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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. 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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  • The Capitol Building Dome looks great after the scaffolding has come down and the restoration is complete. Although I've done other tours before, it is always good to connect again with our history an...  more »
  • This Place is one of the must Visit place when in DC, Please keep at least few hours for this place as it is historically very important location. This Place is easily accessible, Best way to reach he...  more »
  • We were lucky - no booking, walked straight into a tour and had a group of only 6 people with an excellent guide. The trick appeared to be to go for the group that was happy to walk and use the stairs...  more »
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  • Pass on this one. It's full of greedy lawyers who want nothing more in this world than to bend and shape the laws of the land into vehicles they can use to drive their personal wealth. Until these greed-stricken politicians are reigned in, there will be no great America. We the People must unite.
  • Such an amazing building. The tour is relatively Limited in what you get to see. You got to go into the main Dome of course which is pretty amazing. You go into a couple other rooms which hold historical importance and have historical sculptures, but note that you will never get to see any of the areas where staff and currently used rooms for the House and Senate
  • Exquisite art and architecture throughout. Knowledgeable and friendly tour guides. U S History revealed through paintings, frescoes, sculptures, and too many symbolic features to count. Fascinating even for non history buffs.
  • A must visit while in Washington DC. Admirable architecture, engineering, and art. It symbolizes the deep meaning and roots of freedom and democracy in modern history. Well preserved, friendly staff. A major bureaucratic problem: To visit the House of Representatives, visitors are asked to go and bring a ticket from their own representative across the street at another building, wait in line again, and go through all the security checks all over again. While you can get a ticket to visit the Senate gallery relatively easily, this is outdated not-so-nice bureaucracy unfitting the 21st century.
  • Phenomenal building with an interesting and troubled past. The guides were great and there was lots to see. Make sure you eat something before you come in because food is fairly expensive.