We had a long weekend booked to visit Washington DC from the UK and wanted to do something a little different, as we tend to want to do. So when I saw a review of a guided tour of the US Capitol Building I jumped at the chance.
You have to pre-book your tours on-line prior to going it a simple enough process and its free. on the day of your tour to turn up with your copy of your reservation (email to you) and some ID. Non US citizens its better if you task a passport along.
You start at the visitors center on the east side of the building, or the back which ever you prefer. Normal security checks as expected to get in, think airport security and you'll be ok. Once in and registered if your early enough you can walk around the museum before starting your tour with a 15 minute film on the history of the building and how its all works. Then you meet your guide who will guide you through 4 of the iconic rooms in the building including the rotunda and the crypt. Doesn't seem like much, but its all steeped in history and you may even get to see a senator or two.
All very interesting and ot be honest the 40 minutes you spend although it seem a very sort time it ticks all the box;s for most visitors, and you can take photos which is a bonus seen as a lot of historical places have stopped that now.
If you need a bit more of a fix then you can book/register to enter the viewing galleries of the house of representatives or senate. US citizens will need to contact their respective senator (guidance is given on how to do this by the tour guide) and NON US visitors can go to two desks to register get authorization, and you'll need your passport for this stage of the process.
Always very popular loads of visitors go thought on a daily basis and its interesting and you get to see not only history but another political system at work.
Definitely worth freeing up a couple of house to visit.
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