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Tour Times and Directions for Visiting USGS in Reston


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Tour Times

Mondays 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Tuesdays 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Thursdays 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Guided tours by appointment only.
Self-guided tours are available Monday - Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

To schedule a tour, call 64-VISIT


USGS National Center Entrance:

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 sheet beneath their printed name.

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.

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