U.S. Capitol Building and Capitol Hill Walking Tour in Washington, DC

Fat Tire Tours50 Massachusetts Ave NEWashington, DC 20002
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This tour is a must-do if you are a history buff or want to see the most beautiful architecture in the city. Stroll by Capitol Hill, the Union Station, the US Supreme Court, and tour inside the US Capitol Building and The Library of Congress Jefferson Building. A knowledgeable guide will give you an in-depth chronicle of our nation’s history and keep you on course. Do not leave D.C. without going on this tour!

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Washington Travel Experts
  • Tour Duration: 2.5 Hours.
  • Great family activity! Recommended for children ages 4-12.
  • All participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.


from U.S. Capitol Building and Capitol Hill Walking Tour
Capitol Hill is one of the most storied and beautiful neighborhoods in Washington, DC. We'll begin our tour at the most visited site in the whole city: Union Station. From there, we'll take in all the Monuments and Memorials around Capitol Hill. We'll ascend Capitol Hill and visit the Supreme Court, then walk inside the stunning Library of Congress Jefferson Building which boasts some of the most beautiful architecture in the city.

Later, we'll stroll across the street and visit the United States Capitol Visitor Center. With your tour, you'll get reserved access to the Capitol Building as well as a docent-led tour of the Capitol. Reserved Access can help you save hours in waiting time, and will get your right in to the Capitol Building immediately after your neighborhood tour ends.

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Alexandria, Virginia
"Post Thanksgiving Tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 29, 2019
Took the Monuments & Memorials daytime Segway tour. Well run operation with knowledge guide Mark. Great way to tour the monument & memorials once you get a hang of the Segway. Easy to get to fat tire tours via metro. Highly recommend.
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Jackie D
Raleigh, North Carolina
"Worst bike tour we've done"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed November 12, 2019
We did the Daytime DC Bike Tour. We have done bike tours in Paris, NYC, Boston, Amsterdam, and Munich, and have loved each and every one. This one, however, was a flop. First of all, there were several members of our group that could NOT ride a bike. We had to go extremely slowly and ride on the SIDEWALK on a busy Saturday in DC to accommodate the two boys who couldn't ride the bike because they were afraid to be too near the cars. In my opinion it is the guide's responsibility to take matters like that seriously, and if people can not keep up on the bikes, they need to have someone from the bike shop come get them instead of ruining the experience for the rest on the tour. Not only were we constantly waiting on this kid to catch up, but when he re-joined the group he would insist on being close to the front and almost hit people several times. At the end, we were going up a hill and he started in the front but could not keep the bike going and just stopped in the middle of the hill, forcing everyone behind him to stop, dismount, and then have to get going mid-hill, which, of course, is difficult on a bike. He was completely disruptive and it was not fair for the rest of the group. Also, we felt like the information given on the tour was totally lackluster and nothing beyond what we could have looked up online. We asked several questions about the universities when we were in that area, like "Is GW the oldest university in DC? Is it the largest?" etc, and our guide, who was a student at GW, didn't even know. He did, however, tell us at-length about the type of food in the dining hall. Great. Before we got to The White House, we asked if there would be any chance to see The President. Our guide said, "Oh, no, that never happens." While we were in Foggy Bottom waiting for one of the kids to catch up on his bike, we saw a helicopter. While we were at The White House lollygagging again, waiting for the non-bike riders, we looked up the Presidential schedule and saw that he had just left in the helicopter. It seems like this would be an easy thing to look up and try to plan for groups to get to witness stuff like this. It's all on-line. Then, on the way down to the Capitol building, there was a street festival. You could see it from several blocks away. The logical thing to do would be to go a couple blocks over and avoid it, but of course, our guide takes us directly through. On bikes. On the sidewalk. During a street festival. We continued on, down to the Capitol. Our guide pointed out some buildings and gave us very general, generally not interesting information. It took almost an hour to go from The White House to The Capitol, which is absolutely ridiculous (they are about 1.5 miles apart). At this point we were still riding on the sidewalks, having to wait at the end of each block for the two that couldn't ride a bike and for walk symbols, and weaving in and out of people. Pedestrians were saying things to our group about that we shouldn't be on the sidewalk. It was ridiculous. The stops along the mall were fine, but the information was still extremely basic, and every time questions were asked, the answers were either "I don't know" or seemed made up. The best example of this: there is this urban legend in DC that no buildings can be taller than the dome of the Capitol. One person asks the obvious question, "well, what about the Washington Monument, why can that be taller?" The guide is flummoxed, and then BS's something about how the way the hills are and the perspective is skewed, but that really, the Monument isn't taller. UHHHHHHH. A quick Google search will tell you that not only is the monument almost 300 feet taller, but that the whole legend about nothing being taller than the Capitol is essentially just urban legend in the first place. You can look it up and read about this for yourself. It's actually quite interesting, and would have been wonderful information to learn on our tour!! FINALLY we finished our tour, over an hour behind schedule. We were supposed to be finished by 11:30 and it was almost 1:00 by the time we were done. We were absolutely famished and frustrated, but happy to be done with the worst bike trip ever.
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"Fun tour of DC"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 24, 2019
Really fun experience riding around DC seeing various landmarks and monuments. Friendly staff and guide. Casual pace with frequent stops (12) for the guide to share a bit of information about a given site. Bike friendly area, but you will be riding among some pedestrians at the most popular sites, and in bike lanes of a couple busy streets. Age range of our group was approximately 10 - 55. The bikes and helmets were in good shape. They provide each person with a bottle of water before the trip.
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"fabulous and fun tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 18, 2019
This tour was so wonderful. The cycling is easy, the guide was so informative and we saw so much. The bikes are easy to ride and there is just enough power to assist the ride without being difficult to manage. The tour was 5 hours with a lovely break for lunch and we enjoyed every minute.
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Cathy G
Lynchburg, United States
"Best Way to View Monuments!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 13, 2019
We wanted to see the monuments lit up at night and this was the perfect way to see everything in one evening. Our tour guide was knowledgeable and had interesting anecdotes about the monuments. And just riding the Segways was a blast! Definitely recommend.
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Frequently Asked Questions about U.S. Capitol Building and Capitol Hill Walking Tour

Where is it located?
The tour will meet at Union Station. Your guide will meet you outside the train station by the Columbus Statue. and Freedom Bell.

Is the tour appropriate for children? 
Yes, recommended child ages are 4-12.

Can I bring my camera?
Yes, great photo opportunities.

How long is the tour?
The tour is approximately 2.5 hours long.

What are the hours of operation?
May 1 – October 31;

  •  2 pm