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Iconic Capitol Hill Architecture Tour provided by DC Design Tours

Iconic Capitol Hill Architecture Tour

Iconic Capitol Hill Architecture Tour
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from S$54.92 per adult
Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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What you can expect during your visit
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
What you can expect during your visit
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
Face masks required for guides in public areas
About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
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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Important information
Inclusions
Local guide
Exclusions
Gratuities
Duration
2h
Departure details
Washington Union Station, 50 Massachusetts Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002, USA Our tour begins inside the Great Hall of Union Station under the big clock near the red banners. When entering the station from the main entrance, turn right and look up to see the clock.
U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, Washington, DC 20004, USA The tour concludes inside the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center, where guests can tour the Capitol Building.
Inclusions
Local guide
Exclusions
Gratuities
Departure details
Washington Union Station, 50 Massachusetts Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002, USA Our tour begins inside the Great Hall of Union Station under the big clock near the red banners. When entering the station from the main entrance, turn right and look up to see the clock.
U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, Washington, DC 20004, USA The tour concludes inside the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center, where guests can tour the Capitol Building.
Duration
2h
Return details
U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, Washington, DC 20004, USA The tour concludes inside the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center, where guests can tour the Capitol Building.
Additional information
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
Wheelchair accessible
This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Washington Union Station
    50 Massachusetts Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002, USA
    Our tour begins inside the Great Hall of Union Station under the big clock near the red banners. When entering the station from the main entrance, turn right and look up to see the clock.
    See address & details
  • 1
    Union Station
    Stop: 30 minutes
    See details
  • 2
    Columbus Memorial Fountain
    Stop: 5 minutes
    See details
  • 3
    Supreme Court
    Stop: 5 minutes
    See details
  • 4
    U.S. Capitol
    Stop: 10 minutes
    See details
  • 5
    Library of Congress
    Stop: 30 minutes
    See details
  • 6
    U.S. Capitol Visitor Center
    Stop: 25 minutes
    See details
  • You'll end at
    U.S. Capitol Visitor Center
    U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, Washington, DC 20004, USA
    The tour concludes inside the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center, where guests can tour the Capitol Building.
    See address & details
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Peggy K
9 contributions
Fantastic tour
Sep 2019
We did the Capitol Hill tour with Sam. He was the perfect tour guide - informative, funny and just a lovely person. His enthusiasm was infectious, and I learned a lot.
Written 1 September 2019
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We're so thrilled to hear about your great experience with Sam! Thank you for taking the time to post!
Written 4 September 2019
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ShellCee
Washington, DC17 contributions
Fantastic tour of Capitol Hill
Jun 2019 • Couples
As a local, I've often take DC and its sights for granted. So glad that my husband and I signed up for a tour with DC Design! Carolyn was a wonderful guide--fun, friendly, and very knowledgeable. Her enthusiasm about the architecture and history of Capitol Hill really captivated the group. When we finished the tour, we were both saying to each other "Wow, I really learned something new today"--and we've lived in the DC area for 25 years. That says a lot about how great a tour is when you've impressed the locals! We will definitely be signing up for more walking tours with DC Design!
Written 15 June 2019
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Wow, thank you so much! Looking forward to seeing you again!
Written 5 July 2019
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MarkM
3 contributions
Fun & Informative!
May 2019 • Friends
This was the best walking tour we did on my birthday trip to DC. Very fun and informative filled with lots history about the city. Carolyn was very accommodating allowing one of my friends to join last minute.
Written 9 June 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Thank you for celebrating part of your birthday with us and joining our Capitol Hill tour! I hope the rest of your trip was fantastic!
Written 2 July 2019
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Marti S
Ashburn, VA92 contributions
Best Tour Ever!
May 2019 • Friends
This was the *best* walking tour I've taken - and I've been on many! SAM did an absolutely amazing job - he was not only knowledgable about the history & architecture, but had "side stories" to offer at each point. He responded to questions, and while our group totally kept up with his pace (unlike some tours where the walkers lag far behind the guide) Sam was kind & considerate with keeping us either in the shade or finding elevators as needed. Initially I thought the tour would be "weak" (Union Station, Supreme Court, Capitol view, Library of Congress, ending at Capitol Visitor's Center) - but the entire 2 hour tour was chock-full of information, history, and architecture! I would TOTALLY recommend DC Design Tours even at full price! (Plus I found out they offer a military discount - *thank* you!)



For us, taking the Metro proved best - giving us the flexibility to arrive right at Union Station (red line), and leave from Capitol South station (silver line).



This tour does go into public, historic buildings - and you will be going through airport-type scanning sensors and bag inspections. "Pack lightly."
Written 6 May 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Thank you so much for the glowing review! We are so glad to read about your stellar experience with Sam on our Capitol Hill tour. Hope to see you back in DC sometime!
Written 9 May 2019
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Lizabeth L
17 contributions
Upfront and indepth
Mar 2018 • Couples
My husband and I arranged a private tour that started at Union Station and concluded at the Library of Congress . It was 2 hour in length ,perfect timing for our schedule. I have been on group tours in DC that have there place as an introduction . This was so much superior. Our guide was knowledgeable and passionate about her city it’s buildings and history . She was very accommodating about my husband whom had some issues with the distances and pace . I only wish I had had time to book an Arlington tour with her . Reasonably priced ,immediately responded,clear and accurate directions and set up .
Written 10 March 2018
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Thank you for posting a review of our tour! It was a pleasure to meet you and your husband, and I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed the Capitol Hill walk. Hope to see you next time for a tour of Arlington National Cemetery!
Written 11 March 2018
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lilyrager
Chevy Chase, MD5 contributions
Delighting Families (ages 10-75) in the Nation's Capitol
Dec 2017 • Family
This holiday season, I asked Carolyn to take all 12 of my family (ages 10 to 75) who were in town visiting me on the capitol hill tour. It was a huge HIT: my father was able to learn how these buildings were designed, my nieces discovered who chose the famous literary figures at the library of congress and my 10 year old was able to run up and down the patio of the capitol. This is my 3rd tour with DC Designs (and Carolyn) because she knows how to tell a story; she weaves in fascinating back stories and true details that will amuse and delight. My family has already asked me to reserve time for the Abraham Lincoln assassination tour for next year! If you are looking for a great way to learn about this city, enjoy time with friends/family/colleagues and get out in the fresh air - you just can't beat it!
Written 29 December 2017
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Thank you Lily! Your entire family was so much fun, and I was honored to be part of your get together! I'm thrilled we've been able to have you on tour multiple times, and I so appreciate your kind worlds and referrals. Looking forward to our Lincoln Assassination tour in the spring!
Written 22 January 2018
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Superb custom experience
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