Besides the fact that it is home to United States Capitol Building, the Capitol Hill neighborhood serves as a central hub for both locals and tourists. It comprises neighborhoods such as Barracks Row and Eastern Market, and highlights a unique mix of local and federal diversions. Below are top 3 ways to enjoy Capitol Hill tours to the fullest when in Washington DC.
Watch Congress Session at the Capitol Building
To watch the Congress indulged in a session, you need to book a pass well in advance of your visit from your House Representative or Senator. The domed Capitol Building houses the Senate and House of Representatives and is the place where congresswomen and congressmen debate legislative, conduct business, and pass bills on behalf of the US natives.
Besides watching the Congress in a session, you can also take a guided tour of the Capitol Building, which can take you through its dome and several other highlights. This will be an added delight for travel buffs who are into the political history of the US.
Take a Trip to Bartholdi Park
This public park situated on the Capitol Grounds is replete with flowers, benches to sit and sightsee, and a namesake ornate fountain. During the summertime, the park offers a cool respite from all the humid temperatures.
The Bartholdi Fountain was designed by French sculptor, Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, who also designed the famous Statue of Liberty. So, one can imagine the kind of beauty the fountain has. You can see statues of women at the Bartholdi Fountain who once graced the Philadelphia Exposition of 1876.
Try Local Food in Barracks Row
What makes Barracks Row the oldest existing commercial district in Washington DC is the number of outdoor locations on offer for foodies. What can be termed as a food lovers’ haven, which runs along the 8th Street SE, has undergone a revival of sorts over the last 10 years.
You can find everything from family-friendly carryout storefronts to Rose’s Luxury and Pineapple and Pearls. If you have a craving for sweets, District Doughnut has on offer handmade doughnuts all week long. Else, you can try out a popular snack among natives raw oysters in one of the pubby restaurants in the area.