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  • Hans-Olof H
    Stockholm, Sweden835 contributions
    The Capitolium building on top of its hill is really a sight. A visit to Capitolium must be planned well in advanced since you must book a slot several weeks ahead to be sure. The guided tour includes the crypta, that is the basement level just under the rotunda, the rotunda under the dome, the old session room for the Supreme Court and the statue room. And if you are lucky another one or two rooms. Before the tour an information film is shown. There are many different groups at the same time, and even if you hear your own guide well it is very high noise level from all the other groups in the background. The fact that almost all the rooms are just made of stone make them very beautiful but also very noisy. The rotunda was of course the highlight of the tour with all the very nice paintings of historic events. We liked the tour a lot. Be certain not to miss the cafeteria, the sweets are delicious especially the dome shaped white chocolate pastry.
    Written 10 August 2022
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  • Monika M
    11 contributions
    So much history and interesting info built into this site. A must see in the day, but definitely at night.
    Written 13 August 2022
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  • Genesis4ever
    Buenos Aires, Argentina162 contributions
    Very nice place and Library to walk around, look and see. Impresive hall, stairs and place for 'readers'. It has an example of Gutenberg's Bible.
    Written 10 August 2022
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  • helenandpaul13
    Worcester, UK1,500 contributions
    We visited here during an evening guided tour. I twas late in the evening and it's situated just below and to the left of the Lincoln memorial as you stand with the memorial behind you. However, the memorial has the names of every American soldier who was a victim of the war and what's impressive is that the names start in 1959 from half was down the memorial, and in a circular route come back to the last victims of 1975, right next to this. This was a deliberate act by the sculpture. The names are listed from the date they were listed as casualties, while at the top of the monument are catalogues in a rain proofed lecturn detailing everyone's names.
    Written 24 July 2022
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  • RowD2192
    Sydney, Australia126 contributions
    Amazing to see this site along with the Washington monument at the Centre. Our family spent a few hours walking through this park and visited areas including the Korean and Vietnam War Memorial. It was a surreal experience.
    Written 7 August 2022
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  • ATLpch
    Atlanta, GA904 contributions
    The Korean War Memorial is impressive at night. It is located a very short walk from the Lincoln Memorial and is also much less crowded. The memorial grounds are almost silent as you walk by the realistic statues of soldiers and the memorial wall.
    Written 5 August 2022
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  • HMom2
    Detroit, MI111 contributions
    The view never gets old and never disappoints. The most annoying part of the entire experience is actually getting the times tickets 30 days in advance. But totally worth the trouble for the view.
    Written 5 August 2022
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  • Viking18
    Torremolinos, Spain419 contributions
    Nice town with a lot of boutiques. A great whisky/bourbon/rye store.
    We walked all the way up and down and to the river to have a glas of wine

    A really nice place to go when you are in DC
    Written 4 July 2022
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  • Spencer
    15 contributions
    This was a great experience and well worth the money. I would have liked more time in the museum, we were told the talk would start so rushed through to be told it started in 15 mins. By that time I decided not to go back as my time had been disrupted. Talk from guide was good. Definitely would recommend. Again buying tickets from the uk was easy.
    Written 24 July 2022
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  • PROS
    •Significant memorial honoring those who fought (and
    died) for our freedom
    • Solemn and sobering tribute
    • Architecturally unique
    • Appropriately Prominent Location on our National Mall, under the watchful error of Presidents Washington
    and Lincoln
    • Important to visit

    CONS
    • Not so easy to park nearby
    • Visitors do not give it the solemn reference that it deserves- dipping her in the water pools if showered and exploited
    • Children and youth on bicycles

    “I VISITED THIS PLACE “…
    … to honor the brace soldiers, including my father and my first cousin.
    Written 28 July 2022
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  • wickersj
    Richardson, TX24 contributions
    We visited late morning on a Monday. No line to get in and staff were very friendly. We did a self guided tour, plenty of information on the printed map and brochure.

