The Fifty-Seventh Presidential Inauguration on January 21, 2013 presented by the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies.

Attendees & Ticketholders

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Getting to the Inauguration:

Choose Your Ticket Color

Red Ticket Entrance

Location: South Capitol Street at C St SE

Directions

Walking or taking the bus

Signs around the city will direct you to the U.S. Capitol. Once you get closer to the U.S. Capitol, follow signs directing you to the Red area. The Red gate is at South Capitol and C St SE.

Coming from the East of the city or RFK Stadium

Follow signs to the U.S. Capitol. Once you reach Fourth St. and East Capitol, signs will direct you to the Red area.

Coming from the South West or Nationals Park Stadium

Walk north on South Capitol St. until you reach signs directing you to the Red Gate.

Coming on the MARC or AMTRAK

Take the train to Union Station, exit Union Station at Columbus circle and follow signs to the Red Gate.

Metro

Use Metro's Route Guide to help you plan your trip.

Keep these tips in mind:

  • Do not exit at Judiciary Square, Union Station or Federal Center SW.
  • Archives, Smithsonian and Mt Vernon Square stations are closed.
  • To avoid lines at the station, purchase a return metro farecard in advance.
Capitol South

Access your seating area through Capitol South. Signs outside the station will lead you to the Red gate at South Capitol and C St. SE.

Eastern Market

You can also access the Red area through Eastern Market. Outside the station, follow signs to the U.S. Capitol. Signs directing you to the Red area will start on Second and C Streets SE.

Accessibility

Exit at Capitol South or Eastern Market, both have accessible elevators. Outside the station, look for directional signs.  At Capitol South, ADA Trained Visitor Services Personnel wearing red coats will assist you in getting to the Red gate. Signs mark accessible paths to and from the Capitol South elevators.

Medical

If you have a medical emergency call 911.

Medical trailers are located at

  • Pennsylvania Ave and Third, NW
  • Madison Dr. and Third St., NW
  • Maryland Ave. and Third SW.

Restrooms

Portable bathrooms are located at:

  • Pennsylvania Ave. and Third, NW and
  • Maryland Ave. and Third, SW

Green Ticket Entrance

Location: Second St SW at D St SW

Directions

Walking or Taking the Bus

Signs around the city will direct you to the U.S. Capitol. Once you get closer to the U.S. Capitol, follow signs directing you to the Green area. The Green gate is at Second and D St. SW.

Coming from the East of the city or RFK Stadium

Follow signs to the U.S. Capitol. Once you reach Fourth St. and East Capitol, signs will direct you to the Green area.

Coming from the South West or Nationals Park Stadium

Walk north on South Capitol St. until you reach signs directing you to the Green area.

Coming on the MARC or AMTRAK

Take the train to Union Station, exit Union Station at Columbus circle and follow signs to the Green area. They will direct you around the east side of the U.S. Capitol to the Green gate.

Metro

Use Metro's Route Guide to help you plan your trip.

Keep these tips in mind:

  • Do not exit at Judiciary Square, Union Station or Capitol South.
  • The Archives, Smithsonian and Mt. Vernon Square Stations are closed.
  • Purchase a return metro farecard in advance to avoid lines.
Federal Center SW

Access your seating area through the Federal Center SW Metro station. Signs outside the station will lead you to the Green gate at Second and D St. SW.

L'Enfant Plaza

You can also access the Green area through L’Enfant Plaza. Outside the station, follow signs to the U.S Capitol. Signs directing you to the Green area will start on Third St SW. The Green gate is at Second and D St. SW.

Accessibility

Exit at Federal Center SW or L’Enfant Plaza, both have accessible elevators. Outside the station, look for the directional signs.  At Federal Center SW, ADA Trained Visitor Services Personnel wearing red coats will assist you in getting to the Green gate. Signs mark accessible paths to and from the Federal Center SW elevators.

Medical

If you have a medical emergency call 911.

Medical trailers are located at

  • Pennsylvania Ave and Third, NW
  • Madison Dr. and Third St., NW
  • Maryland Ave. and Third SW.

Restrooms

Portable bathrooms are located at:

  • Pennsylvania Ave. and Third, NW and
  • Maryland Ave. and Third, SW

Gold Ticket Entrance

Location: Third St SW at C St SW

Directions

Walking or Taking the Bus

Signs around the city will direct you to the U.S. Capitol. Once you get closer to the Capitol, signs will direct you to the Gold area. The Gold gate is at Third and Independence Ave. SW.

Coming from the East of the city or RFK Stadium?

Follow signs to the U.S. Capitol. Once you reach Fourth Street and East Capitol, signs will direct you to the Gold area.

Coming from the South West or Nationals Park Stadium

Walk north on South Capitol St. until you reach signs directing you to the Gold section.

