E Capitol and 1st St
Washington, DC 20510
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Visitor's Center &
Mon-Sat 8:30am-4:30pm Senate &
House Galleries (When in Session)
Mon-Sat 9am-4:30pm Restaurant
Mon-Sat 7:30am-4pm Tour Passes Required
The U.S. Capitol houses one of our three branches of government: the legislative branch. The grandiose building is awe-inspiring (no matter which side of the aisle you're on) both outside and in. From its massive 4,500-ton dome to the beautiful Rotunda and crypt beneath, the Capitol is truly a marvel. (Request a special pass from your senator or representative if you'd like to sit in the observation gallery while Congress is in session.) President George Washington laid the cornerstone of the building in 1793; ever since, it's been a cornerstone of American democracy. Metro: Union Station, Capitol South or Federal Center.
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Best for Sightseeing Because: With its iconic dome and imposing size, the U.S. Capitol is as serious as the work being done within its walls.