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U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

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Address: East Plaza of the Capitol between Constitution and Independence Avenues, Washington DC, DC 20515
Phone Number: 202-226-8000
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It's pretty good

I liked it better before it was so formalized, but I guess this is more efficient for them. Don't buy any food here--it's insanely overpriced--but the gift shops are nice. Be sure... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 12, 2015
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

This was the most underwhelming experience in DC. The only good bit was the museum inside the visitor center.

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Charlotte
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

We had a great tour from Senator Richard Burr's office. It was longer than we expected but it felt more personal. Be warned that there is a lot of construction going on and you may not get to see some areas. Overall great place to see and hear facts about our country. Make sure you don't ask about the freemasons... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Great tour from Congressman Scott's staff member, William Burris! We were able to go to the the senate, use the underground tunnels, see the congressman office. We saw Nancy Pelosi's office. We saw lots of statues and elaborate decor. We were able to see where the President gives his speeches. Lots of paintings and statues of former speakers of the... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

I liked it better before it was so formalized, but I guess this is more efficient for them. Don't buy any food here--it's insanely overpriced--but the gift shops are nice. Be sure to ask questions so the guide won't just breeze through without stopping.

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North Wildwood, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

What an impossible job to summarize US history in a small visitor’s center. There was too much to see and read, but I didn't think anything was “must see.”

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Mansfield, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Go through your local congressman to get walked through the visitor's registration with very few lines. If you have an early tour there is a continental breakfast on the capitol building. Lunch is available at 11:00a. Salad bar, pasta, pizza, chicken, BBQ, soups, sandwiches, wraps, a variety of drinks/juices. I had a lobster roll that was good.

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Gentofte
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Of course security is frantic in the USA - but not being able to take a simple candy-bar into the Capitol ?? That is just plain silly. And when you experience the very low quality of the food court inside . . . . .

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Pendleton, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

My sister and I recently went. The staff is great, very friendly. I love all of the statues in the Center. Security was a breeze, even though requirements are more strict here than in other locations in DC. No food or drinks outside of the cafeteria, which is right next to the Center. Guides are extremely knowledgeable.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

Here are some pro tips on getting the most out of your tour: There are two tour types: 1) Through the Capitol Visitor's Center (CVC) on a "Red Coat Tour" where you are guided around by a professional tour guide (who wears a red coat, hence the name) but you are one of about 50 people with one tour guide.... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

This was one tour that we were looking forward too. The security is pretty aggressive and intense there as they are obviously protecting the building. The entrance is beautiful and so shinny. The staff there is also very knowledgeable and was very helpful tom me and my students!

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