Growing up we all talked about Washington D.C. The city and government was talked about in school all the time and you thought it would be wonderful to see where history was being made. Now is the time to make the trip to Capitol Hill. So much in the world has changed but “Capitol Hill” has remained the same the whole time.
Capitol Hill is among the most architecturally impressive and symbolically important buildings in the world. Construction started in 1793. It was built, burnt, rebuilt, extended, and restored since its initial completion. Tours are given of the building but you must register in advance for them.
It is the home of the Senate, House of Representatives, Supreme Court, and Library of Congress. We have seen the rotunda on TV for presidential funerals such as Presidents Kennedy, Regan, Johnson and Ford to name a few. Now is the time to walk in that area. Visit the House of Representatives and observe a session if one is going on. Visit the Senate chambers also and observe one of their sessions as well.
Special events occur throughout the year such as the Memorial Day concert, Fourth of July and summer concerts and the Capital Christmas Tree lighting. If you are one of the lucky ones you could even be on the grounds when the next president is inaugurated into office.
Tour the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution and the largest library in the world, The Library of Congress. Tours are given hourly.
Visiting Capitol Hill is not only historic but educational and inspiring to everyone.
The Capitol Building address and hours
The Capitol Building
East Capitol St NE
Washington D.C., DC 20515
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