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U.S. Capitol
The U.S. Capitol dome towers above the Roman columns and manicured gardens of this iconic heart of American government. Topped by the bronze Statue of Freedom, the Capitol is the political and geographic center of Washington D.C. The building houses the legislative branch of Congress, with the Senate meeting in the north wing and the House of Representatives in the south wing. When Congress is in session, visitors can watch politicians debate all flavors of legislative issues, as they’ve done here since 1800.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
Address: 100 Constitution Avenue NE, at 1st Street NW, Capitol Hill, Washington D.C. 20002, USA
Hours: Mon - Sat 8:30am - 4:30pm
Admission: Free
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Viator VIP Tours

Best of DC Including US Capitol, National Archives Reserved Access, White House and Lincoln Memorial

Beat the long entrance lines and experience some of the most popular attractions in Washington, DC like an insider on this full-day sightseeing tour. Enjoy priority entry into the United States Capitol, the home of Congress. Then visit the National Archives Building, where the original Bill of Rights, the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution are on display. In between, see the city’s most famous landmarks and monuments, like the White House, the Lincoln Memorial and more.
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Historical & Heritage Tours

African-American History City Tour with Reserved Museum Entry

Immerse yourself in the history of African-American culture in the United States during this half-day history excursion in the Nation’s Capital. Follow the path of the first African-Americans at Jamestown through the Civil Rights movement, checking out key sites like Howard University, the vibrant neighborhood of LeDriot Park, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the M.L.K. Memorial, plus much more.
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  • 4 hours
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Bus & Minivan Tours

Washington DC Guided Night Tour

Ride a luxury coach past major landmarks on this night bus tour of Washington DC. Gaze at floodlit memorials and monuments, such as the magnificent Lincoln Memorial and the glow of the Jefferson Memorial reflected in the Tidal Basin. After this sightseeing tour, you’ll understand why the nation’s capital is considered one of the world’s most beautiful cities at night.
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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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Historical & Heritage Tours

Washington DC Day Trip from New York

On this New York to Washington DC day trip, you can see the top sights of the nation’s capital in one day, with all transportation and entrance fees included. Travel by van or bus to DC, where you’ll take a panoramic sightseeing tour past major landmarks like the White House, Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial. Plus, visit Arlington Cemetery and the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum.
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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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Historical & Heritage Tours

Capitol Hill and DC Monuments Tour by Electric Cart

Explore the famous monuments and war memorials of Washington, DC on this 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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Night Tours

Washington DC Twilight Tour

There's a certain magic to Washington DC when the sun gets low in the sky, and the pale orange glow of evening twilight begins to change into night. On this twilight Washington DC open top double-decker bus tour, grab your camera and hop on board to tour America's capital, as we cruise by bus around the memorials, monuments, and US Capitol. You'll also have time to snap a photo while standing outside the White House, and pay your respects at war memorials from Korea and World War II.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Hop-on Hop-off Tours

Big Bus Washington DC Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Discover the most popular sights in Washington, DC on this relaxing hop-on hop-off bus tour. Drive past many of the top attractions in the nation’s capital — including the White House, the Washington Monument, the National Mall, historic Georgetown, and Arlington National Cemetery, and choose where you want to get off and explore in more detail. Select a 1- or 2-day pass, then hop on at any of the stops on two different routes and get to know the city with a combination of both live and audio commentary. The 2-day option includes admission to Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum.
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City Tours

Washington DC in One Day: Guided Sightseeing Tour

Experience the sights and sounds of Washington, DC in one day on this guided walking and riding sightseeing tour around the nation’s capital. Visit the city’s historic, iconic landmarks and monuments, like the White House, the United States Capitol, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the Marine Corps War Memorial. See and learn about the memorials of famous American leaders who helped shape the United States, like Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson and Martin Luther King, Jr., to name a few. Includes a seasonal Potomac River cruise.
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Night Tours

Epic Washington DC Evening Tour: Small-Group Van Tour

Explore the famous monuments and war memorials of Washington, DC by the light of night on this guided, 4-hour, small-group sightseeing tour. Hop aboard a Dodge Sprinter van and enjoy an educational and entertaining narrated history of the 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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Hop-on Hop-off Tours

Washington DC Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley + Arlington Nat'l Cemetery, Water Taxi Upgrade

Take a hop-on hop-off Washington DC trolley tour to explore the nation’s capital at your own pace. The route encompasses the city’s top attractions, including the White House, Lincoln Memorial, and Arlington National Cemetery (if option is selected). This is the only tour to take you into the Arlington National Cemetery (if option is selected). Just hop off at any stop when you want to explore, and then hop back on the trolley to continue around the city. When booking, select a silver, gold or platinum pass, depending upon your interests.
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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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Night Tours

See DC Today Small Group Guided Moonlight Tour Of DC With Transportation

Washington, DC’s monuments and landmarks light up after dark, perfect for dramatic views and memorable photos of the capital city. Explore the sights from the National Mall to the White House and key memorials on this guided small-group night tour that includes transport between locations.
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Night Tours