Coming on the MARC or AMTRAK

Take the train to Union Station, exit Union Station at Columbus circle and follow signs to the Gold Gate. They will direct you around the East side of the U.S. Capitol to the Gold Gate.

Metro

Use Metro's Route Guide to help you plan your trip.

Keep these tips in mind:

  • Do not exit at Judiciary Square, Union Station or Capitol South.
  • The Archives, Smithsonian and Mt. Vernon Square Stations are closed.
  • Purchase a return metro farecard in advance to avoid lines.
Federal Center SW

Access your seating area through the Federal Center SW Metro station. Signs outside of the station will lead you to the Gold gate at Third and Independence Ave. SW.

L'Enfant Plaza

You can also access the Gold area through L’Enfant Plaza. Outside of the station, follow signs to the U.S. Capitol. Signs directing you the Gold area will start on Third St. SW. The Gold gate is at Third and C St. SW.

Accessibility

Exit at Federal Center SW or L’Enfant Plaza, both have accessible elevators. Outside the station, look for the directional signs.  At Federal Center SW, ADA Trained Visitor Services Personnel wearing red coats will assist you in getting to the Gold gate. Signs mark accessible paths to and from the Federal Center SW elevators.

Medical

If you have a medical emergency call 911.

Medical trailers are located at

  • Pennsylvania Ave and Third, NW
  • Madison Dr. and Third St., NW
  • Maryland Ave. and Third SW.

Restrooms

Portable bathrooms are located at:

  • Pennsylvania Ave. and Third, NW and
  • Maryland Ave. and Third, SW

Yellow Ticket Entrance

Location: D St NW at Third St NW

Directions

Walking or Taking the Bus

Signs around the city will direct you to the U.S. Capitol. Once you get closer to the U.S. Capitol, signs will direct you to the Yellow area. The Yellow gate is at Third and D Streets NW.

Coming from the East of the city or RFK Stadium

Follow signs to the U.S. Capitol. Once you reach 4th street and East Capitol, signs will direct you to the Yellow area.

Coming from the South West or Nats Stadium

Walk north on South Capitol St. until you reach signs directing you to the Yellow section. Signs will direct you around the east side of the Capitol to the Yellow Gate.

Coming on MARC or AMTRAK

Take the train to Union Station, exit Union Station at Columbus circle and follow signs to the Yellow Gate.

Metro

Use Metro's Route Guide to help you plan your trip.

Keep these tips in mind:

  • Do not exit at Federal Center SW, Union Station or Capitol South.
  • The Archives, Smithsonian and Mt. Vernon Square Stations are closed.
  • Purchase a return metro farecard in advance to avoid lines.
Judiciary Square

Access your seating area through the Judiciary Square Metro station. Signs outside the station will lead you to the Yellow Gate at Third and D Streets NW.

Gallery Place Chinatown

You can also access the Yellow area through Gallery Place Chinatown. Outside the station, follow signs to the U.S. Capitol. The Yellow Gate is at Third and D Streets NW.

Accessibility

Exit at Judiciary Square or Gallery Place, both have accessible elevators. Outside the station look the directional signs. At Judiciary Square, ADA Trained Visitor Services Personnel wearing red coats will assist you in getting to the Yellow gate. Signs mark accessible paths to and from the Judiciary Square elevators.

Medical

If you have a medical emergency call 911.

Medical trailers are located at

  • Pennsylvania Ave and Third, NW
  • Madison Dr. and Third St., NW
  • Maryland Ave. and Third SW.

Restrooms

Portable bathrooms are located at:

  • Pennsylvania Ave. and Third, NW and
  • Maryland Ave. and Third, SW

Orange Ticket Entrance

Location: D St NW at First St NW

Directions

Walking or Taking the Bus

Signs around the city will direct you to the U.S. Capitol. Once you get closer to the U.S. Capitol, follow signs directing you to the Orange area. The Orange gate is at First and D Streets NW.

Coming from the East of the city or RFK Stadium

Follow signs to the U.S. Capitol. Once you reach 4th Street and East Capitol, signs will direct you around the U.S. Capitol to the Orange area.

Coming from the South West or Nationals Park Stadium

Walk north on South Capitol St. until you reach signs directing you to the Orange section. Signs will direct you around the east side of the U.S. Capitol to the Orange Gate.

Coming on MARC or AMTRAK

Take the train to Union Station, exit Union Station at Columbus circle and follow signs to the Orange Gate.

Metro

Use Metro's Route Guide to help you plan your trip.

Keep these tips in mind:

  • Do not exit at Federal Center SW, Union Station or Capitol South.
  • The Archives, Smithsonian and Mt. Vernon Square Stations are closed.
  • Purchase a return metro farecard in advance to avoid lines.
Judiciary Square

Access your seating area through the Judiciary Square Metro station. Signs outside the station will lead you to the Orange gate at First and D Streets NW.

