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Iconic Capitol Hill Architecture Tour

Explore the political core of Washington DC! This tour takes visitors through the heart of Federal power in Washington DC, looking at the history of our Nation’s Capital through the lens of architecture and urban planning. From the original L'Enfant city plan to the tumultuous construction of the Capitol and Grounds, the rise of the magnificent Beaux-Arts Library of Congress and imposing Supreme Court, and into the present day. Prolific designers like Thomas Jefferson, Robert Mills, Frederick Law Olmstead, and Daniel Burnham will feature prominently. Controversy, chaos, and red tape abound! A tour not to be missed by architecture and history enthusiasts.

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  • What's included :
    • Local guide
    What's excluded :
    • Gratuities
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Union Station, 50 Massachusetts Ave NE, Washington DC, DC 20002-4214

    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

    Stop At: Columbus Memorial Fountain, Union Station Plaza, Washington DC, DC

    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

    Stop At: Supreme Court, First Street NE, Washington DC, DC 20003

    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

    Stop At: U.S. Capitol, East Capitol St NE & First St SE, Washington DC, DC 20004

    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

    Stop At: Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave SE, Washington DC, DC 20540

    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

    Stop At: U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, First St NE East Plaza of the Capitol Between Constitution and Independence Avenues, Washington DC, DC 20515

    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

  • Departure Point :
    Washington Union Station, 50 Massachusetts Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002, USA
    Return Detail :
    U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, Washington, DC 20004, USA
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • 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
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.



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Organised by DC Design Tours

Activity ID: V-33458P6

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