How to visit and do the Capitol tour in Washington


Capitol in the National Mall of Washington

One of the most attractive visits you can do on your tourist trip to Washington is to tour the Capitol Building, historic headquarters of the United States legislative chambers.

Your greatness will be present at all times during your visit to the various monuments and museums that are concentrated in the great meadow ofNational Mall of the capital.

Here are somecuriosities and historical facts about the Washington Capitol.

Capitol in the National Mall of Washington

All information in detail

  • Curiosities of the history of the Capitol
  • How to do the Capitol Tour
  • Capitol Tour
  • How to make the Capitol Tour online reservation

Curiosities of the history of the Capitol

HeCapitol it started to build in 1793, as a key point in the great creation project of the city of Washington.

This building is the headquarters of theUnited States legislative chambers, housing both theCongressAs the Senate, and in its surroundings are also the headquarters of theSupreme Court and theLibrary of Congress.

Actually theCapitol It is a group of buildings constructed with a similar architectural style, of enormous grandeur.

Thus, the aforementioned Library of Congress It is located in an annex building that you can also visit, and is known as theThomas Jefferson Building.

Capitol in the National Mall of Washington

In the Capitol building it stands out above all its impressive (and well known)Dome, which was built between 1855 and 1866.

Another key point is theRoundabout, which is the huge interior room that is located under theDome.

How to do the Capitol Tour

To visit the Capitol in Washington you must access the new Visitors Center, a large free entrance area, where there is a showroom You can visit without any previous reservation.

He Capitol Visitor Center It has enormous dimensions, since its surface is equivalent to three quarters of the Capitol building itself.

It is located underground, on the east side of the large legislative building.

Capitol in the National Mall of Washington

In this Capitol Visitor Center, which opens from Monday to Saturday, from 8.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m., you can even sign up for Guided visits that allow you to delve into certain aspects of the history of this iconic building of Washington.

So, for example, you can participate in a guided tour of the exhibition hall It lasts about 20 minutes.

Or sign up for specific thematic visits, such as a visit to the Senate rooms or a guided walk through the gardens surrounding the Capitol.

Here you have more information about scheduled activities at the Capitol.

Capitol Tour

But the most interesting thing about your visit is to do the Capitol Tour, which allows you to know the historic building in guided groups, also completely free of charge.

Views of the National Mall from the Capitol Terrace in Washington


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He Capitol Tour It lasts one hour and begins with a 13-minute documentary in which the process of establishing the democratic system in the United States is shown and introduces you to the history of the building.

During the visit you will have the opportunity to see inside the great dome of the Capitol, area known as the Roundabout.

How to make the Capitol Tour online reservation

To make this guided tour of historic Capitol building it is not essential to make a book online in advance, but if highly recommended, especially if you are going to visit it on weekends or during the high tourist season.


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To make the aforementioned online booking you must select the day and time you wish to visit, with margins of ten minutes.

To do the Capitol Tour It is recommended that you have a minimum of 90 minutes, as it is advisable that you arrive half an hour before the reserved time given that prior to the visit you must pass the security systems.

In the following link you can do the online reservation of the Capitol Tour in Washington.

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