U.S. Capitol and Houses of Congress

Walk around democracy’s best-known symbol, the U.S. Capitol, and past the buildings housing America’s legislative and judicial branches of government. You will discover that “Capitol Hill” does indeed describe a rise in the ground upon which the monumental edifice stands, and that all neighboring buildings were designed so as not to detract from the domed star of the show. You’ll stroll through the Capitol’s park-like setting, one of the most pleasing outdoor spaces in the city, featuring historic trees, fountains, outdoor sculptures, and a hidden grotto. The Library of Congress, U.S. Botanic Garden, and U.S. Supreme Court are all stops, as is the dramatic memorial to General Ulysses S. Grant, portraying the brutal realities of war. You’ll hear about the exterior of the U.S. Capitol itself – how it was designed, why it was burned, the roles slaves played in its creation, and what actually goes on inside. The walk will conclude near the entrance to the stunning U.S. Capitol Visitors Center, where participants can explore exhibits, browse in the bookstore or check on the availability of an interior tour.


"Even though we've lived in the area for a while, we learned a ton. I would definitely recommend this tour to both locals and tourists alike!" - TripAdvisor reviewer


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Guides that may lead this tour: 

BRENDA has lived in Washington, D.C., since 1982 when she helped launch USA Today newspaper as one of its founding editors.

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CHRISTINA attributes her love of walking tours to Sunday afternoon family strolls at historic spots in her native Ohio. She is a long-time resident of the D.C. area and had a career in electronic libraries.

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MARY ANNE, a Washington area resident since 1972, is a former travel writer who rates the nation’s capital the most fascinating city she ever covered. She’s an avid architecture and history buff and shares broad knowledge of both fields on all her Washington Walks.

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Available for group and private tour bookings only. Email info@washingtonwalks.com for more information.

Approximately 2 hours
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Embarks from outside the Capitol South Metro station.
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