Learn all about the United States Capitol Building, plus get your questions answered on this guided walking tour. Stroll around the exterior of this massive, powerful house with the US Capitol Historical Society’s staff and volunteers as they tell tales of the building’s history, present, and future. Walk away with a deeper understanding of democracy, Congress, and the American way.
Guided walking tour around the exterior of the United States Capitol Building
Learn about the construction history of Capitol Hill, such as how the site was chosen, the original sandstone building, and the new extensions
Get the scoop on what goes on inside the building each day
Enjoy stories of famous incidents and crucial events that have taken place inside the walls
This tour involves a moderate amount of walking and operates in most weather conditions
Meet at Union State Metro by the Massachusetts Avenue exit at the top of the outside escalator. From there, pass Union Station, and keep trekking until your guide brings you to a stop at the outside of the US Capitol Building.
Slowly meander your way around the exterior of Capitol Hill as your guide goes into details about how the building site was chosen, what the original sandstone building looked like, and all the new extensions that have been made since then. Hear stories about famous incidents and crucial events that have taken place inside, while getting to know what goes on inside and outside the building on an every day basis. Learn how to contact your congresspeople and senators and how to see the Houses of Congress in session.
After your tour makes its way all around the outside of the building, you'll leave with some great recommendations of where to have lunch in the area. To commemorate your visit and delve deeper into the history of the building, opt for the walking tour with a Constitution of the United States booklet, or add a book, We, the People: The Story of the US Capitol.
Reviews by Viator travelers
The guide was outstanding with in depth...
, Jun 2017
The guide was outstanding with in depth knowledge of the history of the US Capitol and its history. He answered all our questions in a very thoughtful and with in depth knowledge of its history.