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U.S. Capitol

U.S. Capitol

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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Best of DC Tour - With Access to US Capitol Grounds & National Archives Building
Best of DC Tour - With Access to US Capitol Grounds & National Archives Building
$99.00 per adult
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Great Adventure
Nick, the tour guide was great, he had an enormous amount of historical facts about whatever monument we were visiting. For older folks be careful this adventure entails about 8500 steps. Some up and down stairs, as in the Lincoln Memorial.
Allen_B, Nov 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Washington DC

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Nice and clean bus. You...
Victoria_S, Nov 2021
Best of DC Tour - With Access to US Capitol Grounds & National Archives Building
Nice and clean bus. You can charge your phone in the bus. Our tour guide Christopher was amazing, very knowledgeable, friendly, and funny! He was the best tour guide ever!
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Washington DC guided tour
Sonny_F, Oct 2021
Best of DC Tour - With Access to US Capitol Grounds & National Archives Building
That I have given opportunity to witness the one of the most important historical monuments and structures of America in 7 hours guided tour while relaxing with the clean environment of the place.
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Highly recommend! Informative, fun, easy and comfortable
Barbara_N, Sep 2021
Capitol Hill and DC Monuments Tour by Electric Cart
Absolutely wonderful tour. Our guide, Sam, was knowledgeable, personable, and fun. Lots of interesting trivia in addition to the main facts. Nicely paced tour. Good mix of getting out to look at monuments and driving tour. The cart was clean and comfortable. Good audio device to hear Sam while driving. Highly recommend!
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Washington DC 101
Boris_Z, Sep 2021
Capitol Hill and DC Monuments Tour by Electric Cart
We did enjoy the ride and the guided tour around some of the DC landmarks. The White House guard didn’t let us in for some reason, but thats OK. I wish the Potomac River was a bit cleaner cause the swimming was a little dangerous. Anyways, we would recommend this to everyone who has never been to DC before.
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Worth it
Ellen_R, Sep 2021
Best of DC Tour - With Access to US Capitol Grounds & National Archives Building
Christopher was great! Worth the money to see a lot in one day. Lunch was great and the bus was clean and comfortable.
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Highly recommended if you are in DC! It’s a must see!!!
Nicole_W, Aug 2021
Capitol Hill and DC Monuments Tour by Electric Cart
The cart are so clean, driver is nice, the people that I took the tour was also nice! The views and structures are spectacular! 5 starts for me!
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Tour ran smoothly
Lynn_W, Aug 2021
Best of DC Tour - With Access to US Capitol Grounds & National Archives Building
The tour guide did a good job, and the tour ran smoothly except for a long delay waiting for our boxed lunches. The bus was clean and air-conditioned. We saw a lot, but it was very disappointing that we were unable to go into the Capitol Building (although not the tour company’s fault). Thank you.
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DC tour November 2021
Brenda_f, Nov 2021
Capitol Hill and DC Monuments Tour by Electric Cart
Elizabeth was excellent! We are from Frederick Md but we had out of town family who wanted to do a tour. My sister has a French exchange student and Elizabeth, a French major, eagerly volunteered to take our group. She was an excellent interpreter and educator. We all learned a lot. I would highly recommend!!!
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Very informative and enjoyable
William_P, Nov 2021
Best of DC Tour - With Access to US Capitol Grounds & National Archives Building
I forgot who our tour was but he was very informative. Nancy and I thoroughly enjoyed our tour. We would strongly endorse this tour.
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Fun DC tour
Timothy_R, Nov 2021
Capitol Hill and DC Monuments Tour by Electric Cart
This was very enjoyable and easy to see everything we wanted to see. The tour guide was wonderful and knew a lot about DC. The tour was very professional and friendly.
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All u need to know the most places of interest in DC
belkis_g, Nov 2021
Best of DC Tour - With Access to US Capitol Grounds & National Archives Building
Guide was very funny which helps a lot. Liked the part that u get off the bus to certain sites and u don’t have to be sitting down the whole time. The tour is all u need to know all the sites of interest in WDC. Very pleased. Money well spent. Thank u.
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Gramma Goes to Washington!
MariLynn_H, Nov 2021
Best of DC Tour - With Access to US Capitol Grounds & National Archives Building
Gramma traveling with a ten year old…… accessing tours helped us cover a lot of ground in a little time! Our guides were extraordinarily gifted knowledgeable people. Neither of us will ever forget this trip!!

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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