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U.S. Capitol Tours

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U.S. Capitol
The U.S. Capitol dome towers above the Roman columns and manicured gardens of this iconic heart of American government. Topped by the bronze Statue of Freedom, the Capitol is the political and geographic center of Washington D.C. The building houses the legislative branch of Congress, with the Senate meeting in the north wing and the House of Representatives in the south wing. When Congress is in session, visitors can watch politicians debate all flavors of legislative issues, as they’ve done here since 1800.

The Basics
Areas beyond the visitor center are only accessible by guided tour. Options include group or private tours of Washington D.C. that take in the Capitol Building and include reserved tickets. The Capitol also offers official tours; booking far in advance is highly recommended—passes are available 120 days in advance—though a limited number of same-day, guided-tour passes are offered at the visitor center. You can also book reserved entry via a VIP experience.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Areas beyond the visitor center are only accessible by guided tour.
  • Separate passes are required to view a session of Congress or a Congressional committee hearing. US citizens can obtain one from their state senator or representative; foreign visitors can try at the Capitol’s House and Senate appointment desks.
  • When Congress is in session, a flag is raised above the appropriate wing (either the Senate or House). The spectacle is especially impressive when both are in session simultaneously.
  • Capitol tours are family-friendly.
  • No food, drink, or bags larger than 18 inches (46 centimeters) are permitted.
  • A wide range of accessibility services are available to visitors. There is an on-demand shuttle service for those with limited mobility.

How to Get There
The U.S. Capitol is at the far eastern end of the National Mall in Washington D.C. Enter via the visitor center on East Capitol Street at First Street NW. You can easily get to the Capitol by foot, bike, car (though there is virtually no parking nearby), bus, or Metro. The nearest Metro stations are Union Station, Capitol South, and Federal Center SW.

When to Get There
The Capitol Visitor Center is open from 8:30am to 4:30pm Monday through Saturday except for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, and Inauguration Day. Visit in spring to see cherry blossom blooms or in winter to avoid the crowds. DC can be especially humid in summer.

Must-See Sights Near the Capitol Building
Aside from the Capitol Building’s opulent chambers and impressive rotunda, the site overlooks the National Mall and is in close proximity to many other sights of great historic and cultural significance. Many Washington D.C. tours combine a Capitol Building visit with stops at other major landmarks such as the White House, the Lincoln Memorial, the US Supreme Court Building, and the Library of Congress.
Address: 100 Constitution Avenue NE, at 1st Street NW, Capitol Hill, Washington D.C. 20002, USA
Hours: Mon - Sat 8:30am - 4:30pm
Admission: Free
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Washington DC After Dark

Washington DC After Dark

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There's a certain magic to Washington DC that can only be experienced at night. It's a time when the powerful Lincoln Memorial is bathed in soft white light, and the Washington Monument, Capitol, and White House appear even more grandiose. Along with a knowledgeable local guide, take a tour of Washington DC well after the sun has gone down, and feel the buzz, magic, and pulse of America's capital by night.
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  • 4 hours
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In God We Trust Tour

In God We Trust Tour

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Our "In God We Trust Tour" is great for church groups, faith-based academies, and/or individuals seeking to understand the history behind the religious roots of the United States of America. This tour will help explain how faith was intertwined and helped establish the founding of U.S. government and how it has greatly impacted our culture through the decades.
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  • 6 hours
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Washington DC National Mall and Museums Pedicab Tour

Washington DC National Mall and Museums Pedicab Tour

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Explore Washington DC's must-see sights on a fun pedicab ride. Your informative guide will pedal you past some of the capital city's must-see sights. See the U.S. Capitol, the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument at the National Mall. Pass by the Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Chinatown, the National Archives Building and the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum. Play some trivia games with your guide and small group of fellow travelers for the chance to win a prize.
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  • 1 hour 20 minutes
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Washington DC Grand Tour

Washington DC Grand Tour

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Journal Tour & Travels besides showing off the Nation's Capital wonders, is unique since it's Cross-Cultural Spanish Portuguese tour, delivers the importance of how a multi-ethnic society has contribute in history to set the path of human tolerance and growth towards the twenty first century global vision.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$60.00
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Top of the Line Tour including US Capitol and Washington Monument

Top of the Line Tour including US Capitol and Washington Monument

The Washington, DC Top of the Line Tour is the most complete, fun-filled way to experience the city's best sights - including guaranteed entrance to the US Capitol, Washington Monument and a seasonal Potomac cruise - all in one single day!!
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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$110.00
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Arlington Cemetery, DC Monuments Tour Plus Washington Monument Admission

