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Iconic Capitol Hill Architecture Tour

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    What to Expect
    Your tour begins inside the Great Hall of Union Station under the big clock. When entering the station from the main entrance, turn right, and look up to see the clock. Even the meeting point is an architectural gem: after falling into disrepair, Union Station's Classical façade, vaulted interiors, and artwork have been restored to their full glory.

    Hear stories about the colorful designers of DC’s cityscape, from Thomas Jefferson to Robert Mills, Frederick Law Olmstead, and Daniel Burnham, and find out how they battled red tape, chaos, and controversy. Follow your guide along a route that includes the U.S. Capitol Building and the Capitol Grounds—look up to see the Statue of Freedom who tops the Capitol dome, and ignited controversies when she was first unveiled. Continue past the imposing Supreme Court of the United States, and learn about the vast collection inside the Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building.

    This tour, which covers roughly 1-mile of ground, concludes at the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center, close to National Mall sights and public transport.
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    Departure Point
    Union Station, 50 Massachusetts Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002, USA
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    Additional Info
    • 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
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 1 September 2019

    We did the Capitol Hill tour with Sam. He was the perfect tour guide - informative, funny and just a lovely person. His enthusiasm was infectious, and I learned a lot.

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank Peggy K
    CarolynMDC, Owner at DC Design Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 September 2019

    We're so thrilled to hear about your great experience with Sam! Thank you for taking the time to post!

    Reviewed 15 June 2019

    As a local, I've often take DC and its sights for granted. So glad that my husband and I signed up for a tour with DC Design! Carolyn was a wonderful guide--fun, friendly, and very knowledgeable. Her enthusiasm about the architecture and history of Capitol...More

    Date of experience: June 2019
    Thank ShellCee
    CarolynMDC, Owner at DC Design Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 5 July 2019

    Wow, thank you so much! Looking forward to seeing you again!

    Reviewed 9 June 2019

    This was the best walking tour we did on my birthday trip to DC. Very fun and informative filled with lots history about the city. Carolyn was very accommodating allowing one of my friends to join last minute.

    Date of experience: May 2019
    Thank bluntcoder
    CarolynMDC, Owner at DC Design Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 July 2019

    Thank you for celebrating part of your birthday with us and joining our Capitol Hill tour! I hope the rest of your trip was fantastic!

    Reviewed 6 May 2019

    This was the *best* walking tour I've taken - and I've been on many! SAM did an absolutely amazing job - he was not only knowledgable about the history & architecture, but had "side stories" to offer at each point. He responded to questions, and...More

    Date of experience: May 2019
    Thank Marti S
    CarolynMDC, Owner at DC Design Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 9 May 2019

    Thank you so much for the glowing review! We are so glad to read about your stellar experience with Sam on our Capitol Hill tour. Hope to see you back in DC sometime!

    Reviewed 10 March 2018

    My husband and I arranged a private tour that started at Union Station and concluded at the Library of Congress . It was 2 hour in length ,perfect timing for our schedule. I have been on group tours in DC that have there place as...More

    Date of experience: March 2018
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    Carolyn M, Owner at DC Design Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 11 March 2018

    Thank you for posting a review of our tour! It was a pleasure to meet you and your husband, and I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed the Capitol Hill walk. Hope to see you next time for a tour of Arlington National Cemetery!

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