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Things to do in Capitol Hill

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Capitol Hill. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Capitol Hill attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Capitol Hill to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Capitol Hill.

  • America!

    Commemorate your trip to the nation’s capital with gifts and gags ranging from the partisan to the patriotic: caps with logos from Air Force One an... More
  • Bi-Partisan Tour Company

    The Bi-Partisan Tour Company offers a unique, environmentally-friendly way to tour the nation’s capitol. Visitors to the area can take an informati... More
  • Hawk & Dove

    After a long day of plotting, scheming, and formulating policy, harried Hillies head to this 40-year-old traditional Irish pub to take the edge off... More
  • Supreme Court

    The nine justices known to D.C. locals as “The Supremes” hold court—literally—in this Neoclassical palace across from the Capitol. When they’re hea... More
  • The Capitol

    Sure, the giant white dome of the Capitol is the symbol of representative democracy, but it also makes for a great (and free) tour. You'll learn th... More
  • The Library of Congress

    A free exhibition that’s unfairly overlooked is The Library of Congress. Created by an act of Congress in 1800, this often-overlooked Washington la... More
  • The Red & The Black

    This mini rock club and bar once singularly known as The Red and The Black is now part of the unusual H Street mega-complex, the Red Palace. With a... More
  • Union Station

    In a city known for grand edifices and soaring public spaces, Washington's Union Station holds its own. The terminal’s classical façade—three monum... More

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