Our Capitol Hill & Library of Congress Tours bring you to the top of “the Hill.” A trip to D.C. 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 Library of Congress tours and provide you tickets to explore the Capitol building after our tour. As you walk atop Capitol Hill, you’ll learn all about this capital city and how it came to be.
Check out our audio tours for before or after your visit!
*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 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.
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 Parking Panda.
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.
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.