Gallery Place Chinatown

You can also access the Orange area through Gallery Place Chinatown. Outside the station, follow signs to the Capitol. Signs directing you the Orange area will start at E and Third St NW. The Orange gate is at First and D Streets NW.

Accessibility

Exit at Judiciary Square or Gallery Place, both have accessible elevators. Outside the station look the directional signs. At Judiciary Square, ADA Trained Visitor Services Personnel wearing red coats will assist you in getting to the Orange gate. Signs mark accessible paths to and from the Judiciary Square elevators.

Medical

If you have a medical emergency call 911.

Medical trailers are located at

  • Pennsylvania Ave and Third, NW
  • Madison Dr. and Third St., NW
  • Maryland Ave. and Third SW.

Restrooms

Portable bathrooms are located at:

  • Pennsylvania Ave. and Third, NW and
  • Maryland Ave. and Third, SW

Blue Ticket Entrance

Location: D St at Delaware Ave. NE

Access your seating area through Union Station. There is a pathway for blue ticket holders starting at Columbus Circle, just outside Union Station. The Blue gate is at Delaware and D Street NE.

Directions

Walking or Taking the Bus

Signs around the city will direct you to the U.S. Capitol. Once you get closer to the U.S. Capitol, follow signs directing you to the Blue area. The Blue gate is at Delaware and D St. NE.

Coming from the East of the city or RFK Stadium?

Follow directions to the U.S. Capitol. Once you reach Fourth St. and East Capitol, signs will direct you to the Blue area.

Coming from the South West or Nationals Park Stadium

Walk north on South Capitol St. until you reach signs directing you to the Blue section. These will lead you around the east side of U.S. Capitol to the Blue gate at Delaware and D St. NE.

Coming on the MARC or AMTRAK

Take the train to Union Station, exit Union Station at Columbus circle and follow signs to the Blue gate.

Metro

Use Metro's Route Guide to help you plan your trip.

Keep these tips in mind:

  • Do not exit at Judiciary Square, Capitol South or Federal Center SW.
  • Archives, Smithsonian and Mt Vernon Square stations are closed.
Union Station

Union Station is the best Metro station for your ticket. It is located on the Red line.

NoMa-Gallaudet U

You can also exit at NoMa-Gallaudet U, from the exit follow signs to the U.S. Capitol Building:

Walk south along First St. NE, signs directing you to the Blue area will be at Massachusetts Ave. and First St. NE. You can also walk south down Third St. NE, following signs to the Capitol.

Accessibility

Exit at Union Station or NoMa-Gallaudet U, both have accessible elevators. Outside the station, look for the directional signs.  At Union Station, ADA Trained Visitor Services Personnel wearing red coats will assist you in getting to the Blue gate. 

Medical

If you have a medical emergency call 911.

Medical trailers are located at

  • Pennsylvania Ave and Third, NW
  • Madison Dr. and Third St., NW
  • Maryland Ave. and Third SW.

Restrooms

Portable bathrooms are located at:

  • Pennsylvania Ave. and Third, NW and
  • Maryland Ave. and Third, SW

Use the Non Ticketed Mall Entrances

Locations:

  • Constitution Ave at 12 St NW
  • Constitution Ave at 9th St NW
  • Constitution Ave at 7th St NW
  • Independence Ave at 7th St SW
  • Independence Ave at 12th St SW

Entry to the Non Ticketed Mall Viewing area is along Constitution Avenue NW and Independence Avenue SW from 7th street to the Washington monument. Some entrances will close as the areas fill up.

Metro has walking instructions to the non-ticketed mall from nearby stations. Purchase a return farecard in advance to avoid lines.

Directions

Coming from RFK Stadium, or Eastern Washington DC

Follow signs directing you to the Non Ticketed Mall. You will be directed along North Carolina Avenue SE and around the southern side of the freeway. Signs will direct you to the Non Ticketed mall entry points along Independence Avenue SW.

Coming from Nationals Park Stadium

Follow signs directing you to the Non Ticketed Mall. They will direct you to the entrances on Independence Avenue SW and 7th street SW.

Coming from North Washington, DC

Follow signs directing you to the Non Ticketed Mall viewing area. Signs in NW will lead to entry points along Constitution Avenue NW (from Seventh St. NW onward). From Northeast, signs will lead around the Capitol to Non Ticketed Mall access points in Southwest.

Metro

  • Union Station, Judiciary Square, Capitol South and Federal Center SW are for ticketed areas only. There are no access routes from these stations.
  • Smithsonian and Archives stations are closed.
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