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U.S. Capitol

U.S. Capitol

Mon - Sat 8:30am - 4:30pm
100 Constitution Avenue NE, at 1st Street NW, Capitol Hill, Washington D.C., 20002

The Basics

Areas beyond the visitor center are only accessible by guided tour. Options include group or private tours of Washington D.C. that take in the Capitol Building and include reserved tickets. The Capitol also offers official tours; booking far in advance is highly recommended—passes are available 120 days in advance—though a limited number of same-day, guided-tour passes are offered at the visitor center. You can also book reserved entry via a VIP experience.

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DC Monuments and Capitol Hill Tour by Electric Cart
DC Monuments and Capitol Hill Tour by Electric Cart
$62.90 per adult
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Peter was very nice and...
Peter was very nice and knowledgeable! He always asked me if I had any questions and wasn’t uninteresting when telling history.
Ashlyn_B, Feb 2023

Recent reviews from experiences in Washington DC

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Worth the trip!
Shawnna_E, Feb 2023
Capitol Hill Guided Walking Tour with Entry to US Capitol & Library of Congress
Paul was very chipper from the beginning and even more enthusiastic towards the end of the tour! His excitement during the tour helped make learning fun. There were some interesting facts and sights that were brought to our attention along the tour. Had it not been for Paul, we wouldn’t have known as much as we do now. The Only part that could have made this slightly better was for the Exhibition to be opened during our visit at US Capitol. Otherwise, it was Worth the trip.
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Fabulous
Teresa_M, Sep 2022
Best of DC Plus US Capitol and National Archives Reserved Entry
Beautiful buildings and very clean. Christopher was an excellent guide. We loved everything there was to see.
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Wonderful trip!!! The...
Marcela_D, Aug 2022
Best of DC Plus US Capitol and National Archives Reserved Entry
Wonderful trip!!! The guide was knowledgeable and funny. Bus was clean and comfortable overall excellent
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Great tour but vary hard to find parking.ng.
SHERLY_M, Feb 2023
Capitol Hill Guided Walking Tour with Entry to US Capitol & Library of Congress
We weren't told the truth about parking. It was a mile away from tour. We had to walk. Some of the exhibits were closed. Tour guide was very nice and knowledgeable.
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Great tour with Barry!
Steve_B, Jan 2023
DC Monuments and Capitol Hill Tour by Electric Cart
Excellent tour. Barry was very knowledgeable about the various monument and memorials we saw. He was friendly and engaging too. Highly recommend this tour as an easy way to see the sites in DC.
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Our 1 day DC adventure
Christine_P, Jan 2023
DC Monuments and Capitol Hill Tour by Electric Cart
We booked a last minute tour the night before since we were in DC for only 1 full day. We decided this 2 hr electric cart tour would be part of our day. Well it was the highlight all because our guide JOEL!! He was so knowledgeable, friendly & super animated that he kept us interested the whole time! Plus he gave us an excellent restaurant recommendation for lunch right afterwardS! Do not hesitate to book this company but be sure to ask for JOEL👌🏽
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Visiting the Library of Congress and Supreme Court
mmgoetzen, Jan 2023
Capitol Hill Guided Walking Tour with Entry to US Capitol & Library of Congress
I was visiting the Library of Congress and Supreme Court with my family. Our tour guide was Liam. He gave us very interesting, well organized, full of historical details tour. Is was an excellent experiance.
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I know it's hard to...
Kevin_C, Dec 2022
DC Tour with 10+ Monuments, Capitol Hill & US Capitol Grounds, Seasonal Cruise
I know it's hard to please everyone but the only thing I will say is I wish the WW2 memorial stop would have been longer
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A memorable day out!
Vlad_R, Dec 2022
Half-Day Washington DC Sightseeing Bus Tour & Guided Walk through Capitol Hill
The guide was excellent! Really made the stories come to life! We saw all the main attractions in a comfortable bus. We came from London and it was a fantastic introduction to American history for the family.
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Excellent Guide and Great Tour
Miguel_F, Jan 2023
Capitol Hill Guided Walking Tour with Entry to US Capitol & Library of Congress
Paul was an excellent guide! Really knowledgeable and friendly and accommodating right from the outset. It’s a fascinating to her on its own made that much better by a guide with a great attitude. Will definitely recommend to friends and even go again, thank you!
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Great tour guide. She...
Kevin_W, Dec 2022
Capitol Hill & Library of Congress Highlights Walking Tour (With Tickets)
Great tour guide. She showed us a lot of thing and she knew her stuff. Very patient also, she was always smiling
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Extraordinary tour guide
Peters_E, Jan 2023
DC Monuments and Capitol Hill Tour by Electric Cart
His knowledge of the monuments and memorials were amazing. He made the experience extraordinary so much so that we plan to bring our kids in the summer to experience and learn about their country.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Areas beyond the visitor center are only accessible by guided tour.

  • Separate passes are required to view a session of Congress or a Congressional committee hearing. US citizens can obtain one from their state senator or representative; foreign visitors can try at the Capitol’s House and Senate appointment desks.

  • When Congress is in session, a flag is raised above the appropriate wing (either the Senate or House). The spectacle is especially impressive when both are in session simultaneously.

  • Capitol tours are family-friendly.

  • No food, drink, or bags larger than 18 inches (46 centimeters) are permitted.

  • A wide range of accessibility services are available to visitors. There is an on-demand shuttle service for those with limited mobility.

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How to Get There

The U.S. Capitol is at the far eastern end of the National Mall in Washington D.C. Enter via the visitor center on East Capitol Street at First Street NW. You can easily get to the Capitol by foot, bike, car (though there is virtually no parking nearby), bus, or Metro. The nearest Metro stations are Union Station, Capitol South, and Federal Center SW.

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When to Get There

The Capitol Visitor Center is open from 8:30am to 4:30pm Monday through Saturday except for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, and Inauguration Day. Visit in spring to see cherry blossom blooms or in winter to avoid the crowds. DC can be especially humid in summer.

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Must-See Sights Near the Capitol Building

Aside from the Capitol Building’s opulent chambers and impressive rotunda, the site overlooks the National Mall and is in close proximity to many other sights of great historic and cultural significance. Many Washington D.C. tours combine a Capitol Building visit with stops at other major landmarks such as the White House, the Lincoln Memorial, the US Supreme Court Building, and the Library of Congress.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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