One of the iconic symbols of American democracy and the seat of the United States Congress. The building itself is an imposing piece of neoclassical architecture. Its construction was finished in 1800 but some of its present-day parts were added later (e.g. its gigantic dome).
There is even a private subway under the Capitol that transports politicians between the Capitol and the House and Senate office buildings. The Capitol also includes an area called the Crypt where George Washington was meant to be buried (but he wished to be buried elsewhere so there are no actual tombs in the Crypt).
There are no entrance fees in the Capitol but be sure to make your tour reservation in advance if you want to get inside. If you wish to view the Galleries or the Senate in session, you need to arrange a tour through your Senator or Congress representative’s office. International visitors may arrange their tours in the Capitol Visitor Centre. For further information consult the official website.
Capitol Visitor Center:
Mon - Sat: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Tours of the Capitol:
8:40 am - 3:30 pm
Closed during Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year's Day, Inauguration Day.
Free entry - to ensure your ability to participate in a guided tour, advance reservations are strongly recommended.
Official Website https://www.capitol.gov/
Phone +1 202 226 8000
Address East Capitol St NE & First St SE, Washington, DC 20004, USA
Coordinates 38°53'23.334" N -77°0'32.593" E