Washington DC Night Tour with Hotel Pickup

Explore the monuments, war memorials and famous sites of Washington, DC by the light of night on this guided, 4-hour, small-group sightseeing tour. Enjoy an educational and entertaining narrated history of the US 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. Also, see the Potomac River, Dupont Circle, Washington National Cathedral and much more. This is a truly unique look at Washington, DC by night.
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Half-day Tours

See DC Today - Small Group Guided Half Day Tour of DC With Transportation

Experience the history and culture of the nation’s capital on this comprehensive, 4-hour, small-group tour. Travel in a comfortable vehicle complete with phone chargers, umbrellas, and a flat screen TV, and see Washington DC’s monuments, museums, and memorials with a guide. See the US Capitol building, the White House, the Mall and more. Avoid the hassles of driving, or navigating public transportation and leave the logistics to your guide.
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Cultural Tours

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7 Day Tour New York+Princeton+Philadelphia+Washington D.C.+Niagara Falls (AP7U)

1. [Delicacy] Boston lobster dinner and New England clam chowder!2. [Accommodation] All deluxe hotels.3. [Expert] Tour experts. The only tour operator provides 24/7 uninterrupted customer service hotline.4. [Explore]Visit 6 noted cities and 3 famous schools in USA. Have a taste of the elegant lifestyle of New York. Visit the iconic city that is the heart of a powerful nation, Washington D.C. Understand the historical importance and heritage of Philadelphia, and Boston. Enjoy the majestic view of the natural wonder, Niagara Falls.5. [Shopping]*Self-guided tour in Flushing tour (JFK/LGA) Or Shopping at Jersey Garden outlet(EWR)on the day of Airport pick up(JFK/LGA).6. [Entertainment] Learn about US politics, economy, culture, and education system using the shortest amount of time.Promotional informationBuy 2 Get 2 Free
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Private Day Trips

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Private Washington DC Day Trip from New York

Visit Washington, D.C., on a private, full-day trip from New York City with a chauffeured minivan that accommodates up to six passengers. Enjoy the ride in comfort and style, then spend a day exploring the capital’s most important sites. See the United States Capitol and the moving tombs of the Arlington National Cemetery, then continue to the White House and Presidential memorials. Visit the museums and monuments that line the National Mall before returning to New York.
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  • 15 hours
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Bus & Minivan Tours

Deluxe Half Day Tour of DC with Reserved US Capitol Entry

See the US Capitol Building and Washington DC landmarks on a 5-hour, guided tour in a climate-controlled shuttle bus. You’ll save time with reserved entrance to the Capitol building, take in the sites along the National Mall, view the White House, and pass a series of iconic presidential and war memorials. This 5-hour DC tour begins and ends at central locations by the National Mall, and offers a great introduction to the city’s highlights.
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Private Sightseeing Tours

Private Washington D.C. Monuments Tour

Explore the famous sites of Washington D.C. on this private, 4-hour tour. Climb aboard an air-conditioned minivan with just your group and learn more about the nation’s capital with a guide. Customize your itinerary to fit your interests, traveling to the war memorials and monuments of your choosing. Opt to see the White House, the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, and more, along with D.C.’s residential neighborhoods. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
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  • 4 hours
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Historical & Heritage Tours

2-Day Grand Tour of Washington DC

Explore the most famous landmark locations in and around Washington, DC on this guided, 2-day sightseeing tour. Visit popular attractions like the White House Visitor Center, the United States Capitol and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, to name just a few. Then travel to Mount Vernon, George Washington's beloved plantation in Virginia and Arlington National Cemetery to witness the Changing of the Guard. Along the way, hear colorful stories and learn little known facts about all the monuments, statues, buildings and locations in and around DC.
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Night Tours

Moonlit Motor Coach Tour of the National Mall with Pick-Up

See Washington, DC’s best sites light up after dark on a 3-hour, nighttime tour of the National Mall and monuments. Listen to an entertaining narrated history of the capital city, then stop to explore the most important destinations, from moving tributes to America's 20th-century wars to inspiring presidential landmarks. Take in the White House and the U.S. Capitol building at their most picturesque and get the perfect orientation and overview of Washington, DC.
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  • 3 hours
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Segway Tours

Washington DC Segway Night Tour

Glide through Washington, D.C. in the glow of the evening on this fabulous evening tour past some of the city’s most iconic monuments and memorials including The White House, the US Capitol Building, and the Washington Monument. Enjoy spectacular views of historic sites as they light the night sky. This is a truly unique way to see the city.
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  • 3 hours
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Day Trips

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DC Monuments By Day

Get to know the monuments of Washington DC on a sightseeing tour that provides the ideal introduction to the city--perfect for the start of your stay. You'll pass by top attractions such as Lincoln Memorial and the White House, plus, depending on the season of your visit, visit Georgetown or take a Potomac River cruise. This tour combines riding in a climate-controlled bus and walking around some areas, providing a comprehensive overview of the memorials and landmarks.
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  • 6 hours
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