The Capitol Building, Washington, D.C.

  The United States Capitol is the most symbolically important and architecturally impressive buildings in the United States of America. It has housed the meeting chambers of the House of Representatives and the Senate for two centuries. The Capitol, which was started in 1793, has been through many construction phases. It stands today as a monument to the American people and their government. It was designed by an amateur architect William Thornton. The initial design was drastically changed by Mr. Stephen Hallet.

  The United States Capitol is the meeting place of the United States Congress, the legislature of the federal government of the United States. It is located in Washington, D.C., it sits atop Capitol Hill at the eastern end of the National Mall. Though it has never been the geographic center of the federal district, the Capitol is the origin by which both the quadrants of the District are divided and the city was planned. Historically only the east front of the building was intended for the arrival of visitors and dignitaries. Like the federal buildings for the executive and judicial branches, it is built in the distinctive neoclassical style and has a white exterior. It is a major tourist attraction in the city of Washington DC.

  The U.S. Capitol Visitor Center is the latest addition to this historic complex. At nearly 5,80,000 square feet, it is the largest project in the Capitol's more than two-century history. The entire facility is located underground on the eastside of the Capitol so as not to detract from the appearance of the Capitol and the grounds designed by Frederick Law Olmsted in 1874. 

Best time to visit the Capitol Building

  The best time to visit the Capitol Building is spring (March-April), when the Cherry trees blossom in Washington, DC. In order to get a parking slot close to the Capitol Building, tourists have to reach there early in the morning even during weekends. Museums close to the Capitol are also a major attraction for the tourists.  
 
Best way to visit the Capitol Building

  The Best way to visit the Capitol Building differs on the place where you are located. If you are located in the east coast in the United States, you can either fly to DC or drive. Reagan National Airport is the closest airport to all the attractions in DC.

  If you are an international traveller, Dulles International Airport which is 28 miles away from the Capital building is the preferred choice. Car rentals are available at the airport.