Capitol Hill Tours

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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. 
Location
Address: Capitol Plaza, Capitol Hill, Washington D.C., USA
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Guided Tour of Washington DC

Explore the famous landmarks and monuments of Washington, DC on this guided, 3- or 6-hour, walking and riding sightseeing tour. Hop aboard a deluxe motor coach and enjoy an educational and entertaining narrated history of the nation’s capital. Stop at the White House and the United States Capitol, plus the Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial and much more. The 6-hour tour features more than 30 sites with visits to at least 12. It’s a great way to see many of DC’s popular attractions.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Private Moonlight DC City Tour by Van

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.
  • Duration: 3 to 4 hrs
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  • Duration: 3 to 4 hrs
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Four-Hour Private DC Highlight Tour by Van

Make the most of your time in Washington, D.C., on a 4-hour, private tour of the city’s highlights with a professional guide. Kick off the day at Capitol Hill, and see the important landmarks in the legislative and judicial branches of the American government. Cruise the National Mall while hearing insider stories and facts, and pause to take in some of D.C.’s most iconic monuments and museums. Finish the day with presidential views at the north gate of the White House, adjacent to the famous West Wing.
  • Duration: 3 to 4 hrs
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US$340.00
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  • Duration: 3 to 4 hrs
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Washington DC Segway Tour

Embark on a trip through America’s past and present on this fascinating Segway tour of the Nation’s Capital. Glide past the city’s most iconic landmarks, monuments, and memorials. Along the way, enjoy fascinating narration that includes stories and information about each stop you’ll visit. This is a fun and unique way to see this historical city.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Washington DC Monuments Bike Tour

See the historical sights of Washington DC with an up-close view of significant monuments on a 3-hour bike tour by comfortable cruiser. Ride an easy route over flat terrain from the National Mall to the Potomac Tidal Basin and view DC landmarks including the Washington Monument, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Lincoln Memorial and Jefferson Memorial as you explore the attractions with a knowledgeable guide. Snack and bottled water included.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Washington DC Haunted Capitol Walking Tour

There's a long and haunted history behind one of America's most notable buildings, as the US Capitol is one of Washington DC's most haunted spots. Hear the tales of political tragedy and local superstition, and gain spooky insight into some of the Capitol's little-known, little-told secrets. Led by a professional tour guide and actor, this tour will help you see the Capitol in an unknown—and undead—light.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Washington DC Monuments by Moonlight Tour by Trolley

Explore the famous monuments and memorials of Washington DC by moonlight on this narrated, 2.5-hour 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.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Washington DC Monuments by Moonlight Electric Cart Tour

Explore the famous monuments and war memorials of Washington, DC by the light of night on this guided, 2-hour, 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.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Capitol Hill and DC Monuments Tour by Electric Cart

Explore the famous monuments and war memorials of Washington, DC on this guided, 2-hour, small-group sightseeing tour. Hop aboard a special eCruiser vehicle and enjoy an educational and entertaining narrated history of our nation’s capital. Get a glimpse of the White House and travel around and through Capitol Hill, the Smithsonian museum complex, plus a plethora of famous memorials and monuments — like the Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument — and many other hotspots. This is a great way to see many of DC’s most famous landmarks.
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War Memorials and Arlington National Cemetery Tour

Visit Arlington National Cemetery and explore some of the most famous memorials around Washington, DC on this guided, 5-hour sightseeing tour. At Arlington National, witness the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns, then stop at famous landmark locations like the Marine Corps War Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial and more. Additionally, see the Lincoln Memorial, the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial and many more — even the White House, the United States Capitol and the National Mall.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Private Customized Washington DC City Tour by Van

Experience the very best of Washington, DC, on a fully-customizable, 7-hour 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.
  • Duration: 5 to 6 hours
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US$95.00
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  • Duration: 5 to 6 hours
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Haunted DC Walking Tour on Capitol Hill

Take a spooky stroll through Washington DC on this guided, 90-minute walking ghost tour. Visit one of the most haunted buildings in the world — the United States Capitol Building, including 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.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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2.5-Hour U.S. Capitol Building and Capitol Hill Walking Tour

Explore the U.S. Capitol Building and Capitol Hill on a 2.5-hour small-group walking tour limited to just eight people. You'll enjoy reserved access to the Capitol for a docent-led tour, plus take a tour of the Library of Congress before heading outside for a stroll around the Capitol Hill neighborhood. Learn about American history, admire impressive architecture, and more on this Washington D.C. excursion.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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