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The USGS Visitors Center at the National Center in Reston, Virginia

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Visiting USGS in Reston - Directions to the USGS


USGS National Center Entrance:

USGS Headquarters
12201 Sunrise Valley Drive
Reston, VA 20192
(use 20191 if 20192 is not recognized)

Directions to the USGS from the Beltway (I-495): Take the Dulles Toll Road west to exit 12, Reston Parkway. Turn left (south) onto Reston Parkway. At second light, turn right onto Sunrise Valley Drive and at second light, turn left at USGS Drive. A sign will indicate visitors parking.

To get to the USGS by Metrobus and Metrorail: A bus comes to the USGS from the West Falls Church Metro Station (Orange Line). For exact information regarding bus number, fares, and times of departure, call 202-637-7000.

Admission to the USGS building:

Follow signs from the Visitors Parking. All visitors must enter at the Visitors Entrance and pass through a security screening process. All packages, briefcases, handbags, etc. will be scanned. Visitors must sign in and present a picture identification, such as a State driver’s license. The guard will then issue a visitor’s badge that must be worn at all times.

Note: Children under the age of 16 accompanied by a parent or sponsor (such as a teacher or counselor) are not subject to the entry screening process.

Visitors bringing laptop computers into the building are required to write the word “laptop” and the serial number on the sign-in beneath their printed name.

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