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U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

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Neighbourhood: National Mall
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Address: East Plaza of the Capitol between Constitution and Independence Avenues, Washington DC, DC 20515
Phone Number: +1 202-226-8000
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20:30 - 00:00
00:00 - 16:30
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Mon - Sat 20:30 - 00:00
Tue - Sun 00:00 - 16:30
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USD 125.00*
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DC City Tour by Bus with Reserved Monument Entry and Lunch
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Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour of Washington DC: Monuments, Landmarks and Memorials
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Hop-On Hop-Off Washington DC Bus Tour

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Our family made sure to visit the visitor center since we were unable to secure much in the way of 'private' tours. This provided a unique view into the Capitol but we would have... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Anaheim, California
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196 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Large, sunny visitor center located under the plaza at the U S capitol building. Elevators from the plaza, or take the stairs or gently sloped walkway to the security entrance. Interesting displays, nice to view while awaiting tours of the house and senate. Wheelchairs available at north coat check. Tunnel to Jefferson reading room at Library of Congress is accessible... More 

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Arkansas
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115 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The Capitol Visitor center is the perfect start to any visit. You can get your tickets for tours, see a movie about the Capitol, enjoy the statues and people watch for hours. This is the first thing you should do when visiting the Capitol.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My favorite day is Sundays for a walk and lunch. Walking the mall the white house and checking out the Trump Hotel

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I was planning what I would do on my trip to Washington DC and was delighted to see that I could get a free tour of the US Capitol Building. Unlike the White House there were no restrictions on foreign visitors. Once through security I was directed to the desk to check in for my tour. The gentleman who assisted... More 

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Thank IanCowan
Boston, Massachusetts
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1,662 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 895 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

They run this program very well. Our tour guide was great, very professional. Get there early as you have to line up to go through security... then you check in and get your ticket for your tour... then you're off!

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Thank WINEandTRAVEL
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98 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and the personal headsets were awesome. My family really enjoyed the tour. The Capitol is beautiful!!

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Thank Rene' S
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our family made sure to visit the visitor center since we were unable to secure much in the way of 'private' tours. This provided a unique view into the Capitol but we would have loved to have seen more.

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Thank ALPJTchr
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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60 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

As I recently moved to DC I wanted to visit the Capitol. I had a couple of hours and went to the Capitol visitor center. Ideally you should book the tour online ahead of time, however we walked in, and learned they release surplus tickets if they are available. You begin with a movie, but then you get to walk... More 

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Topeka, Kansas
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113 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The tour is pretty simple but quite interesting. We where able to see the rotunda and several of the statues. It is quite impressive. Our guide was very knowledgeable about everything we could ask about. We had made an appointment, and once we saw the long line we where sure that we would never make it. Not only did we... More 

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a real surprise. We were visiting the States from England and spent a few days in Washington. We thought that we would need an advance ticket to enter the Capitol building- so it was a real bonus when we were told to join the queue. Everyone working there was so helpful, so that we could make the most... More 

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