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U.S. Capitol

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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
$63.75 per adult
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Peter was excellent. His knowledge and experiences are a great resource. Your company is blessed to have such a wonderful and professional person. We would recommend Peter to anyone.
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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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Great Tour with Peter
Buddy_B, Jul 2021
Capitol Hill and DC Monuments Tour by Electric Cart
Peter was excellent. His knowledge and experiences are a great resource. Your company is blessed to have such a wonderful and professional person. We would recommend Peter to anyone.
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Friendly and knowledgeable tour guide
Gilbert_P, Jul 2021
Capitol Hill and DC Monuments Tour by Electric Cart
Our tour guide Shannna was great. She told interesting stories about all the sites on the tour. She accommodated some special requests and was very engaging with the family members that were on the tour.
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Great overview of the city’s highlights and history
John_C, Jul 2021
Capitol Hill and DC Monuments Tour by Electric Cart
Kevin was knowledgeable, entertaining and very accommodating to our family. We enjoyed the tour with him immensely
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Frank_M, Jun 2021
Iconic Capitol Hill Architecture Tour
Sam was an excellent tour guide. Serious information delivered with humor. We loved his explanation of the Grant Memorial. We would do other tours with the company and Sam.
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Excellent Tour of DC
Michael_C, Jul 2021
Capitol Hill and DC Monuments Tour by Electric Cart
Olivia was an excellent guide with extensive knowledge about Washington DC which made the tour even more enjoyable and interesting. I highly recommend.
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Fun tour around DC
Ann_M, Jul 2021
Capitol Hill and DC Monuments Tour by Electric Cart
I could understand clearly every word the guide said - her name was Olivia and she was wonderful. Also answered any questions easily.
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Grizel_M, Jul 2021
Capitol Hill and DC Monuments Tour by Electric Cart
Olivia was a wonderful guide! Perfect for families,seniors and for tourists w/ limited disabilities. Well worth doing this tour prior to self guided tours on your own. Highly recommend. Our tour was well worth the $$.
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Great experience!
Joan_S, Jul 2021
Capitol Hill and DC Monuments Tour by Electric Cart
Awesome tour. Our tour guide Peter was amazing. This was a nice way to get an overview of the monuments. Highly recommend
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Excellent, relaxing and informative tour and orientation to DC.
Jeffrey_M, Jul 2021
Capitol Hill and DC Monuments Tour by Electric Cart
Relaxing way to see DC. Stops and time at FDR, MLK, Viet Nam, Korea and Lincoln Memorial sites provided a great orientation and introduction. Driver/Guide was knowledgeable and friendly and provided an appropriate level of information - just right. Driver also dropped everyone off at a location of their preference at the end of the tour.
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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.

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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