Iconic Capitol Hill Architecture Tour

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  • 2 hr

Explore the political core of Washington DC! This tour takes visitors through the heart of Federal power in Washington DC, looking at the history of our Nation’s Capital through the lens of architecture and urban planning. From the original L'Enfant city plan to the tumultuous construction of the Capitol and Grounds, the rise of the magnificent Beaux-Arts Library of Congress and imposing Supreme Court, and into the present day. Prolific designers like Thomas Jefferson, Robert Mills, Frederick Law Olmstead, and Daniel Burnham will feature prominently. Controversy, chaos, and red tape abound! A tour not to be missed by architecture and history enthusiasts. Book directly via DC Design Tours for the best experience and price!

Itinerary Details

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Stop At: Union Station

We'll begin our tour in the massive Great Hall of Union Station, once the largest train station in the world. This crossroads of Presidents, diplomats, and politicians have seen the drastic transformation, from inaugurations to World Wars, and even a runaway train!

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Columbus Memorial Fountain

After exploring the heights and depths of Union Station, we'll proceed past the Freedom Bell and Columbus "Fountain" to the steps of the Supreme Court.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Supreme Court

we'll take in the imposing facade and learn about the architecture, history and design of the home of our Judicial branch of government.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Library of Congress

We'll be examining the outside of the Library of Congress. We'll delve into the elaborate design, secret symbols and fascinating history of this important institution.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: U.S. Capitol

We'll get great photo opportunities on the East side of the U.S. Capitol Building, and talk all about the tumultuous history of this icon of Washington.

Duration: 10 minutes

Pass By: Ulysses S. Grant Memorial

Finish your tour at the foot of Capitol Hill with a beautiful view down the length of the National Mall.
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