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Iconic Capitol Hill Architecture Tour

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Iconic Capitol Hill Architecture Tour

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icon2 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Get an overview of Washington, DC’s architecture, landmarks, and political powerhouses during a small-group walking tour led by a local guide. Learn about the elegant plan that underlies the present-day city as you visit sights from the U.S. Capitol Building to the Supreme Court and Library of Congress.
  • Architecture tour of Washington, DC
  • Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
  • See Capitol Hill-area landmarks
  • Learn about DC history
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Led by a local guide
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Gratuities

Departure Point

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.

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.

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.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Union Station
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!
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Columbus Memorial Fountain
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.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
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.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
U.S. Capitol
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.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Library of Congress
We'll be heading inside the breathtaking Library of Congress. We'll delve into the elaborate design of the Great Hall and Main Reading Room, and even peruse Thomas Jefferson's own books.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
U.S. Capitol Visitor Center
Then it's through the underground tunnel to the U. S. Capitol Visitors Center, to finish at the feet of a true to scale 19ft tall replica of the Statue of Freedom.
Duration: 25 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
  • OPERATED BY DC Design Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Iconic Capitol Hill Architecture Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Iconic Capitol Hill Architecture Tour?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Iconic Capitol Hill Architecture Tour.

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Mary_H
, Oct 2021
This tour should have been canceled due to the March. It was hard to hear and we were jostled by police and marchers. Couldn’t get close to any of the buildings
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Hi Beth, we're so sorry to hear you didn't have a good experience on our Capitol Hill tour. Protests are almost a daily occurrence in Washington DC, especially around the U.S. Capitol, but they can make for difficult navigation. It's hard to predict how crowded a march will be or how much security will be in place. Nevertheless, we want everyone to enjoy their tour, and we appreciate your candid feedback. I hope you enjoy the rest of your time in Washington!
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Excellent All Around
Frank_M
, Jun 2021
Sam was an excellent tour guide. Serious information delivered with humor. We loved his explanation of the Grant Memorial. We would do other tours with the company and Sam.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Thank you Frank! We appreciate your review!

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