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Capitol Hill

Free admission
Capitol Plaza, Capitol Hill, Washington D.C.

The Basics

Capitol Hill is home many historically and politically important building monuments, including the Supreme Court building, three Library of Congress buildings, and the Folger Shakespeare Library and Theatre. While you can visit these sights on your own, a Capitol Hill tour is a great way to gain context and delve deep into American history. If you’re lucky, you may even get to see Congress in session. For a bit less traditional Hill experience, you can take a guided ghost tour—legend has it that the Capitol is haunted!

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Haunted DC Walking Tour on Capitol Hill
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Haunted DC Walking Tour on Capitol Hill
star-4.5
$25.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Just a really fun time!
Our guide was Samuel Chase and he was great! The thing I loved the most is when he was wringing his brain for the next line, he was able to make it look natural as if he were just retelling a story and thinking of the next place in the story, or he’d even weave a tangent out of the situation. He mixed stories from the past and current times with ease while pulling on our heart strings at times too. Fantastic tour guide. Fantastic tour.
Jarreau_H, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Washington DC

star-5
Our guide was wonderful....
Jayden_E, Sep 2021
Haunted DC Walking Tour on Capitol Hill
Our guide was wonderful. Great stories and a fun way to fit seeing Capitol Hill in when your schedule may be packed like mine!
star-5
Great DC ghost tour
Jeff_R, Sep 2021
Haunted DC Walking Tour on Capitol Hill
Great tour! Been on a lot of ghost tours in different city/locations and this is one of the best. The tour guide was in historic apparel and was very good at relaying many historical ghost stories.
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100/10
Bianca_P, Aug 2021
Haunted DC Walking Tour on Capitol Hill
Samuel Chase made the best tour guide ever. So charismatic, enthusiastic, and such a good story teller. He truly made this experience memorable.
star-5
Lively debate and very informative , highly recommended for first time visitors to the Capital
nrew2019, Jan 2020
Lonely Planet Experiences: American Politics & Debate on Capitol Hill Tour
Both Steve B and his able assistant Sam made this tour a memorable one. Lively political debate with all questions answered frankly and an excellent insight into both the buildings on Capitol Hill and the state of American political dialogue to-day. For a first time visitor to the Capital keen to learnt more about American politics and understand more about the history of the buildings this is highly recommended , shame it did not last longer! Thank you Steve B and Sam.
star-5
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.
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Fun
George_D, Jul 2021
Haunted DC Walking Tour on Capitol Hill
A fun way to tour the Hill with a knowledgeable guide. Some great stories with the added blend of history.
star-5
Best tour we did in DC
Julie_H, Mar 2020
Private Capitol Hill, Supreme Court and Library of Congress Tour
Wow! Donna was amazing! She had tons of energy, and so much knowledge about what we were visiting. Honestly we could have followed her around all day! Highly recommend!
star-5
Great tour for all ages
Bernice_B, Jun 2021
Haunted DC Walking Tour on Capitol Hill
Great presentation! Our guide was knowledgeable and entertaining it was great fun for all of us. We had a wonderful time.
star-5
Wonderful tour and guide
David_H, May 2019
Private Guided Tour: DC National Archives Building & Capitol Hill
We felt very fortunate to have invested in this tour; Donna, our tour guide, knew these buildings well, as well as her American History, and patiently paced us through the best of the exhibits, taking time where it was needed. Highly recommended!
star-5
Amazing Tour Guide!
MariaLianne_U, Jun 2021
Haunted DC Walking Tour on Capitol Hill
He was an excellent tour guide! Very charismatic and engaging presentation of all the ghost stories. He handled the large group setting well and my boyfriend and I left the experience satisfied and wanting to learn more!
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Most likely how your experience will be.
Jayson_C, Jun 2021
Haunted DC Walking Tour on Capitol Hill
Amazing, it was engaging, scary and funny, The guide did a great job of making it personal and relating past experiences to the present, it was also a great way to sightsee!
star-5
What an experience!
deannaleebutts, Jan 2020
Private Capitol Hill, Supreme Court and Library of Congress Tour
Meghan was absolutely amazing! She was informative, funny, and a pleasure to learn from. The tour was the perfect length. Thank you!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • You must reserve tickets to the Capitol Building interior in advance.

  • Bars and restaurants are sprinkled throughout the Hill, especially in the Atlas District, along H Street NE.

  • Though most of Capitol Hill is walkable, you can cover more ground on a bike, Segway, or electric cart tour.

  • The US Capitol Visitors Center and information desk is a great place to start your visit.

  • The Capitol Hill area, including the Capitol Building, is kid-friendly and wheelchair accessible.

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How to Get There

Smack in the middle of Washington D.C., Capitol Hill stretches north, south, and east from the US Capitol and the National Mall. East Capitol Street is the neighborhood’s main thoroughfare, running east through Lincoln Park until it reaches the Armory and RFK Stadium. The area is easily accessible on foot and by all forms of public transportation; driving is more difficult due to limited parking.

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When to Get There

Capitol Hill is buzzing with activity both day and night. September to November and March to May are thought to be the best times of year to visit Washington D.C., when temperatures are mild and comfortable. The Hill is particularly lovely in cherry blossom season—generally in early April.

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Touring the Capitol Hill Neighborhood

As you head east from the storied steps of the Capitol, the neighborhood turns into a lovely tangle of residential brownstone row houses shaded by big, elderly trees often teeming with gray squirrels. The center of gravity on the Hill is the Eastern Market. This covered bazaar and the surrounding blocks showcase local food, outsider art, handmade crafts, and a general bohemian vibe. It’s the place to be seen on weekends with families and friends.

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