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 capitol is only available on a planned visit and you just see parts of it. This is understandable given it's recent past and the position of the elected officials but it leaves no room for... 
    The capitol is only available on a planned visit and you just see parts of it. This is understandable given it's recent past and the position of the elected officials but it leaves no room for...  more »
  • Tour covers limited areas given this is a working building but it's still worth seeing the dome from below and the statutory as well as hearing about the history. 
    Tour covers limited areas given this is a working building but it's still worth seeing the dome from below and the statutory as well as hearing about the history.  more »
  • This tour was awesome. You can get tickets online for free. We got tickets the same day. I kept refreshing and they opened up for the next hour. If you plan in advance, contact your congress... 
    This tour was awesome. You can get tickets online for free. We got tickets the same day. I kept refreshing and they opened up for the next hour. If you plan in advance, contact your congress...  more »
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  • 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.
  • The place was beyond spectacular. Our first visit my family and I didn’t know that we had to book for the tickets. So we decided to visit it again and booked the tickets online for free. All that you have to do is register the names and ages of the visitors. We were a total of 11 in my family ages ranging between 10 - 40 a mixture of all ages. The tour was perfect to capture the interest of all the ages in the family and the host was just amazing and accommodating in answering all the questions that we had. Definitely recommend a visit with family.
  • A place where one can probe into the political history of USA. It is an iconic place and you need to reserve tickets beforehand visiting the place. You will be provided with a guide who give descriptive analysis of the architecture of the place and historical events. 😊
  • It's nice walking around the capitol grounds. There are many nice park walkways and fountains. You can also see the supreme court and the library of Congress that are close by. We didn't make it inside but the trip was fun and I recommend you go check it out. Make sure you use the bathroom beforehand because there weren't many public options.

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