United State Capitol

Tours are free, but tour passes are required. You can get them through your Representative or Senator or you can take your chance and stand in line for a pass at the visitor center. It lasts about an hour and the tour guides are amazingly knowledgeable and entertaining. (At least mine was.) If you want to watch the sessions, you will need a separate pass to visit the galleries.

Through out the Capitol you will see 100 statues donates by each state, ranging from Helen Keller (Alabama) to Sakakawea (North Dakota) to King Kamehameha I (Hawaii). The fresco on the Dome’s ceiling, The Apotheosis, features George Washington surrounded by the Greek gods of War, Science, Marine, Commerce, Mechanics and Agriculture.