Capitol Hill & Library of Congress Tours
This page provides details of our free Capitol Hill & Library of Congress Walking Tour, including tips on directions, times and sights covered.
We are offering a modified version of this tour during the COVID health emergency but only a select dates. You can always watch our Virtual Tour.
- Tour Description
- Sights Covered
- Meeting Point and Schedule
- Other Free DC Tours
- Things to Do in Washington DC
Our Capitol Hill & Library of Congress Tours bring you to the top of “the Hill.” A trip to DC would not be complete without a visit to the seat of our legislative and judicial branches.
Jenkins Hill, as it was called, was thought to be an ideal location to build our Congress House. As the government holdings and staff expanded, the Library of Congress’ Jefferson Building, the Supreme Court Building, and Congressional office buildings were built here.
Join DC by Foot as we explore these beautiful buildings and the meaning behind them. Our guide will take you inside what many consider the most beautiful building in the city for a tour of Library of Congress and provide you tickets to explore the Capitol building after our tour.
Check out our audio tours for before or after your visit!
Capitol Hill & Library of Congress Tours cover:
- Capitol Building (from the outside – we reserve the free tickets for an inside docent-led visit that takes place after our tour.)
- Supreme Court Building (from the outside)
- Library of Congress’ Jefferson Building (we go inside!)
- and much more…
The Capitol Building Tour is a docent-led tour that is 45min-1hr long that takes place after our tour.
Your guide will give you tickets and escort you to the tour start once inside the Visitor Center.
These are the same free tickets you can arrange through the Capitol Visitor Center or your congressperson, we just do the legwork for you!
Want to visit the Capitol Building on your own? Check our our guide to touring the US Capitol.
Capitol Building Security
Please note, we will need to go through airport-like security on our Capitol Hill & Library of Congress tours, please be prepared.
- No liquids, gels, sprays, aerosols, sharp objects, food, or drinks or strollers!
Reservations: REQUIRED. Click here to reserve.
Where: Meet your guide at the benches at the NW corner of 1st and C St SE, across the street from the Capitol South Metro Station. Look for your guide in the orange!
Purchase a guaranteed parking spot in advance near the tour’s starting point with SpotHero.
Duration: Approx. 2 hrs and less than a mile. This tour does include stairs and is not accessible for wheelchairs, scooters or strollers. Due to security procedures, please do not bring strollers on this tour.
When: View our full tour tour calendar of guided tours.
- This tour runs as many times as we can all year round. Tickets are only released 4 months in advance so we can never schedule tours beyond that. March-June tours are scheduled 3-4 weeks out due to ticket demand.
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.