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U.S. Capitol

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The Capitol is among the most architecturally impressive and symbolically important buildings in the world. The Senate and the House of Representatives have met here for more than two centuries. Begun in 1793, the Capitol has been built, burnt...more
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East Capitol St NE & First St SE, Washington DC, DC 20004
+1 202-226-8000
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We got on one of the free guided tours of the capitol. It was about 40 minutes in a group of ~20 people, while listening to the guide through headphones. The tour is really good and you get a lot of information and see lots...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Alaa A
Reviewed today

To be able to access the Capitol building and stand beneath the huge rotunda/dome, surrounded by statues, paintings and friezes of America’s past, whilst Senators and Representatives scurried by, was awesome. The visitor centre itself is seemlessly embodied into the basement area of the building,...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank Tim G
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Government in shutdown we never thought we had a hope of seeing such an important part of US history So, overjoyed on our first visit to Washington from UK, that we were able to join a tour and understand the workings of US politics It’s...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank DinahGO
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We were privileged to get a special tour of the Capitol. It is filled with so much history and such beauty. A guided tour gives you much information about so many different places and things within it. The film at the beginning is very informative...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank blazer729
Reviewed 1 week ago

This building is superbly designed and has wonderful architecture, The picture possibilities are endless with its impressive dome.

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank EasternCanada
Reviewed 1 week ago

Make advanced reservations either online or through your House Representative. We had an intern take us through and even got to sit in on some legislation discussions.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Mick14020
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great tour with many unknown facts. Would have liked to have seen some of the chambers but they were being “cleaned” for the new terms. If you have a reservation, make sure you get there 30-45 minutes ahead of it as security is very slow...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Michael F
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We walked the Mall. It was a beautiful December day. Unusually warm weather for December. We arrived at the Capital just before dusk. We did not adventure past the reflection pool due to the lateness in the day. We took some wonder pictures. It always...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank jcnash1729
Reviewed 1 week ago

Although the two long line-ups at 1000 on a Saturday morning were not encouraging, some intrepid traveller from California found the shorter of the two line ups on south side of the approach pier, which shrank the wait time by a considerable margin.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Murray H
Reviewed 1 week ago

We scheduled a tour online. When we got there we found a long line to get through security. If you have a tour time get there about an hour early. We loved the tour and our tour guide was very good and knowledgeable. Highly recommend!

Date of experience: December 2018
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Meredith G
25 July 2018|
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Response from Welsh_Bev | Reviewed this property |
We were there last week. You will be made to throw any food and water / drinks away prior to entry. We ate there and it was actually really reasonable. We also bought a hotdog and water at the mall which was under $5 per... More
Kathryn B
27 March 2018|
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Response from Y9796LRbethr | Reviewed this property |
I don't think it will be a problem to be late for your Capitol tour. When we were there last week it wasn't that busy. We were early and were able to join an earlier tour. You are very lucky to have tickets to the White... More
24 November 2017|
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Response from tlp723 | Reviewed this property |
You are able to bring bags in--there are size limitations though so check the website or with your member of Congress' office. No food or snacks at all, empty water bottles are allowed that you can refill at water fountains.