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U.S. Capitol

U.S. Capitol

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16,869 Reviews
Mon - Sat 8:30am - 4:30pm
100 Constitution Avenue NE, at 1st Street NW, Capitol Hill, Washington D.C., 20002

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.

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Capitol Hill and DC Monuments Tour by Electric Cart
Capitol Hill and DC Monuments Tour by Electric Cart
$63.75 per adult
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Amazing Tour!
What a fun day!! We were in a car with Jonathan and had an amazing time. He was so friendly and informative and even took pics for us! I’m from the area and never had a chance to really learn the history hands on like this. I would recommend this tour to visitors and locals! And hopefully you’ll be blessed with Jonathan as your guide !
Kellie_J, Sep 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Washington DC

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Highly recommend! Informative, fun, easy and comfortable
Barbara_N, Sep 2021
Capitol Hill and DC Monuments Tour by Electric Cart
Absolutely wonderful tour. Our guide, Sam, was knowledgeable, personable, and fun. Lots of interesting trivia in addition to the main facts. Nicely paced tour. Good mix of getting out to look at monuments and driving tour. The cart was clean and comfortable. Good audio device to hear Sam while driving. Highly recommend!
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Washington DC 101
Boris_Z, Sep 2021
Capitol Hill and DC Monuments Tour by Electric Cart
We did enjoy the ride and the guided tour around some of the DC landmarks. The White House guard didn’t let us in for some reason, but thats OK. I wish the Potomac River was a bit cleaner cause the swimming was a little dangerous. Anyways, we would recommend this to everyone who has never been to DC before.
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Worth it
Ellen_R, Sep 2021
Best of DC Tour - With Access to US Capitol Grounds & National Archives Building
Christopher was great! Worth the money to see a lot in one day. Lunch was great and the bus was clean and comfortable.
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Tour ran smoothly
Lynn_W, Aug 2021
Best of DC Tour - With Access to US Capitol Grounds & National Archives Building
The tour guide did a good job, and the tour ran smoothly except for a long delay waiting for our boxed lunches. The bus was clean and air-conditioned. We saw a lot, but it was very disappointing that we were unable to go into the Capitol Building (although not the tour company’s fault). Thank you.
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Highly recommended if you are in DC! It’s a must see!!!
Nicole_W, Aug 2021
Capitol Hill and DC Monuments Tour by Electric Cart
The cart are so clean, driver is nice, the people that I took the tour was also nice! The views and structures are spectacular! 5 starts for me!
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A full day of DC touring
Kevin_K, Sep 2021
Best of DC Tour - With Access to US Capitol Grounds & National Archives Building
Walking through the Roosevelt monument. Our guide described the features thoroughly. The only disappointing thing was that people who didn’t book through Viator were able to select their lunch choices. We got lunch but ours wasn’t ready to grab and go because Viator never contacted us.
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Fantastic way to see the monuments.
Janet_L, May 2021
Capitol Hill and DC Monuments Tour by Electric Cart
Excellent way to see the city and very Covid safe. Our guide was Cortland and he was very knowledgeable about the city and history.
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The best Tour in DC
Marie_G, Sep 2021
Best of DC Tour - With Access to US Capitol Grounds & National Archives Building
Our tour Nick was extremely knowledgeable and enjoyable to listen to. He was amazing . I will definitely recommend your company and have my friends request Nick as a guide
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DC tour
Roger_G, Sep 2021
Best of DC Tour - With Access to US Capitol Grounds & National Archives Building
Great tour guide. Our only bad experience was a bunch a loud mouth people on the boat who weren’t part of the tour group. Couldn’t hear what was said by the guide because of the loud mouths.
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Rush rush rush
Albert_Reyes, Sep 2021
Best of DC Tour - With Access to US Capitol Grounds & National Archives Building
Our tourGod Was very informative. We were Rushed at every stop though , which made for a Frustrating feeling. Im sure it was not the tour guides fault. But 30 minutes to get off the bus, walk to site then back on. I was disappointed. Rush in get your Box lunch, rush out, rush back on the Bus, rush to the boat. Thats a snapshot of yesterday.
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Monuments on golf carts!
Beverly_R, Sep 2021
Capitol Hill and DC Monuments Tour by Electric Cart
Great!..aline shared great informantion in a fun way! Would do again. Easy to find tpur.. wonderful food truck food for lunch!
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Excellent All Around
Frank_M, Jun 2021
Iconic Capitol Hill Architecture Tour
Sam was an excellent tour guide. Serious information delivered with humor. We loved his explanation of the Grant Memorial. We would do other tours with the company and Sam.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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