Things to See on The Hill
Landmarks in Washington, DC
Capitol Hill might claim the world’s title for most landmarks per mile. Within its relatively small borders, the neighborhood boasts the headquarters of multiple branches of the United States government, the world’s largest library, a litany of governmental administrative offices, and much more. Each of these Washington DC landmarks sits within just minutes of the Capitol Hill Hotel, making your stay — whether it’s for business or pleasure — simple and convenient.
Located just a nine-minute walk away from the Capitol Hill Hotel, the U.S. Supreme Court serves as America’s highest court of law. The United States Supreme Court building itself, built in 1935, is a National Historic Landmark, boasting a sturdy Beaux-Arts base and an array of ornate sculptures and friezes throughout. The U.S. Supreme Court is accessible to non-government visitors who can watch the court’s proceedings Monday through Wednesday on a first-come, first-served basis.
This iconic building, perched high atop Capitol Hill, is the principal home of the United States Congress. It sits at the point of intersection of the District of Columbia’s four main quadrants, with the city stretching out for miles in each direction from this epicenter. The neoclassical structure, opened in 1800, is known for its sprawling size and impressive dome. Aside from operating as one of the single most important buildings in America, the Capitol also offers guided tours for visitors.
One of the principal U.S. government offices located on Capitol Hill, the U.S. Department of Education building is approximately one mile away from the Capitol Hill Hotel. The department is located in the Lyndon Baines Johnson Department of Education Building and employs approximately 5,000 civil servants, overseeing the nation’s educational policies on a wide scale.
The world’s largest library is located on a bucolic block, directly across from a row of stately brownstone homes — it’s a scene that sums up Capitol Hill perfectly. The Library of Congress operates as a research library, and only high-ranking members of the U.S. government are authorized to check out materials. Visitors are allowed onsite, however, making it a worthwhile stop for any American history enthusiast.
Dedicated to “Improving the health, safety and well-being of America,” according to its official motto, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is one of the most popular government agencies to visit when staying at the Capitol Hill Hotel, DC’s best extended stay hotel. The department’s main offices occupy a building on Independence Avenue SW, just a few minutes’ walk away from the hotel and directly across from the beautiful United States Botanic Garden.
Located just down Independence Avenue from the Capitol Hill Hotel is the main office of the Federal Aviation Association (FAA). The FAA, which regulates America’s civil aviation industry, operates from its main offices just across the street from the Smithsonian Museum of Air & Space.