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United States Capitol

Magnificent, breathtaking, and regal. This iconic architectural beauty is worth a visit even if Congress isn’t in session.

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Washington, DC: Capitol Hill and Library of Congress Tour

1. Washington, DC: Capitol Hill and Library of Congress Tour

Immerse yourself in the political center of Washington, DC with a guided walking tour, including entry tickets to the Library of Congress and Capitol Building. Feast your eyes on the Supreme Court building and Capitol Hill and learn about the country's legislative and judicial branches. Begin your tour at the top of "the Hill" and hear fascinating anecdotes and trivia from your local guide about the country's extensive law and legal system. Originally named Jenkins Hill, understand how this area quickly expanded to become the epicenter of American government and politics. Then it's time to visit the Library of Congress, the national library of the United States, and the oldest federal cultural institution in the country. Proceed to the Capitol Building to marvel at its neoclassical style and iconic architecture, while your guide details its rich history. Before concluding your tour, walk by the Supreme Court building, known as "The Marble Palace", and the surrounding Congressional office buildings.

Washington DC: Walking Tour and African American Museum

2. Washington DC: Walking Tour and African American Museum

Meet your guide at the White House and begin your tour of Washington DC. From the outside, learn about the history of the White House and the people who inhabited it. Your local guide will share stories about America’s history and the influence of African Americans in DC. Next, see the Capitol One, one of the most architecturally impressive buildings in the world. Hear about the neoclassical United States Capitol, which is home to the House of Representatives and Senate. Finally, your guide will take you to the Washington Monument. Made of white marble and 550-feet tall, the obelisk is an iconic Washington DC landmark. After the walking tour, use your reserved entry tickets to visit the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Explore the museum on your own at your own pace.

Washington, DC: Open Top Bus Tour By Night

3. Washington, DC: Open Top Bus Tour By Night

Experience the beauty of Washington, DC on an open-top bus tour at night Discover the grandeur of the nation's monuments and memorials dramatically illuminated by the city lights. Climb aboard a double-decker bus for a journey down the dramatic National Mall, flanked by the White House and Jefferson Memorial. From the dome of the US Capitol Building to the World War II Memorial, you'll see Washington, DC at its most enchanting. Sit back and relax as you learn the history of Washington from the entertaining and expert digital commentary.

Washington DC: See the City Segway Tour

4. Washington DC: See the City Segway Tour

Head off on a thrilling guided Segway tour of Washington DC and its main landmarks. Listen as your guide recounts fascinating stories about these iconic locations, as you smoothly glide along paved roads. Before departure, receive training and get fitted for your equipment. Watch a brief video and presentation, then receive one-on-one instruction from the experienced staff. Don't be nervous! Many of the visitors are first-time riders and most people get the hang of it within a few minutes.  Once everyone is comfortable, you will do a quick soundcheck and off you go!  The first stop is the White House, just across the street from your starting point! From there, continue to explore as many of the following sites as possible: US Treasury Blair House Constitution Gardens Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool Vietnam Veterans Memorial Korean War Memorial DC War Memorial Tidal Basin WWII Memorial Washington Monument Smithsonian Museums National Gallery of Art US Capitol Canadian Embassy Newseum National Archives US Navy Memorial FBI Building

Washington, DC: Old Town Trolley City Tour

5. Washington, DC: Old Town Trolley City Tour

Climb aboard the Old Town Trolley and enjoy a comprehensive tour of Washington. Listen to the colorful anecdotes, humorous stories, and well-researched historical information your guide has to share. Upgrade to include a tram tour of Arlington Cemetery. Sit back while expert tour guides help you discover the beauty and majesty of Washington, D.C. This popular tour covers Washington's major attractions such as the Lincoln Memorial, the White House, the museums of the Smithsonian Institution, and the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial.  The trolley will make one stop along the tour route at the Abraham Lincoln Memorial. While off the trolley, you can visit the Lincoln Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall. You will have 30 minutes to explore the area while your guide and the trolley wait for you. Please see below the list of attractions and memorials that you will see on the tour: • Washington Welcome Center • The White House • National Archives • National Law Enforcement Museum • Union Station • U.S. Capitol • Smithsonian Air & Space Museum • The Wharf • International Spy Museum • Holocaust Memorial Museum • Jefferson Memorial • FDR Memorial • Lincoln Memorial • National Museum of American History • Smithsonian Museum of Natural History • National Gallery of Art • National Portrait Gallery

Washington DC: 2.5-Hour Sightseeing Segway Tour

6. Washington DC: 2.5-Hour Sightseeing Segway Tour

Segway the sites in Washington, D.C. on this guided tour. Experience an overview of all the important places in the nation's capital city, via your own personal Segway. Zip around the sidewalks and streets of downtown Washington, D.C. on this two-wheeled motorized vehicle. After a 30-minute introduction to operating your Segway, strap on your helmets and set off on your adventure. Learn about the sites, history, and stories behind the National Mall, Capitol Hill, and surrounding area as you pass by the White House on a ride down Pennsylvania Avenue. Continue on to see the various memorials, and receive some tips on fun off-the-mall places to check out. Enjoy the fresh air and explore the history and architecture of DC at a leisurely pace.

