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United States Capitol, Washington DC

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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. 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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  • We took a tour with a congressional aide. the Capitol was packed with visitors so it was a little tough to get around, but we got to see a lot. My biggest frustration was how long we had to wait to ge...  more »
  • We had the opportunity to tour the Capitol and the guides really give it an excellent effort to explain all the intricacies and history behind the different areas the public is allowed to visit. I cer...  more »
  • Its always great to go by the Capitol. The tours are plentiful and have audio options . The rotunda is not to be missed and you can even try and stop in and see your Senator or Congress person. John L...  more »
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  • A wonderful opportunity to see our country's history as told through the eyes of our government. The tour is comprehensive and interesting. Our tour guide is knowledgeable and friendly. More than likely you will bump into an Elective or two. The fresco's and murals tell the American tale. Marble or bronze statuary decorate room after room. Both liberal and conservative ideology are displayed in the selection of art and in the large screen movie. The museum showing Congressional history is most informative and well presented. There are two gift shops, one for the Senate side and an exact duplicate on the House side. Mostly wheelchair accessible including bathrooms. Lots of walking.
  • The Capitol provides free tours to the public and is a great way to learn about the history of Austin. The Capitol building is a fantastic building to see. It's larger than the United State Capitol building because everything is bigger in Texas!
  • An amazing architectural structure with many open spaces inside and outside the premises. Beautiful stairways and guides help navigate the facility. There is even a place where you can eavesdrop on people in the lower floors, but I won't reveal it. This building has a lot of history inside, so it's a great stop on a visit of Washington, D.C.
  • Lovely ambiance to an evening stroll, especially because that's when you can have the National Mall all to yourself. It's beautiful when it's all lit up. Take a run by it in the morning for a peaceful workout.
  • Finally got to see the famous building in all its glory. The architecture is good although it's not in par with the European counterparts. Overall a good place to visit.