Capitol Hill Walking Tour
A visit to DC would not be complete without a visit to the seat of our legislative and judicial branches. We don’t take you inside these buildings – you can do that on your own after the tour – but we’ll tell you facts they don’t inside. “Jenkins Hill” was thought to be an ideal location to build our Congress House and as our government holdings and staff expanded, the Library of Congress’ Jefferson Building, The Supreme Court Building, and Congressional office buildings were built, too.
Before planes and automobiles, there were trains and our government officials came into the city through Union Station, where we’ll begin the tour. We’ll walk past the site of George Washington’s townhouse, burnt in the War of 1812, while we learn how Jenkins Hill became Capitol Hill.
Sights on the tour include
- Union Station
- Columbus Circle
- George Washington Townhome Site
- Capitol Building (from the outside)
- Supreme Court Building (from the outside)
- Library of Congress Jefferson Building (INSIDE!*)
- and much more
*While we will make every effort to go inside, there may be times that the Library of Congress closes for security or special events.
Please note that the tour ends outside the Library of Congress building. We will end the tour and go over ending logistics, but for any guests that would like a 30 minute highlight tour of the building INSIDE, our guide will be happy to escort you through. We will need to go through airport like security, please be prepared.
Where: Tour meets at the Freedom Bell in front Union Station. Look for your guide in orange with the DC by Foot logo!
Duration: Approx. 1.5 hours (2 hours if you elect to go inside with the guide after the tour) and 1 mile. This tour does include stairs and is not easily accessible for wheelchairs, scooters or strollers.
When: 2pm Every Saturday, View our Calendar
Cost: This tour is free to take, and you get to decide what, if anything, the tour was worth when it’s done. A name-your-own-price tour is a tour for anyone’s budget.