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Capitol Hill Tours

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Capitol Hill
There’s much more to Capitol Hill than the US Capitol building that stands atop it. It is both the heart of the American government and a vibrant neighborhood at the geographic center of Washington D.C. From the Capitol Grounds—a lush landscape of sweeping lawns and more than 4,000 trees—to the Capitol Reflecting Pool and Congressional office buildings, there is much to see and do on the Hill. 

The Basics
Capitol Hill is home many historically and politically important building monuments, including the Supreme Court building, three Library of Congress buildings, and the Folger Shakespeare Library and Theatre. While you can visit these sights on your own, a Capitol Hill tour is a great way to gain context and delve deep into American history. If you’re lucky, you may even get to see Congress in session. For a bit less traditional Hill experience, you can take a guided ghost tour—legend has it that the Capitol is haunted!

Things to Know Before You Go
  • You must reserve tickets to the Capitol Building interior in advance. 
  • Bars and restaurants are sprinkled throughout the Hill, especially in the Atlas District, along H Street NE.
  • Though most of Capitol Hill is walkable, you can cover more ground on a bike, Segway, or electric cart tour.
  • The US Capitol Visitors Center and information desk is a great place to start your visit.
  • The Capitol Hill area, including the Capitol Building, is kid-friendly and wheelchair accessible.

How to Get There
Smack in the middle of Washington D.C., Capitol Hill stretches north, south, and east from the US Capitol and the National Mall. East Capitol Street is the neighborhood’s main thoroughfare, running east through Lincoln Park until it reaches the Armory and RFK Stadium. The area is easily accessible on foot and by all forms of public transportation; driving is more difficult due to limited parking.

When to Get There
Capitol Hill is buzzing with activity both day and night. September to November and March to May are thought to be the best times of year to visit Washington D.C., when temperatures are mild and comfortable. The Hill is particularly lovely in cherry blossom season—generally in early April.

Touring the Capitol Hill Neighborhood
As you head east from the storied steps of the Capitol, the neighborhood turns into a lovely tangle of residential brownstone row houses shaded by big, elderly trees often 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. 
Address: Capitol Plaza, Capitol Hill, Washington D.C., USA
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Private Capitol Hill, Supreme Court and Library of Congress TourCity Packages

Private Capitol Hill, Supreme Court and Library of Congress Tour

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Get personalized attention and enjoy a flexible itinerary on this walking tour of Washington, D.C. Visit the highlights and landmarks of the nation's capital, such as the Supreme Court, the Capitol Building, the Main Reading Room of Library of Congress, and others.
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Washington DC Monuments by Moonlight Tour by TrolleyCity Packages

Washington DC Monuments by Moonlight Tour by Trolley

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Explore the famous monuments and memorials of Washington DC by moonlight on this narrated sightseeing tour. Hop aboard an open-air trolley and enjoy an educational and entertaining history of the nation’s capital while traveling past each point of interest. Take in the stunning views of an illuminated Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, the White House, and many other landmarks. This is a truly unique look at the iconic monuments of Washington DC by night.
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Haunted DC Walking Tour on Capitol HillCity Packages

Haunted DC Walking Tour on Capitol Hill

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Take a spooky stroll through Washington DC on this guided walking ghost tour. Visit one of the most haunted buildings in the world—the United States Capitol Building—as well as the Supreme Court Building and the Library of Congress. Hear the stories of feuding ghosts of past lawmakers, haunted souls surrounding the Trial of the Lincoln Assassination Conspirators, the phantoms of past presidents and the curse that surrounds everything on Capitol Hill. It’s a fascinating, spine-tingling adventure.
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Private Guided Tour: DC National Archives Building & Capitol HillCity Packages

Private Guided Tour: DC National Archives Building & Capitol Hill

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Learn about America’s history on a half-day private tour of the National Archives and Capitol Hill. Peruse the Archives and get a closer look at some of the nation’s most important original documents like the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Then stroll through the Capitol Hill area and listen to your guide recount the history of D.C., from a swamp to the capital of the United States of America.
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Lonely Planet Experiences: American Politics & Debate on Capitol Hill TourFull-day Tours

