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The U.S. Capitol

The Heart of the U.S. Government
If you are planning a trip to Washington, D.C., a visit to the U.S. Capitol Building is a must-do. Of all the buildings and historic landmarks in D.C., the Capitol is most emblematic of the U.S. political system. Debates leading to decisions that affect the U.S. and the world at large take place here each day.

The U.S. Capitol Building is the centerpiece of the Capitol Campus. At its core, the Capitol has been home to the meeting chambers of the Senate and the House of Representatives, the two legislative branches of the U.S. Government, for over two centuries. It is also an art gallery in its own right, with priceless paintings and murals adorning the walls and ceilings, and statuary displayed in various halls.

Located within easy walking distance of the Capitol are the Library of Congress, the Supreme Court, and the U.S. Botanic Garden—all worth visiting as well. Also located nearby is the popular neighborhood of Capitol Hill, which is chock-full of cafes, restaurants, and shops—the perfect place to unwind after your visit.

I took this photo on the eastern plaza, below which is the Visitors Center. If you come to the Capitol, this will be your first view of this beautiful building. To visit the interior, you need to sign up for a free guided tour, which can be easily done online.
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Capitol Rotunda
This is the view of the Rotunda inside the U.S. Capitol. I highly recommend taking a free tour of this building! It is rich with history and so beautiful.
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People Watching at an American Landmark
Millions of tourists pass through and around the U.S. Capitol. It was wonderful to see this group of tourists pose in front of this landmark building and hear them talk about it from a non-American perspective. Eavesdropping and people watching at landmarks like this opens your eyes to how others view the United States.
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National Mall: End to End
Standing on the foot of the Lincoln Memorial you can see all the way to Capitol Hill.
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Secure the Perimeter
I happened to be in Washington, DC, last week for a conference... the same night as the President's State of the Union address. I wondered if being in DC for the address might work to my advantage. There was no hope of getting in the Capitol to attend the event, but as I wandered around DC that night, I realized that everyone in DC seemed to be inside somewhere watching the SOTU. That left the streets almost empty, perfect for some night-time photography.

As I neared the Capitol, where the President was giving his speech, I saw dozens of police officers around its perimeter, keeping watch. So the streets weren't entirely empty... some of them were busy with police officers!

Next time I'm in DC for the SOTU (if that ever happens), I'll look for a bar full of political wonks watching the speech. That could be fun, too...
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Capitol- so much history inside
The Washington State Capitol is the home of the government of the state of Washington. It contains chambers for the Washington State Legislature and offices for the governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state and treasurer and is part of a campus consisting of several buildings.
Building with so much american history and wonderful architecture for sure.There's just so much history that I didn't know about until I did the tours of the various Government buildings, and the U.S. Capitol is no exception.I would highly recommend reserving a tour! The tour takes you through the Hall of Statues, the Rotunda and lets you see other areas of the building, like the original Supreme Court.
And where else do you get the opportunity to stand where great Americans like Abraham Lincoln stood? :)
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Tour the United States Capitol
Did you know you can tour the United States Capitol for free? All you have to do is sign up on the website. We did the tour a year ago and were very impressed by the knowledge of our tour guide. A must do when visiting DC.
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East Capitol St NE & First St SE, Washington, DC 20004, USA
+1 202-226-8000
Mon - Sat 8:30am - 4:30pm
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