Horror on the Hill in Washington, DC

Scary DC237 Pennsylvania Avenue SEWashington, DC 20003
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Embark on Washington DC’s most terrifying tour in The U.S. Capitol Building, one of the most haunted buildings in the world. Along the way, you’ll hear historic ghost stories, see haunted places around the landmark, and perhaps even spot a ghost. Keep your eyes peeled and your senses alert throughout your tour—you never know how the supernatural will choose to reveal themselves to you!

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Washington Travel Experts
  • Tour Time: 8:30 pm-10:00 pm
  • Tour begins at 237 Pennsylvania Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20003
  • Operates rain or shine.
  • Wear attire appropriate for the weather forecast and comfortable walking shoes.


from Horror on the Hill
Hear spectral stories about the most haunted building in the world! – the Capitol Building where the U.S. Congress meets. Did you hear the one about the demon cat, the drunken phantasm, the singing specter, the miserly ghost, the sleeping spirit, the vengeful wraith, the scholarly spook, judgmental visitant, the presidential phantom? Take our tour and meet them all, especially John Quincy Adams of the Capitol, James Madison of the Library of Congress, and William Howard Taft of the Supreme Court.

Tripster Customer Reviews

Megan Loftsgaarden
Bethesda, MD
1 Review
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"Nice Walk Around the Capital"
September 2018
We got dinner with friends near the meetup spot, then went for the tour. It was a small, friendly group, and our tour guide was VERY into it. Compared to other ghost tours we’ve been on in the area (Harper’s Ferry, WV; and Gettysburg, PA), there isn’t as much material, however, the nighttime views of the Capitol Building and the Supreme Court, sprinkled in with some DC lore is really something. I learned a lot, and we were entertained. I’m OK with the $20 I spent on my ticket!
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Tip: Wear comfy walking shoes. Several nice dining options beforehand in the area.

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TripAdvisor Reviews
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Canton, Texas
"Teens and preteens loved it"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 12, 2019 NEW
The storyteller was engaging and animated and had very Interesting stories - more funny than scary in the way they are told. The Capital, Supreme Court, and LOC buildings are very impressive at night. The whole family really enjoyed it.
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Omaha, Nebraska
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 06, 2019
Our tour guide (Paul I think his name was?) was very entertaining and informative. It was a perfect length for our 9, 11, and 12 year old kids. Lots of historical fun facts about the ghosts around the mall. Thank you!
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"Most Entertaining Part of DC"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 04, 2019
I took a troop of 7th and 8th grade Girl Scouts on this walk and it was by far the most entertaining part of the trip for them. The guide was extremely knowledgeable and geared his talk to keep them entertained swapping between historical rhetoric and modern spins on the stories that kept all the girls on the edge of their seats.
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
"Fun, informative and interesting tour. "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 26, 2019
Gabe was great, super informative and didn’t break character. Enjoyed the private tour, just myself and my husband. Got some extra ghost stories and some great pictures! Would highly recommend both Gabe and Scary DC!
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Atlanta, Georgia
"Great time!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 08, 2019
We had Samuel Chase as our guide. He was very friendly and extremely knowledgeable. Would highly recommend.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Horror on the Hill

How long is the tour?
The tour is approximately 1.5 hours long and begins at 8:30 pm.

Where do I meet for the tour?
Tours meet at 237 Pennsylvania Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20003.

What happens if it rains?
Since weather reports are unreliable, tours go in all kinds of weather. If our tour guides feel it is unsafe, they will delay or postpone, but never cancel unless they check with management.

What should I wear?
Wear weather appropriate attire and comfortable walking shoes.

What should I bring?
Bring a valid photo ID, umbrella, and water bottle.

Is gratuity included in my tour cost?
No. Tips for your tour guide are always appreciated, but never required.

Is this tour appropriate for kids?