Category: World / September 18, 2012 11:40 AM EDT
It is Suu Kyi's first visit to the United States in two decades. She is expected to meet President Barack Obama and will receive a host of awards including the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian award in the country, bestowed by the U.S. Congress.
The Nobel laureate was elected to parliament this year after a spate of reforms.
Myanmar's President Thein Sein and his nominally civilian government took office last March. Since then, Myanmar has seen a slew of reforms overhauling the country's economy, easing media censorship, legalizing trade unions and protests, and freeing political prisoners.
The West has responded by easing or suspending sanctions.
Suu Kyi's trip is expected to last three weeks.