United States Capitol, Washington DC

Government Building · Tourist Spot
Set at the convergence of Washington, D.C.'s four quadrants, United States Capitol serves as both a symbol of the U.S. government and the home to the U.S. Congress. The Neoclassical-style structure was constructed in several stages between 1793 and 1863; however, renovations and structural tweaks to support the weight of the massive, 88 m (289 ft) dome continued well into the 20th century. Walk in and look around--and up--the rotunda contains artwork, statues of presidents and important American figures, and an extensive fresco on the ceiling. You can learn more about the history of the U.S. Congress, Washington, D.C., and the building itself at the visitor center, which is spread over three floors set entirely underground. You'll need to book a tour well in advance (and a tour is the only way visitors can access much of the interior), as tour space is extremely limited. To visit United States Capitol and get the most from your holiday in Washington DC, create itinerary details personal to you using our Washington DC trip itinerary maker site.
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  • Everything was fenced off and blocked. The only access was the front lawn. I was greatly disappointed. Could not get an answer if it was for the women's march, a movie, or other. So, we walked around....  more »
  • An awe inspiring structure that exudes the power of our nation. At the moment you can only see it from the out side but that will be enough to rekindle you love of this nation.  more »
  • The U.S. Capitol is a beautiful piece of architecture. See it at night and during the day to get both perspectives. It is chilling to see the damage caused by the Jan 6th insurrection and the repairs....  more »
  • It is our first time in Washington DC and we love it. What a beautiful city. The US Capitol its mind blowing. The architecture and the perfection of every little detail just take your breath away. The tours inside the Capitol are completely free. If you don’t have reservation, they’ll fit you in the next tour available. After seeing the Capitol, we went to the Library of Congress through the tunnel that connects both monuments. Very nice experience.
  • Fantastic free tour. We did the pentagon tour first and were very disappointed so this tour was a nice surprise! We booked a few weeks ahead and arrived before our time slot so they moved us up to the earlier tour. You are given a headset so it’s easy to hear your guide. The tour covers some of the major rooms, history of the building and the statues. Overall it was very interesting and a beautiful building to visit if you are in DC
  • It was first time to visit here and its is beautiful place. Well maintained and good for educational tours. The staff are polite and friendly. Gets crowded so come early. The souvenier shop has a lot of stuff. We went there during the cherry blossom festival. Tons of people around. But it is worth the drive. A must visit place.
  • The U.S. Capitol is an absolutely must-see when in the D.C. area. I had the privilege of touring and visiting the Capitol on a number of occasions while living in the D.C. area growing up as well as during family visits and business travels. It is beautiful visually from so many vantage spots both inside and around the exterior and surrounding campus.
  • Visiting the US Capitol was one of the best highlights of my Washington DC trip. I highly recommend creating an account in their Advance Reservation System and scheduling a tour at least three months before the DC trip. There are other tours, like the House and Senate floors, and the North Garden. Check their North Desk for additional touring information- but still schedule at least the main tour months before. Go to your tour line at least ten minutes before your tour time. It’s 45 minutes to an hour (whether you want to count the introduction video). The tour guide was helpful and knowledgeable. I don’t remember her name but guide was a blue-eyed brunette with an optimistic personality. The Capitol is a very popular attraction so expect hundreds of people inside and out. There’s a lot of history and art in one building. Statues containing heroes from each state. The Michelangelo like fresco painting on the ceiling of the Capitol, containing Washington in the center and a lot of symbols. Paintings containing highlights from early US host. There’s also a hallway connecting to the Library of Congress so if you have a lot of time before or after your tour, check that place out as well. Also has a gift shop with interesting souvenirs, and a nice cafe with a variety of American food and Pepsi products.

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