Youth and Family, Local Experience, First Time Visitor, City
Kid Friendly: Yes. This tour is probably best suited for children from 10 years up. Strollers are not permitted on tours of the Capitol.
There are no barriers to wheelchair access on this tour. Please bear in mind that the tour will cover a little over 3miles.
Maximum travelers: 10
Tour of the three branches of government - Executive, Legislative and Judicial
We start at Capitol HIll to see the stately Supreme Court building (1920s), the magnificent Library of Congress (1900s) and the Capitol building itself (1793) We continue down Capitol Hill to the White House (1793) and Lafayette Square.
Distance covered: 3. 2 miles
Terrain: downhill or flat
Time: 3 hours
We meet inside the historic and beautiful Union Station. Heading out, our first stop is in front of the Supreme Court. Next we see the Library of Congress. Then we continue to the east front of the Capitol Building and then circle around to the more familiar west front. The East front was originally used for presidential inaugurations. Starting with Ronald Reagan, inaugural ceremonies have taken place on the west side of the Capitol, facing the Mall.
We head down Capitol Hill to the cinematic Grant Memorial. From there, we walk down Pennsylvania Avenue, past the National Archives and FBI Building. We cut through the landmark Willard Hotel and then continue to the White House and West Wing. We wrap up with a short tour of historic Lafayette Park.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: The group will meet up in the inside of the main hall of Union Station by the entrance to the Thunder Grill restaurant
End location: The tour will end at the Farragut Square Metro station. There are museums (Corcoran Gallery, Renwick, National Geographic), restaurants and shopping in the Farragut Square vicinity.
Duration: 3 hours
This tour is very accessible by Public Transportation (the Metro). The pick-up location is Union Station and the drop off location is the Farragut Square Metro Station. Food and souvenirs are available in Union Square.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
5 Dollars - There are a number of places on our route where you can stop and buy a snack or something to drink. Add more money if you plan to buy souvenirs.