Washington DC: Washington Monument Entry & DC Highlights

7. Washington DC: Washington Monument Entry & DC Highlights

Experience Washington DC’s most sought-after attractions/landmarks! On this half-day tour, you’ll continue to DC’s most famous landmarks and monuments: including the outside of the U.S. Capitol Building and the White House, with stops at the Vietnam Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Korean War Memorial, and the historic Martin Luther King Memorial. Beat the long entrance lines and enjoy reserved entry into the Washington Monument. Take the elevator to the 500' observation deck, which provides breathtaking views on the North, South, East, and West sides of the Monument. As well, you can walk down to the small museum located on the 490' level. See all of DC’s major monuments and memorials up-close; taking about 10 to 15-minutes at each stop as your guide shadows you at all attractions. Take advantage of the guided walks and photo opportunities!

Washington DC: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour & Boat Cruise

8. Washington DC: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour & Boat Cruise

Enjoy a full day of exploring with your 24-hour hop-on hop-off bus ticket. From the open-top double decker, you’ll see amazing views of the White House, Capitol Hill, Jefferson Memorial, and more. Learn about the city’s most magnificent landmarks with expert digital commentary. Hop off at The Wharf to enjoy your roundtrip Potomac River cruise onboard the city water taxi. You can cruise along the water to see the John F. Kennedy Center, the Washington Monument, Arlington Memorial Bridge, and more before hopping back on the bus to continue your day. Your ticket gives you access to the Red and Blue city loops, giving you the freedom to hop off and explore at your own pace. Your ticket also includes 1-hour bike rental, so you can get off the tourist trail and discover more of the city.

Washington DC: National Mall Night Bus Tour

9. Washington DC: National Mall Night Bus Tour

Admire the atmospheric landmarks of the capital from an open-top or glass-top bus as the sun sets on Washington, DC. Take a trip to the twilight zone with mesmerizing views of the city highlights at dusk. See the most famous monuments lit up, casting a glimmering glow over the city. Begin at the U.S. Navy Memorial, before heading through the half-light to capture views of the White House, the Korean War Memorial, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. Each monument features special illuminations at night, with regular opportunities to hop off and see the spectacular sculpture work up close, along with countless photo opportunities. Marvel at the full shimmering skyline at the start and endpoint of your tour, which also includes views of the twinkling Tidal Basin and Thomas Jefferson Memorial. Night tours don’t get much more magical than this, and pair perfectly with a day tour the following day.

Washington DC: National Mall Tour by Electric Vehicle

10. Washington DC: National Mall Tour by Electric Vehicle

Glide around the streets of Washington DC on a guided tour by a battery-operated electric cart. See all the major monuments of the United States capital, like Capitol Hill, the White House, and the Lincoln Memorial with an onboard guide. After getting comfortable onboard, head first towards the Smithsonian complex. Admire the size of the largest museum and research complex in the world.  Next, discover three of the most well-known monuments in Washington DC. Admire the monuments to Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and George Washington, arguably the three most beloved presidents of the U.S. From here, take a moment to pause and remember those who lost their lives in battle as you visit various war memorials. Pause at the memorials to World War I, World War II, the Korean War Veterans, and Vietnam War Veterans memorial sites.  Get your camera ready for when you pass by one of the most recognizable landmarks in the whole world, the White House, the home of the U.S President. Finally, feast your eyes on Capitol Hill, home to the United States Congress.

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What people are saying about United States Capitol

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4.5 / 5

based on 4,342 reviews

Our guide Ellen was excellent! She was extremely personable and gave us some great recommendations. We highly recommend this tour.

This was a fantastic tour full of facts and interesting stories surrounding the history of DC. Highly recommended

Our guide Dr. Cora Gibson was excellent! She gave us so much information about the sites and the city.

Best way to get to know the city prior choosing which museums you want to visit.

Just an enjoyable, comfortable experience seeing our capital city.