    There's a decent Cafe on the grounds. Good place to grab a light lunch before heading back downtown.
    Written 8 August 2022
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  • AussieWombats
    320340650 contributions
    If you want to partake in an inside tour, book prior to travelling; advanced reservations are required. Then, be sure to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your time to get through security and to obtain your ticket/label inside. By memory drinks are not allowed so empty those drink bottles prior to reaching the security point. Depending on the time of day the line to security can be quite long and it is outside so be sure to have a hat if sunny and hot. The tour is excellent. It begins with a video documenting the history of the Capitol Building with an American audience in mind, and this is followed by a tour led by a guide. Put your headphones on immediately so that you can hear your guide as there are multiple tours happening at any on time. My tour guide was very knowledgeable and open to questions. There is not a lot of time spent in any one space so be sure to have your camera ready to take photos as there is no going back. Well worthwhile.
    Written 13 August 2022
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  • PROS
    * Beautiful building
    * Unbelievably beautiful structure
    * Classic Greek/Roman Temple architecture appearance
    * Breath-taking location
    * Charming and delightful Tidal Basin area
    * Suitable honor to the Founding Fathers who was the principal writer of the Declaration of Independence and our third President
    * Amazing giant statue of the statesman
    * Beautiful view from there of the water, the Washington Monument and the MLK Memorial

    CONS
    * “Off the beaten track”
    * Parking is minimal, confusing and challenging and changing.
    * One must walk a distance to get there
    * Currently, there is construction

    “I VISITED THIS PLACE”…
    … because I am always drawn to its beauty and its grandeur. I loved walking and approaching it, seeing it closed up, ascending the steps, viewing the towering gigantic likeness statue of him in a statesman pose, and also I read the quotes on the walls of his documents

    I didn’t enjoy getting there by car and trying to park.

    TIPS
    First of all, it’s fantastic to see from afar and from close- do your best to go.

    You can park at the paddle boat launch site of the Tidal Basin and walk over a kind of foot bridge or you can park at the very end of Ohio Drive SW.

    Do not forget that it is metered parking.

    I HOPE THAT YOU FIND THIS REVIEW AND MY ATTACHED PHOTOS TO BE “HELPFUL.”
    Written 31 July 2022
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  • whiskeysix
    North Carolina301 contributions
    Hillwood Estate houses an impressive and beautiful collection of Russian, French, and English objects of art and furniture.

    We arrived at opening as walk ins, and spent an hour and a half walking around the beautiful, well maintained grounds and visiting the current Princess Grace dress exhibit. You can make your tour reservation online. After the home tour, we visited the cafe. We didn’t realize we should have made reservations there as well because they were full, but it was no problem because the to-go window was perfect! We spent almost three and a half hours enjoying the estate and resting at lunch.

    There is a lot of shade and places to rest. There are elevators as well for those who need it.

    Hillwood Estate participates in the Blue Star Museums program which runs through Labor Day. My family and I very much appreciated the complimentary access to the home and grounds.

    I had been planning to visit this place for years and don’t know why I waited so long. What a hidden gem! I highly recommend visiting!
    Written 12 August 2022
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  • William L
    Motley, MN45 contributions
    I spent an afternoon in and around the Basilica of the National Shrine and I could've spent another couple days and still not gotten my fill of this place. The exterior was gorgeous, nestled alongside Catholic University of America, which in itself is a very cool place. I only spent a short time around the exterior but will definitely spend more time when I go back. Inside it seemed that every turn led to new wonders and awe-inspiring beauty. I have been here before and have watched Mass online from the National Shrine, but I was still absolutely blown away by all that I saw. It reminded me of something a roommate once told me when I asked why the Church doesn't have simple churches; "beauty, along with truth and kindness, is one of the three transcendentals that lead to God. As such, Catholic churches seek to exalt God by expressing his glory through architecture."

    Food is available but I am not sure exactly when (I was there around lunch time and it was closed off, possibly for a private group), and daily Mass and Confession is offered, although it took me a while to find the confessionals.

    Overall, an absolutely jaw-dropping place and probably my favorite place to visit in D.C.
    Written 9 August 2022
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