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  • Address: Capitol Plaza, Capitol Hill, Washington D.C., USA
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 thoroughfare in the neighborhood, running east through Lincoln Park until it reaches 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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Capitol Hill and DC Monuments Tour by Electric Cart, Washington DC, null
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Capitol Hill and DC Monuments Tour by Electric Cart

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1266 Reviews

See Washington DC’s major sites in a fun, unique way – aboard an electric cart! As you explore Capitol Hill, see famous monuments and landmarks including the ...  Read more

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

From USD $52.00
Haunted DC Walking Tour on Capitol Hill, Washington DC, Historical & Heritage Tours
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Haunted DC Walking Tour on Capitol Hill

3 star rating: Worth doing 8 Reviews

Hear spectral stories on a haunted walking tour around one of the most haunted buildings in the world – the Capitol Building where the U.S. Congress ...  Read more

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $25.00
Four Hour Private DC Highlight Tour by Van, Washington DC, Ghost & Vampire Tours
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Four Hour Private DC Highlight Tour by Van

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 207 Reviews

Welcome to our Nation's Capitol! Washington, D.C. is home to historical memorials, monuments, great institutions and beauty that make each day a special event. ...  Read more

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $156.00
Private Moonlight DC City Tour by Van, Washington DC, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Private Moonlight DC City Tour by Van

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 168 Reviews

To see the Capitol City under a moon lit sky is a bucket list item. A private tour with your own guide and private transportation adds to your experience! This ...  Read more

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $156.00
Washington DC Haunted Capitol Walking Tour, Washington DC, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Washington DC Haunted Capitol Walking Tour

America’s most famous building is also one of its most haunted. The ghostly history of the U.S. Capitol campus is revealed in a two-hour walk led by a licensed ...  Read more

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

From USD $20.00
Washington DC in a Day Tour, Washington DC, Ghost & Vampire Tours
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Washington DC in a Day Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 1736 Reviews

Soak up the best of Washington DC on this full-day tour that combines informative narration with free time to explore popular sights. Step off your coach to ...  Read more

Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $49.99
Washington DC Day Tour from New York City, New York City, Historical & Heritage Tours
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Washington DC Day Tour from New York City

4.5 star rating: Recommended 108 Reviews

Enjoy a full-day tour from New York City to the capital of the United States, Washington DC, with a professional guide. Visit iconic landmarks like the ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: 14 hours (approx.)

From USD $145.00
Private Customized Washington DC City Tour by Van, Washington DC, Day Trips
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Private Customized Washington DC City Tour by Van

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 105 Reviews

This all day, private tour may be customized to your specific interests. Front door pick-up service within the greater DC area, select from more than fifty ...  Read more

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $84.00
Washington DC Monuments by Moonlight Electric Cart Tour, Washington DC, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Washington DC Monuments by Moonlight Electric Cart Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 484 Reviews

Take in Washington DC’s landmarks at night, including the White House, US Capitol Building and Washington Monument, on a guided tour via an electric cart. ...  Read more

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

From USD $52.00
War Memorials and Arlington National Cemetery Tour, Washington DC, Night Tours
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War Memorials and Arlington National Cemetery Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 852 Reviews

Explore Washington DC’s Arlington National Cemetery and most famous memorials on this 5-hour coach or van and walking tour. See JFK’s grave site and the ...  Read more

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

From USD $68.99

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