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Library of Congress Tours

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Library of Congress
Washington DC’s Library of Congress is the world’s largest library and keeper of the nation’s most important historical documents. It houses more than 160 million items, including maps, manuscripts, films, and prints. Its more than 30 million books line miles of bookshelves in three different buildings—and many are not on public display.

The Basics
Impressive, stained glass windows and sculptures in the Great Hall of the Thomas Jefferson Building welcome you to the Library of Congress. It is a working research library, and you can view historical documents and books in any of the 22 reading rooms. Guided tours can help you navigate the massive collection, and you can tailor them to specific points of interest or simply to get a varied overview of the collection. Alternatively, visit the Jefferson Building independently and enjoy its stained glass ceiling, marble columns, mosaics, and paintings. 

The library is included on many guided sightseeing tours of DC, and is in close proximity to other attractions on and near the National Mall. Hop-on hop-off bus and trolley tours let you see many monuments in less time, and can help make the vast scale and number of sights in the capital more manageable.

Thing to Know Before You Go
  • The Library of Congress is a must for history and literature buffs.
  • Visitors aged 18 or older with a valid ID can use the library.
  • As a research library, documents are available for visitors to look at within the library but may not be checked out.
  • The Jefferson Building’s visitors center has a multimedia information kiosk.
  • Washington DC has extreme seasons and weather. Check the forecast and dress accordingly.
  • All library buildings are accessible to wheelchairs and strollers. Resources and services such as sign-language interpretations and touch tours are available; inquire in advance or upon arrival.

How to Get There
The Library of Congress is located on Independence Avenue, just east of the Capitol, next to the Supreme Court building. The nearest metro station is Capitol South, and the library is also easily accessible by bus and on foot from many major DC attractions.
 
When to Go
The Thomas Jefferson Building is open from 8:30am to 4:30pm Monday through Saturday; hours at the James Madison Memorial and John Adams buildings are typically from 8:30am to 9:30pm Monday through Saturday but vary daily. All buildings are closed on Sundays, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. The Madison Building hosts occasional concerts and film screenings. Check the LOC website for up-to-date information on events and opening hours.

National Digital Library
The Library of Congress offers an online service that gives participants access to thousands of documents, maps, musical scores, photographs, and texts of famous speeches. Desks in the Jefferson Building’s Main Reading Room are wired for laptops, where you can peruse the vast digital archive on your own computer.
Address: 101 Independence Avenue SE, Washington D.C. 20540, USA
Admission: Free
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Private Capitol Hill, Supreme Court and Library of Congress Tour

Private Capitol Hill, Supreme Court and Library of Congress Tour

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Get personalized attention and enjoy a flexible itinerary on this walking tour of Washington, D.C. Visit the highlights and landmarks of the nation's capital, such as the Supreme Court, the Capitol Building, the Main Reading Room of Library of Congress, and others.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$73.14
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Washington DC Monuments by Moonlight Tour by Trolley

Washington DC Monuments by Moonlight Tour by Trolley

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Explore the famous monuments and memorials of Washington DC by moonlight on this narrated sightseeing tour. Hop aboard an open-air trolley and enjoy an educational and entertaining history of the nation’s capital while traveling past each point of interest. Take in the stunning views of an illuminated Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, the White House, and many other landmarks. This is a truly unique look at the iconic monuments of Washington DC by night.
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  • 3 hours
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$45.00
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Best of DC Tour - With Access to US Capitol & National Archives Buildings

Best of DC Tour - With Access to US Capitol & National Archives Buildings

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Beat the long entrance lines and experience some of the most popular attractions in Washington, DC like an insider on this full-day sightseeing tour. Enjoy priority entry into the United States Capitol, the home of Congress. Then visit the National Archives Building, where the original Bill of Rights, the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution are on display. In between, see the city’s most famous landmarks and monuments, like the White House, the Lincoln Memorial and more.
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  • 8 hours
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$125.00
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Washington DC Old Town Trolley Plus Arlington National Cemetery

Washington DC Old Town Trolley Plus Arlington National Cemetery

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Take a 90 minute Washington DC trolley tour to explore the nation’s capital. The route encompasses the city’s top attractions, including the White House, Lincoln Memorial, and Arlington National Cemetery (if option is selected). This is the only tour to take you into the Arlington National Cemetery (if option is selected).
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Capitol Hill Guided Small-Group Walking Tour

Capitol Hill Guided Small-Group Walking Tour

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Go to the heart of America's Legislative and Judicial branches of government on a small-group tour of Capitol Hill that explores the U.S. Capitol, the Library of Congress, and the Supreme Court. This tour goes inside each destination for a guided tour, and highlights include reserved-entry at the U.S. Capitol and entry to the Supreme Court, with a guide to help bring Capitol Hill's fascinating politics and history to life.
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  • 4 hours
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Private Moonlight DC City Tour by Van

