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Capitol Hill

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3,124 Reviews
Free admission
Capitol Plaza, Capitol Hill, Washington D.C.

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!

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Haunted DC Walking Tour on Capitol Hill

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Haunted DC Walking Tour on Capitol Hill
star-4.5
$25.00 per adult
Fun and unique way to explore D.C. We loved it!
This was such a great experience and a fun way for the whole family to explore D.C. We went as a family, ages 9, 15, 16, 40, and 42. The host verified each guest and as he told stories he remembered that we were military (from our military discount) and shared specific stories that applied to us, and directed parts of the story to us. He was very personal with the whole group and impressively stayed in character the entire time, and had different character voices for some of the unique characters he spoke about. We all loved it!
Rebecca_G, Jul 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Washington DC

star-5
Amazing Tour Guide!
MariaLianne_U, Jun 2021
Haunted DC Walking Tour on Capitol Hill
He was an excellent tour guide! Very charismatic and engaging presentation of all the ghost stories. He handled the large group setting well and my boyfriend and I left the experience satisfied and wanting to learn more!
star-5
Most likely how your experience will be.
Jayson_C, Jun 2021
Haunted DC Walking Tour on Capitol Hill
Amazing, it was engaging, scary and funny, The guide did a great job of making it personal and relating past experiences to the present, it was also a great way to sightsee!
star-5
Lively debate and very informative , highly recommended for first time visitors to the Capital
nrew2019, Jan 2020
Lonely Planet Experiences: American Politics & Debate on Capitol Hill Tour
Both Steve B and his able assistant Sam made this tour a memorable one. Lively political debate with all questions answered frankly and an excellent insight into both the buildings on Capitol Hill and the state of American political dialogue to-day. For a first time visitor to the Capital keen to learnt more about American politics and understand more about the history of the buildings this is highly recommended , shame it did not last longer! Thank you Steve B and Sam.
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Good haunted Washington DC tour
Orland_Y, Jun 2021
Haunted DC Walking Tour on Capitol Hill
Our guide dressed up in period costume and had many stories of the haunts around Washington DC. He was good at leading our group of about 15 people and the people that arrived late after he had concluded the tour and turned most of us loose he continued the tour for the late persons giving them the stories that they missed. I consider that going above the Call of Duty.
star-5
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.
star-5
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!
star-4
Great historical fun
Eric_S, May 2021
Haunted DC Walking Tour on Capitol Hill
Wish we could have gone into or closer to the places the guide talked about; Not the company's fault at all. It could have been longer and they could have taken us to alternative haunted places that were more accessible. All in all a great time with lots of history explained.
star-5
Fun and unique way to explore D.C. We loved it!
Rebecca_G, Jul 2021
Haunted DC Walking Tour on Capitol Hill
This was such a great experience and a fun way for the whole family to explore D.C. We went as a family, ages 9, 15, 16, 40, and 42. The host verified each guest and as he told stories he remembered that we were military (from our military discount) and shared specific stories that applied to us, and directed parts of the story to us. He was very personal with the whole group and impressively stayed in character the entire time, and had different character voices for some of the unique characters he spoke about. We all loved it!
star-5
What an experience!
deannaleebutts, Jan 2020
Private Capitol Hill, Supreme Court and Library of Congress Tour
Meghan was absolutely amazing! She was informative, funny, and a pleasure to learn from. The tour was the perfect length. Thank you!
star-5
It was a great time!
Tina_S, Jan 2021
Haunted DC Walking Tour on Capitol Hill
Anna was great! She’s really committed to her role! She was very knowledgeable about the history of the area and I learned a lot. I would definitely recommend her to my friends and family!
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Trenton Boyz Visit the Capital Center
William B, Nov 2019
Private Capitol Hill, Supreme Court and Library of Congress Tour
Our guide, Richard Robinson III was the best, His knowledge and ability to navigate the labyrinths of the Capital Center were greatly appreciated by our group. As an added treat he took the group to visit the Folger Shakespeare Library, not to be missed if you are a fan of Shakespeare fan!
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Night Time Event Well Spent
Drew_M, Sep 2020
Haunted DC Walking Tour on Capitol Hill
Samuel Chase did an incredible job describing the history of DC, and provided some of the most well researched and factual scary stories that took place there. I could have listened for another 10-12 hours!

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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