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  • Address: Capitol Plaza, Capitol Hill
  • Hours: Open 24 hours a day

First-time visitors will be forgiven for assuming Capitol Hill, the geographic and legislative heart of the city, is all about the majestic icon that sits atop its hill. While the U.S. Capitol -- with its towering cast-iron dome topped by the bronze Statue of Freedom, ornate fountains, and marble Roman pillars -- is no doubt the centerpiece of this area, there is more to Capitol Hill than its namesake building.

The Capitol Grounds is a lush landscape of sweeping lawns and more than 4,000 trees. At the base of the hill, the Capitol Reflecting Pool echoes the larger, rectangular pool at the other end of the National Mall. House and Senate office buildings surround the Capitol, while the Supreme Court, the three Library of Congress buildings, and the Folger Shakespeare Library & Theatre lie east.

But as you head east from the storied steps of the Capitol dome, the neighborhood turns into a lovely tangle of residential brownstone row houses, shaded by big, elderly trees teeming with gray squirrels. The center of gravity on the Hill is the Eastern Market. This covered bazaar and the surrounding blocks showcase local food, outsider art, handmade crafts, and a general bohemian vibe. It’s the place to be seen on weekends with families and friends.

Practical Info

Capitol Hill stretches north, south, and east from the Capitol building and the National Mall. East Capitol Street is the main street in the neighborhood, running east through Lincoln Park and terminating at the Armory and RFK Stadium. Pennsylvania Avenue juts out to the southeast on a diagonal and heads across the Anacostia River.

The neighborhood is accessible by all forms of transportation. Bars and restaurants are sprinkled throughout, especially in the Atlas District, along H Street NE.

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Washington DC Monuments by Moonlight Night Tour by Trolley

4.5 star rating: Recommended 609 Reviews

You haven't seen Washington DC until you've seen it at night! On this narrated evening tour, you'll enjoy the sights and sounds of Washington DC, and see ...  Read more

Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $39.00

Washington DC in One Day: Guided Sightseeing Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 42 Reviews

See the very best of Washington DC in one day! Aboard a state-of-the-art, luxury 30-passenger coach for a narrated 6-hour tour, see the White House, the ...  Read more

Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $62.10

Washington DC Segway Night Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 115 Reviews

A fabulous way to see Washington D.C. at night! Highlights include: The White House, US Capitol Building, National Air and Space Museum, Washington Monument, ...  Read more

Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $75.00

Washington DC Capital Sites Bike Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 29 Reviews

The Washington DC Capital Sites Bike Tour is a safe and enjoyable cycling trip of the most popular sights of Washington. Sites you will see include the ...  Read more

Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $40.00

Washington DC Express Sightseeing Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 9 Reviews

If you only have a short time in Washington DC, then this 2-hour sightseeing tour is for you. Traveling by van or minibus, see all of DC’s major landmarks ...  Read more

Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $48.99

Monuments and Memorials Full Day Photo Safari

4.5 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

Confused by all the dials and menus of your camera? Would you like to get away from "auto" and learn to use all the features of your camera when you ...  Read more

Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Duration: Varies

From USD $89.00

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