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Iconic Capitol Hill Architecture Tour provided by DC Design Tours

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Iconic Capitol Hill Architecture Tour

Iconic Capitol Hill Architecture Tour
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
2h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Group size:
20
Wheelchair accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
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Important information
Inclusions
  • Local guide
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
Duration
2h
Departure details
  • Washington Union Station, 50 Massachusetts Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002, USA Our tour begins inside the Great Hall of Union Station under the big clock. When entering the station from the main entrance, turn right and look up to see the clock.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
Inclusions
  • Local guide
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
Departure details
  • Washington Union Station, 50 Massachusetts Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002, USA Our tour begins inside the Great Hall of Union Station under the big clock. When entering the station from the main entrance, turn right and look up to see the clock.
Duration
2h
Return details
  • Ulysses S. Grant Memorial, Washington, DC 20016, USA The tour concludes near the Ulysses S Grant Memorial at the foot of Capitol Hill.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
What you can expect during your visit
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Washington Union Station
    50 Massachusetts Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002, USA
    Our tour begins inside the Great Hall of Union Station under the big clock. When entering the station from the main entrance, turn right and look up to see the clock.
    See address & details
  • 1
    Union Station
    Stop: 30 minutes
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  • 2
    Columbus Memorial Fountain
    Stop: 5 minutes
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  • 3
    Supreme Court
    Stop: 5 minutes
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  • 4
    Library of Congress
    Stop: 15 minutes
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  • 5
    U.S. Capitol
    Stop: 10 minutes
    See details
    Pass by
    Ulysses S. Grant Memorial
  • You'll end at
    Ulysses S. Grant Memorial
    Washington, DC 20016, USA
    The tour concludes near the Ulysses S Grant Memorial at the foot of Capitol Hill.
    See address & details
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Ellenfishing
London, United Kingdom87 contributions
Terrific tours from our guide Carolyn at DC Design tours - we did a tour of the main monuments and it was so good we booked again and also did a tour of Arlington Cemetery. Carolyn tweaked the tours to suit our interests and stamina, held the kids (and adults) in rapt attention, answered all our questions and shared lots of details and history we would not otherwise have known with a lot of warmth and humour. Strongly recommended.
Written August 5, 2022
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CarolynMDC
Thank you so much! It was a pleasure touring with you and your family!
Written August 6, 2022
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FemaleSoloTrek
Washington DC, DC120 contributions
Solo
My guide Sam was my favorite part of this walking tour. He is smart, witty and funny. As a son of an urban planner, he has been studying good and bad architecture since a kid. We started our tour at the iconic Union Station where I learned about a Boston train wreck in the month of Eisenhower’s inauguration, the scandal over the naked sculpture and the fake marble columns. Sam get our group of 3 in stitches with his jokes. We then progressed to walk to the Capitol and learned about the architects of the Supreme Court & Library of Congress. When it started to rain, Sam steered us under a tree at the Capitol. I love DC walking tours—even though I am a local resident—because I learn so much about the history of the nation’s capital. I can’t wait to write a post for my FemaleSoloTrek blog about Union Station. Fascinating history.
Written August 21, 2021
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Thanks so much Terri! Hope to see you again soon!
Written August 21, 2021
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Julie Matlof K
30 contributions
Carolyn led a fabulous tour. She is a trained architect with deep expertise, but her tour is absolutely accessible and interesting for everyone. My husband, parents, and I all greatly enjoyed it. If not for the fact that we were leaving town that night, we would have signed up for other outings with DC Design Tours. Another couple in our group said that they had done three during their time in DC and they were all terrific. Highly recommended!
Written October 12, 2021
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Thank you Julie! It was a pleasure touring with you and your family! Hope to see you on your next visit to DC. :)
Written October 13, 2021
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Marti S
Ashburn, VA123 contributions
Friends
This was the *best* walking tour I've taken - and I've been on many! SAM did an absolutely amazing job - he was not only knowledgable about the history & architecture, but had "side stories" to offer at each point. He responded to questions, and while our group totally kept up with his pace (unlike some tours where the walkers lag far behind the guide) Sam was kind & considerate with keeping us either in the shade or finding elevators as needed. Initially I thought the tour would be "weak" (Union Station, Supreme Court, Capitol view, Library of Congress, ending at Capitol Visitor's Center) - but the entire 2 hour tour was chock-full of information, history, and architecture! I would TOTALLY recommend DC Design Tours even at full price! (Plus I found out they offer a military discount - *thank* you!)



For us, taking the Metro proved best - giving us the flexibility to arrive right at Union Station (red line), and leave from Capitol South station (silver line).



