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U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

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Neighborhood: National Mall
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Address: East Plaza of the Capitol between Constitution and Independence Avenues, Washington DC, DC 20515
Phone Number: 202-226-8000
8:30 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Mon - Sat 8:30 pm - 12:00 am
Tue - Sun 12:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Informative Tour Of National Landmark

We took the 45-minute guided tour of the Capitol. We did not reserve tickets in advance, but we were able to get tickets for the next tour time quickly and easily. Luckily, the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Canton, NC
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The capitol is perhaps the most well knowan building in USA. You could visit free. Guided tour more or less one hour. You could add the visit of Library of the Congress.

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Wilton Manors, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This is where you pick up yurt tickets for the capitol tour and get all your questions answered. If you did not get tickets in advance through your representative not to worry, just stand in line here to get your tour. There is also a great exhibit area here about the history of the Capitol building. When I finished the... More 

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Cape Coral, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The U.S. Capitol Tour was great and it is a must for your DC visit! Highly recommend a few hours to get through the entire tour process; security and lines for the tour but it is worth it.

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Canton, NC
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We took the 45-minute guided tour of the Capitol. We did not reserve tickets in advance, but we were able to get tickets for the next tour time quickly and easily. Luckily, the renovations that many reviews mention were completed when we took the tour, so we got to see the Rotunda in all its glory. Our tour guide was... More 

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Edinburgh, Scotland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We booked our tour in advance to ensure we weren't disappointed. At the beginning of our tour you watch a 10 min video to give you some history regarding the Capitol Building. Afterwards you are handed your headset and your guided tour begins. The guide was exceptionally knowledgeable. It was a slight shame that when we were in the Dome... More 

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North West England
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were absolutely enthralled from the moment we entered these hallowed halls till the time we left 5 hours later.We were part of a conducted tour,having waited a short while in a queue we were allocated a tour guide.Resplendent in his red jacket, our guide Brian was informative , interesting and funny. His commentary via headphones greatly assisted the pleasures... More 

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Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Another Jewel in the Washington DC crown. With a number of tours available to the public, all free of charge, you could easily spend most of the day going on all of the informative and interesting tours available to you. All of the guides that I had were so knowledgable and were more than happy to answer any questions that... More 

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Davenport, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Really enjoyed the tour however, is very restricted. For your information you cannot take any food or beverages into the capital. Had to throw away the gummie fruits we took with us for a snack even though they were sealed in individual packages and my jerky I had made and had in a zip lock baggie. They are very strict... More 

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New Port Richey, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is where everyone enters the US Capitol, you go through security here so make sure you have no liquids or other banned items with you. This is the same way to go in once you have Gallery tickets from your Representatives office as well and you can reach the Library of congress through the tunnel once you have finished... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Even on crowded days at the weekend the staff handled the visitors very kindly and professional. In a few minutes everyone got a audio receiver and the tour started. Very interesting details about founding and growing up of this great nation. You need only 20 minutes for this tour. Afterwords the possibility to watch the exponations and the library of... More 

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