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Capitol Hill Tours

There’s much more to Capitol Hill than the US Capitol building that stands atop it. It is both the heart of the American government and a vibrant neighborhood at the geographic center of Washington D.C. From the Capitol Grounds—a lush landscape of sweeping lawns and more than 4,000 trees—to the Capitol Reflecting Pool and Congressional office buildings, there is much to see and do on the Hill. 

The Basics
Capitol Hill is home many historically and politically important building monuments, including the Supreme Court building, three Library of Congress buildings, and the Folger Shakespeare Library and Theatre. While you can visit these sights on your own, a Capitol Hill tour is a great way to gain context and delve deep into American history. If you’re lucky, you may even get to see Congress in session. For a bit less traditional Hill experience, you can take a guided ghost tour—legend has it that the Capitol is haunted!

Things to Know Before You Go
  • You must reserve tickets to the Capitol Building interior in advance. 
  • Bars and restaurants are sprinkled throughout the Hill, especially in the Atlas District, along H Street NE.
  • Though most of Capitol Hill is walkable, you can cover more ground on a bike, Segway, or electric cart tour.
  • The US Capitol Visitors Center and information desk is a great place to start your visit.
  • The Capitol Hill area, including the Capitol Building, is kid-friendly and wheelchair accessible.

How to Get There
Smack in the middle of Washington D.C., Capitol Hill stretches north, south, and east from the US Capitol and the National Mall. East Capitol Street is the neighborhood’s main thoroughfare, running east through Lincoln Park until it reaches the Armory and RFK Stadium. The area is easily accessible on foot and by all forms of public transportation; driving is more difficult due to limited parking.

When to Get There
Capitol Hill is buzzing with activity both day and night. September to November and March to May are thought to be the best times of year to visit Washington D.C., when temperatures are mild and comfortable. The Hill is particularly lovely in cherry blossom season—generally in early April.

Touring the Capitol Hill Neighborhood
As you head east from the storied steps of the Capitol, the neighborhood turns into a lovely tangle of residential brownstone row houses shaded by big, elderly trees often teeming with gray squirrels. The center of gravity on the Hill is the Eastern Market. This covered bazaar and the surrounding blocks showcase local food, outsider art, handmade crafts, and a general bohemian vibe. It’s the place to be seen on weekends with families and friends. 

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Guided Tour of Washington DC, Washington DC, null
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Guided Tour of Washington DC

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Explore Washington DC’s top landmarks and monuments on a 3- or 6-hour tour by deluxe coach with full narration from an expert guide throughout the tour. Stop ...  Read more

Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
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Washington DC Monuments Bike Tour, Washington DC, City Tours
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Washington DC Monuments Bike Tour

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See DC's historical monuments and landmarks up close and personal on a 3-hour bike tour with an informative guide. Cruise around the National Mall to see some ...  Read more

Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

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Private Moonlight DC City Tour by Van, Washington DC, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Private Moonlight DC City Tour by Van

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Explore the famous monuments and war memorials of Washington, DC by the light of night on this private, 3-4-hour, sightseeing tour. Hop aboard a comfortable ...  Read more

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
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Four-Hour Private DC Highlight Tour by Van, Washington DC, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Four-Hour Private DC Highlight Tour by Van

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Explore the famous landmarks, monuments, and neighborhoods of Washington, DC on this guided, this 3-4-hour sightseeing tour. Hop aboard a comfortable van and ...  Read more

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: 3 to 4 hrs

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Washington DC Segway Tour, Washington DC, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Washington DC Segway Tour

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As you cruise through the Nation's Capital, past the monuments, White House and American icons, you will receive a great orientation, informative historical ...  Read more

Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

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Haunted DC Walking Tour on Capitol Hill, Washington DC, Segway Tours
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Haunted DC Walking Tour on Capitol Hill

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Delve into a world of spooks, ghouls, and haunted souls on a 1.5-hour walking tour of Washington DC’s Capitol Hill. Set out with your group and guide along ...  Read more

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $20.00
Washington DC Haunted Capitol Walking Tour, Washington DC, Ghost & Vampire Tours
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Washington DC Haunted Capitol Walking Tour

America’s most famous building is also one of its most haunted. The ghostly history of the U.S. Capitol campus is revealed in a two-hour walk led by a licensed ...  Read more

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

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Capitol Hill and DC Monuments Tour by Electric Cart, Washington DC, Ghost & Vampire Tours
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Capitol Hill and DC Monuments Tour by Electric Cart

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See Washington DC’s major sites in a fun, unique way – aboard an electric cart! As you explore Capitol Hill, see famous monuments and landmarks including the ...  Read more

Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

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Washington DC Day Tour from New York City, New York City, Historical & Heritage Tours
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Washington DC Day Tour from New York City

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Enjoy a full-day tour from New York City to the capital of the United States, Washington DC, with a professional guide. Visit iconic landmarks like the ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: 14 hours (approx.)

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Private Customized Washington DC City Tour by Van, Washington DC, Day Trips
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Private Customized Washington DC City Tour by Van

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Explore the most famous monuments and war memorials of Washington, DC on this private, customizable, full-day sightseeing tour. Climb aboard a comfortable van ...  Read more

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: 5 to 6 hrs

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