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  • Address: 100 Constitution Avenue NE, at 1st Street NW, Capitol Hill
  • 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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