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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  • I arrived first thing in the morning without a reservation, and despite the fact there was already a small line outside the door, I got straight in and into the first tour group. There is a 15 or so m...  more »
  • Took the tour. Very nice and informative. Plan to return! Make sure to stay with your tour guide to hear all the details.  more »
  • The Capitol is majestic. A work of art not only him but all the monuments around. To visit inside it is necessary to make reservations in advance. Give preference to visit DC in spring or summer as beddy-bye time outdoors that can be unpleasant in the extreme cold.
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  • The United States Capitol Hill is a magnificent building that symbolizes freedom and democracy. It symbolizes the best authorities in the United States. There are many people to visit and it is necessary to queue up early. There is a lot of outside parking spaces that require permission. It's really hard to park around, but there are many indoor parking lots nearby. Come on, the botanical garden next to cherry blossoms this season is also worth walking. Fantastic tourist attraction recommended for all!
  • The infrastructure of the Capitol building is magnificent, large and beauty in white. One can reach here if you’re covering everything in the sequence from Lincoln memorial to Washington memorial till here. Walking is really very difficult so suggest some mode of commute for this. Your senator will give you formal permission to go inside it. It’s very not only very knowledgeable tour but also you will be glad to witness great architecture and hear some stories by a tour guide. You have to be careful about parking.
  • Very educational and enjoyable. Recommend contacting your Senator or Representative to see about a guided tour. Well worth the time. Did you know that for a fee, you can request a flag that’s has been flown over the US Capital building? Comes with a certificate of authenticity from the Architect of the Capital’s office. Check your Senator’s or Representative’s web site for details. Very cool gift idea.
  • Overall an excellent experience. The reception area and grounds are very nice, the movie and tour of the rotunda was well presented. The cafeteria was clean and offered good choices for all during lunch hours. It would be hard to improve the experience of visiting the Capital. Really liked the tunnel system to the library of Congress.
  • Definitely worth taking the tour. It is a beautiful building. However now you need to go to your location congressional representative to get a reserved tour. In the past, you just show up and wait for the next tour. At least this way you don't have to wait for the tour at the US Capital. We also received tickets for the House Gallery tour. This is the balcony overseeing where the House of Representatives vote and where the Presidential State of the Union is held.

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