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Maps, Directions and Transportation Options to the Capitol Building
This map shows the location of the U.S. Capitol Building, the Capitol Visitor Center and the West Lawn. The Capitol is located at the east end of the National Mall at E. Capitol St. and First St. NW, Washington, DC. The main entrance to the Visitor Center is located underground on the east side of the building. The Senate Office Buildings are located on the north side and the House Office Buildings are located on the south side the building. The Capitol grounds are open to visitors. Free annual concerts are held on the West Lawn (nearest access is Northwest Drive) for Memorial Day,the Fourth of July and Labor Day.
Getting to the U.S. Capitol Building
The Capitol is bordered by Constitution Avenue to the north, Independence Avenue to the south, and First Streets, to the east and west.
By Car - From the George Washington Memorial Parkway, take I-395 North to C St NW. Take Exit 9 to 1st St. NW. From the Baltimore Washington Parkway, take State Hwy 295 to I-695 to C St. NW to Exit 9 to 1st ... St. NW.
Parking is very limited near the Capitol Building. The best place to park is at Union Station, 50 Massachusetts Avenue, NE. There are more than 2,000 public parking spaces. For more options, see a Guide to Parking Near the National Mall.
The Capitol Visitor Center offers free shuttle service for those with mobility issues. The shuttles run from the southwest corner of Capitol Square at Independence Ave. and First St. SW to the Visitor Center entrance at the center of the Capitol’s East Plaza. To arrange for a shuttle, call (202) 224-4048.
By Metro - The closest Metro stations are Union Station, Capitol South and Federal Center, SW. See a Guide to Using the Washington Metrorail.
By Bus - The DC Circulator Bus includes stops near the U. S. Capitol Building. Take the Union Station–Navy Yard Route and get off at the Independence Ave SE.
By Bicycle - Capital Bikeshare offers short-term bike rentals at hundreds of stations throughout Washington DC. You can join for a day, three days, a month or a year. Take a bike from any station and return it to the station of your choice. The closest kiosk to the Capitol is located at 400 East Capitol St. NE.
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Map of the Area Surrounding the U.S. Capitol
This map shows the U.S. Capitol Building and the surrounding area including the locations of the closest Metro stations: Union Station, Capitol South and Federal Center, SW. Many of Washington DC's most popular attractions are located within walking distance. To the west is the National Mall, the Smithsonian Museums and the national memorials. To the east is the Supreme Court and the Library of Congress.
Capitol Hill is an interesting neighborhood to explore and has great restaurants, parks and other attractions. Read more about Capitol Hill.