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Capitol Hill Guided Walking Tour with Entry to US Capitol & Library of Congress

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icon3 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Go to the heart of America's Legislative and Judicial branches of government on a small-group tour of Capitol Hill that explores the U.S. Capitol, the Library of Congress, and the Supreme Court. This tour goes inside each destination for a guided tour, and highlights include reserved-entry at the U.S. Capitol and entry to the Supreme Court, with a guide to help bring Capitol Hill's fascinating politics and history to life.
  • Small-group walking tour of Capitol Hill
  • See where American laws are debated and made
  • Visit the largest library in the world
  • Enter the Supreme Court
  • Group size limited to 15 to ensure personal service
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3-Hour Guided Walking Tour of Capitol Hill in Washington DC
Small-Group (less than 20 guests) for a more personalized experience
Admission inside the U.S. Capitol Building
Admission to the Library of Congress
Reserved entry to the Capitol for a guided tour of the Legislative branch of the U.S. Government
View part of Thomas Jefferson’s original collection of over 6,000 books
Professional Guide
Gratuities
10 First St SE , 10 First St SE, Washington, DC 20543, USA

Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building, in front of the Neptune Fountain

This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Please review voucher information after booking as it provides a detailed list of items banned from the Capitol and many other federal buildings. Possession of these items will result in non-admission to the building.
  • Tour runs approximately 3 hours
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Please plan to arrive15-20 minutes before tour start time. Tour begins exactly at stated time, entry to buildings are on timed reservations, and group must enter security together, therefore we are unable to accommodate for late arrivals.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Guided Tours DC
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.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What is the social distancing policy during Capitol Hill Guided Walking Tour with Entry to US Capitol & Library of Congress?
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 Capitol Hill Guided Walking Tour with Entry to US Capitol & Library of Congress?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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  • "Excellent small group tour for a perfect amount of time." See review

