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U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

United States Capitol, East Capitol and First Street NE, Washington DC, DC 20515 (National Mall)
202-226-8000
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Ranked #72 of 252 attractions in Washington DC
Type: Tourist/ Visitor Centers
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Houston, Texas
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101 reviews 101 reviews
44 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

Located in the eastern side of the U.S. Capitol Building, the Visitor Center is not only the starting location for all tours but also the only part of the building that allows unsupervised public access (You still need to go through security first though). This beautiful visitor center matches the grandeur of the U.S. Capitol with its size and decor.... More

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Forest Hills, NY
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32 reviews 32 reviews
18 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

We had a tour of the Capitol and it was well worth it. Security did not take long to get through. While waiting our kids took part in the Capitol scavenger hunt. It was a lot of fun to do. Our tour guide was great and very knowledgeable.

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5 reviews 5 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

I had higher expectations. This is the tour: -Security (not too bad) -See a 13 minute cheesy video -Go to a room with paintings -Go to a room with statues -You are done, get out -You are herded like cattle and have to follow your tour guide. There is no independent viewing. The whole RF system was intrusive...they make you... More

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Sevierville, Tennessee
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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We registered with Our Congress Men for this trip in January but didn't visit till July 2013. After all the paperwork and pre register IT WAS AWESOME and WELL WORTH IT! We started in the Congressman's Office And was guided thru everything even the tram that took us under the Capital. The Office Men and Women that guided our tour... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Waste of time. Our tour guide spoke very quickly and quietly. They give you headphones but the equipment kept blipping in and out, so we only heard every 3rd word or so. I'm sure he was telling us some fun info/facts, but we didn't hear any of it. The tour is the only way to go in and see the... More

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Vineland, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

When I booked my tour of the Capitol, I didn't realize that there wasn't an opportunity to see the Senate or the House of Representatives. It's essentially a three room tour. You see the crypt, the main room under the dome (which is under construction), and the Statuary Hall. Nice, but not really worth planning your day around. The food... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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37 reviews 37 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

The visitor center was not on our "to do" list on our first visit to DC, but we are so glad we did. Roberta was our guide and she was excellent - so knowledgeable and personable. The inside of this building is absolutely stunning - it will take your breath away. We were able to look over into the Library... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 via mobile

We had looked online and booked a time slot. Arrived when asked and everything went like clockwork. Knowing nothing about what goes on here we were put with an enthusiastic guide who was very enlightening. It is a striking building and comes with its own impressive history. Good cafe downstairs too.

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Dayton, Texas
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58 reviews 58 reviews
29 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Educational. A part of history that everyone should go see. Great for every age. Need better headphones for the tours. A lot of people everywhere.

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Fort Payne, Alabama
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44 reviews 44 reviews
20 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

our Representative had arranged a great morning to spend several hours in the Capitol and learning the workings of government in great surroundings.

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