Lonely Planet Experiences: American Politics & Debate on Capitol Hill Tour

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Get an insider take on DC politics, history, and landmarks on a 2-hour walking tour of the Capitol Hill neighborhood that concludes in a beloved local pub or cafe. You’ll see the US Capitol Building, the Supreme Court, and the Library of Congress while chatting about current American politics and policy along the way. This 2-hour Capitol Hill walking tour is limited to 12 people for a personalized experience and offers an up-to-date immersion in America’s historic capital city.
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DC National Mall and Capitol Hill Guided Walking Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl MaxCity Packages

DC National Mall and Capitol Hill Guided Walking Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max

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Pack in tons of sights all in one day with this 5-hour combo tour of the National Mall and Capitol Hill. Make stops at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, National WWII Memorial, White House, Korean War Veteran Memorial, and Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Afterward, head to the Capitol Hill area, and see the Capitol, Supreme Court, Library of Congress, and Statue of Freedom.
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Washington DC Monuments by Moonlight Electric Cart TourCity Packages

Washington DC Monuments by Moonlight Electric Cart Tour

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Explore the famous monuments and war memorials of Washington, DC by the light of night on this small-group sightseeing tour. Hop aboard an open-air, electric vehicle and enjoy an educational and entertaining narrated history of our nation’s capital. Travel around and through the plethora of famous memorials and monuments, with stunning views of an illuminated Washington Monument, the White House and many other landmark locations. This is a truly unique look at the iconic monuments of Washington, DC by night.
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Four-Hour Private DC Highlight Tour by VanBus Tours

Four-Hour Private DC Highlight Tour by Van

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Make the most of your time in Washington, D.C., on a private tour of the city’s highlights with a professional guide. Kick off the day at the White House, then visit the Supreme Court, Library of Congress, Jefferson Memorial, and more of D.C.’s most iconic monuments and museums. Finish the day with a stop at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial.
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Private Half-Day Sightseeing Tour of Washington DCHalf-day Tours

Private Half-Day Sightseeing Tour of Washington DC

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Go sightseeing in Washington DC in the comfort of a private luxury vehicle accompanied by your own personal driver. Customize your half-day tour to your interests to take in highlights such as the US Capitol Building, Washington National Monument, Georgetown, a selection of war memorials, or one of the excellent Smithsonian museums. Your driver provides commentary about the sights, but waits in the car while you visit each destination on your own. You can stop for photo ops, or spend more time at favorite destinations—the choice is yours.
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Private DC Tour 4 HourHalf-day Tours

Private DC Tour 4 Hour

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Enjoy Four-hour private tour in an air conditioned and luxury vehicle. Small group. the driver guides and stays with the vehicle at the destination.
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Private Moonlight DC City Tour by VanBus Tours

Private Moonlight DC City Tour by Van

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Experience the beauty of America's iconic capital city during this moonlit tour of Washington, D.C. by van. Make your way in a private vehicle through historic landmarks and top attractions. Visit Capitol Hill, the Supreme Court, the Library of Congress and more. It's the perfect way to cap off a day of sightseeing with a relaxing tour at dusk.
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DC Lights Night TourHalf-day Tours

DC Lights Night Tour

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After the sun goes down and the tourist crowds have thinned, it’s the perfect opportunity to discover the nation’s capital. See the Lincoln Memorial, White House, and more in their illuminated splendor on a 3-hour nighttime tour. Save your energy and take a shared tour bus to numerous iconic monuments, including the US Capital, MLK Memorial, and Vietnam War Memorial.
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Washington DC Private Tour in EnglishHalf-day Tours

Washington DC Private Tour in English

Please call Presidential Limousine DC directly to receive a 10% discount Cover all of DC’s Major sights in four hours on this private tour of the city in a luxury vehicle. This tour is designed for visitors who are short on time and value convenience and privacy. Leave the logistics and route to your guide and then have time to spend at each location to explore on your own.
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Capitol Hill w/ Supreme Court & Library of Congress Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl MaxCity Packages

Capitol Hill w/ Supreme Court & Library of Congress Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max

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Take a 2.5-hour tour of one of the most powerful country’s governments as you explore Capitol Hill with a guide. See the main buildings, including the Capitol and the Supreme Court. Go into the main reading room of the Library of Congress, and catch sight of an original Gutenberg Bible. Also, during your tour, see the Statue of Freedom.
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The Washington DC Sightseeing Day Pass: Save Big at 15+ Monumental AttractionsCity Packages

