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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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Edmonton, Canada
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105 reviews 105 reviews
10 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Not being American, we weren't sure we'd enjoy this tour but went with our minds open and our American companions. So grateful we did. The process is smooth and the staff is all very efficient and pleasant. The movie is well done. Our guide was very good, and the tour is everything you would want. If you want to see... More

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Nashville, Tennessee
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48 reviews 48 reviews
20 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

To take the Capitol Tour, you must enter through the Visitor Center. Even with security concerns, the admission was very smooth and efficient. Although you can sign up for a tour by just walking in, I recommend to do it in advance on the website for a faster and smoother experience. Also, they have a cafeteria on site, however, I... More

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Fountain Hills, Arizona
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345 reviews 345 reviews
83 attraction reviews
158 helpful votes 158 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Extremely well done.. big investment. VERY friendly and welcoming staff. Excellent tour guides. 13 minute introductory film as well done, followed by an hour tour that was thorough and allowed for customization and plenty of time for photos and questions. All U.S. citizens need to see this... and it's a great place for foreign visitors to learn about the U.S.... More

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New Delhi, India
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68 reviews 68 reviews
66 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Used to so many restrictions on security considerations, it was an excellent opportunity to visit US Capitol Hill and the Visitor Center, an underground facility, was such a helpful experience. Monday to Saturday, one can visit the Capitol Hill, without any appointment, with identity proof and some security checks. I had expected it to be a security nightmare. The view... More

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Barnsley, United Kingdom
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96 reviews 96 reviews
19 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Went on an escorted tour here today. Amazing place to spend a few hrs but do sign up for the house of representatives and Senate tours too.....no photography allowed on both the latter but amazing for a Brit to see both places you see so often on TV and all free. Definitely recommend

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Ashburn, Virginia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The Capitol Visitors Center is exceptionally well run and well though out. We arrived early and were able to join an earlier tour. The check-in process and desk is very efficient. The overall experience was engaging, informative, interesting - a definite must see/do. Our tour guide was amazing, extremely well prepared, interesting and very friendly. Once your tour begins, you'll... More

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Senior Contributor
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6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

One of the best things you can do in Washington DC is to take the tour of the US Capitol. It's free although you have to sometimes get reservations for a time slot in advance. Brand new visitors center which is amazing and all the tour guides are awesome. Hint - see if you can get a guy named Joe... More

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New York City, New York
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5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

The Capital Visitor Center is an exceptionally well thought out and well run entry to the Capital Building. The Center is spacious and all of the personnel were friendly and helpful. Arriving 45 minutes early for an 11 A.M tour, the security check point was very fast and efficient. When we took our confirmation paperwork to the desk to get... More

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Kansas City
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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

We were thrilled to have a semi-private tour with others from our state. I called our Representative's office to set it up. MUCH better than the limited tours given to walk-ins and we didn't have headsets. The aide told us great history and stories and answered our questions. Because we went with a congressman's office, we were able to see... More

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Houston, Texas
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118 reviews 118 reviews
59 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

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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