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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 3709 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 $124.99
Capitol Hill and DC Monuments Tour by Electric Cart, Washington DC, Bus & Minivan Tours
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Capitol Hill and DC Monuments Tour by Electric Cart

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1338 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 $44.20
DC City Tour by Bus with Reserved Monument Entry and Lunch, Washington DC, Historical & Heritage ... 
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DC City Tour by Bus with Reserved Monument Entry and Lunch

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Beat the long entrance lines and see some of the most popular attractions in Washington, DC on this full-day sightseeing extravaganza. Enjoy priority entry ...  Read more

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

From USD $125.00
3 Hour Private Washington DC Deluxe City Tour, Washington DC, Skip-the-Line Tours
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3 Hour 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 3 hour guided tour of Washington DC. Start ...  Read more

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: Flexible

From USD $89.99
Half Day Customized Private Tour of DC by Limo or Mercedes Sprinter, Washington DC, Private ... 
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Half Day Customized Private Tour of DC by Limo or Mercedes Sprinter

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

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

From USD $350.00
Moonlit Motor Coach Tour of the National Mall with Pick-Up, Washington DC, Custom Private Tours
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Moonlit Motor Coach Tour of the National Mall with Pick-Up

Explore the monuments at night with this 3 hour guided tour of the National Mall and its memorials. Hop aboard a deluxe motor coach and enjoy an educational ...  Read more

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

From USD $60.00
Guided DC City Bus Tour Plus Potomac River Cruise, Washington DC, Night Tours
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Guided DC City Bus Tour Plus Potomac River Cruise

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Explore the best of Washington DC with a guided bus and walking tour of the city's top sights plus a (seasonal) river cruise out of Georgetown. This 6 hour ...  Read more

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

From USD $69.00
Arlington Cemetery and National Mall Monuments Bus Tour, Washington DC, City Tours
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Arlington Cemetery and National Mall Monuments Bus Tour

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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 $75.00
Small Group Moonlight Tour of DC, Washington DC, Half-day Tours
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Small Group Moonlight Tour of DC

See the top attractions of the National Mall at night on our 3-hour guided, small group tour as iconic Washington DC sites take on a spectacular glow against ...  Read more

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

From USD $50.00
Arlington Cemetery and DC Highlights Tour, Washington DC, Night Tours
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Arlington Cemetery and DC Highlights Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 12 Reviews

Experience Washington DC and Arlington, Virginia on this half-day tour! Visit DC’s most famous landmarks and monuments with your personal guide and enjoy ...  Read more

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

From USD $88.00

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