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star-1
DISAPPOINTED
Camila_C
, Aug 2022
I would NEVER recommend this tour since everything in DC is FREE! You don’t pay to get inside of anyplace including Capitol and Library. The guide was very knowledgeable and polite but it won’t worth this price!!! I am very disappointed!! The tour inside of the Capitol was not guided by the guide we payed for. We were with the big group that was there for free and the guide was the Capitol employee, what means it was FREE for everyone! I would definitely never use this website again to buy anything!!!! VERY DISAPPOINTED!!!!!
star-5
It was an amazing trip. ...
Dawn_R
, Aug 2022
It was an amazing trip. Guide was very knowledgeable and very friendly. Paul was just awesome Both the capital and library of congress were gorgeous
star-5
Excellent and thoughtful...
Nancy_K
, Aug 2022
Excellent and thoughtful guide. Called us when we were a few minutes late to check on us to see if we were still attending
star-5
A bit expensive, but worth it!
Saravana_K
, Aug 2022
We had this trip planned last minute and so could not get free tickets for entry into US Capitol from their website and it typically gets sold out months in advance. So we opted for this paid guided tour and we enjoyed it. The guide was very friendly, enthusiastic and kept us interested. He got us easily into various entry and exit points for security check and made the tour a pleasant experience. The guided tour started on time, guide clearly explained interesting facts about library of congress and supreme court and we learnt new facts about these historic buildings. Overall worth it and we may do it again when we visit in the future.
star-5
Great tour of the Capitol.
Stanley_M
, Aug 2022
Very informative and front of the line entry. Was a very good tour. Our tour guide was great and added many facts.
star-5
Easy
Amy_M
, Aug 2022
Loved my Capital and Library of Congress tour ! Viator made it so easy to navigate. Thank you, Paul!!
star-5
Gain so much more by taking a tour
laurence_f
, Aug 2022
The guide was extremely knowledgeable and interesting. Willing to talk about related things to do with the workings of the Congress, altogether an excellent afternoon spent.
star-5
Liam was a great tour...
Bart_P
, Aug 2022
Liam was a great tour guide. Very knowledgeable about our history as well as current events. My husband and I loved the Library of Congress.
star-5
Seeing the branches of Government.
Gary_E
, Jul 2022
Seeing the inside of the Capital Building with its history and statues. Then seeing all of the books inside the Library of Congress
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Tour guide was great and...
Stella_P
, Jul 2022
Tour guide was great and really brought the Library of Congress to life! He was informative and knowledgeable.
star-5
Fantastic tour with great guides!
Lee_G
, Jul 2022
This was one of the best tour I’ve ever been on. The tour guide was very informative and when even went beyond the time limit. Highly recommend!
star-3
Our tour guide was...
David_V
, Jul 2022
Our tour guide was wonderful!! Our time at the library of congress could not have been better. We were disappointed that we couldn’t go in the Supreme Court at all. The capitol part of the tour was terrible!! We were rushed thru everything, and we couldn’t enjoy it all. It was also way to crowded!! Capital part needs to be reassessed! It is awful!!!!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thanks for your feedback. We are glad you enjoyed your Library of congress portion with our guide. However we are unable to control how the US Capitol leads their tours. Typically the tour of the Capitol is approximately 45 minutes and covers the Rotunda, Crypt, and the old House Chambers. The US Capitol does draw 21 million visitors on a normal year, so there will often be crowds, however at this moment with the limited entry allowed, it is actually not very crowded compared to normal.
star-5
An Inside Point of View
Starla_J
, Jul 2022
Great tour with a guide who was knowledgeable and clearly loved the capitol and Library of Congress. He also provided great local dining tips. We had an excellent time!
star-5
An excellent tour
Carrie_P
, Jul 2022
I highly recommend this walking tour with insightful commentary and interesting details. Our tour guide shared a wealth of information about the Capitol, Supreme Court and Library of Congress.
star-5
Worth the money
Amalia_E
, Jul 2022
Liam was very nice and interesting. The tour of the Capitol and library was awesome. Worth the money.
star-5
Fantastic Tour Leader!!!!!!
Karen_C
, Jul 2022
Excellent experience!! Liam is extremely Knowledgeable and has a true passion for history that shows in his work. He takes his time explaining all there is to know along the tour and answers questions. He is very personable and friendly as well!!
star-1
Tour left without us!
Ben_T
, Mar 2020
We arrived for our tour at 9:04 (4 mins late which was unfortunate but couldn't be avoided due to traffic) and the tour had already left the departure point. We called and left a msg on the number provided, and the tour guide called us back shortly after to give directions to where they were. We followed those directions but on arrival could not find anyone and were turned away by security! We tried to call the number again but it wasn't even ringing through to voicemail so we gave up. All in all not very happy. I’m sure it’s a very good tour of you can get on it!! Would like a refund please?
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
While we understand that traffic can delay arrival in DC, that is why we recommend planning to arrive 15 minutes early. When our guests run a few minutes late and they contact us ahead of time, we able frequently able to make accommodations. In this instance, based on the phone records, we received a call at 9:13 am, and by this point had already began our tour as our other guests had been waiting outside on a particularly cold day. When we received the call, our tour had only just moved inside at the Supreme Court, our first stop. At this point, the guide paused his tour, gave directions for meet up with the group (as stated above), and waited for an additional 15 minutes. After answering a second call from the missing guests at 9:27, our guide had to continue on with the remaining guests in order to ensure that the rest of the group did not miss the full tour. Our apologies, but we do at some point have to consider the experience for all of our guests on board. We made every possible effort to accommodate and help you join the group; I am sorry this did not work out but we could not stop the experience for all other customers. Our refund policy is clear: 24-hour advance cancelation required. While we try to be as flexible as possible, failing to notify our guide of delays until after the tour begins takes available space from other interested guests on purposely small group tours.
3 travelers found this review helpful
star-5
Capital Hill Guided Small-Group tour
William_F
, Jan 2020
This tour was great. It was with my wife and I. We were the only couple, so the tour the tour was basically one on one. Liam was our tour guide. He was very knowledgeable of the Library of Congress, the Supreme Court, and The Capital building. He also gave us a history of Arlington Cemetery, even though this was not part of our tour. I can’t believe how knowledgeable Liam was of our history and government. I highly recommend this tour!
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-5
Great time, very informative
Colleen_D
, Nov 2019
This became a 1 on 1 so I was able to ask lots of questions and really enjoyed it. As a professor, it is always a pleasure to get to be a student of someone else with a wealth of knowledge to share. This is the only tour I found that goes to the library of congress and supreme court.
star-5
Excellence & Knowldege
RiccoShay
, Oct 2019
We were just two people escorted on this tour - the guide was excellent We have no other comment to offer

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