open any time the Senate is in session and from 9:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Monday through Friday when the Senate is in recess or adjourned. The Senate Visitors’ Gallery is not included in a tour of the U.S. Capitol, and gallery passes are required to see the Senate and the House floor. Many Texans prefer to visit Senator Cornyn’s office at Room 517 of the Hart Senate Office Building prior to their scheduled tour to pick up gallery passes.
If you have any questions, please call the tour coordinator at 202-224-2934.

Texas Thursday Coffee

If you are visiting while the Senate is in session, you are invited to attend a Texas Thursday Coffee. Thursday Coffees are hosted by Senator Cornyn and begin at 9:30 a.m. We recommend arriving 15 to 20 minutes early. 

To RSVP visit the Contact Form and select "RSVP for Texas Thursday Coffee" or contact our Washington, D.C. office at 202-224-2934.