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Washington DC: Capitol Hill Guided Tour with Entry Tickets

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Explore the majestic buildings of the Capitol Hill complex with a local guide. Discover how the Supreme Court works, marvel at the Library of Congress architecture, and step inside the US Capitol.

  • Free cancellation
    Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund.
  • Instant confirmation & Mobile tickets
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  • Skip the line
    Get priority entry.
  • Live guiding
    English
  • Start times - Available today
    10:00 AM, 1:00 PM
  • Duration
    2.5 hours
  • Includes
    • Tour guide
    • Entry ticket to the Library of Congress
    • Guided tour of the Library of Congress
    • Entry ticket to the US Capitol
    • Written guide in Spanish or French
    • Souvenir bookmark
    • Tips
Highlights & Description

Highlights

  • Learn how the Supreme Court, Capitol, and Library of Congress work together
  • Explore the Capitol Hill complex as your guide shares trivia and fun facts
  • Marvel at the stunning architecture and art inside the Library of Congress
  • Learn about the "highest court in the land" at the US Supreme Court Building
  • Take a photo outside the iconic Capitol Building before taking a tour inside

Description

Take in the grandeur of Capitol Hill on a guided walking tour and explore the three federal buildings clustered at the top of the hill: the Supreme Court, the Library of Congress, and the US Capitol. Learn about the country's legislative and judicial branches, discover the history behind each turn, and step inside with the included entry tickets.

Kick off your tour at the Supreme Court and marvel at the Marble Palace, so grand that the justices thought they should ride in on the backs of elephants when it was first built. The tour does not enter the halls of justice, but you will get a full understanding of the judicial branch.

Gaze at the intricate mosaic and artwork of the Library of Congress' Main Hall and Reading Room. Then, follow your guide to the renowned Jefferson Building. Here, see an original Gutenberg Bible, learn about Thomas Jefferson's literary pursuits, and view his original library collection. Take a peek in the main Reading Room and have some time to explore the newest exhibit, "Treasures."

Admire the collection of the library's most precious items, such as a draft of the Gettysburg Address handwritten by President Abraham Lincoln, original handwritten lyrics for “The Sound of Music,” Maya Lin’s original drawings for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, original artwork by Stan Lee and Steven Ditko for the Spider-Man comic, and President James Madison’s crystal flute (the one that Lizzo got to play).

Proceed to the Capitol Building to marvel at its neoclassical style and iconic architecture while your guide details its rich history. Learn what survived the Burning of Washington and how the Statue of Freedom was placed at the top of the dome in the midst of the American Civil War.

Discover the best angle to get the full building in your photo, before coming to your last stop, the Capital Visitor Center. Here, see the original plaster model of Freedom and a few of the statues from the National Statuary Collection.

Your guide will also secure those hard-to-get tickets for the docent-led "Red Coat" tour for you to use at the end. Their 45-minute experience brings you into the Crypt, the Rotunda, and the Old House for a full experience of the US Capitol.

Good to know before you go
  • This tour includes some stairs
  • All visitors must pass through security to enter federal buildings and while no ID is required, there are strict restrictions on what you may bring inside (e.g. no liquids, food, sharp objects, or suitcases)
  • You will have to wait in line to get through security
  • The tour ends at the US Capitol Visitor Center approximately 2.5 hours after the start of the tour. Tickets are provided for a docent-led interior tour that is an additional 45-50 minutes
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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the cancellation policy for this activity?
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund.
2. When will I receive the confirmation of my booking?
You will receive an email notification right after your successful payment. If you don't see it in your inbox, check your spam or junk mail folder. When the payment is completed you have the option to download your ticket directly.
3. What does the 'skip the line' ticket mean?
'Skip the line' tickets provide the fastest possible entry with no or very little queuing.
4. Are mobile tickets enough or do I have to print them?
Tickets don't need to be printed. You can show your ticket from your smartphone as a PDF.
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