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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  • Take a quick stroll around the exterior, check out the visitor’s center, or get lucky and take a tour of the interior. Any of these are great options. The building itself is one of the most... 
    Take a quick stroll around the exterior, check out the visitor’s center, or get lucky and take a tour of the interior. Any of these are great options. The building itself is one of the most...  more »
  • Loved our first visit to the Capital building from the UK and learning a lot. The building is beautiful and it’s great just to wonder round at your own pace. 
    Loved our first visit to the Capital building from the UK and learning a lot. The building is beautiful and it’s great just to wonder round at your own pace.  more »
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  • This beautiful building is a must-see for everyone who visit Washington DC. The building has a long history. The place is where many important decisions were and are made that affects the world.
  • It's strange. You see this place all the time in movies and on tv, but when you see it in person you're like "wow this place really does exist"

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