U.S. Capitol and Houses of Congress

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.

A Park-Like Setting For Historic Sites

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.

The Story of America's Most Iconic Building

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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Washington Walks Guide Brenda

BRENDA has lived in Washington, D.C., since 1982 when she helped launch USA Today newspaper

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

Approximately 2 hours
Available for private tour bookings

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

Embarks from outside the Capitol South Metro station.
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