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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This is a must to see first by day and again at night. At night it gives a whole different perspective of the building. If you can get tickets go on the tour. more »
The tour was nice, we actually got there early and they let us in on a earlier tour so that was good as there is nothing else to do in the visitor center. We thought the tour was great although I was ... more »
We had a tour scheduled but couldn't make it and do some other things we had planned. I decided to cancel the Capitol tour because I knew they had a visitor center and I thought we could go there and,... more »
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The most iconic building in the world history of democracy and politics. It symbolizes world’s oldest democracy. Even if these do not bother, you must visit, for the sake of architecture of the building. The arena is wonderful. There are some guided tours inside, which you must take. There are several online sites, where you can reserve these tours. You need to research them much ahead, otherwise you might not get them. These are always in big demand! Also, the tour might take at least 2-3 hours. So your entire Capitol Hill trip can take a good 3-4 hours. Plan accordingly. Again, it’s highly recommended and a must visit while you are in DC area.
This is a great place to visit if in DC. The place is a great example of excellent architecture. The capitol dome is a unique piece of art.Our guide Ms. Anne Mary gave us the best of her knowledge during our visit. If you are an ardent lover of American history and political sciences, do visit this place!
The Capitol Building is beautiful in form and representation. Removed from the politics of it all, the building has come to represent a democratic society and does so with a level of grandeur not often seen in American architecture. The amount of detail in this building is amazing and the short, but sweet, tour they regularly offer 6 days a week is highly informative. My favorite room is the Rotunda, which features 8 massive and important paintings that many Americans will have seen in their textbooks during school, such the painting of President Washington's surrendering of power when he left the office (the first peaceful handing over of power). This location is a MUST-SEE when visiting Washington, both the outside of the building and the free tour inside.
we came here at night time and we noticed that during that Time parking was not difficult. in reality we only came up to the building and took some photos in front of the night lighted building as well as of the other monuments in the city that we could see from there. this is a cool place to visit for sure, it is a must when around town. I did not go inside so I can't say how it works to get inside or if people are allowed inside at all for that matter. But I cannot stress enough that this is a must when coming to town.
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