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I was attending a security meeting at the US Capitol and we used the congressional auditorium - very nice folks who managed the visitors centers - I could see many tours for the public and they were well organized and pleasant to see people enjoying...More
Tour was about 45 min with a brief video before. The guides were very nice and accommodating. Was able to get elevator pass for my husband so he didn't have to worry about the steps. You wear head phones to listen to your guide which...More
Good tour of a historic place.
We went over the night before to check out where the entry was and spoke to the policeman on duty who was very helpful and gave us a few pointers on how the system worked.
We got there early...More
You have to go on this tour! Your pay for a guide who can take you through the US Capitol. My favorite part was the trip to the Rotunda, which has beautiful paintings and statues underneath the dome of the Capitol. You can contact your...More
Visited the CVC when on a business trip to the Capitol.
Clearly a lot of money and thought have been invested in the Centre. It is well worth visiting to understand the history of the home of US democracy.
Book online in advance, but this tour of about 1 1/2 hours is well worth it. We had a well informed tour guide (who, ironically was British!) and were impressed by the architecture and history of our nation’s capitol. Tour included the old Senate and...More
The US Capitol Visitor’s Center is located under the US Capitol with access from the 1st Street side of the US Capitol. The facility its self is magnificent, taking 8 years and $600 Million Dollars to build. It’s truly a tribute to the American people...More
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You don't need your passport or ID to just visit the Capitol. Everyone goes through Security screening, which is basically like airport screening. However, if you want an official tour then you would have to book either... More
You don't need your passport or ID to just visit the Capitol. Everyone goes through Security screening, which is basically like airport screening. However, if you want an official tour then you would have to book either online, google visit the us Capitol and go to plan visit; or you can show up and chance it at the info center. You will give your name, address, etc. at that time. During peak season (spring and summer), you will have less chances for same day tours. I highly recommend booking online, the tour is pretty interesting and the guides quite knowledgeable. And best of all, it's free!
You can try getting tickets at the Visitor Centre on the day if you go early. There is a limited number available on the day. The Visitor Centre is still interesting, with a good display and information on the Capitol... More
You can try getting tickets at the Visitor Centre on the day if you go early. There is a limited number available on the day. The Visitor Centre is still interesting, with a good display and information on the Capitol Building's dome and Congress. There are a number of statues from each of the states.
The other thing that you can do if you cannot get the tour, is to apply for passes to the Senate and the House of Reps. They are separate form the tour and they allow you to sit in on the Senate and/or the House of Reps and watch them in action. You'll need to show ID to get the passes.
I would also recommend the Library of Congress. It is only across the road and it was very worthwhile. There's a Jefferson's circular library, a copy of the Gutenberg Bible and beautiful artwork and decoration. You do not have to queue to get in and they offer free tours at certain times. It is one of those sights that can be easily overlooked but which is really worth seeing.