United States Capitol, Washington D. C.
United States Capitol, Washington D. C. - Address, Phone Number
Address: First St SE, Washington, DC 20004, United States
Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
Timings: 08:30 am - 04:30 pm Details
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About United States Capitol, Washington D. C.
The United States Capitol Building is where the legislature of the country meets and conducts its affairs. The lovely domed structure isn’t just a pretty sight; it stands as a symbol of the country in many ways.
The monument is located at Capitol Hill and is a wonderful example of official architecture that is both impressive as well as beautiful. Tourists flock to this place not just because of its political importance but due to its cultural significance as well. There is a beautiful fresco painted on the interior of the capitol’s dome that is certainly worth seeing. The interiors are intricately carved and art from the world over graces its walls. Another interesting thing to see here is the National Statuary Hall where there are two statues from each of the fifty states of America. Some of the greatest personalities from the country have been honoured here. A visit to the US Capitol is a must while travelling to Washington D.C.
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- A guided tour will be able to acquaint you better with the place but if you don’t want to see the place from the inside, the self-guided tours are free and grant you access to the botanic gardens, the Statuary Hall and the grounds.
How To reach United States Capitol by Public Transport
- Capitol Driveway NW
Restaurants Near United States Capitol
- Le Bon Cafe
- Taqueria Nacional
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Great visit! A guided tour was included and our guide was very knowledgeable with historical facts I never knew of. After the tour we walked the tunnel to the library of Congress which has a very nice museum. Thomas Jefferson's collection of books was impressive as well as WWI memorabilia etc.
I went with a group of 18 people. We had a great tour guide. There was so much to look at, I would like to go back to study the paintings and statues more. The gift shop had some unique items. I got a refrigerator magnet, as usual. I also got a nice pair of earrings.
The public is not allowed to enter the Capitol by way of the doors to the building, but are herded through an underground "Visitors' Center" complete with a required film veiwing. Our guide (also required), Ms Jackson, was fully knowledgeable and very pleasant, however, the entire experience was extremely regimented with repeated security screenings, bag searches, full-body x-rays, pat-downs and restrictions. Really over the top compared to what it used to be. Visitors observing the Senate or House from the Galleries (which requires tracking down the office of your Congressional representative in some other building to get an admission slip) are not permitted to wear a hat except for religious purposes or to take notes. A booklet with 16 pages of printed text on The United States Senate is handed out as part of the process of entering the Galleries, but it's against the rules to read there. Hundreds of people in uniforms are milling around politely enforcing rules and directing which side of an empty hallway to walk on.
Let's just say amazing. Our great people who elect those to go forward to represent not all our interests but the American people. Through greatness that need's is a house for those who need to bring forth the greatness of our nation to pass law's etc, and special intranets for the American people. How great we have it with what we have. The greatness of America isn't in the houses in Washington but the hearts and minds of those who go through these doors to represent the best of the best in the US. For the world sees how to do it, we show it forward.
Special treat to stand on the Speaker's balcony. Was visiting on behalf of the American Public Power Association with Lee and Joseph. A long day of meetings on the Hill. Special thanks to Joseph for all his great facilitating.