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“Set up a Private Tour through your local state Congress Person”

Senate and House Office Buildings
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Reviewed September 5, 2012

We had a private tour arranged by the office of our state congresswomen and it was great. One of the office aids took our group of 3 privately through the capital explaining the history of the building as well as our State's contribution. Set up the tour about 3 months in advance. It will allow you to avoid the large public tours and skip the lines.

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Reviewed August 3, 2012

The Congress and Senate buildings were interesting to visit once inside but be warned that they confiscate water, sun cream etc at the door. It was 40*C when we visited so very inconvenient.

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Reviewed June 17, 2012

Dirksen Senate Office Building has a cafeteria in the basement that has great prices, no tax and options from grill items, pizza, sushi and an AWESOME salad bar.

Here is the recommended game plan:
Make arrangements with your senator before your trip to do a capitol tour in the AM, then go to any senators office to get passes to see the senate and house floor, go back to the capitol and then head back to the Dirksen building for lunch and a coffee to go.

We also recommend the Library of Congress afterwards.

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Reviewed May 16, 2012

The Capitol Hill is magnificient, but the buiding for the senators and officers are just common office buiding on the flank, very massive though.

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Reviewed April 22, 2012

If you're in the vicinity of the Capitol and are looking for places to eat lunch, consider going to the Senate cafeteria in the Dirksen building. You'll need to clear through security (mostly just metal detection), then ask for directions to the cafe. There are tons of excellent choices, they take credit cards, and you'll feel like you're in the midst of all the political activity; just find a table and start listening to all the chatter. You might even see some well-known figures. I had a terrific roast beef sandwich on gourmet French bread for about $7. There are all sorts of other choices, including sushi, soups, hot and cold dishes, a range of salads, pulled pork sandwiches, and the like. It's a loud, relaxed place and the cost of lunch won't break the bank.

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