United States Capitol, Washington DC

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Set at the convergence of Washington, D.C.'s four quadrants, United States Capitol serves as both a symbol of the U.S. government and the home to the U.S. Congress. The Neoclassical-style structure was constructed in several stages between 1793 and 1863; however, renovations and structural tweaks to support the weight of the massive, 88 m (289 ft) dome continued well into the 20th century. Walk in and look around--and up--the rotunda contains artwork, statues of presidents and important American figures, and an extensive fresco on the ceiling. You can learn more about the history of the U.S. Congress, Washington, D.C., and the building itself at the visitor center, which is spread over three floors set entirely underground. You'll need to book a tour well in advance (and a tour is the only way visitors can access much of the interior), as tour space is extremely limited. To visit United States Capitol and get the most from your holiday in Washington DC, create itinerary details personal to you using our Washington DC trip itinerary maker site .
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  • Last minute decision to take this trip from New York to Washington! Such a good last min choice! Visited the outside of the US Capitol, was exciting and definitely worth a visit!!!!  more »
  • Its so impressive from every angle to look at this building. Dry by or walk to it and don't miss it during sunset and in the evening it just changes the whole look of it!  more »
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  • The tour around the place was really good and very historical. Our guide was a very good one. He stated all of the states statues and made it a priority to remember where everyone in our group came from so that he could point out their statues to them. The history in there was very fascinating, but you couldn’t see much of the capitol if you didn’t have a tour. But it was relatively easy to get one once you got past security, and the rest was very amazing.
  • Great tour with lots of fascinating facts and stories. Being there during the work day is a little like being in Hollywood as you'll likely spot famous Congress members if you keep an eye out for them. We had one stop our group to ask where we were from and then filled us in on his background. It was nice to see him in his "natural habitat". If you enjoy architecture, the building can't be missed. Most people don't realize how much has changed in the construction/reconstruction of the dome over time.
  • Nice place to visit. You can take a lot of good/cool pictures. Good opportunity to discuss some facts and history with your family (specially with your kids)..Super Labor Day weekend concert by the National Symphony Orchestra on the west lawn of the Capitol. Good security work by the Police and the Park Service to keep the concert safe for everyone.
  • 很壮观的美国国会山,之前在灾难片里总是被摧毁的地标之一哈。预约的话可以进去,里面同样壮观,来首都得过来溜溜。 It's a spectacular U.S. Capitol hill, one of the landmarks that was always destroyed in the disaster movie. An appointment can go in, it's just as spectacular, and the capital has to come and run. It's a spectacular U.S. Capitol hill, one of the landmarks that was always destroyed in the disaster movie. An appointment can go in, it's just as spectacular, and the capital has to come and run.
  • Our guide Roberta was amazing. Very knowledgeable about the building and the history. The tour was great and since it wasn't busy they showed us a couple extra rooms which normally aren't on the tour. Overall definitely worth visiting.

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