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Review of U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

U.S. Capitol Visitor Center
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DC City Bus Tour with Reserved Monument Entry and Lunch
Ranked #48 of 418 things to do in Washington DC
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New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2012

We almost missed this! we were taking pictures in front of Capital Hill didn't know we can actually visit the place. ( didn't do any homework as this is the last minute decision to visit DC) While we were walking towards the back of the building trying to find Supreme Court we spotted the visitor center and just walked in for some nice cool air as the weather is too hot to stay outdoor. Well, am I glad that there were so much to see in there! Since we are "walk-in" we are required to get the special passes which right on the left counter and the next minute we were in the line for an IMAX for the introduction ( something like that, lol) the next thing is a tour guide from the Hill walking us with other visitors to the Rotunda, the Crypt and Statuary Hall. After this tour we were told there is a tunnel to Library of Congress, this is a beautiful building, the architecture, the lighting made you wanted to stay there. There is a second floor which can go to a small section of third floor for "view the reading room". Looking down to the reading room, it is really beautiful! After that, we have to walk to the other building ( forgot the name) to get a special pass to get in to the House Gallery. It was really awesome as I get to sit inside the Gallery, only on the top sections. In order to go to the floor level, I have to apply a pass from my district senator, take 6 months. If would be the same procedure if anyone wanted to visit the White House. So, never mind.. For the Supreme Court, it was under renovation, we didn't bother to walk over.

Visited August 2012
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“August 24th - a day to remember”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2012

August 24th - our wedding anniversary and also the anniversary of the British burning down the Capitol buildings - which the guide pointed out whenever possible, especially after learning there were a couple of Brits in the party!! bsolutely fascinating, including the short intro film about the history of Cogress etc. Really awesome architecture and statuary, knowledgable and fun guides, great tour for all the family.

Visited August 2012
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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“Great Tour!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2012

Our tour of the Capitol was wonderful! The tour is free and offers great information!

Our tour guide absolutely made the tour memorable. She was so knowledgeable with GREAT stories that made the tour less educational-boring and more educational-interesting! haha. We had a great time checking out all the rooms of the Capitol and hearing great facts about what went on in each. Two thumbs up!

Visited August 2012
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2012

A family of 5 enjoyed the tour - although having the tour over the weekend does not include seeing the actual debate halls.
Still - the tour starts with a nice movie and continues up into the dome of the capitol.
Need to reserve in advance

Visited August 2012
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Houston, TX
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“Wonderful center.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2012

Although admission to the visitor center is free, if you want to tour the Capitol you will need a reservation. We contacted our State Senator about 4-5 months in advance to apply and obtain a tour reservation. Tour was incredible, lots of information. Make sure to visit the Exhibition hall . . . my grandson enjoyed the "Hands on" computer area. Great teaching tool. Center has a restaurant and gift shops. Also, it has an underground tunnel to the Library of Congress.

Note: any bag you are carrying LARGER than 14" wide x 13" high x 4 deep is PROHIBITED.

Visited June 2012
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