United States Capitol, Washington DC

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Set at the convergence of Washington, D.C.'s four quadrants, United States Capitol serves as both a symbol of the U.S. government and the home to the U.S. Congress. The Neoclassical-style structure was constructed in several stages between 1793 and 1863; however, renovations and structural tweaks to support the weight of the massive, 88 m (289 ft) dome continued well into the 20th century. Walk in and look around--and up--the rotunda contains artwork, statues of presidents and important American figures, and an extensive fresco on the ceiling. You can learn more about the history of the U.S. Congress, Washington, D.C., and the building itself at the visitor center, which is spread over three floors set entirely underground. You'll need to book a tour well in advance (and a tour is the only way visitors can access much of the interior), as tour space is extremely limited. To visit United States Capitol and get the most from your holiday in Washington DC, create itinerary details personal to you using our Washington DC trip itinerary maker site .
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  • So you can go to the Capitol Visitor Center, stand in line to take a tour. Or you can play ahead with your congressional office and get a personal tour. We did the second. It was wonderful and my 13 y...  more »
  • Washington DC is always a fascinating experience. All Americans should make this pilgrimage at least once. Wear sensible shoes & dress for the season. This trip, we arranged a guided Capitol tour thro...  more »
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  • The most iconic building in the world history of democracy and politics. It symbolizes world’s oldest democracy. Even if these do not bother, you must visit, for the sake of architecture of the building. The arena is wonderful. There are some guided tours inside, which you must take. There are several online sites, where you can reserve these tours. You need to research them much ahead, otherwise you might not get them. These are always in big demand! Also, the tour might take at least 2-3 hours. So your entire Capitol Hill trip can take a good 3-4 hours. Plan accordingly. Again, it’s highly recommended and a must visit while you are in DC area.
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