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United States Capitol, Washington DC

Categories: Government Buildings, Tourist Spots
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4.2/5 based on 3,200+ reviews on the web
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. Put United States Capitol on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Washington DC tour planner.
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  • Great to see and to enjoy site! definitely one of my favorites in this city so wonderful
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  • We were surprised to be able to get tour tickets the night before we wanted to go. Just check online and reserve a time. The Rotunda was phenomenal! 
  • if you want to visit the actual chambers this requires obtaining passes from you congressman. Our guide stated that you must visit their office to obtain them. So beware. There are walk up lines for t...  read more »
  • I love this place it's vary unique and the heart and center of DC. One of the most beautiful symbol of freedom in America, the paintings our amazing, and the rotunda is a whole other world. I like the tour in the capital, it's really fast and worth it when you visit Washington, D.C. You should decently go to the Capital building and the White House.
  • People here were professional and friendly, and it was a good and quick experience. Although the actual building itself was closed for some long-running renovations, we were able to see the museum and visitor center below the building. Our tour guide, who we were able to choose and chose at random, was the best part. The guy's name was Mr. Blair, and he was fluent in 7 languages and could greet visitors in 61 more. He was an old guy but super fun to tour the building with - he had a true knowledge of what he was talking about. I would recommend getting in his group if possible!
  • The tour guide was very knowledgeable. The staff was friendly. But, if you are going to dine in the Capitol cafeteria, you better be ready to fork out a few extra bucks. Good food. Just expensive.
  • I love the architecture of all the historical sites in Washington and this is no exception. Outside and inside, it is amazing. There are tours available for you to view the inside which is definitely pretty cool when you think about it.
  • Went and got a tour from a person who works for our local representative. Awesome tour guide. Very magnificent building on the outside. On the inside, there is marble everywhere. Food and drinks are not allowed. I was disappointed though that inside the main Capitol dome, there are Greek and Roman gods and goddesses. I expected an image of God watching down on us. The 1$ bill says In God We Trust.
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