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U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

United States Capitol, East Capitol and First Street NE, Washington DC, DC 20515 (National Mall)
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Ranked #70 of 249 attractions in Washington DC
Type: Tourist/ Visitor Centers
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Dublin, Ireland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW 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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28 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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Old Monroe, Missouri
15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

We sat in the gallery above the Senate and the House of Representatives. The tour guide was funny. Call your state rep before going, to schedule your tour. There are a lot of places that you cannot take photos. We were all very impressed and happy with the tour.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I found this to be a very interesting tour with detailed explanations of the history behind some sections of the Capitol, enjoyed getting an idea of how the government is run. I just wish there was more time to savour everything and go at my own pace as I felt rushed (or rather, pushed through by the staff) in some... More

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Calgary, Canada
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82 attraction reviews
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

I visited this place while in DC for a conference. It was a nice getaway and provided lots of historical information. Being from Canada, this really interested me. There is lots of security but you definitely feel safe inside. There are tours that you can pay for, but there is lots to see that does not cost anything. Parking can... More

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Rochester, New York
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46 reviews 46 reviews
15 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

Went here when visiting a friend who lives outside DC. I was so impressed with the quality of the visitor center. Both the beauty of the facility as well as the exhibits were top notch. We took the guided tour and it was great. I just wished it was longer! We ate lunch in the cafeteria and it was pretty... More

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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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33 reviews 33 reviews
26 attraction reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

I had been here with a group of exchange students since the program organize the ticket tour for us. I was attracted by the chance to see one of the many wonderful buildings that adorn DC. The guide tour are very intellectual he can spoke 14 languages which is very impressive to us. It was a good experience for us... More

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18 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

Definitely enjoyed our visit to the Capitol. As Canadians, my wife and I were interested in visiting the Capitol. Don't worry if you can't obtain tickets via the on-line website; we were told that we could show up and be granted entry to the tour and that's exactly what happened. No issues. A quick visit (45 minutes or so) was... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

First thing, don't do a tour, take a leisurely stroll around your Capital. Sure you need to take little rests every now and then but hey, you strike up some great conversations with people You can even find out things that you might have missed. Security, what can I say, when the girl at the railway carries a Glock, you... More

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