Arlington Cemetery, DC Monuments Tour Plus Washington Monument Admission

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Visit Arlington National Cemetery and explore some of the most famous monuments and memorials around Washington, DC on this guided, full-day sightseeing tour. At Arlington National, witness the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns, then stop at famous landmark locations like the Marine Corps War Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial and more. Additionally, see the Lincoln Memorial, the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial and many more — even the White House, the United States Capitol and the National Mall.
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  • 8 hours
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Day or Night Private DC Sightseeing Tour

Day or Night Private DC Sightseeing Tour

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Explore Washington D.C.’s most important destinations with a fully-customizable, 4 or 5-hour private sightseeing tour for your group of 6 to 14 people. Work with an experienced guide to tailor the itinerary to your interests, and visit the city’s landmarks, memorials and museums. Enjoy convenient hotel pick-up and drop-off within the D.C. beltway and beyond in a comfortable minibus. Finish your tour with return transfer to your hotel, or make the most of your time in the capital by heading directly to one of the D.C. airports.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US Capitol & Morning Monuments Tour

US Capitol & Morning Monuments Tour

The US Capitol and Morning Monuments tour is a great option for people with limited time to experience DC with our engaging, informative guide - visiting the best known monuments plus touring the inside of the Capitol in just five hours!
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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Arlington Cemetery with Morning Monuments Bus Tour

Arlington Cemetery with Morning Monuments Bus Tour

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This half-day tour of Arlington National Cemetery and the monuments of Washington, D.C. highlights some of the nation's capital's top attractions. Witness the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns and visit the grave of John F Kennedy while you listen to informative commentary and get plenty of history and context from your expert guide. This experience also includes a guided bus tour of the National Mall and stops at major landmarks like the Korean War Veterans Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, White House, State Capitol building and more. This informative tour is the ideal way for first-time visitors to take in the sites and learn about the history, attractions and memorials that make Washington, DC a top destination for travelers from across the globe.
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  • 5 hours
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Arlington Cemetery Including Monument Tour w/Washington Monument Admission

Arlington Cemetery Including Monument Tour w/Washington Monument Admission

This unforgettable, fun 8.5 hour day starts with a walking tour of Arlington National Cemetery followed by a bus tour around DC's most important monuments, with stops to walk and take pictures in the company of our top-rated live guides.
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  • 8 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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3 Hours Private Chauffeured DC Sight Seeing Tour / SUV & Sedan

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

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There is no more comfortable, reliable and stylish way to tour the city than by chauffeured services. Having an exclusive luxury car and chauffeur at your service makes all the difference in the world. Having a comfortable ride, cold water, waiting for you at every stop certainly makes the experience much more comfortable, and efficient.
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  • 3 hours
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"HEROES OF FREEDOM" PRIVATE TOUR (4 Hour Military Tribute)

It has often been said and is an undeniable truth that “freedom is not free.” It is fitting for we who enjoy this freedom to honor those who sacrificed to obtain and preserve it. Join us for a profound and inspiring view of our American Armed Forces. See the losses they have suffered as well as the victories they have won as they have fought to preserve liberty throughout the ages of our nation.
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  • 4 hours
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2 Day Grand Tour with George Washington's Mount Vernon

2 Day Grand Tour with George Washington's Mount Vernon

Two great tours at one low price. This tour includes a one-day Hop-on-Hop-off pass of Washington DC with George Washington's Mount Vernon Tour. Day One, enjoy a Hop on Hop Off City Tour of Washington DC with unlimited access to its 16 stops that include attractions like U.S. Capitol, White House, Lincoln, and Jefferson Memorials. Day Two, enjoy Gray Line's, George Washington's Mount Vernon. A fully guided tour of George Washington's former estate that includes a visit to Old Town Alexandria.
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  • 2 days
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Walking Tour of US Capitol Exterior

Walking Tour of US Capitol Exterior

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Learn all about the United States Capitol Building, plus get your questions answered on this guided walking tour. Stroll around the exterior of this massive, powerful house with the US Capitol Historical Society’s staff and volunteers as they tell tales of the building’s history, present, and future. Walk away with a deeper understanding of democracy, Congress, and the American way.
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Washington Monument & DC Highlights Tour

Washington Monument & DC Highlights Tour

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• Beat the long entrance lines and enjoy reserved entry into the Washington Monument! • Admire the U.S. Capitol Building, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, White House, Lincoln Memorial, and more!
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Capitol Hill Walking Tour With National Archives Entry

