Iconic Capitol Hill Architecture Tour


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Duration2 hours
Guide LanguageEnglish
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Your tour begins inside the Great Hall of Union Station under the big clock. When entering the station from the main entrance, turn right, and look up to see the clock. Even the meeting point is an architectural gem: after falling into disrepair, Union Station's Classical façade, vaulted interiors, and artwork have been restored to their full glory.
Hear stories about the colorful designers of DC’s cityscape, from Thomas Jefferson to Robert Mills, Frederick Law Olmstead, and Daniel Burnham, and find out how they battled red tape, chaos, and controversy. Follow your guide along a route that includes the U.S. Capitol Building and the Capitol Grounds—look up to see the Statue of Freedom who tops the Capitol dome, and ignited controversies when she was first unveiled. Continue past the imposing Supreme Court of the United States, and learn about the vast collection inside the Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building.
This tour, which covers roughly 1-mile of ground, concludes at the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center, close to National Mall sights and public transport.


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We'll begin our tour in the massive Great Hall of Union Station, once the largest train station in the world. This crossroads of Presidents, diplomats, and politicians have seen the drastic transformation, from inaugurations to World Wars, and even a runaway train!
After exploring the heights and depths of Union Station, we'll proceed past the Freedom Bell and Columbus "Fountain" to the steps of the Supreme Court.
we'll take in the imposing facade and learn about the architecture, history and design of the home of our Judicial branch of government.
We'll get great photo opportunities on the East side of the U.S. Capitol Building, and talk all about the tumultuous history of this icon of Washington.
We'll be going inside the breathtaking Library of Congress. We'll delve into the elaborate design, secret symbols, and fascinating history of this important institution, before taking an underground tunnel to the Capitol.
Our tour will conclude inside the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center, where our guides would be happy to help guests join a free building interior tour, depending upon availability.


Local guide



Additional Information

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Infants and small children can ride in a pram or stroller
  • Service animals allowed
  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • Transportation options are wheelchair accessible
  • All areas and surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough guests to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, an alternative or full refund will be provided.

Guide Languages

  • English

Cancellation Policy

  • A full refund will apply if you cancel more than 24 hours before the activity start time.

  • No refund is possible if you cancel less than 24 hours before the activity start time.