Capitol Hill Tour Offers a Step-by-Step Guide to Some of D.C.’s Grandest Sites

Neptune Fountain

Big fish: The Neptune Fountain guards the entrance to the Library of Congress, one of several stops you’ll make on your walkabout. The entire tour takes about two hours, say organizers. (edwardweston52 via Flickr)

Walking is one of the best exercises you can do, whether or not you rent an apartment in the Washington, D.C., area.

Well, for walkers in Capitol Hill, we have a great way for you to get out and exercise while learning a thing or two about your neighborhood. It’s called the Capitol Hill Tour, presented by DC Walkabout.

From the looks of the online schedule, the Capitol Hill Tour usually takes place Monday-Saturday at 10 a.m., rain, snow or shine (always check the site for particulars and in case of severe weather).

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While the tour is free, DC Walkabout does add that it’s tip-based; the site suggests a $10 gratuity is about average, but being an astute sort blessed with a pedigree beyond the mere Bostonian, Angeleno or New Yorker – yes, a Washingtonian – you’ll be able to figure out what’s fair. (Not all tours are free, however, including their Running Tours, which are 20 smackers and up.)

The Capitol Hill Tour hits many major sites, including the Library of Congress (a personal favorite: check out the Jefferson Building, one of the prettiest places you’ll ever venture), the Supreme Court (I lived a stone’s throw from here once upon a time), Union Station (which may or may not be located in Capitol Hill; for the curious, I vote yes) and, of course, its namesake, the U.S. Capitol (a couple blocks from which I was briefly questioned one night by police whilst traipsing around barefoot with a camera taking pictures for God knows what reason – “We got ourselves a suspicious, barefoot, white male in the possession of what looks like a disposable camera taking pictures of the Capitol area. I repeat, suspicious, barefoot white male with disposable camera taking pictures of Capitol area”).

Like the rest of their gaggle of free tours (that I can tell), this one lasts two hours and you can expect to walk one or two miles, so yes, wear your stiletto heels ladies (or go barefoot like me, with a disposable camera)!

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The tour starts at the southeast corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and 3rd Street, N.W., which I find pretty curious, as according to this map, that’s just inside Capitol Hill. I personally don’t think of this area as Capitol Hill.

As silly as it seems to write this, yes, you can even have the Metro (It’s fairly close to quite a few stops: Why not add another half-mile or so to your journey?) take you to your walking tour.

While reservations are not required, they are requested. There are also Private/Group Tours as well.

Walkers, get those shoes laced up and ready to go. Find your next apartment in the area with Apartment Showcase. 

Scott D

Scott D

Scott is a local writer and has been with the Apartment Showcase blog since its inception in 2010.

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