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Washington, DC: Capitol Hill and Library of Congress Tour

1. Washington, DC: Capitol Hill and Library of Congress Tour

Immerse yourself in the sight of Washington, DC on a guided walking tour. Enjoy entry tickets to the Library of Congress and Capitol Building. View the Supreme Court building and walk on Capitol Hill and learn about the country's legislative and judicial branches. Begin your tour at the top of "the Hill" and hear fascinating anecdotes and facts about the country's legal system. Originally named Jenkins Hill, find out how this area quickly expanded to become the epicenter of American government and politics. Visit the Library of Congress, the national library of the United States, and the oldest federal cultural institution in the country. Proceed to the Capitol Building to marvel at its neoclassical style and iconic architecture, while your guide details its rich history. Before concluding your tour, walk by the Supreme Court building, known as "The Marble Palace", and the surrounding Congressional office buildings.

Washington DC: Monuments Self-Guided Walking Tour

2. Washington DC: Monuments Self-Guided Walking Tour

Visit the most iconic landmarks of America’s capital city on this flexible self-guided walking tour. See the White House, Lincoln Memorial, the Capitol Building, and much more, and learn the revolutionary history behind the creation of Washington, D.C. Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app that will function as your personal guide, audio tour, and map all in one. Along with being developed by local guides, creative writers, and professional voice artists, most stops along the tour have animated videos allowing you to visualize what you cannot see, such as snapshots from different centuries or interior rooms. You'll begin your adventure next to Pershing Park, right across from the White House south lawn. From there, make your way to the White House itself, where you can admire the seat of American power and learn some fascinating tidbits about its construction. From here, head south toward Constitution Gardens and pick up some insight into D.C.’s complicated history along the way. Through the gardens, you’ll find what was once the city’s most controversial monument: The Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Next, head to the Lincoln Memorial, one of the most iconic memorials in D.C. The Korean War Veterans Memorial is next, where you’ll hear about the fraught political struggle which wracked the White House during this bloody conflict. As you continue east, you’ll be filled in on the aftermath of the War of 1812 and how D.C. grew into what it is today. The next monument you’ll arrive at will be the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, honoring the nation’s most revered civil rights leader. Then, cross the Kutz Bridge and learn why the Potomac River is so significant to this city’s history. From this bridge, you’ll also be able to see the impressive Thomas Jefferson Memorial. Later, reach the National Mall, which you’ve definitely seen on TV plenty of times. Get an up-close look at the Washington Monument and learn the history of George Washington’s connection to this important city. If you like museums, the next stretch of the tour is absolutely for you. You’ll pass the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, and the National Gallery of Art. On the final leg of the tour, visit three of the most crucial buildings in the city: The Library of Congress, the Capitol Building, and the Supreme Court of the United States. The tour concludes amid these three awe-inspiring structures.

Washington, DC: Horror on the Hill Guided Tour

3. Washington, DC: Horror on the Hill Guided Tour

Meet your guide in the heart Capitol Hill and set off along Pennsylvania Avenue. Listen to your guide reveal tales of the mysterious phenomena that have been taking place in the city for hundreds of years and feel immersed in the spooky surroundings. During the tour, explore the eerie underbelly of Washington, DC where the spirits of long-gone presidents, ambassadors, and generals still haunt the streets. Uncover spooky stories and unexplained events as you visit the most haunted locations in the city, and perhaps experience a supernatural event of your own. Learn how James Madison keeps his spirit alive by wandering the halls of the Library of Congress, and how John Quincy Adams' ghostly whisper can still be heard in the Capitol. Feel the hair on your neck start to stand as you hear about the Demon Cat that prowls the halls of Congress before national tragedies and presidential elections. According to legend, the cat was seen before the assassinations of both Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy, and appeared before the Wall Street Crash of 1929.

Washington D.C: Self-Guided Walking Tour with GPS & Audio

4. Washington D.C: Self-Guided Walking Tour with GPS & Audio

Spend the day exploring Washington D.C., listening to the history narrated by professional voice artists, and reading the information curated by creative writers. See the iconic monuments and buildings of this historic city on this self-guided tour. Begin next to Pershing Park, right across from the White House south lawn. From here, make your way to the White House itself, admire the seat of American power, and learn some facts about its construction.  From here, head south toward Constitution Gardens and pick up some insight into D.C.’s complicated history along the way. Through the gardens, find what was once the city’s most controversial monument: The Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Next, head to the Lincoln Memorial, and then the Korean War Veterans Memorial. Hear about the fraught political struggle which wracked the White House during this bloody conflict. Discover the aftermath of the War of 1812, and how D.C. grew into what it is today. The next monument will be the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, honoring the nation’s most revered civil rights leader. Then cross the Kutz Bridge and learn why the Potomac River is so significant to this city’s history. From this bridge, see the Thomas Jefferson Memorial. Then, reach the National Mall. Here’s you’ll get an up-close look at the Washington Monument and learn the history of George Washington’s connection to this important city. Along this route, pass many museums. This includes the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, and the National Gallery of Art.  On the final leg of the tour, arrive at three of the most crucial buildings in the city: The Library of Congress, the Capitol Building, and the Supreme Court of the United States. The tour will conclude here, amid these three awe-inspiring structures.

