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  • Address: 100 Constitution Avenue NE, at 1st Street NW, Capitol Hill, Washington D.C. 20002, USA
  • Hours: Mon - Sat 8:30am - 4:30pm
  • Admission: Free
There's nothing quite like the majestic sight of the US Capitol building, with its towering 285-foot (86-meter) cast-iron dome topped by the bronze Statue of Freedom, ornate fountains and marble Roman pillars set on sweeping lawns and flowering gardens.

The political center of the American government and geographic center of Washington DC itself, the Capitol of the United States overlooks the National Mall and the wide avenues flaring out to the city beyond. The structure houses the legislative branch of Congress and is home to the Senate, which meets in the north wing, and the House of Representatives, which meets in the south wing. When either body is in session, a flag is raised above the appropriate wing; try to visit when both are in session.

Inside the grand halls and opulent chambers, travelers can really immerse themselves in the building's (and the country's) history. The centerpiece of the Capitol is the magnificent Rotunda, with its Constantino Brumidi frieze around the rim that replays more than 400 years of American history. Look up into the eye of the dome for the Apotheosis of Washington, an allegorical fresco by the same artist. Other eye-catching creations include enormous oil paintings by John Trumbull, depicting scenes from the American Revolution.

Practical Info

The Capitol Visitor Center is located on East Capitol Street at First Street NW. Although the coveted tickets to the Capitol go on sale 120 days in advance, reserved entry can also be booked via a Viator VIP experience.

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Viator VIP: Best of DC Including US Capitol and National Archives Reserved Access, the White House ... 
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Viator VIP: Best of DC Including US Capitol and National Archives Reserved Access, the White House and Lincoln Memorial

4.5 star rating: Recommended 485 Reviews

Experience Washington DC’s most sought-after attractions like a true VIP insider. Beat the long lines and enjoy reserved entry to the US Capitol Building for a ...  Read more

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

From USD $125.00
DC City Bus Tour with Reserved Monument Entry and Lunch, Washington DC, Bus & Minivan Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 4

DC City Bus Tour with Reserved Monument Entry and Lunch

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 31 Reviews

Avoid long entry lines and see some of the most popular attractions in Washington DC on this full-day sightseeing tour. Enjoy priority access to the United ...  Read more

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

From USD $125.00
Deluxe Half Day Tour of DC with Reserved US Capitol Entry, Washington DC, Skip-the-Line Tours
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Deluxe Half Day Tour of DC with Reserved US Capitol Entry

Explore the best of Washington DC on this 5-hour tour including reserved entrance to the Capital Building! After an in-depth tour of the Capitol, you'll ...  Read more

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $89.00
Customized Private Sightseeing Tour of DC, Washington DC, Skip-the-Line Tours
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Customized Private Sightseeing Tour of DC

4 star rating: Recommended 9 Reviews

Day or night, customize your itinerary from a list of the most popular sites around the greater DC area while being chauffeured like a celebrity in a  Mercedes ...  Read more

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

From USD $350.00
Three-Hour DC City Night Tour, Washington DC, Custom Private Tours
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Three-Hour DC City Night Tour

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better 3 Reviews

This DC night tour is a duration of 3 hours. Stops include popular site such as The Capital, White House, World War ll Memorial, Vietnam War Memorial and the ...  Read more

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

From USD $49.99
Morning Monuments Tour of Washington DC, Washington DC, Night Tours
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Morning Monuments Tour of Washington DC

4.5 star rating: Recommended 6 Reviews

Explore the famous landmarks and monuments of Washington, DC on this guided, 3-hour, walking and riding sightseeing tour. Hop aboard a deluxe motor coach and ...  Read more

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

From USD $64.00
Moonlit Motor Coach Tour of the National Mall with Pick-Up, Washington DC, Bus & Minivan Tours
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Moonlit Motor Coach Tour of the National Mall with Pick-Up

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Explore the popular monuments in Washington, DC with this guided, 3-hour tour of the National Mall at night. Hop aboard a deluxe motor coach and enjoy an ...  Read more

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

From USD $64.00
Private Washington DC Deluxe City Tour, Washington DC, Night Tours
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Private Washington DC Deluxe City Tour

Enjoy all the sites of our nation's capital from the luxury of your premium Sedan, SUV, or a 15-passenger van on a 2 hour guided tour of Washington DC. Start ...  Read more

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: Flexible

From USD $89.99
Arlington Cemetery and National Mall Monuments Bus Tour, Washington DC, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Arlington Cemetery and National Mall Monuments Bus Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Visit Arlington National Cemetery and explore some of the most-famous monuments and memorials around Washington, DC on this guided, half-day sightseeing tour. ...  Read more

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $80.00
Arlington Cemetery and DC Highlights Tour, Washington DC, Half-day Tours
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Arlington Cemetery and DC Highlights Tour

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 4 Reviews

Embark on a 6-hour small-group sightseeing tour of Washington DC, which includes a narrated trolly ride through Arlington National Cemetery. Visit some of the ...  Read more

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

From USD $79.00

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