United States Capitol, Washington DC

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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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  • Being such a tourist magnet, you are almost afraid going there to be overwhelmed by crowds. The contrary is true. The lines move super fast and the tour is organised like clockwork, taking you through...  more »
  • Don’t wait! Request a tour!! We requested ours through our state representative. This was my favorite tour we went on in DC (also toured the White House, pentagon, and Supreme Court). The tour guide w...  more »
  • Take the tour see all the sites. Last time I was in DC the Capitol was being renovated so missed getting a good picture. This time, the weather was great and the capitol looked great.  more »
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  • We took the tunnel from the Library of Congress over to the Capital Building. Ended up arriving at the Capital Building right in time to start a tour. They played a nice 15-20 minute video on the history of the Capital Building and then you get to go up into the dome and view some of the other rooms. This is some amazing history and architecture. The tour took about an hour and was well worth it. The tour is free but you do need to get timed tickets. Additionally the cafeteria in the Capital Building is reasonably priced and has very good food. We enjoyed our lunch here too! Definitely a recommended stop for any trip to DC.
  • I joined this tour while a shirt visit to DC and I think Nick took care us like we’re truly VIPs around DC. Its an impressiveness experience to the Capitol and National archives museum. It’s great to see the Declaration of Independence is a truly wonderful memory! Spent a fascinating day learning so much about the Capitol, monuments and Washington in general. Enjoyed lunch at the Pentagon City mall. Tour guide was excellent and she looked after our small party of 2 very well.
  • It was so awesome and so historical. I would defiantly recommend everyone to go there. There is so much stuff in it and it us so huge. This place is awesome! Such an amazing building. This represents the free world under the democratic regime. It is a Great place to visit especially with your kids. You may be in for a treat to meet the many lawmakers of America . There is no question about this grand building - it represents the United States well !
  • For historical reasons I would rate a 5. For the security staff 1. You are herded like cattle, with little to no direction on what they want you to do. They just grunt and point, then yell if you don't do the correct task they grunt at you. Also I took my 1 year old nephew there and they made him go through the metal detector without any help. He ended up falling and hitting his head. The guards did nothing. Also I would NOT recommend sitting in the Senate Chamber. The people there are worse. They make you feel like you shouldn't be there and they are too good for the job they do. Also I noticed the lines can be really long if you want a tour. If you want to skip the really long lines, email your senators and ask for one. Then you can skip the line and maybe meet them while you're there. Our tour guide from the Iowa senator was amazing. In the end, I would say at some point in your life you should see this place. So much history has happened there. Just the downside is the rest of the staff treat you like you're not even human.
  • Great tours by our representatives interns. Very knowledgeable and friendly. Beautiful state donated statues and gorgeous architecture. Staff around historical places are courteous and helpful and willing to answer whatever questions they can. Be sure to take lots of pictures and have open ears
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