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
Verified Traveler
"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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Beaumont, Texas
"Scary DC"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 18, 2019 NEW
DC Night Score was excellent. I cant remember the name of our guide but he was dressed in historical attire.
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
"Not scary"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed November 04, 2019
It wasn't scary, but did have a lot of facts about DC buildings. Though it claims it is better-suited for adults, this is actually a great tour for families with children under the age of 10 who are visiting and know nothing about the city. Better to skip if you're local as it is an overview of basic facts and well-known stories about LOC, the capitol building and some other places. The tour was way too long, clocking in at nearly two hours with zero frights to pass the time.
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Sarah O
Sea Girt, New Jersey
"Spooky Historic Fun on Capitol Hill"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 29, 2019
My husband and I booked the tour as history nerds for our visit the weekend before Halloween, and we were not disappointed. Our tour guide was very professional and stayed in character the whole time. He was entertaining as well as educational, and knew all sorts of stories surrounding the Capitol Hill area. It was great imagining the history & haunts of the city, and we'd definitely do it again.
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Darcy H
"Historical and Macabre"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed October 28, 2019
The guide was wonderful, he did a great job playing Salmon P. Chase, and it was fun having an historical revenant take us on a macabre tour of Washington, DC. The stories were great, both historical and entertaining, and Justice Chase was very knowledgeable. It was also beautiful to see the buildings and the city at night, just added to the experience.
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"Great fun tour!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 27, 2019
Great tour with fun quirky anecdotes of DC history. Very knowledgeable tour guide with a flair for storytelling.
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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?