Capitol Hill Walking Tour With National Archives Entry

Take a walking tour of the historic grounds of Capitol Hill and explore the foundation of the American government with an expert local tour guide. Your experience begins at the illustrious Neptune Fountain where you will meet your tour guide before taking a very short walk to the Supreme Court of the United States. Enter the Library of Congress to observe its stunning interior-architecture and learn about its historic collection of books, exhibits, and documents. Next, you will proceed to the United States Capitol Visitor Center to enjoy a guided walk through the US Capitol Building. See the Crypt, Statuary Hall, and the remarkable Rotunda located within its famous dome. Enjoy a nice walk to the National Gallery of Art where your guide will provide details of the building and its history. Your tour will conclude at the National Archives where you will have reserved access to see the Constitution, Declaration of Independence, and much more at your leisure.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Washington DC Comedy Tour

Washington DC Comedy Tour

Discover the shocking humor behind the history of our nation’s capital with homegrown Washingtonian and expert tour guide, Nick McCall! Nick’s style provides a remarkable blend of proficiency and boisterous humor that’ll have you laughing and learning at the same time! Throughout the experience, you will visit world-famous attractions, such as the US Capitol, White House, and Lincoln Memorial—just to name a few—with many other historic sites to see along the way! Due to some lewd and politically incorrect jokes, we’ve given this tour an “AF” rating for “Adult Fun,” and we strongly suggest you leave the kids behind and bring an open mind!
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Capitol Hill and Eastern Market Guided Walking Tour with Earpiece for Audio

Capitol Hill and Eastern Market Guided Walking Tour with Earpiece for Audio

The Capitol Hill is the summit of American Democracy-literally and figuratively. The Capitol was built on Jenkins Hill, the highest elevation on the National Mall. The U.S. Capitol Building, the majestic symbol of modern democracy is our starting point. After a tour of the Capitol, we will visit the largest library in the world, the Library of Congress with its amazing testimony to “Life Long Learning”. Next stop, the U.S. Supreme Court for a picture stop and contemplation of ‘Equal Justice Under Law.’ Behind these monumental buildings is the lively, historic Capitol Hill neighborhood. We will explore the beautiful architecture, parks, and the engaging stories of life ‘on the Hill.’ The tour ends at the historic Eastern Market where old and new come together in a truly Washingtonian vibe. Enjoy the variety of foods and melding of cultures in this colorful historical public market. Lets embrace life and have an unforgettable moment in our Nation's Capitol. ComeSmileWithUs!
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$49.00
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Magic LED Guided Night Tour - 3hrs Pick up/Drop off and Earpieces is included

Magic LED Guided Night Tour - 3hrs Pick up/Drop off and Earpieces is included

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See the landmarks of Washington DC on a night tour that highlights the major monuments of the United States capital. This night tour uses audio-visual technology including bluetooth earpieces that make it easy to hear the guide’s commentary, and LED bracelets to identify the group. View top destinations including the US Capitol, the White House, and memorials to Martin Luther King Jr, Abraham Lincoln, and Thomas Jefferson.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$55.00
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LED Twilight Guided night Tour 3hrs - Show up and Earpieces is included.

LED Twilight Guided night Tour 3hrs - Show up and Earpieces is included.

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Our famous LED Twilight Guided night tour is educational and entertaining, which is why both kids and families love this interactive tour alike. Lets us take you on a super fun journey at the monuments and memorials dressed in her best jewels. Refreshments and light snack will be served for free! So, climb aboard to our comfortable transportation and make this experience worthwhile in our nation’s capital. Come Smile With Us!
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$39.00
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Private City Tours Washington DC

Private City Tours Washington DC

You will enjoy a nice sightseeing of Washington D.C. with a Professional Tour Guide. You can choose a Cadillac SUV or a Minivan Mercedes Sprinter 14 seater In a very nice and confortable vehicle.Talking about History and what every Memorial means or represents in the Capital of the United States.
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  • 4 hours
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Private 3-hour Walking Tour in Washington with official tour guide

Private 3-hour Walking Tour in Washington with official tour guide

During your 3 hour private tour you will discover some of the most emblematic sites of Washington with your local expert. You will learn about the history of United States government in your visit to the Capitol Visitor Center and get dazzled by the architectural masterpiece in the Library of Congress next to your private official tour guide. - SAVE COVID-19 SAFE - As this is a private tour we take care of maintaining social distance
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$201.78
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Private Tour from New York to Washington by train with official guide

Private Tour from New York to Washington by train with official guide

You will take the fast train from Pensilvania Station in New York towards Washington. Once in Washington, you will meet your official tour guide in the train station. During your 4 hour private tour you will discover some of the most emblematic sites of Washington with your local expert. You will learn about the history of United States government in your visit to the Capitol Visitor Center and get dazzled by the architectural masterpiece in the Library of Congress next to your private official tour guide. At the end of the tour, your private guide will take you back to Union Station in Washington so you can take your train back to New York. - SAVE COVID-19 SAFE - As this is a private tour we take care of maintaining social distance
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  • 4 hours
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$403.56
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