The Washington DC Sightseeing Day Pass: Save Big at 15+ Monumental Attractions

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Discover the highlights of DC with a sightseeing pass that includes convenient hop-on hop-off bus transportation and the chance to visit more than 15 different attractions. There is so much to see in DC, it can be hard for travelers who are short on time to fit it all in. However, with this pass, you can experience everything without worrying about wasting time getting from one place to the next.
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DC: 'New York Times Journeys' Walking Tour with Beer, Cheese and Wine TastingWine Tasting

DC: 'New York Times Journeys' Walking Tour with Beer, Cheese and Wine Tasting

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Follow the New York Times’ “36 Hours in Washington DC” on this carefully curated tour based on the newspaper’s popular column. You and your guide will visit the Library of Congress, drink in bars haunted by local pols, taste some of the city’s best food and learn about local politics through guided commentary. This tour accommodates a small group of just 12 travelers or fewer, which ensures each participant personalized attention from the guide.
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Skip-the-Line National Archives & Capitol Hill Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl MaxCity Packages

Skip-the-Line National Archives & Capitol Hill Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max

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Immerse yourself in United States history with a visit to the National Archives and a walking tour of Capitol Hill. Explore with a small group (max 8 people) and a guide. See the Bill of Rights and the Federalist Papers, and personal letters written by George Washington and John F Kennedy. Then embark on guided tour of Capitol Hill taking you past the Capitol Building and the Supreme Court. This tour goes beyond the tourist sights and offers visitors in depth context and history.
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African American Heritage Night tour of Washington DCHalf-day Tours

African American Heritage Night tour of Washington DC

This is the only African American Heritage tour in Washington DC that include a great African American heritage tour of the city, a soul food dinner and tickets to the Museum of African American History and Culture. We will have only 20 people on the tour so you will get a lot of special attention from our very knowledgeable guides . The summer day are very hot and humid. Taking a night tour is much cooler and relaxing
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DC National Mall and Capitol Hill Guided Walking Combo Tour - Private TourCity Packages

DC National Mall and Capitol Hill Guided Walking Combo Tour - Private Tour

Pack in tons of sights all in one day with this private, 5-hour tour of the National Mall and Capitol Hill. Make stops at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, National WWII Memorial, White House, Korean War Veteran Memorial, and Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Afterward, head to the Capitol Hill area, and see the Capitol, Supreme Court, Library of Congress, and Statue of Freedom.
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Private Customized Washington DC City Tour by VanDay Trips

Private Customized Washington DC City Tour by Van

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Experience the very best of Washington, DC, on a fully-customizable, 4 to 5 hours private tour with a personal van and driver. Create the perfect route for your interests, choosing from over fifty points of interest. See the city’s political, historical and scenic highlights, or focus on a single theme, with plenty of time to explore the sites that appeal to you most. Take in Capitol Hill and the Supreme Court, gardens, Presidential memorials, War Memorials and landmarks, or head outside the city to see Arlington National Cemetery and Mount Vernon Estate.
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Tour of the Capitol Building and the National Archives Bus Tours

Tour of the Capitol Building and the National Archives

Efficient and affordable private custom tours. High end luxury service includes a professional tour guide, professional driver and a luxury vehicle.
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Castle to Capitol: Museums of the National Mall Walking TourCity Packages

Castle to Capitol: Museums of the National Mall Walking Tour

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Take a stroll along America’s ‘front yard’ during this guided, small-group walking tour of the museums of the National Mall in Washington, DC. Go on a walk on the east side of the National Mall, between the United States Capitol Building and the Washington Monument, with a historian guide, and learn about the design and stories behind each museum. This tour also includes admission to the Smithsonian Castle.
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The Washington DC Sightseeing Flex Pass: Capital Savings at 15+ AttractionsCity Packages

The Washington DC Sightseeing Flex Pass: Capital Savings at 15+ Attractions

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See Washington DC your own way with the Washington DC Sightseeing Pass, which lets you choose between 1, 2, or 4 attractions, museums, and tours that you can visit at your own pace over a 7-day period. The pass includes entrance to some of DC's top attractions such as the International Spy Museum, as well as access to niche tours (think ghost walks and historical tours), and discounts at DC restaurants.
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Private City Tour with Driver Guide

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Explore Washington DC without the hassle of car rentals or public transit on a private tour with round-trip transport from your Metro-area hotel. In addition to navigating, your guide provides facts and anecdotes often unheard by visitors at DC’s top landmarks, from the White House to the Lincoln Memorial. Unlike most group tours, a private tour ensures your guide’s full attention and the flexibility to explore at your own pace.
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