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The Capitol is among the most architecturally impressive and symbolically important buildings in the world. The Senate and the House of Representatives have met here for more than two centuries. Begun in 1793, the Capitol has been built, burnt...more
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If you want the most immersive Avenue of our political process, work with your state senators. Their assistants provide an excellent private tour at no cost. Plus you get to get a great face meeting with the guy or gal you hopefully voted for.
The tour giving by the Capitol Visitors Centre is well worth taking. It’s well organized and our guide for terrific. The tour is free and one hour long. Our guide had her the tour patter and as well was able to answer question she seemed...More
We visited during the government shutdown, so we weren't expecting much. We were very pleasantly surprised by the tour, which offered a video at the beginning and then a small group led by a very knowledgeable individual who offered insights and humor. I would definitely...More
The trip is always insightful, but for extra insight into the details of the building check with your congressman's or senator's office to see if they offer guided tours. We did this and learned so much more than on the standard public tour.
We got on one of the free guided tours of the capitol. It was about 40 minutes in a group of ~20 people, while listening to the guide through headphones. The tour is really good and you get a lot of information and see lots...More
To be able to access the Capitol building and stand beneath the huge rotunda/dome, surrounded by statues, paintings and friezes of America’s past, whilst Senators and Representatives scurried by, was awesome. The visitor centre itself is seemlessly embodied into the basement area of the building,...More
Government in shutdown we never thought we had a hope of seeing such an important part of US history
So, overjoyed on our first visit to Washington from UK, that we were able to join a tour and understand the workings of US politics
We were privileged to get a special tour of the Capitol. It is filled with so much history and such beauty. A guided tour gives you much information about so many different places and things within it. The film at the beginning is very informative...More
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We were there last week. You will be made to throw any food and water / drinks away prior to entry. We ate there and it was actually really reasonable. We also bought a hotdog and water at the mall which was under $5 per... More
We were there last week. You will be made to throw any food and water / drinks away prior to entry. We ate there and it was actually really reasonable. We also bought a hotdog and water at the mall which was under $5 per person. Hope this helps x
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I don't think it will be a problem to be late for your Capitol tour. When we were there last week it wasn't that busy. We were early and were able to join an earlier tour. You are very lucky to have tickets to the White... More
I don't think it will be a problem to be late for your Capitol tour. When we were there last week it wasn't that busy. We were early and were able to join an earlier tour. You are very lucky to have tickets to the White House. I applied 3 months in advance and didn't get tickets. Don't miss that! The Capitol tour is readily available. Also try to get tickets to see the House and Senate Gallies. You can get tickets for both from your Senator's office. Another thing you may want to do is visit the Supreme Court and sit in on a lecture. It's delivered by an intern. We found it to be fascinating. Be prepared for long security lines everywhere. Absolutely no food or water allowed into the Capitol. And if you choose to go into the gallies, you'll have to check all your electronics. No electronics allowed in. We enjoyed our time in DC! Hope you do too!
You are able to bring bags in--there are size limitations though so check the website or with your member of Congress' office. No food or snacks at all, empty water bottles are allowed that you can refill at water fountains.