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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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  • The Rotunda, Crypt, and old Supreme Court chambers were part of our tour. Also love the gallery -- we went first week in January when crowds were very low! 
    The Rotunda, Crypt, and old Supreme Court chambers were part of our tour. Also love the gallery -- we went first week in January when crowds were very low!  more »
  • Tours are well organized, but must be booked in advance. Security is comparable to airport security. Liquids and food are not allowed so plan accordingly. It’s beautiful inside and you’ll learn lots.....  more
    Tours are well organized, but must be booked in advance. Security is comparable to airport security. Liquids and food are not allowed so plan accordingly. It’s beautiful inside and you’ll learn lots.....  more »
  • A nice tour and there is much to look at in the exhibits. You must book a free tour in advance! Nice movies explain the functioning of the government in relatively simple terms. 
    A nice tour and there is much to look at in the exhibits. You must book a free tour in advance! Nice movies explain the functioning of the government in relatively simple terms.  more »
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  • We went in the first week of August. It was extremely hot. Be mindful to take hats, umbrella etc. We took a capitol tour inside. It was free but you have to book in advance. You need to go there with a booking. Historic and grand. We enjoyed the tour as it was very informative detailing the story of the birth of the constitution, the paintings and also the sculptures. You can take pictures when permitted. Also I want to mention here about finding the correct entrance for visitors as there were many gates. So plan ahead of your booking. It took us a little while to locate the exact gate for entrance.
  • Well worth a visit if you are in Washington DC. Free to go in but you need to book online and there are only a limited number of visits per day. The tours include the iconic Great Rotunda and Statuary Hall. A great experience and you are free to take plenty of photos.
  • The inside was beautiful. We got the staff tour, thank to our daughter for that. She show us around and told us the history behind it. I think it was cool to see them once in your life time.
  • Do not miss visiting the US capitol. The building is amazing and the history it tells is a must do when visiting Washington DC. You can do a free tour where a guide is telling you a lot of facts about the building, the people who worked here and the ones who still work here. You can experience the history of the government of the United States here better then any where else. Secret tip: visit the capitol when the sun is down for a walk around the capitol garden.
  • It's an amazing building with its history. Really enjoy listening to the tour guide when she explained the history of the building and the statues of each states. One of destinations should visit when in DC. Before visit, should register your date of visit at US Capitol's website.

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