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U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

East Plaza of the Capitol between Constitution and Independence Avenues, Washington DC, DC 20515 (National Mall)
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Ranked #56 of 234 Attractions in Washington DC
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Mon - Sat 8:30 pm - 12:00 am
Tue - Sun 12:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Gainesville, Florida
16 reviews 16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014 NEW

It was definitely neat to walk through the capitol building and see the art and architecture but the tour was large and crowded. I didn't get a lot out of it and sorta wish I could have just wandered on my own.

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Mississauga, Canada
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28 reviews 28 reviews
23 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

I had high hopes for this visit. The building itself is stunning. It fell short in way of the tour. Too short and no where near enough to capture our attention. Unfortunately the rotunda was closed for repairs. One of the main reasons I came to Washington. I hope to come back one day when it is open once again.... More 

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Hershey, Pennsylvania
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110 reviews 110 reviews
37 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Beautiful! I loved visiting this amazing place. I can see why people from all over come to see this beautiful showcase. Friendly guides and wonderful displays.

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Brooklyn, New York, United States
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

Before visiting the visitors center I def recommend going to your senator or congressman's office to get gallery passes for the house and senate if you are going in the middle of the week tue-thursday so you can watch floor debate. Also take a tour. The guides are very knowledgeable and entertaining. Floor debate can be entertaining too or even... More 

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North Shore, MA
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116 reviews 116 reviews
46 attraction reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Although my husband and I have visited the US Capitol a number of times, this was our first visit since the Capitol Visitors Center opened. We didn’t have a lot of time, but were very impressed with what we saw. On our noon-ish arrival, we went right to the ticket counter to request passes for the Brumidi Corridor tour in... More 

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Saint James, Missouri
13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

I decided to spend an afternoon after a business meeting to visit the US Capitol. First, parking is hard to find. I found several nice spots between the Botanic Garden and Health and Human Services Dept. right on the street. Metered limit of 2 hours for $4. The walk to the Capital is up hill but easy if you take... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
17 reviews 17 reviews
10 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Several weeks before your Washington DC visit, contact your Senator or Representative via his/her website. It is easy to request a tour of the Capitol and it was the highlight of our trip. We were able to bypass the long line at the Visitor's Center and we were met at the appointed time by two interns from our senator's office.... More 

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Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

The entrance is behind the Capitol in front of the Library of Congress. I strongly recommend a tour of this if you can get in. Your local congressman or Senator can arrange it. While we were there, we also got to see the House and Senate Chambers because we got a pass to see them.

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Fort Worth, Texas
16 reviews 16 reviews
12 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

Beautiful building and an interesting place to visit. Not being Americans, we thought some of the information might go over our heads, but the 15-minute movie and tour that followed were just excellent. Well worth a visit! Security is tight upon entering but that is hardly surprising.

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Massillon, Ohio, United States
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26 reviews 26 reviews
18 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

US Capitol is very interesting and well worth your time. Scheduling with your representative makes it even better since you have access to sit in during senate or house of representative sessions. The cafeteria is expensive, but well worth the price since the food we had was very good.

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