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U.S. Capitol

U.S. Capitol

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15,023 Reviews
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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Capitol Hill and DC Monuments Tour by Electric Cart

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Capitol Hill and DC Monuments Tour by Electric Cart
$62.65 per adult
Great way to get a refresher course of history
Our tour driver/guide Olivia was friendly and very knowledgeable. She made the tour fun and I would not hesitate to go again!
Carol_W, Jun 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Washington DC

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Fantastic way to see the monuments.
Janet_L, May 2021
Capitol Hill and DC Monuments Tour by Electric Cart
Excellent way to see the city and very Covid safe. Our guide was Cortland and he was very knowledgeable about the city and history.
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Nice Tour
NancyB, Jun 2021
Capitol Hill and DC Monuments Tour by Electric Cart
I really enjoyed this tour. Our guide Sam was friendly and knowledgeable and took us to all the attractions advertised. We had time at the MLK monument and Lincoln memorial to get out and walk around which was great since it was a very warm day and walking to these attractions would have been uncomfortable. It’s a great way to see the major attractions to decide which ones you might want to visit again and spend more time.
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Very fun & informative
JPC, Jun 2021
Capitol Hill and DC Monuments Tour by Electric Cart
Our tour guide - Juliana - was excellent! She provided info in a fun & interesting manner and kept our 13 year old engaged. The highlights of the tour for me were seeing the FDR and MLK memorials, as I had never visited them before.
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Great!!!
Amy_W, May 2021
Capitol Hill and DC Monuments Tour by Electric Cart
Our guide was wonderful, very informative and nice. If you take this tour you will not be disappointed
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Great sightseeing tour
Kathy_L, May 2021
Capitol Hill and DC Monuments Tour by Electric Cart
Best way to see the sights up close and to take pictures and to get around Washington .The guide was great very knowledgeable of Washington.
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Must do in DC
Scott_S, May 2021
Capitol Hill and DC Monuments Tour by Electric Cart
All was great. One thing. The seats need backs on them for provide a pillow. I needed a chiropractor after the tour the seat was so low in my back and all the bumps in the road. My back is killing me. Now the tour was great and the guide was great.
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Sam is the best
Gregory_C, May 2021
Capitol Hill and DC Monuments Tour by Electric Cart
Sam is very knowledgeable and offered a very informative trip! He went above and beyond the call of duty by delivering my wallet to me that I forgot in the seat after he got off work last night! I am truly grateful for his honesty and integrity. 5 gold stars for sure and if you had 10 gold stars he would receive them from us. Thank you so much!
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Nick was fabulous
Melissa_B, Mar 2020
Best of DC Tour - With Access to US Capitol & National Archives Buildings
Nick was awesome, we had my 10 yr old grandson who wouldn’t leave his side. Even though some of the places where closed he still made it knowledgeable and fun. Nick even got us to the museums before they closed them down due to the coronavirus. Kept us informed of all closures that we might see on future date.
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Great overview
Jazz89, Mar 2020
Private Capitol Hill, Supreme Court and Library of Congress Tour
we toured the outside and inside three of the most important buildings in DC: Capitol Building, Supreme Court and the Library of Congress. Donna the guide provided very clear history and function of each of these institutions, with great story telling. Its a great overview if you want to have an idea about these buildings in a single tour.
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DC Tour
Lori_A, Mar 2020
Deluxe Half Day Tour of DC with Reserved US Capitol Entry
Brittney was very knowledgeable and friendly. She covered great highlights of our beautiful capital city.
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Best tour we did in DC
JulieH, Mar 2020
Private Capitol Hill, Supreme Court and Library of Congress Tour
Wow! Donna was amazing! She had tons of energy, and so much knowledge about what we were visiting. Honestly we could have followed her around all day! Highly recommend!
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Good tour, great guides!
Agata_D, Feb 2020
Best of DC Tour - With Access to US Capitol & National Archives Buildings
Very nice and comprehensive tour - the guide Nick was great, passionate about DC's history and funny - we also lucked out with a great trainee guide (Chris?) - highly recommended!

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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