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Capitol Hill

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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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Recent reviews from experiences in Washington DC

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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.
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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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Best tour we did in DC
JulieH, 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!
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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!
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Trenton Boyz Visit the Capital Center
William B, Nov 2019
Private Capitol Hill, Supreme Court and Library of Congress Tour
Our guide, Richard Robinson III was the best, His knowledge and ability to navigate the labyrinths of the Capital Center were greatly appreciated by our group. As an added treat he took the group to visit the Folger Shakespeare Library, not to be missed if you are a fan of Shakespeare fan!
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A DC getaway.
jtater9, Oct 2019
Private Capitol Hill, Supreme Court and Library of Congress Tour
The tour was excellent & Brenda was so informative. We were very fortunate to have her all to ourselves ( two couples).
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Great Tour!
Elizabeth W, Oct 2019
Private Capitol Hill, Supreme Court and Library of Congress Tour
Very knowledgeable guide who pointed out details I had missed on prior trips to DC. Due to a Supreme Court event the guide rearranged the tour for maximum learning. Viewing the Senate Chambers was a highlight.
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VERY Knowledgable
John B, Aug 2019
Private Capitol Hill, Supreme Court and Library of Congress Tour
Jennifer, was a super guide, knew her Capital,,lucky to get her..thank you Jennifer,, Highly recommend ask for Jennifer
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Capitol Walking Tour
DrFlow, Aug 2019
Private Capitol Hill, Supreme Court and Library of Congress Tour
Very informative tour. We had Bess as our tour guide and she was enthusiastic about several things and gave us lots of information about the history of the Library of Congress Building, Supreme Court Building, and Capitol Building. All of the buildings were beautiful and well worth the entire tour. It's a must see attraction if you are in Washington DC for vacation.

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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