This tour does go into public, historic buildings - and you will be going through airport-type scanning sensors and bag inspections. "Pack lightly."
Written May 6, 2019
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Thank you so much for the glowing review! We are so glad to read about your stellar experience with Sam on our Capitol Hill tour. Hope to see you back in DC sometime!
Written May 9, 2019
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Bobby Gus
18 contributions
Couples
My husband and I arranged a private tour that started at Union Station and concluded at the Library of Congress . It was 2 hour in length ,perfect timing for our schedule. I have been on group tours in DC that have there place as an introduction . This was so much superior. Our guide was knowledgeable and passionate about her city it’s buildings and history . She was very accommodating about my husband whom had some issues with the distances and pace . I only wish I had had time to book an Arlington tour with her . Reasonably priced ,immediately responded,clear and accurate directions and set up .
Written March 10, 2018
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Thank you for posting a review of our tour! It was a pleasure to meet you and your husband, and I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed the Capitol Hill walk. Hope to see you next time for a tour of Arlington National Cemetery!
Written March 11, 2018
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lilyrager
Chevy Chase, MD5 contributions
Family
This holiday season, I asked Carolyn to take all 12 of my family (ages 10 to 75) who were in town visiting me on the capitol hill tour. It was a huge HIT: my father was able to learn how these buildings were designed, my nieces discovered who chose the famous literary figures at the library of congress and my 10 year old was able to run up and down the patio of the capitol. This is my 3rd tour with DC Designs (and Carolyn) because she knows how to tell a story; she weaves in fascinating back stories and true details that will amuse and delight. My family has already asked me to reserve time for the Abraham Lincoln assassination tour for next year! If you are looking for a great way to learn about this city, enjoy time with friends/family/colleagues and get out in the fresh air - you just can't beat it!
Written December 29, 2017
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Thank you Lily! Your entire family was so much fun, and I was honored to be part of your get together! I'm thrilled we've been able to have you on tour multiple times, and I so appreciate your kind worlds and referrals. Looking forward to our Lincoln Assassination tour in the spring!
Written January 22, 2018
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Andi E
1 contribution
Family
Great tour! Our guide was informative and funny. Even my teenager enjoyed it. Highly recommend this tour.
Written August 7, 2022
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Marjorie B
3 contributions
Friends
We enjoyed learning about the buildings and local history! Our guide was knowledgeable and helped to make the tour special!
Written June 2, 2022
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CarolynMDC
So glad to hear that, thank you for posting a review!
Written June 3, 2022
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Anne G
San Diego3 contributions
Carolyn was a wonderful guide for our family group of seven. We would definitely use her on our next trip to DC. And I’ve already recommended her to several friends. Thanks for perfect experience.
Written April 4, 2022
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CarolynMDC
Thank you, Anne! It was my pleasure to meet and tour with your family!
Written April 4, 2022
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lisa n
Lincoln, RI24 contributions
Excellent guide, interesting facts, walking was at a good pace. Very animated in his delivery, liked his use of IPad for historical photos.
Written April 3, 2022
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CarolynMDC
Thank you for joining us, Lisa, and taking the time to write a review!
Written April 4, 2022
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This was an interesting and fun tour. Sam is a terrific guide. He gave us a good historical background to this pa
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Really enjoyed learning the historical significance of the magnificent buildings in and around DuPont Circle. The e
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If I could SIX stars, I would! Carolyn was engaging and fun. Her extensive knowledge of the area is demonstrated by
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View the Smithsonian through a different lens!
This is such an interesting tour! I’ve gone to museums many times without thinking much about the buildings that ho
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Loved learning about downtown DC!
I had a wonderful tour of Pennsylvania Avenue with Carolyn! It was fascinating to stop and explore architectural de
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The tour was fascinating and the guide was knowledgeable and charming. Well worth the money !! My teenage grandson
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My friend and I took the Georgetown tour with guide Sam Bowersox. It was great. Not only did Sam know all about t
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Excellent way to spend a Sunday afternoon and learn something!
The tour of 16th St and Adams Morgan was excellent! We are DC natives and learned a lot that we did not know. Hig
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I Learned so much!
This tour was AMAZING!!!! I have been on several tours all around the world and I have not had a better tour exper
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Awesome tour with a really knowledgeable and nice guide!
Carolyn is warm and personable. She told stories about the monuments that were full of interesting tidbits. Her iPa
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Great field trip!
I'm a teacher at a Northern Virginia high school and I took my students on the Georgetown walking tour as an end of
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This tour was EXCELLENT. I went on the Saturday that the embassays were open to the public. Although we did not g
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OUTSTANDING TOUR of Dupont Circle and Embassy Row. Our tour guide was multi-talented and did and exceptional job o
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