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Small-Group Guided Tour inside US Capitol & Library of Congress

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Capitol Hill Guided Small Group Tour

From US$89.00

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 3 hours
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Go to the heart of America's Legislative and Judicial branches of government on a small-group tour of Capitol Hill that explores the U.S. Capitol and the Library of Congress. This tour goes inside each destination for a guided tour, and highlights include reserved-entry at the U.S. Capitol with a guide to help bring Capitol Hill's fascinating politics and history to life.
  • Small-group walking tour of Capitol Hill
  • See where American laws are debated and made
  • Visit the largest library in the world
  • Group size limited to 15 to ensure personal service

What's Included

  • 3-Hour Guided Walking Tour of Capitol Hill in Washington DC
  • Small-Group (less than 20 guests) for a more personalized experience
  • Admission inside the U.S. Capitol Building
  • Admission to the Library of Congress
  • Reserved access to a Capitol guide led tour of historic areas of the Capitol
  • View part of Thomas Jefferson’s original collection of over 6,000 books
  • Professional Guide
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 10 First St SE
    10 First St SE, Washington, DC 20003, USA

    Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building, in front of the Neptune Fountain

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

U.S. Capitol

1 hour 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Library of Congress

45 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Supreme Court (Pass By)

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Please review voucher information after booking as it provides a detailed list of items banned from the Capitol and many other federal buildings. Possession of these items will result in non-admission to the building.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Tour runs approximately 3 hours
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Please plan to arrive 15-20 minutes before tour start time. Tour begins exactly at stated time, entry to buildings are on timed reservations, and group must enter security together, therefore we are unable to accommodate for late arrivals.
  • Closest Metro stop: Capitol South (Orange/Blue/Silver Lines) - Exit station using main exit, walk approximately two blocks north on First Street SE.
  • The US Capitol and its surrounding complex are in a secure federal operation area and nearby parking is highly restricted. The nearest public parking is located at Union Station approximately .5 mile from meeting location. Alternative modes of transportation are highly encouraged.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Excellent small group tour for a perfect amount of time.


566 reviews
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Fantastic Tour
Nancy_S, Sept 2023
The tour was amazing! Andrew our tour guide made the tour fun, as well as sharing so much information, starting at the Supreme Court, then the Capital and ending at the Library of Congress. Learned so much that I had not known before the tour. Definitely the only way to go! I wholeheartedly recommend!
Great experience
Jennifer_D, Sept 2023
Our guide Laura was terrific - friendly, good humoured and very well informed. Daniel, our guide inside the Capitol, was also full of good information. We thoroughly enjoyed this tour. If we did it again I’d wear sneakers though!
Great tour with great guide
andrew_a, Sept 2023
Great informative tour includinf highlights such as the Jefferson Library, Gutenberg Bible, architecture of the capitol building, and Capitol grounds
Dick_P, Sept 2023
Tour guide was excellent. Gave information in an entertaining manner. The three hours didn’t seem too long of a time.
Nothing but outstanding!!!
Barbara_B, Sept 2023
The small group tour was excellent. Both buildings were amazing and words cannot describe the awe of walking through those walls.
Slow uninspired tour of the US Capital and Library of Congress
Carolyn_B, Sept 2023
The reading room at the Library of Congress is beautiful. The tour overall was slow paced and low energy. The actual tour from the official tour guide at the capital was great and informative.
Very good
Annette_S, Sept 2023
Laurel was incredibly knowledgeable and fun. She made the experience very special. A wonderful young woman.
Best tour ever
Scott_L, Sept 2023
The guide was extremely informative and knowledgeable. Very personable. Would highly recommend. She knew all the ins and outs of the capital and library of congress
It was a wonderful tour,...
Cheryl_S, Sept 2023
It was a wonderful tour, and our guide was excellent. She had previously been a guide in the Capitol building and was knowledgeable and personable.
Guide was very...
Heidi_G, Sept 2023
Guide was very informative. The capital.tour was unexpected and the Library of Co guess building was stunning.
I liked it so much I would do it again.
PAMELA_J, Sept 2023
The Library of Congress is a fabulous, marvelous, beautiful sight to behold. Laura and Laurie made the entire tour fun and educational.
Fabulous Guide
Jennifer_S, Sept 2023
Our tour guide was FABULOUS!!!! Well-informed, enthusiastic, and personable : ) Wish she could have accompanied our group into the Capitol interior!
Aiste_S, Sept 2023
Loved it! Everything was really interesting, two girls who guided our tour were amazing. I recommend this tour.
Fantastic Tour and Perfect Length
Jeffrey_B, Sept 2023
Our guide was phenomenal and there’s few things more euphonic than narration from a Scotsman. He was incredibly knowledgeable and was a truly excellent guide
Great tour! Great guide!
Jennifer_Y, Sept 2023
Really enjoyed the tour. Our guide, Laurel was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic! Lots of information in a short time.
Maria_C, Sept 2023
Walking inside the US Capitol and the Library of Congress is a dream come true to me. The book collections of Thomas Jefferson in his library is so impressive. Thanks to Laura (our tour guide) for being so knowledgable and lively.
guide was great, she...
Olivera_M, Sept 2023
guide was great, she definitively had a lot of knowledge and was answering all our questions. Even for a 11 year old it was fun and interesting.
Awesome tour
Mark_T, Sept 2023
This is an amazing tour! We had such a great time and Laurel, our guide was very knowledgeable and engaging! It was so cool to see everything AND get the history related to us! Highly reccommend 🙂
Prajval_P, Sept 2023
Highly recommend this tour. Well organized and covers the history of the Capitol Building, the Supreme Court and the Library of Congress, but note that it only covers the Capitol and the the Library from the inside.
Fabulous the information was so energetically conveyed . Highly recommended
LindyR_R, Aug 2023
Lauren our guide was fabulous do informative , she conveyed a real warmth for the topic. I enjoyed all the rooms the statues and especially the library . I recommend the tour

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