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Capitol Hill
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. 
Address: Capitol Plaza, Capitol Hill, Washington D.C., USA
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Day Trips

Washington DC and Philadelphia in One day From New York City

Explore two of the USA's capital cities, Washington DC and Philidelphia, on a full-day trip from New York City. Explore famed monuments in the nations current capital, Washington DC, such as the White House, Capitol Building, and the Lincoln Memorial. Then, discover Philadelphia, the nation's first capital, visiting the famed steps from the film "Rocky". This full-day tour includes round-trip transport from NYC.
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Multi-day Tours

Two Day Combo: Niagara Falls and Washington with Philadelphia from New York

Make the most of your time in New York with a combo tour to 2 major east coast destinations: Washington DC, Niagara Falls, and Philadelphia. With bilingual guides and round-trip transport from downtown Manhattan, the tour package eliminates the stress of navigating and planning on your own. Your guide takes you to each city’s highlights, ensuring you see and learn as much as possible along the way.
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Private Sightseeing Tours

Private City Tour with Driver Guide

Explore Washington DC without the hassle of car rentals or public transit on a private tour with round-trip transport from your Metro-area hotel. In addition to navigating, your guide provides facts and anecdotes often unheard by visitors at DC’s top landmarks, from the White House to the Lincoln Memorial. Unlike most group tours, a private tour ensures your guide’s full attention and the flexibility to explore at your own pace.
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Historical & Heritage Tours

Dc Lights Night Tour

After the sun goes down and the tourist crowds have thinned, it’s the perfect opportunity to discover the nation’s capital. See the Lincoln Memorial, White House, and more in their illuminated splendor on a 3-hour nighttime tour. Save your energy and take a shared tour bus to numerous iconic monuments, including the US Capital, MLK Memorial, and Vietnam War Memorial.
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  • 3 hours
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Day Trips

Washington DC Day Tour from New York City

See the highlights of the nation’s capital in this day trip from New York City. With a knowledgeable guide, visit iconic landmarks such as the Vietnam War Memorial, the Washington Monument and the Iwo Jima Memorial. Stop by the White House and get glimpses of the Capitol Building and Arlington National Cemetery.
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  • 14 hours
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Night Tours

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.
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Night Tours

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 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.
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Multi-day Tours

2-Day Washington DC, Philadelphia and Amish Country Tour from New York

When visiting New York City, get to know some of the surrounding region with this guided, 2-day tour through Philadelphia, Washington, DC, and Pennsylvania’s Amish country. Explore two of America’s most popular cities — Philadelphia and Washington — visiting attractions from the Liberty Bell and Constitution Hall to Capitol Hill, the Lincoln Memorial and so much more. Then spend time in the quiet town of Lancaster, PA. Take a ride in a horse-drawn carriage and experience the simpler life of the Amish people. All transportation and overnight accommodations included.
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City Tours

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.
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Multi-day Tours

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4-day Niagara Falls, Washington DC, and Philadelphia tour from New York

Experience Niagara Falls, one of the world’s most famous natural wonders, and take in regional highlights on this 4-day tour from New York. Cruise beneath the falls on the Maid of the Mist; discover local life in New Jersey and Philadelphia; ride an Amish Buggy through Amish country; and marvel at the historic monuments of Washington DC.
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  • 4 days
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5-Day Tour: Philadelphia, D.C., Niagara Falls, and Toronto from New York City

From the towering skyscrapers of New York City to the tumbling cascades at Niagara Falls, the Northeast United States and Southeast Canada offer visitors a variety of superlative-inducing attractions. See the best the region has to offer on this 5-day tour from New York City, which includes four nights of accommodation; transportation among New York City, Niagara Falls, 1000 Lakes, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., and Toronto;  and all meals and activities as per itinerary.
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Bus & Minivan Tours

Private Customized Washington DC City Tour by Van

Experience the very best of Washington, DC, on a fully-customizable, 4 to 5 hours 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.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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Private Sightseeing Tours

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.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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Segway Tours

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.
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Ports of Call Tours

Private Half-Day Sightseeing Tour of Washington DC

Go sightseeing in Washington DC in the comfort of a private luxury vehicle accompanied by your own personal driver. Customize your half-day tour to your interests to take in highlights such as the US Capitol Building, Washington National Monument, Georgetown, a selection of war memorials, or one of the excellent Smithsonian museums. Your driver provides commentary about the sights, but waits with the car while you visit each destination on your own. You can stop for photo ops, or spend more time at favorite destinations—the choice is yours.
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Multi-day Tours

In-depth Niagara Falls & Washington DC Tour from New York & New Jersey

Even if you have only limited time, you can still take in several must-see American attractions on this 3-day tour to Niagara Falls and Washington, DC. Start off at the majestic falls and see them illuminated at night, then head for the capital city to explore its famed monuments and memorials.
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Historical & Heritage Tours

Private Guided Walking Tour: Capitol Hill w/ Supreme Court & Library of Congress

Get personalized attention and enjoy a flexible itinerary on this walking tour of Washington, D.C. Visit the highlights and landmarks of the nation's capital, such as the Supreme Court, the Capitol Building, the Main Reading Room of Library of Congress, and others.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Nature & Wildlife

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Three days Washington D.C. and Niagara Falls Tours from NYC/NJ EDN3

1. four different boarding location, add one address on Special Requirements section at "add an optional note for the tour provider" as the boarding point before you check out. a. 15367 Horace Harding Expy, Flushing, NY 11367 b. 229 W 43rd St, New York, NY 10036 c. 185 12th St, Jersey City, NJ 07310 d. 1155 US-46 E, Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ 07054 2. Free Continental Breakfast at the hotel 3. One free bottle of water per person per day4. Free admission for the exciting Maid of the Mist boat tour takes you close to the Fall5. Hotel only Five mins walk away from Niagara Falls 6. Enjoy the illumination night view of Niagara Falls7. Explore the capital of United State - Washington D.C.
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Ghost & Vampire Tours

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.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Walking Tours

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.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Cultural Tours

Magic LED Exclusive Guided Night Tour with Hotel Pickup

See the landmarks of Washington DC on a night tour that highlights the major monuments of the United States capital. This night tour uses audio-visual technology including bluetooth earpieces that make it easy to hear the guide’s commentary, and LED bracelets to identify the group. View top destinations including the US Capitol, the White House, and memorials to Martin Luther King Jr, Abraham Lincoln, and Thomas Jefferson.
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  • 3 hours
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Private Sightseeing Tours

Four-Hour Private DC Highlight Tour by Van

Make the most of your time in Washington, D.C., on a private tour of the city’s highlights with a professional guide. Kick off the day at the White House, then visit the Supreme Court, Library of Congress, Jefferson Memorial, and more of D.C.’s most iconic monuments and museums. Finish the day with a stop at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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Walking Tours

Capitol Hill w/ Supreme Court & Library of Congress Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max

Take a 2.5-hour tour of one of the most powerful country’s governments as you explore Capitol Hill with a guide. See the main buildings, including the Capitol and the Supreme Court. Go into the main reading room of the Library of Congress, and catch sight of an original Gutenberg Bible. Also, during your tour, see the Statue of Freedom.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Sightseeing Passes

The Washington DC Sightseeing Flex Pass: Capital Savings at 15+ Attractions

See Washington DC your own way with the Washington DC Sightseeing Pass, which lets you choose between 1, 2, or 4 attractions, museums, and tours that you can visit at your own pace over a 7-day period. The pass includes entrance to some of DC's top attractions such as the International Spy Museum, as well as access to niche tours (think ghost walks and historical tours), and discounts at DC restaurants.
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