Private Moonlight DC City Tour by Van

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Experience the beauty of America's iconic capital city during this moonlit tour of Washington, D.C. by van. Make your way in a private vehicle through historic landmarks and top attractions. Visit Capitol Hill, the Supreme Court, the Library of Congress and more. It's the perfect way to cap off a day of sightseeing with a relaxing tour at dusk.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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Dynamite Day Tour: Small-Group DC Bus Tour

Dynamite Day Tour: Small-Group DC Bus Tour

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Explore the famous monuments and war memorials of Washington, DC on this guided, small-group sightseeing tour. Climb aboard a Dodge Sprinter van and enjoy an educational and entertaining narrated history of the US nation’s capital. Travel around and through the plethora of famous monuments and memorials, featuring the White House, the United States Capitol, the Lincoln Memorial, the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and many other landmark locations. A variety of lunch options (own expense) will be made available.
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  • 7 hours
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Washington DC Private Tour with Spanish or Portuguese Option

Washington DC Private Tour with Spanish or Portuguese Option

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Explore the famous sites of Washington DC on this private tour. Choose from a morning or afternoon departure, then climb aboard a luxury vehicle and enjoy an educational and entertaining account of the nation’s capital with a private guide. Travel around and through the plethora of famous war memorials, monuments, and landmarks. From DC’s residential neighborhoods to Arlington, Virginia and back, experience this comprehensive tour of the city. Hotel pickup/drop-off included.
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  • 4 hours
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Washington DC Capital Sites Bike Tour

Washington DC Capital Sites Bike Tour

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Washington DC is full of historical sites and while it’s easy to explore on foot or by bus, this 2-wheel tour option gives travelers access to some of the city’s most popular landmarks. Check out the Lincoln Memorial, White House, Supreme Court and the Capitol on this Capital Sites Bike Tour. Your friendly guide shares plenty of history, facts, and city knowledge on this easy bike ride through the nation’s capital.
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  • 3 hours
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Four Hour Private DC Highlight Tour by Van

Four Hour Private DC Highlight Tour by Van

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Make the most of your time in Washington, D.C., on a private tour of the city’s highlights with a professional guide. Kick off the day at the White House, then visit the Supreme Court, Library of Congress, Jefferson Memorial, and more of D.C.’s most iconic monuments and museums. Finish the day with a stop at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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Washington DC Super Saver: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley + Monuments by Moonlight Tour

Washington DC Super Saver: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley + Monuments by Moonlight Tour

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Explore the best of Washington, DC on this narrated, hop-on hop-off trolley tour. Visit more than 100 points of interest among DC’s top attractions—like the White House, the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument, to name just a few. Depending upon your interest, select a silver, gold, or platinum pass, then board at any of the stops and get to know the nation’s capital in customized fashion, with live onboard commentary from a professional tour conductor. A guided moonlight trolley tour to the same landmark locations, illuminated for the evening, is also included.
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  • 3 hours
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$85.00
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Private Washington DC Day Trip from New York

Private Washington DC Day Trip from New York

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Visit Washington, D.C., on a private, full-day trip from New York City with a chauffeured minivan that accommodates up to six passengers. Enjoy the ride in comfort and style, then spend a day exploring the capital’s most important sites. See the United States Capitol and the moving tombs of the Arlington National Cemetery, then continue to the White House and Presidential memorials. Visit the museums and monuments that line the National Mall before returning to New York.
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  • 15 hours
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Capitol Hill, Supreme Court & Library of Congress Small Group Tour

Capitol Hill, Supreme Court & Library of Congress Small Group Tour

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Take a 2.5-hour tour of one of the most powerful country’s governments as you explore Capitol Hill with a guide. See the main buildings, including the Capitol and the Supreme Court. Go into the main reading room of the Library of Congress, and catch sight of an original Gutenberg Bible. Also, during your tour, see the Statue of Freedom.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Washington DC Express Sightseeing Tour

Washington DC Express Sightseeing Tour

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See the highlights of the capital on a Washington DC express tour that whisks you around the city by van or minibus. A knowledgable guide provides informative commentary about DC’s major landmarks such as the White House and the US Capitol Building. During your 2-hour tour, starting from Capitol Hill, you’ll get a comprehensive overview in a short time. Select the night tour and see the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial and World War II Memorial illuminated after dark.
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  • 2 hours
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Haunted DC Walking Tour on Capitol Hill

