More on Capitol Hill: behind the scenes

Explore the the Hill, find & visit your Representative's office, or attend a Congressional hearing.

Explore the the Hill, find & visit your Representative's office, or attend a Congressional hearing.

Before a bill reaches the floor of the House and Senate chambers in the Capitol Building for a vote, it must first be drafted, vetted, and scrutinized in the halls of the House of Representative and Senate Office Buildings. Witness government in action during this custom walking tour as we explore the labyrinth of tunnels beneath House Office Buildings, discuss how a single idea can become the law of the land, visit your Representative's office, and drop in on a live Congressional hearing.

House Office Buildings

Go behind the scenes and underground as we explore this side of the Hill. Thousands of legislative assistants, correspondents, pages, and support staff work alongside members of Congress to make this part of Capitol Hill an exciting, fast-paced part of DC not seen on standard tours. If time permits, we'll visit your Representative's office to say hello.

Hearings

You’ll get a written account of official Hill activity for the day of your visit. If there are committee hearings taking place during your visit, you will have the option of attending a session (5-10 minute visit, based on seating availability). Gain a greater understanding of House Committees and Congressional hearings on the lawmaking process..

Add a visit to the historic Library of Congress to your tour.

Add a visit to the historic Library of Congress to your tour.

Supreme Court & Library of Congress

Discuss the roles of the Supreme Court and Library of Congress and their place in the federal government. Time permitting, we'll stop for a photo op on the steps of the Supreme Court Building or the Great Hall inside the Library of Congress.

United States Capitol Building

This tour does not include entering the Capitol Building. If you wish to tour the Capitol Building, please contact your House Representative’s or Senator’s office; or schedule directly with Capitol Visitors Center.

Dress

Access to Congressional office buildings requires passage through airport-style security, including metal detectors. Please travel as light as possible. Phones and cameras are permitted. Generally, common sense prevails, but if you have a question, just ask!

There are no other restrictions on dress, but consider that the tour takes place in a professional setting and may include attendance at Congressional hearings or a visit to your Representative's office.

Duration: About 2 hours.