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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  • Fantastic building, all tour and security staff were friendly and informative. My tour guide K McAfee was brilliant. She was knowledgeable, entertaining and kind. Thoroughly recommend the tours to... 
    Fantastic building, all tour and security staff were friendly and informative. My tour guide K McAfee was brilliant. She was knowledgeable, entertaining and kind. Thoroughly recommend the tours to...  more »
  • We booked a timed ticket tour of the Capitol Building. We took the Metro to get here instead of walking along the mall, because of the heat. The Metro is at the back of the building. I wanted to... 
    We booked a timed ticket tour of the Capitol Building. We took the Metro to get here instead of walking along the mall, because of the heat. The Metro is at the back of the building. I wanted to...  more »
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  • This beautiful building is a must-see for everyone who visit Washington DC. The building has a long history. The place is where many important decisions were and are made that affects the world.
  • It's strange. You see this place all the time in movies and on tv, but when you see it in person you're like "wow this place really does exist"

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