Haunted DC Walking Tour on Capitol Hill

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Take a spooky stroll through Washington DC on this guided walking ghost tour. Visit one of the most haunted buildings in the world—the United States Capitol Building—as well as the Supreme Court Building and the Library of Congress. Hear the stories of feuding ghosts of past lawmakers, haunted souls surrounding the Trial of the Lincoln Assassination Conspirators, the phantoms of past presidents and the curse that surrounds everything on Capitol Hill. It’s a fascinating, spine-tingling adventure.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Deluxe Half Day Tour of DC with Reserved US Capitol Entry

Deluxe Half Day Tour of DC with Reserved US Capitol Entry

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See the U.S. Capitol Building and Washington DC landmarks on a half-day guided tour in a climate-controlled shuttle bus. Save time with reserved entrance to the Capitol building, take in the sites along the National Mall, see the White House, and pass a series of iconic presidential and war memorials. This DC tour begins and ends at central locations by the National Mall, and offers a great introduction to the city’s highlights.
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  • 5 hours
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$89.00
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Private Customized Tour of Washington DC with US Veteran

Private Customized Tour of Washington DC with US Veteran

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Delve into the nation’s military history with a twenty-year Navy veteran as your guide on a private tour. Choose from an extensive list of museums, monuments, memorials, battlefields, cemeteries, and even the Pentagon (90 day advanced notice required) on an exclusive tour of Washington, DC and surrounding areas. Get unmatched insights and history and spend the day walking through the pages of a real life history book.
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  • 12 hours
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$400.69
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4 Hours Private Chauffeured DC Sight Seeing Tour / SUV & Sedan

4 Hours Private Chauffeured DC Sight Seeing Tour / SUV & Sedan

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Get a first class private tour with our professional chauffeurs, past major landmarks on this tour of Washington DC. Gaze at floodlit memorials and monuments, such as the magnificent Lincoln Memorial and the glow of the Jefferson Memorial reflected in the Tidal Basin. After this 4-hour sightseeing tour, you’ll understand why the nation’s capital is considered one of the world’s most beautiful cities at night. Washington DC night tour by state-of-the-art luxury 5-passenger SUV Admire Washington DC’s major attractions and monuments floodlit at night Professional chauffeur will stop at each landmark so you can walk through each attraction.
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  • 4 hours
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Tour of the Capitol Building and the National Archives

Tour of the Capitol Building and the National Archives

Efficient and affordable private custom tours. High end luxury service includes a professional tour guide, professional driver and a luxury vehicle.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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5 Hours Private Chauffeured DC Sight Seeing Tour / SUV & Sedan

5 Hours Private Chauffeured DC Sight Seeing Tour / SUV & Sedan

Get a first class private tour with our professional chauffeurs, past major landmarks on this tour of Washington DC. Gaze at floodlit memorials and monuments, such as the magnificent Lincoln Memorial and the glow of the Jefferson Memorial reflected in the Tidal Basin. After this 4-hour sightseeing tour, you’ll understand why the nation’s capital is considered one of the world’s most beautiful cities at night. Washington DC night tour by state-of-the-art luxury 5-passenger SUV Admire Washington DC’s major attractions and monuments floodlit at night Professional chauffeur will stop at each landmark so you can walk through each attraction.
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  • 3 hours
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Washington DC iconic sights and monuments

Washington DC iconic sights and monuments

Our hand crafted itineraries lay out a paced and logical format to sightseeing in Washington, D.C. Everyone has something unique they want to see or to do on their Washington, D.C. visit. We organize our itineraries by themes making them easy to search. We also customize our tour to the needs of our travelers
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  • 4 hours
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Private Town Car DC Tour

Private Town Car DC Tour

Looking for Washington DC private tours? Explore DC with World’s Five Star Limo Service. This Town Car Tour is for up to 4 people. We provide pick up and drop off at any desired place in Washington DC, Virginia and Maryland. Distinguish customer service, modified limos and reliability shape our Tour Quality. Capture yourself in front of most of the historical buildings in the shortest possible time.
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Private SUV DC Tour

Private SUV DC Tour

Looking for Washington DC private tours? Explore DC with World’s Five Star Limo Service. This SUV Tour is for up to 7 people. We provide pick up and drop off at any desired place in Washington DC, Virginia and Maryland. Distinguish customer service, modified limos and reliability shape our Tour Quality. Capture yourself in front of most of the historical buildings in the shortest possible time.
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Stretch Limo private DC Tours

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Looking for Washington DC private tours? Explore DC with World’s Five Star Limo Service. This Stretch Limo Tour is for up to 14 people. We provide pick up and drop off at any desired place in Washington DC, Virginia and Maryland. Distinguish customer service, modified limos and reliability shape our Tour Quality. Capture yourself in front of most of the historical buildings in the shortest possible time.
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