Washington: National Mall Exploration Game

5. Washington: National Mall Exploration Game

Explore the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. with a city exploration game on your smartphone. Solve clues and puzzles that lead you to the next interesting location while learning about the history of Philip Reid. Stop and start as you please with plenty of time to see each attraction. Begin the game at Columbus Circle and embark on a 2-hour exploration of the U.S. Capitol. At each location, solve the puzzle or related clue on your phone and take on the role of a famous historian. Follow the paths of Philip Reid and discover this important U.S. monument. Tickle your brain as you see important sites such as the Supreme Court, Library of Congress, and other lesser-known places. Learn the fascinating story of the National Botanic Garden in the National Mall and enjoy a unique way to learn about the U.S. Move through the game at your own pace. Just pause and resume at any time from the location where you last stopped. Enjoy on your own, in a large group, or in several smaller groups that compete against each other.

Washington DC: Capitol Hill Iconic Architecture Walking Tour

6. Washington DC: Capitol Hill Iconic Architecture Walking Tour

Learn all about the history, design, and controversy surrounding these famous buildings as you stroll around Washinton DC. Your guide will tell you the story of the construction of the Capitol grounds as you get up close and personal with these world-famous buildings. Meet your guide in the sumptuous Great Hall at Washington's famous Union Station. Begin by learning about this impressive building, before walking over to the US Capitol grounds. Once there, immerse yourself in its history as well as that of the surrounding buildings. Learn all about the architecture of famous structures like the Supreme Court and Library of Congress. Hear fascinating stories about the tumultuous politics behind their planning and development. Discover the secrets behind the architecture and its designers including Thomas Jefferson and Frederick Law Olmstead.

Washington DC: Best of Capitol Hill Guided Bike Tour

7. Washington DC: Best of Capitol Hill Guided Bike Tour

Learn your civics by cycle. Visit the 3 branches of the US Government—Executive (White House), Legislative (Congress), and Judiciary (Supreme Court). See the Capitol Building from all angles and take a photo in front of the majestic Supreme Court Building. See where America's most important political decisions get made before cruising down Capitol Hill towards the most famous avenue in the city, Pennsylvania Avenue, where there is a protected bike lane all the way to the White House. Learn about the movers and shakers of American politics—past and present. Where do presidents go out to eat? Where do foreign dignitaries stay when they come to DC? Who put the Capitol on that hill? Find the answers to all these questions and more. See the new Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial and get tips for visiting newly re-opened Smithsonian Museums. Get insider anecdotes and fun facts from your guide as you take in all the sights on this high-energy, 2-hour guided bike tour. This tour has some uphill routes to be aware of. Please feel free to upgrade to an electric bike if you want an easier ride.

Washington DC: "The Political Capital" City Game

8. Washington DC: "The Political Capital" City Game

Watch American history unfold before your eyes as you solve fun tasks on your phone and discover the highlights of DC. Play an interactive self-guided game to receive helpful insights and GPS-enabled instructions that will bring you to the city's main landmarks, like the White House and the Capitol. Download the app and start your game at Columbus Circle. Take on challenges to unlock the exact directions to your next destination and pause the game at any time. Come across iconic monuments, like the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial, and buildings, like the Supreme Court and Library of Congress. Stroll through the United States Botanic Garden, the National Japanese American Memorial, the Peace Monument, and many more locations. Learn about the specific history of each place you visit and finish your adventure at the Robert A. Taft Memorial and Carillon. Play on your own, in a large group, or in smaller groups competing against each other. Challenge your friends or family and meet at the final stop of the game.

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What people are saying about Supreme Court of the United States

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 249 reviews

Nice small group only 6 of us. Eli our guide was very good gave us lots of information. Had free time in the Library of Congress Capitol Building was amazing, after the tour we had free time which we didn’t expect Would highly recommend

A bit expensive no doubt, but a great tour. Our guide Rebecca was lovely and very knowledgeable. The Library of Congress and the Capitol were both amazing seen from the inside. Overall, a fantastic experience.

Very interesting trip. Very disappointed that we didn't see more inside the Capitol, but understand why. Definitely worth doing.

Simple et parfait sur un parcours intéressant. Prix très attractif

Very good support; Knowledgeable (Becca) and interesting guide!