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“Should be a Lot Better”
Review of U.S. Capitol

U.S. Capitol
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Deluxe Half Day Tour of DC with Reserved US Capitol Entry
Ranked #20 of 465 things to do in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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, rebuilt, extended, and restored; today, it stands as a monument not only to its builders but also to the American people and their government.
Reviewed 1 July 2014

This is kind of like being in Orlando when it’s raining. You know it’s not going to be very good, but you have to do to Disney World. While no visit to Washington would be complete without visiting the capitol, you don’t get to see much at all. The tour consists of the recently completed Visitor Center, the old house chamber and the rotunda. It’s about 45 minutes from start to finish, including a 10-minute video presentation. It’s easy to get to and well organized. There are a few moderately interesting exhibits and, of course, two gift shops. The tour itself can be slightly more or less interesting based on the enthusiasm of your guide. As for my guide… let’s just say that the thrill of being in the U.S. Capitol is gone. There is a tunnel from the Visitor Center to the Library of Congress. That’s a nice way to see the Library, which is far more interesting than the Capitol. Also, the cafeteria is good.

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Reviewed 1 July 2014

Amazing place, easy to access and we will return. We had a fantastic tour guide. You are also able to take in all of your camera gear as long as your bag does not exceed the size posted on their website. Food & Drink are not allowed though. Also get there earlier than your tour time to make sure you get through the security check. Next time we go back we will go through our representative to get a tour rather than the website. If you go through your rep. you have a much smaller tour from a staff member and are not in a large group.

Thank Lauren W
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Reviewed 1 July 2014

Booked through our Representative. The film is ok, and the tour is also OK. I was disappointed to find out that in order to see the senate or house chamber it is a separate tour that must be booked through the Representative. Overall I'm glad I went, but not sure I would do it again.

It was interesting to watch all of the little boot-lickers run around in their suits and ties acting like they were big shots.

1  Thank rosenc1c
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Reviewed 1 July 2014 via mobile

We did not go in, but was just amazing to look at. It was huge and security there is crazy!! Not to be missed. This was overwhelming!!

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Reviewed 28 June 2014

I booked the Capitol tour online a number of months ago. It was very easy to collect my ticket from the main desk.
I found this tour a little boring as you don't actually get to see very much. And unfortunately the outside dome was being worked on which meant this parachute looking cover over the inside of the ceiling.
I think that this tour would be better had it not been the weekend when the houses of senate etc. are open.
Walked through the tunnel to library of congress which was handy.

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